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With an impending wedding and new years resolution, I realized now was the time to take care of something I had put off for a while: buying new tennis shoes. They say you should replace running shoes anywhere from 300 to 500 miles after the first wear. That could be between five to six months for avid runners. I don’t run often, but I do wear my workout shoes multiple times a week for kickboxing, exercise machines, walks and more. Even with doing all of that, I hadn’t replaced my shoes in three years!!! So it was fate when New Balance Chicago contacted me to check out their stores. I stopped by the New Balance Chicago in Lincoln Park and walked away with a great fitting experience and new workout duds.
I was helped at New Balance Chicago by Ryan, a former track athlete at a local college. We began by doing a foot analysis. I stepped on a machine that measured the shape of my foot, my stride and pressure points. Then, I ran a bit so Ryan could videotape my stride. When replaying it, he pointed out my right ankle turned in. We used this knowledge as well as what was learned by my foot analysis to determine the type of shoes I should try on. I was happy to learn that New Balance Chicago carried options other than running shoes. Ryan brought out shoes for me to kick and jump around the store to see how they fit. I settled on a pair of shoes with good support and a cool look. (Even though comfort comes first, I still care about the look of the shoe!)
In addition to a great new pair of shoes, I also purchased really comfortable workout gear at New Balance Chicago. I walked away with a breathable shirt and The Shapely Shaper Bra. It’s hard for me to find sports bras that really do support me for high-impact workouts, but this one is very comfortable. While The Shapely Shaper Bra is designed for A and B cup sizes, it’s perfect for larger sizes, too.
I am really happy to have connected with New Balance Chicago in time for the new year, and consequent resolutions. The New Balance staff had great tools and background knowledge to make sure that I got shoes that were the right fit for me. Now that they helped me find the shoes, it’s up to me to keep the resolution! And you can too, by entering to win a new pair of New Balance shoes and gift certificate.
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A few weekends ago Sarah and I got the chance to live out a lot of little girls’ fantasies: we were mermaids for a day! We took a class through AquaMermaid Chicago that taught us how to swim like a mermaid. I learned that it’s a beautiful skill to master and it’s a pretty big workout. We also got some tips on how to behave like a mermaid (hint: they’re friendly). While I thought I was going into the class just for some great photo opps, I quickly learned how fun it was to be in the pool again and pick up some new tricks with a tail! Keep reading for all the deats.
*Update June 2017 – CycleBar opened a location just down the street from me in Fulton Market. They are continuing to expand in Chicago!*
Today’s fitness blog post is for my suburbanites and women in other cities. As you probably know, spin classes are sweeping the nation, but the downside can be that the studios aren’t in all cities yet. Studios devoted solely to spinning seem to traditionally open in larger cities first, like Chicago, or trendy, wealthy neighborhoods, like the Hamptoms. Luckily, there’s a cycling studio out there that sees the missed opportunity. CycleBar has been popping up all over the country with locations in suburbs or smaller cities like CycleBar Wellesley, CycleBar Hyde Park, CycleBar Cincinnati and CycleBar Royal Oak. I recently got to try CycleBar Burr Ride and loved the tough but fun workout that combines some of the best elements of other cycling studios.
CycleBar Burr Ridge celebrated its grand opening in June and seemed ready from day 1 to to rock its customers’ workouts. When I arrived, I was excited to find a water station with several temperature valves and water bottles. I can drink a whole bottle in a cycling class, hydration is so important! I entered the cycling studio to great music pumping through speakers and an energetic instructor ready to show us the ropes. As we started pedaling, I was pleased to see a scoreboard that showed us how we measured up to fellow riders. I really like a competitive aspect to help me ride my hardest. For those who’d prefer to focus on their personal ride instead, you’re able to do that too. Our instructor didn’t turn the screen on again until the end.
CycleBar in itself is not too different from other studios I’ve been to. And I think is a good thing. The top cycling studios seem to have the right ingredients for tough workouts and strong followings. (These include great tunes, challenging routines and a community atmosphere.) What they’re missing are franchises in smaller cities. These are the cities CycleBar is now popping up in. So if you’re ready to see what these cycling studios are all about, now’s your chance. CycleBar is going to open more 100 more locations by the end of the year. Check if there’s a location near you.
Thanks Sarah for being my cycling buddy, and thank you CycleBar for having me!