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Published Thursday Jun 06, 2019 by Brittany Raine

4 Can’t-Miss Summer Fitness Events in Chicago

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Ready to sweat this summer? Whether you’re all about getting down and dirty at Tough Mudder or looking to find your zen with Michelob ULTRA in Chicago, here are our four can’t-miss summer workout + wellness events in the Windy City! 


Sprint like a superhero.

marathon chicago event fitness

Sunday, June 9th 
DC Wonder Woman Run Series - Chicago/Gurnee
½ Marathon | 10K | 5K

Not all superheroes wear capes! Lace up your sneakers, grab your crew, and get ready to walk or run the DC Wonder Woman Run Series in Chicago/Gurnee. With a course that’s packed with super-fun entertainment, you can choose your distance, earn a DC Wonder Woman finishers medal, and celebrate at the post-race party. Sign up here! 


Sunshine, Savasana, and beer.   
chicago fitness event local michelob ultra

Saturday, July 13th
MOVEMENT by Adaptive Training Foundation with Michelob Ultra 
Workouts | Recovery appointments | Music, beer & more 

Located on the lush, grassy acres of Maggie Daley Park, move, evolve, and recover at this one-of-a-kind Michelob ULTRA wellness event. Experience everything from a HIIT workout with On Your Mark, to CorePower yoga flow, cryotherapy, facials, massages, meditation, music, and more while enjoying beer and stepping up your self-care. Use code MINDBODY to get 10% off your ticket before they sell out! 


Meet your muddy match.  
tough mudder chicago event

Saturday, August 24th - Sunday, August 25th 
Tough Mudder Chicago
Classic | Tougher Mudder | 5K 

Three events, one epic weekend. If you’re ready to tackle the mud and take on a challenge, Tough Mudder is your answer. Choose from a 3-mile or 8- to 10-mile obstacle course or 8- to 10-mile competitive race and get ready to get dirty with a capital D. Trust us, there’s no better feeling than tackling this world-famous challenge and partying post-race covered in mud!

 

OM sweet OM. 

wanderlust festival yoga fitness

Saturday, September 14th - Sunday, September 15th 
Wanderlust Festival
Yoga | Inspiring Speakers | Sound baths | Food & more

Ignite your spirit at this inspiring event. Celebrate the end of summer with two days of movement, exploration, world-renowned speakers, and more. The schedule includes everything from a transformative yoga flow, to aerial yoga, heart-pounding HIIT classes, lectures, and local eats—your adventure awaits. Reserve your space! 


Searching for more weekend adventures near you? Check out the MINDBODY events page to find your next wellness experience!

Brittany Raine MINDBODY
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Brittany Raine
Consumer Content Program Manager
About the author
A free-spirited farmgirl from New York, Brittany traded her job as a journalist and newspaper editor for the San Diego sunshine. Brittany now leads the curation of all creative content. There are rumors she was Middle Earth's warrior elven queen in a past life.
What Are the Benefits of an Online Gym Membership?
Fitness
Published Monday Sep 21, 2020 by Sara Lesher

What Are the Benefits of an Online Gym Membership?

That’s something I never expected to hear. Think about it: we join gyms and studios because of their equipment, instructors, space, community (and AC, of course). But who’s to say we can’t get all that—or at least most of it—with virtual and online classes, too? In this new wave of wellness, we’re all switching up our fitness routines as we switch up our everyday schedules and habits. It’s not just in-studio or at-home anymore. It’s in-studio, at-home, at the park, beach, parking lot, rooftop...virtual, hybrid, Instagram Live, online, on-demand, and so much more. As we’re adapting, adjusting, finding our groove, etc., online gym memberships enter the frayHas a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? 

So, why should we care about online gym memberships? 

There are tons of benefits to an online gym membership, especially right now.

Let’s break this down: 

1. Scheduling convenience 

A virtual/online gym fitness membership is a monthly subscription that gives you access to tons of live stream fitness classes you can take anywhere, from studios across the globe. These fitness studios offer tons of at-home workouts, group exercise, and one-on-one training sessions to choose from, no matter your exercise program or fitness level. With so many options, it’s easy to find one that fits your schedule. Whether you want to fit in a morning flow before work, combat that afternoon slump with some cardio, squeeze in some strength training before dinner, or wind down with an evening barre class, you can pick and choose classes to fit your fitness routine. 

2. Minimizing exposure to COVID-19 

And because they’re online, you can take these classes from the comfort of your home (or wherever you are), thus minimizing your exposure to COVID-19 and eliminating your commute to the gym or studio. By now, many of us have our designated “workout spot,” whether it’s an actual weight room, a quick scooch of the coffee table, or a grassy area in the backyard. Maybe you’re comfortable here... maybe you’ve even learned to love it.  

With an online gym membership, you can stay in your safe space/comfy workout spot. Or, you can go somewhere new (local park, beach spot, a different area of the house, you know). You can access these virtual, live stream fitness classes from any device, so you can prop up your phone, laptop, or tablet wherever you want to go, or roll out your mat in front of the big screen TV in your living room. 

3. Variety 

We all have our favorite, go-to workouts. But sometimes, it feels good to switch it up (especially right now). Working from home all day, many of us are craving some variety and excitement, and an online gym membership can definitely help with that. According to our recent poll about COVID’s effect on our fitness routines, 64% of you have tried new online workouts since the start of the pandemic—I know I have. Maybe it’s because trying new things is easier in the comfort of our homes, maybe we’re finally able to try some classes we normally can’t find locally, or maybe we’re all just bored out of our minds...I don’t know. But I’m excited about it.  

With an online gym membership, you can get that spice you’re looking for easily. Start out your Monday by hitting some HIIT, ease your sore muscles with some Restorative Yoga, and end the week with some dance cardio to pretend you’re at the club. The world is yours. 

What Are the Benefits of an Online Gym Membership?

 

4. Working out without a commute 

My favorite part? No commute. There are literally no more excuses when it comes to skipping workouts. No traffic, no schedule conflicts, no fear of returning to the studio. You don’t even have to worry about packing a gym bag with a change of clothes and shower supplies or prepping a snack or protein shake to bring to work. Just shut your computer, throw on some leggings, and get to work. 

5. Community 

Community—the element of online fitness memberships we don’t often think of. When we go into studios, we understand the beauty of a fitness community. We’re greeted by our instructors, we chat with others in the class, and we all sweat together and encourage each other throughout. But working out at home is different... or is it?  

We can do workouts on our own at home all we want, but we’re definitely going to miss out on the community aspect we all know and love. But, with live stream classes, we can create a different kind of community. The beauty of it? It’s not just your neighbors anymore. Anyone with an online fitness membership can join these classes, regardless of where they’re located in relation to the studio, so you can be working out alongside people from all over the world—now that’s something I can get behind. 

 
Interested yet?

Sara Lesher
Written by
Sara Lesher
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Spoiled by the San Diego sunshine, Sara’s hobbies include beaching, hiking, concert-going, and brewery-hopping. As Mindbody’s marketing content associate, she naturally loves reading and writing… so if you have any book recommendations, let her know. And just between us: she’s committed to health and wellness but loves a good taco (shoutout TJ Tacos in Escondido).