New year, new you, new workout plan? If you've decided to wholeheartedly embrace your new identity as a January Gym Rat, there are a handful of sales going on right now that you should know about before committing to the perfect gym.
Take Advantage of Chicago Park District's Free Fitness Week
For one brief, blissful week, the Chicago Park District is throwing their doors wide open and tossing membership fees out the window. Until January 11, you can work out absolutely free at any of their pools and fitness centers—that's 72 locations all around the city. Take a yoga class, hit the pool, or learn just enough kickboxing to make you vaguely intimidating to your neighbors. Registration is required; sign up at chicagoparkdistrict.com/wellness.
Join the YMCA and Save $150
If you've always wanted to hop on the YMCA train but been deterred by the joiner fee, you can sign up for free now until January 31, and you'll get up to 50 percent off many of their programs such as sports, swimming lessons, and everybody's favorite New Year's experience: personal training. The YMCA of Metro Chicago Association boasts 23 locations in the Chicagoland area, so there's probably one near you.
Dare to try Equinox's Newest Class
If you're the type that thrives off challenges and words like “interactive metabolic training,” get up on Equinox's brand-new class, Elimin8tor. It's 45 minutes of full-body movement and participants are involved in shaping each class—let's just say there's a little activity that involves the words, “Pick a card, any card.” This workout is not for the faint of heart, but didn't you write “Do one thing a day that scares me” on your New Year's resolutions?
Enroll in Chicago Athletic Clubs for Free
Skip out on the joiner fee when you enroll in any Chicago Athletic Club now until January 25. With services from yoga to Pilates to nutrition (depending on the location), this is the fitness membership for those who like options and will absolutely take advantage of them.
Try Customized Nutrition and Personal Training at CrossTown Fitness
Since eating and exercise go hand in hand, CrossTown Fitness has added a nutritional component to the “total-body experience” of their facility. Members can sign up for a free 30-minute dietary consultation with CTF Nutrition Coach Amber Reile, who will help them figure out how many calories they should consume a day, how to eat in order to meet their fitness goals, and so on. Then, Reile is offering 4, 6, 8, and 10-week meal plans customized to each client, including official check-ins and lots of accountability (plans range from $300-$600). If customized workouts are more your style, CrossTown is offering four 60-minute sessions with a personal trainer for $200—normally $280—as long as you purchase the sessions by January 31.
Stay Hydrated, Tax-Free
I know, I know, yet another article lecturing you about drinking those 8 ounces of H2O on the reg—but did you know that Chicago actually taxes bottled water? Every time you buy a jug of Smartwater, you're paying the city five cents for that environmentally irresponsible privilege. If you'd like to skip out on Chicago's Bottled Water Tax and help the environment, switch to a swanky reusable water bottle, like the cult favorite bkr glass water bottle, which you can find at Neiman Marcus on the beauty floor. Then start chugging.