Best Local Virtual Workouts in Chicago to Get the New Year Started Right

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Does recent holiday overindulgence have you starting to think about kick-starting your workout routine for the new year? Whether you’re regretting how all those extra slices of pie have your pants fitting a little more snugly or just want to get healthier, making a commitment to working out is always a great New Year’s Resolution. 

It can be especially hard to stay motivated to getting fit during a pandemic when many gyms are either closed or don’t feel as safe as they used to. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of Chicago-based gyms and trainers that are offering virtual workouts. Check them out so that you can be the best version of you in 2021! 

Best Free Virtual Workout

Chicago Athletic Clubs

Times are hard right now, with the pandemic taking a major toll on the economy. If you’re being budget-conscious, the good news is there are great free virtual workouts in Chicago! Chicago Athletic Clubs has put together a lot of free at-home workouts for you, including a full four week plan to get you in shape for the New Year through their app.

Best Paid Virtual Workout

Chitown Trainer

Of course, if you can afford to pay for workouts, you’ll be helping to stimulate the economy and supporting the livelihoods of fitness instructors and gym owners. And if you’re looking to really get serious about meeting your fitness goals this year, you’ll want the structure and accountability that comes with having your own personal trainer. Chitown Trainer, a small company founded by a native Chicagoan, will virtually pair you with a personal trainer for $149/month.

Best Live Virtual Workout


One of the things many people miss about in-person exercise classes is the feeling of community and accountability that they foster! Studio 3, a Chicago HIIT, cycling, and yoga studio, is offering live at-home classes through their LiveWithS3 Program. You can purchase a drop-in for $10, a 5-pack for $45, a 10-pack for $80, or an unlimited monthly subscription for $125.

Best Recorded Virtual Workout

FFC On Demand

One consistent throughout this pandemic has been that nothing is consistent. So, if you’re not sure you can commit to working out at specific days and times, you’ll want pre-recorded classes that you can do at any time. Get your fix with FFC On Demand, launched by the small Chicago-based chain of gyms, Fitness Formula Club. You’ll get access to a library of classes, plans, tools, and nutrition tips. Better yet, you can get started with a 14-day free trial.

Best Unique Virtual Workout

Vaudezilla Burlesque

If you’re getting sick of crunches, push-ups, and jumping jacks, it’s probably time to switch up your workout routine. Mixing up your workout is really important to keep things fun and interesting, help you avoid burnout, and challenge your body in new ways. To try something totally different, how about “empowering the goddess within” with an online Burlesque class through Vaudezilla?

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