We?d love to get fitter faster. But five-minute abs? Four weeks to a bikini body? We?re not buying it.
Enter the 45-minute workout, the latest way to get fit and save time doing it. These classes will push you harder and earn you an extra 15 minutes a day--enough time for a healthy glass of wine.
The Dailey Method An hour of lifting two-pound weights ?up an inch, down an inch? at The Dailey Method is no joke. But the just-launched 45-minute Dailey Interval class uses bigger movements to get your heart rate up higher, and even recovery periods are active. 2301 N. Clark St. and eight other locations in the city and suburbs; 773-883-2990 or thedaileymethod.com
Equinox The gym?s new interval-focused Stacked class uses SandBell bags--a cross between a kettle bell and a sandbag. You?ll be asked to alternate between slamming the bags on the floor, lifting weights and more. It's hard, but fast-paced switches make the time fly. 1750 N. Clark St. and other locations citywide; 312-254-4000 or equinox.com
MaZi Dance Fitness No dance experience is necessary to try the fun, 45-minute Ballerina FightClub class at MaZi, which just opened a new South Loop studio. Expect graceful strength-training moves mixed with killer boxing combinations. 719 S. State St. and in Wicker Park; 773-278-9600 or mazidancefitness.com
Flywheel Want your regular spin routine?just shorter? Go for Flywheel?s 45-minute cycling classes. Performance is (privately) tracked online, and the ?Total Power? score--based on speed, resistance, RPMs and more--is our new obsession. 710 N. State St. and in Highland Park; 312-624-8485 or flywheelsports.com