Long time member or new to the family, the Chicago Athletic Clubs is your hub for tons of awesome & invigorating exercise options. Yes, we have all the good stuff like free weights, treadmills and a multitude of amazing classes, but we are so much more! We want to make sure you are getting the most out of your Chicago Athletic Clubs gym membership, so we've put together a list of some of our favorite lesser known perks to get you started.
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Weekend Workout Forum
Want some free personal training? Of course, don't we all. Our answer to this need is our Weekend Workout Forum. These amazing FREE sessions are presented by our top-notch personal trainers on a variety of topics like mastering kettlebell moves to best nutrition practices to foam roller techniques. A different workshop at every club, you can check out the schedules here.
The best deal in town to try out indoor climbing and fall in love - with the safety of a harness of course. At each of our clubs with Climbing Walls (Evanston, Lakeview, and Lincoln Park's seasonal outdoor) one of our phenomenal climbing instructors will be on hand to tie you in and offer you a few climbs up our main wall and/or introduce you to our bouldering cave. We've got you covered with complimentary climbing shoes and a harness, you just wear something comfortable to climb in. Not a member? No problem! You can get a guest pass or purchase a day pass and participate. This is not a class, but a great chance to experience what climbing at the clubs is all about!
Korr Cardio Coach for Metabolic Testing
The often overlooked but crucially important component to losing weight, building muscle and staying healthy is nutrition! We all may think we eat pretty heathly, but if you are looking for results or just want to feel better, our nutritionists are your key to success. Schedule an appointment for KORR Metabolic Testing to tap into exactly what your body needs. This revolutionary approach to nutrition and exercise will assess what you require in terms of calories and cardiovascular exercise to acheive your goals. It's like a road map to victory.
Want to be a lean machine? You need look no further than CAC's own Pilates Studios. State of the art, boutique Pilates studios that are already where you are! At our Evanston, Bucktown and Lincoln Park locations, these studios offer group classes, private lessons and time with that crazy equipment that is proven to be one of the best low impact workouts for maximum results in acheiving a lean, toned physique.
Whether you are looking for a low impact cardio workout, want to learn some new strokes or are ready to compete, Chicago Athletic Clubs' pools are the perfect place for you! Our West Loop, Lincoln Park, Lakeview, Lincoln Square and Evanston locations all have stunning lap pools that offer a variety of learn-to-swim classes for adults, water workout classes, swim training and even a Master Swim Team for the truly aquatic. And did you know that Lakeview has a rooftop pool? Definitely jump into that.
All Access Thursdays
Thursdays are the best day to break out of your comfort zone and visit another location - because it's free! No matter which club is your home club, all members have all access to any of our locations on Thursdays, which means you get to try that Zumba class with a new teacher, or check out the rock wall over at LVAC.
We all need a little r&r, but we sometimes forget that massage is more than a luxury. Therapeutic sports massage is a fully integrated part of most athletes' workout routines, allowing for release of muscle tension, development of flexibilty, and of course injury prevention for when you find yourself overworking a particular part of your body, or training hard for your next race. Start to think about massage as part of your gym routine, and then just hop on over to our Lakeview or Evanston locations to get the amazing massage that you truly need.
All Access PreNatal classes
Mommas-to-be deserve the very best, and have some special requirements when it comes to working out for two. We make it easier for expecting mothers by making our pre and postnatal workout classes all access, all the time. That way you can work us into your very, very busy schedule. Just let your membership advisor know and they will note your account for the duration of your pregnancy.
Our phones are our lifelines, and the CAC Mobile App is the easiest way to stay connected with CAC. Not only is it an ultra convenient way to check schedules and class times, you can get special app only offers and even win some cool stuff with our app challenges. All from the comfort of wherever you happen to be with your phone!