An excuse to workout for most of my Saturday? All the samples a girl could want? Fitness classes that aren't the same old same old? I'm sold! But where do I want to go so badly? The Self Magazine Workout in the Park, making its last stop of the season, in Chicago, this Saturday, May 15.
I can't quite explain why I get excited over this event year after year--and that's even in years when I can't attend due to other commitments (including this Saturday). First time, I didn't know what I was getting myself into and dragged my husband--then-fiance--with me to Lincoln Park to check it out. Granted I was the only one who went inside--maybe a little too much estrogen and chatty Cathys for him--but I left way too early by my own wishes. Note to self: Don't give yourself only a half hour to peruse the park because you'll leave without experiencing much of anything.
That's because Self is transforming Butler Field at Grant Park into a fitness festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. You don't have to worry about when you're going to get your workout in for the day, the three fitness take care of that with classes that start at 11:10 a.m. and run all the way to 3 p.m. And a new class starts up every 25 minutes so you don't have to suffer through moves your body can't handle. Try classes like Beach Body, Retro-Robics and Rock Bottom on the main stage--aren't the names enough to draw you in and wonder what kind of sweat session you're in for?--or head to the Rebounding Zone for either Resistance Rebounding or Urban Rebounding. Not in the mood for those types of cardio? Chill out in the Quiet Zone with yoga and Pilates, taught to you by Mandy Ingber, yoga trainer to celebs like Jennifer Aniston. Check out her yogalosophy she shared at New York City's Workout in the Park.
Ingber isn't the only person with a celeb connection in the house. You've seen her on Access Hollywood and NBC and now you can spot Maria Menounos on the Main Stage in Chicago. She'll be working out and sharing her fitness secrets that keep her energized for her hectic, and often bicoastal, job.
I'm not even close to covering all of the booths and events at the Workout in the Park. But hopefully there's enough here and online to convince you. It's like the pages of the magazine unfolding live in front of you with all the workouts, product samples, taste tests, beauty products and style consultations your eyes can handle. And with Saturday promising to be a little nicer than it was a week ago, what are you waiting for?