Tuesday, July 17, 2012

A One-of-a-Kind Rooftop Workout

That move would hurt! Credit: quinn.anya
It’s hot. It’s humid. It’s drought season, and we’re practically begging for rain just to get some relief from the heat. But if I had to beg Mother Nature and the Rain Gods to hold off on letting the skies open up to downpour, drizzle or thunderstorm, I’d want it to happen on Tuesday, July 24, because I’m not about to miss a rooftop workout on account of bad weather. Even if I can’t do a pliĆ© to save my life.

Forget sweating on the gym floor or feeling like you’re stuck in the studio rooms for hours on end. Equinox is offering an outdoor workout that’ll wake you up and work you out. And it’s on the rooftop garden of one of Chicago’s most craveable restaurants and most spectacular hotels. The fitness club is taking its Barre Burn class outdoors at the NoMI Garden on the seventh floor of the Park Hyatt Hotel on Michigan Avenue on July 24, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Space is limited but if you RSVP to Sarah.Roberts@Equinox.com, you could still score a spot for this rooftop rendezvous for dancers, fitness fanatics and anyone looking for a good total body workout.

The only problem is I have no idea what I’m in for. The class description says I’m going to find moves that’ll slim my hips, tighten my thighs, boost my rear and kick my metabolism into gear. All perks I’ll take for a morning out of the office. The catch is that it uses ballet movements, isometric exercises, core training and range of motion drills to do it. I think I can handle the isometrics and core work, but it’s the ballet that I’m worried about. After the Don Quixote inspired workout, I learned exactly why I quit ballet when I was six. I sucked—and 25 years later, I still suck. But if it opens my hips that only get tighter with the more miles I run and bike, and I can inch a little closer to that envious dancer’s body, its worth trying, right? I’ll take it.

Who’s with me? Space is limited but contact Sarah.Roberts@Equinox.com to save yourself a spot on the roof.

Photo grabbed from quinn.anya at flickr.

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