Get Your Heart Pumping

Find your fitness niche at one of eight local spots.

BY JOAN ELOVITZ KAZAN

If your New Year’s resolution is to get healthy, it will absolutely include exercise. Finding the perfect place to work out is the key to sustained success. But where are the best studios, the most motivating instructors and the coolest classes? We explore eight local spots to help you make ’18 your healthiest year yet. 

 

WHAT YOU LIKE 

  WHERE YOU SHOULD GO    WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
 A variety of
small-group classes,
a more intimate vibe
 AddeoFit, 5055 N. Lydell Ave., Glendale, (414) 509-5967, addeofitmke.com Owner Sarah Addeo has amassed an almost cult-like following among health-conscious North Shore residents. Like in the movie “Field of Dreams,” Addeo built it, and they came — to this bright, inviting, six-studio facility. AddeoFit’s challenging classes range from cardio kick and power yoga to body blast and Addeo’s signature dance class, The Workout.
 
 Yoga of all kinds, meditation, Ayurveda   Santosha Yoga & Ayurveda,
W307 N1497 Golf Road, Delafield,
(262) 271-4972,
santoshayogaayurveda.com
   Santosha Yoga & Ayurveda is a unique studio guided by the phrase “release, relax, connect.” Classes include gentle yoga, energy flow vinyasa and yin/yang. This studio combines yoga with Ayurveda, which means “the science of life” and embodies the union of body, mind and soul.
    
Cycling, rowing
and high-intensity workouts
  Spire Fitness,
102 N. Water St., (414) 219-9118,
spire-fitness.com 
  There’s huge buzz around Spire’s marriage of indoor cycle, rowing and TRX. TRX is a suspension-based training system direct from the Navy SEALs, and has become a popular tool for strengthening the entire body, one muscle group at a time. High-energy instructors and great music are guaranteed to get your heart pumping. 
    
Dance-inspired,
low-impact workouts
  Pure Barre, locations in Delafield and Whitefish Bay, purebarre.com    Not a fan of jumping and bouncing around? Then Pure Barre is for you. Founded by a former dancer, this workout utilizes a ballet barre combined with small, isometric moves for a low-impact, total-body workout that engages your body and your mind as you block out life and focus on the LTB: “lift, tone, burn.” 
    
High-energy workouts that are anything
but  boring
  Orangetheory Fitness,
locations in Brookfield, Mequon, Shorewood and Delafield,
orangetheoryfitness.com 
  Specially trained coaches guide 10 to 25 people through the use of treadmills, rowers, TRX suspension systems and weights during this hourlong class. No orange shirts required, the name refers to the optimum heart rate zone, which is the end goal of this energetic, fast-paced workout. 
    
Pilates, yoga,
low-impact workouts
  Club Pilates,
locations in Mequon and Wauwatosa, clubpilates.com 
  Joseph Pilates created his eponymously named workout based on the use of a reformer — a contraption that may look like a medieval torture instrument, but produces effective results for students of all body types and fitness levels. The Pilates movement has expanded to include floor-based techniques, plus other equipment to build strength and build and tone muscles. 
    
Cycling, spinning, high-energy workouts    CycleBar,
11104 N. Port Washington Road, Mequon, (262) 676-2283, mequon.cyclebar.com
  You may have tried spinning before, but CycleBar takes indoor biking to an exciting new level. The instructors intend to “rock your ride” and keep you motivated for 50 addicting minutes in a high-energy environment, with the hottest music, mood-enhancing lights and a screen tracking your progress. 
    
Competitive workouts, weightlifting, camaraderie   CrossFit, locations and chapters throughout the Milwaukee area, crossfit.com    Former athletes, gymnasts, dancers and even non-fitness people come together in a gym called “the box” to sweat and support each other. Uber-motivated instructors will push you, and the interesting balance of competition and camaraderie will help keep you coming back again (and again).  
    
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