One of the perks of being a blogger in Chicago is sometimes you get invited to check out new stuff….for free. The latest perk? A class at the brand new Fit36 in Lincoln Park.
The idea behind Fit36 is that your workout is 36 minutes long. That’s it. But it’s 36 minutes of basically non-stop moving. You do 12 different strength or plyometric exercises each for one minute with 30 seconds of rest between each. And then you repeat the 12 exercises again for a total of 36 minutes.
They limit classes to 24 people so that there is a max of two per workout station. Each station is a different exercise and for the strength exercises it’s either body weight or you can choose a weight. You rotate through twice and, let me tell you, the exercises that felt easy the first time through might be a struggle the second time around!
They leave time between classes so you can get warmed up using the video they have playing or just on your own.
Fit36 also has what they call an A/B workout format. Meaning Monday/Wednesday/Friday are the same workout and Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday/Sunday are the same workout. Which allows you go gauge your progress.
Fit36 also provides heart rate monitors, although in our class we didn’t spend any time going over what our goal heart rate zone should be. They do send you a post-class summary, though.
This particular location has two bathrooms but no showers. They provide deodorant, dry shampoo, hair ties, and baby wipes, though. Still, if you go to an AM class be prepared to shower somewhere else or make do with a bird bath in the sink.
Because you will get sweaty. So sweaty!
No, we didn’t use 50 pound dumbbells in class. I’m just goofing off.
They had two instructors for our class and they were both great about providing encouragement, feedback on form, and helping us when we were struggling to figure out an exercise.
Our class also ended with tasty treats from JuiceRX, although I think that was just a blogger perk. Sorry!
The Fit36 studio is located at 1730 W Fullerton and is right off the 74 bus. Or, if you prefer, you can drive because there is a huge parking lot! And a Starbucks next door.
I actually won a free month of classes so I plan to check them out a few more times in the next few weeks. I already do a ton of strength training on my own, but I like having a HIIT-style class handy for days when I want to get my heart rate WAY up. Plus, I didn’t see any treadmills so if running isn’t your thing then Fit36 might be for you!
They have several more free classes coming up during their soft opening, including this Saturday and Sunday (March 4th and 5th) at 9:30 AM if you want to check it out yourself. Just RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you can get your first week free any time after Sunday.
These sweaty bloggers recommend it!
I attended this class for free but all opinions are my own.