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Strength Classes at Chicago Athletic Clubs

No matter what your fitness goals are, strength training is an essential part of your program! These classes can help you sculpt and tone your muscles, promote weight loss, prevent injury, and strengthen your bones. By providing the foundational strength you need to excel in all areas of fitness, weight training classes and strength classes offer an essential component to a complete workout regimen. Here at Chicago Athletic Clubs, strength training classes provide an instructed and regimented weight lifting option that is perfect for all levels of fitness. Our fitness experts will help you modify your weight choices and movements to improve your form and work your way up. You are gonna be so strong.

Weight Training in Chicago - CAC

If you are looking for an advanced facility for strength training and weight lifting in Chicago, CAC is for you. Our Chicago gyms have all of the equipment you need for your ideal workout. In sessions led by our knowledgable instructors, our strength training classes can help you challenge yourself to stay motivated and meet your fitness goals. We have created several specialize strength training classes that focus on different muscle groups and take various approaches to this style of fitness. View our full selection of strength classes below. Each of these group fitness classes are free with your Chicago Athletic Clubs membership or guest pass. You can also take your strength training in Chicago to the next level with our personal training sessions. Contact your nearest CAC location to kickstart your strength and weight training goals today! 

Strength and Weight Training Class Types

Abs & Arms

Build strength in your upper body, sculpt long lean muscles and whittle your waistline with a  variety of exercises designed to lengthen, tone and improve posture. Lighter weights and higher reps plus some traditional strength training techniques are used.

Ballet Burn

Raise the bar on your workout. Ballet Burn is a results driven fitness class utilizing hand weights and ballet based movement to create lean lines and improve flexibility and posture. No experience, or barre needed.


Designed to effectively strengthen, tone and balance the entire body, these are fat burning workouts that integrate the use of the ballet barre and various props. Each class includes several highly effective sequences of toning and resistance exercises with an emphasis on the core, arms and lower body. These are challenging, no impact classes that produce maximum results.


BODYPUMP is one of the world’s fastest ways to get in shape. Great bodies aren’t born, they are transformed, using the proven formula: THE REP EFFECT, a breakthrough in resistance training. Focusing on low weight loads and high repetitions, burn fat and calories, gain strength and quickly produce lean body muscle. • Reserve your spot up to 60 minutes before class.




A concentrated, shorter version of the world-renowned resistance training class. • Reserve your spot up to 60 minutes before class.

Cardio Sculpt

Target all the major muscle groups, strengthen your core, burn calories and improve your cardio fitness. This class focuses on compound exercises, using a variety of equipment, to build strength and keep you on the move.

Les Mills CORE

Les Mills CORE - Six tracks to a six pack. Looking for a short, sharp workout that will inspire you to the next level of fitness, while strengthening and toning your body? Les Mills CORE is for you! Les Mills CORE really hones in on the torso and sling muscles that connect your upper body to your lower body. It is ideal for tightening your tummy and butt, while also improving functional strength and assisting in injury prevention.

Full Body Blast

Thirty minutes of body blasting muscular endurance and toning with only one piece of equipment: the Body Bar. A full-effective stand-alone workout as well as a complement to any cardio class.

Functional Strength & Stretch

Experience more energy and less injury through body awareness. Through smooth, rhythmic motion, release tight muscles and develop more functional movement patterns for health and performance. Learn to move your body from your core and improve your posture and balance. This class is appropriate for all fitness levels and is great for postnatal women, new exercisers, mature population, post rehab and athletes

GRIT™ Athletic

LES MILLS GRIT Athletic is a 30-minute high-intensity interval training (HIIT) sports conditioning workout, designed to make you perform like an athlete. This workout often uses a step, bodyweight exercises and multi-dimensional sports conditioning training to increase your overall athletic performance: strength, agility, speed and power.

GRIT™ Strength

Using barbell, weight plate and body weight exercises, LES MILLS GRIT Strength is an intense 30-minute team training workout that will blast all major muscle groups and take your strength into another zone.

Hard Core

This class is centered around muscles in the back, abdominals and glutes. Engage in the newest and safest techniques. All levels are welcome.

Sports Conditioning

Cardio drills mixed with strength and agility exercises to improve flexibility, coordination, athletic  performance endurance and function.

Step & Sculpt

Tackle cardio and strength in a single workout. Step combos pump up your heart rate and torch calories. Toning exercises build lean muscle mass and firm where you burn. It’s a fast-paced, fun challenge that may even make you smile.

Studio Strength

It’s time to get functionally fit! This class uses a variety of equipment, along with body weight, to give YOUR body what it needs to be fit on every level. The body does not work in isolation so neither should your workout. We incorporate strength, heart rate, flexibility, agility, mobility, core, rotation, balance, and multiple planes of movement. We use variations on “basic” exercises, as well as working outside the box. Build endurance, get strong, get balanced.

Total Body Training

An endurance extravaganza! Sometimes a sport-specific circuit, sometimes a cardiovascular marathon — always a challenge. Improve strength, balance and agility utilizing the latest in exercise equipment and techniques.

Yoga Sculpt

Yoga Sculpt is a modern form of yoga that combines Vinyasa Yoga, strength training, cardiovascular fitness and core work. This yoga class uses weights to strengthen the practice, while helping tone and shape the body. Burn calories, build stamina, increase strength and flexibility and increase lean muscle mass.

Zumba Toning

Zumba Toning blends body sculpting techniques with Zumba moves for a great calorie burning, strength-training combination. Maraca-like Zumba Toning Sticks are used to enhance rhythm, build strength and tone all the target zones.

Get the most out of your strength training workout

  • Please note all classes require reservations. Book your spot on our new mobile app up to 24 hours in advance.
  • Please arrive on time for the warm-up and stay through the entire class.
  • Please inform instructors of any special considerations (pregnancy, diabetes, recent surgery, etc.). CAC recommends a physical examination before undertaking any exercise program.
  • Instructors will be substituted from time-to-time. Any substitutions, deletions or additions to the printed schedules will be posted at the front desk.

Strength Class Schedules