Here's Chicago's favorite form of exercise — and the best spots to sweat in style

Here's Chicago's favorite form of exercise — and the best spots to sweat in style
Photo: Brooklyn Boulders/Yelp
By Hoodline - Published on October 10, 2019.

What does Chicago have in common with New York City, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Philadelphia?

According to ClassPass' 2019 fitness trends, those cities share one most popular form of group exercise class: strength training.

Want to know where to go when it comes to Chicago's most popular workout? To find the top strength training gyms in the area, Hoodline analyzed data from Yelp, Facebook and ClassPass to identify which studios are the most popular. Read on for the results.

(Bonus: You can try them all out if you're a member of ClassPass, a monthly fitness membership that provides access to thousands of different studios, gyms and wellness offerings.)

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Windy City Strength & Conditioning

4043 N. Ravenswood Ave., South East Ravenswood

Photo: Brian C./Yelp

Open since 2007, Windy City Strength & Conditioning is Chicago's favorite strength training gym by the numbers, with 4.7 stars out of 43 reviews on ClassPass, five stars out of 67 reviews on Yelp and 21,166 fans on Facebook.

"Our facility is a huge loft space with exposed brick, natural light and seasoned equipment from years of hard work. Whether you're new to fitness or a seasoned athlete, our coaches are trained to help you set goals, teach proper form, and design programs that include basic barbell exercises, olympic lifts, kettlebells, gymnastics, running, rowing, and a long list of bodyweight moves," per the business' Yelp page. 

See what people are saying about the classes at Windy City Strength & Conditioning on ClassPass here.

Brooklyn Boulders

100 S. Morgan St., Near West Side

Photo: Brooklyn Boulders/Yelp

Also among Chicago's favorites is Brooklyn Boulders, with 4.9 stars out of 296 reviews on ClassPass, 3.5 stars out of 162 reviews on Yelp and 10,573 fans on Facebook.

"Brooklyn Boulders Chicago is a dedicated rock climbing facility and dynamic creative community," according to the business's ClassPass profile. "An eclectic mix of lifestyles, born and bred from the unique and multifaceted forces of NYC, Brooklyn Boulders is where rock climbing, fitness, yoga, art, events and co-working meet in their 25,000 square foot facility. BKB Chicago hosts live performances, events, music, classes, workshops and more."

See what people are saying about the different classes at Brooklyn Boulders on ClassPass here.

Atlas Performance

1030 N. Larrabee St., Goose Island

Photo: Atlas Performance/Yelp

With 4.8 stars out of 4,947 reviews on ClassPass, five stars out of 35 reviews on Yelp and 2,571 fans on Facebook, Atlas Performance has garnered plenty of local fans.

"They specialize in CrossFit Fitness classes, with constantly changing workouts that are infinitely scalable, allowing athletes of all fitness levels to excel," per the business's ClassPass profile. "At Atlas Performance, fitness beginners are able to get involved in one or many exercise programs that improve their overall strength, as well as muscular endurance and cardiovascular health."

See what people are saying about the selection of classes at Atlas Performance on ClassPass here.

D3 Boot Camp

125 E. 26th St., South Commons

D3 Boot Camp | Photo: ClassPass

With 4.8 stars out of 33 reviews on ClassPass, 4.5 stars out of 14 reviews on Yelp and 3,442 fans on Facebook, D3 Boot Camp holds its own among the competition. It's been open since 2007 and offers free trial classes.

"We specialize in Lifestyle Consistency Coaching! We help you create the habits needed to lose weight and become proud of yourself! D3 offers boot camp fitness classes for all levels, nutrition coaching, and small group personal training. Consistency and accountability are the keys to success. D3 offers both," its Yelp page states. 

See what people are saying about the classes at D3 Boot Camp on ClassPass here.

Power Sculpt Fitness

3119 N. Lincoln Ave., Lakeview

Power Sculpt Fitness | Photo: ClassPass

With 4.6 stars out of 5,431 reviews on ClassPass, 4.5 stars out of 21 reviews on Yelp and 1,901 fans on Facebook, Power Sculpt Fitness is another popular local pick. It's been open since 2007.

"Developed by experienced personal trainer and group fitness professional Heather Hughes, Power Sculpt Fitness™ provides dynamic workouts that include the perfect combination of strength, cardio and core training for maximum results," states the business's ClassPass profile. "Experience a workout where you will strengthen and lengthen your muscles while you burn calories and increase your metabolism. Power Sculpt Fitness™ creates strong, lean fit bodies with effective training sequences that can be adapted to any fitness level."

Read reviews of the selection of classes at Power Sculpt Fitness on ClassPass here.

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