5 Workouts You Can Totally Squeeze into Your Lunch Hour
Tricep dips cancel out buffalo dip, right?
We love that post-workout feeling as much as the next gal, but it can be really hard to remember that after a trying day at work. And sometimes a 6 a.m. wake-up call just ain’t happening. Enter the midday workout. Knock one out in under an hour, and you’ll be back at your desk before anyone even noticed you (tricep) dipped out.
All Levels at CHI50
CHI50 is one of the few studios in Chicago to use the renowned Lagree Method, favored by the likes of Michelle Obama and Kim Kardashian. The Bucktown studio offers 50-minute classes at 12:15 p.m every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. You’ll get a killer combination of strength training, cardio and Pilates with time to spare.
1814 N. Milwaukee Ave.; 773-661-6132 or chi50.com
AIR Foundation at Air Fit Now
Cirque du Soleil-inspired exercises? Yeah, working out can actually be fun. Add in hammocks and these 50-minute classes. offered every weekday at noon, will become your go-to way to get your sweat on in Chicago.
2217 N. Clybourn Ave.; 773-234-8947 or airfitnow.com
Tred-X, F-30 and Ninja at On Your Mark
We’re big fans of On Your Mark's safe, effective approach to high-interval training and highly recommend the 45-minute Tred X and F-30 classes for serious midday workouts. Check out the schedule for all lunchtime offerings—no matter what you choose, your metabolism will thank you.
West Loop and Bucktown locations; oymtraining.com
Bikini Body Guide for Beginners from Kayla Itsine
If you’re really crunched for time, find a private space (that office gym that no one ever uses, maybe?), a few dumbbells and crank through one of Kayla Itsine’s 28-minute workouts. We know multiple people who swear by her easy-to-follow, 12-week program for getting in shape. Her philosophy around a balanced, nutrient-rich diet scores major points with us as well.
More info at kaylaitsines.com
Total Body, Arms & Abs, or Butt & Legs at Shred415
Shred415’s classes are technically 60 minutes long, but they’re typically broken up into four 15-minute, alternating sessions of cardio and strength training (hence the 415 in the name). The instructors are motivating but not militaristic, meaning you can slip out at the 45-minute mark if you need to. Ahem, that’s if you need to. Plus with so many locations, you’re sure to find one near enough to your office that you can justify the extra time.
Multiple locations shred415.com