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2727 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, Il 60614
USA

(773) 477 8400

Workout Matchmaker: I Want to Run Faster

"WORKOUT MATCHMAKER" IS 
DESIGNED TO HELP YOU GET THE MOST OUT OF OUR GROUP-FITNESS PROGRAM: IN EACH COLUMN, WE'LL TAKE A SPECIFIC WELLNESS GOAL AND OUTLINE A FEW CLASSES THAT YOU CAN TAKE TO MEET THIS GOAL.

Here, we take another common wellness goal: running faster. We all understand the benefits of running. It helps you increase your cardiovascular strength, burn calories and lose weight. It builds lower body strength and even relieves stress. Some people think running just comes naturally but, like all fitness goals, it's something that improves with time and focus so let's go to the workout matchmaker....

Build those muscles

There are many ways to become a faster runner -- focusing on your form, adjusting the length of your stride and properly stretching are just a few things you can do on your own. To be a faster runner, you need to be stronger -- and we don't mean just a stronger lower body. We mean the entire package -- your core, your cardiovascular system, your upper body and, of course, your legs.

Start with Treadmill Bootcamp

A lot of people think Treadmill Bootcamp is one of the hardest group-fitness classes in Chicago. In Treadmill Bootcamp, you'll run on a treadmill to build up your speed and endurance. And if that's not enough for you, we add in military-style bootcamp drills for strength, so that you can push yourself to your limits. Talk about a great way to build muscles!

When to find Treadmill Bootcamp

  • Tuesdays at 9 am
  • Wednesdays at 5:45 pm or 6:30 pm

If Treadmill Bootcamp isn't you're type

Not every match is made in heaven, so we've got other classes that can help you run faster too. Try Spinning, a group-fitness class available daily. Spinning is all about cardio strength, hip rotation and maintaining tough cadences -- just like running! So put the pedal to the medal with some cross-training on the bike. 

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"Most people go to the gym because they want to achieve a specific fitness goal," says George Deoudes, a personal trainer and group-fitness instructor. "They want to build muscle, they want to lose body fat or they hope to get lean and tone for an upcoming special event, but many of them aren't sure how to get started. That's why we're here to help!"