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Five Local Fitness Centers to Give Halas a Break

Carly Behm | The PhoenixOrangeTheory Fitness in Edgewater is one of the many local fitness centers ideal for when students want to take a break from Loyola’s gym.

Health and fitness are among the most popular New Year’s resolutions, but not everyone sticks to them. Loyola’s recreation center, Halas, offers a variety of options, but some students might want a break from it to try something new. The Phoenix compiled a list of fitness centers in the Rogers Park and Edgewater areas to satisfy students looking to foster their new healthy habit.

OrangeTheory Fitness (1126 W. Granville Ave.)

Energetic music ranging from hip-hop to throwback tunes blast on speakers, while an OrangeTheory coach instructs and motivates a class of up to 30 people. OrangeTheory workouts rotate between three exercises —  strength training with weights, running on a treadmill and rowing — which vary based on the class and coach.

Before classes start, gym-goers strap on their heart rate monitors, which track the intensity of their workout. Heart rates are displayed on screens throughout the studio, allowing participants to propel themselves into higher heart rate zones as if they’re competing with themselves.

A basic package of four classes, which can be redeemed at any studio, costs $99 per month. Heart rate monitors can be purchased starting at $69. Students can receive $10 off their packages with a valid ID. Packages can be purchased at

North Loft Yoga (6560 N. Sheridan Road)

“We believe in the importance of following your true north — living an inspired life that leads you toward your life’s purpose,” North Loft Yoga’s website reads. For many students, their college experiences are about finding their purpose, and yoga just might help.

North Loft offers a peaceful sanctuary for yogis at all experience levels. The studio offers a variety of classes, including “Yoga Basics” designed for new students and “Vinyasa Flow” for those more advanced.

The studio also offers a class class called “Yin Yoga” that takes a more meditative approach meant to “build awareness of inner silence,” according to the website. “Wine Down Wednesday” is another class available, which focuses on releasing tension while enjoying a glass of wine for those over 21.

Walk-ins are welcome, but registering for classes can also be done online at A month of unlimited class costs $70 (or $55 for students). An individual class costs $12 ($9 for students).

Chi-Town Shakti (1343 W. Devon Ave.)

A form of yoga, shakti focuses on meditation and tapping into a spiritual energy. Shakti yoga is centered around the sun salutation pose and includes more flowing motions than yoga, which are meant to open one’s mind and body to release tension.

The studio also offers an “Introduction to Yoga” class where a group of six students can receive one-on-one support and familiarize themselves with the practice. Students meet on Saturdays and also have unlimited access to “Yoga Basics” classes.

The “Introduction to Yoga Saturday Series” costs $60. An individual, 60-minute class cost $14, and 90-minute classes cost $18. Students can purchase either class for $14 with a valid ID. Drop-ins are welcome and reservations can be made online at

Edgewater Barre Fitness (6007 N. Sheridan Road)

Edgewater Barre Fitness was started by Ann Korach, a former professional ballet dancer who, after being injured, wanted to maintain a ballerina’s physique without the injury that often comes with it, according to the studio’s website. Korach teaches the class using “The Original Lotte Berk Method,” an exercise designed to increase a body’s range of motion through stretches.

Centered around the ballet barre and incorporating ballet movements, barre classes will often leave participants exhausted and sore, but refreshed. The dance-inspired fitness class stretches most muscle groups, while often incorporating yoga mats and light weights.

Classes are taught privately by Korach and cost $100 per session and can be scheduled by calling 312-982-1889. Korach said she plans to open a studio this summer.

Pilates Chicago (6101 N. Clark St.)

Following the method of pilates founder, Joseph Pilates, called “Contrology,” pilates is designed to improve physical strength, flexibility and posture through a series of core workouts and stretches.

Pilates Chicago offers three types of sessions: group mat, group equipment and private sessions. All three sessions focus on the foundations of pilates, including flexibility, strengthening and toning. Group mat classes incorporate exercises through a series of Pilates exercises on a mat, while group equipment sessions use exercise machines to enhance the workout.

Private and semi-private sessions are offered, giving participants one-on-one or two-on-one, respectively, time with an instructor.
Group mat classes cost $18 per class or $85 for five classes, and group equipment classes cost $32 per class or $150 for five classes. Classes can be booked online or by calling 773-274-2673.  

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