Put up your dukes: Chicago’s latest fitness craze has the city’s health fiends fighting up a sweat.
Midtown Athletic Club’s extensive boxing program revolves around different boutique boxing studios within the club.
1. MIDTOWN ATHLETIC CLUB
Midtown has become something of a destination for pros and novices alike through its signature Everybody Fights program. Each class is structured into six to 12 rounds that progress in technicality and endurance and are inspired by actual famous fighters. “It’s truly an immersive experience,” says Richard Earney, Midtown Athletic Club’s national program director. Group classes are inclusive with instructors who help you dive into technique and form. One-on-one training options are available if you’re looking for something a little more personal. 2444 N. Elston Ave., midtown.com
Equinox has a reputation for keeping you at your very best—wherever, whenever. Now featuring new digital and in-club offerings, members benefit from unlimited specialized classes led by dedicated instructors. Equinox’s rigorous boxing workouts honor the hard-hitting fighting traditions needed to free the warrior inside. Whether you’re hitting the heavy bags or sweating through a no-equipment conditioning drill, you’ll be shredding in pristine studio spaces with trainers who are passionate about your fitness goals. Multiple locations, equinox.com
3. UNANIMOUS BOXING GYM
Unanimous Boxing Gym has a story deeply rooted in love for the art of boxing—and it shows. Veteran coaches lead classes packed with a wide range of traditional exercises used in professional training circuits. Attendees get the best of both conditioning and training, from jump-roping and shadowboxing to partner drills and pad work. Whether you’re a professional or just getting started, Unanimous has a class for you to get your sweat on and unleash your inner fighter. With an average of eight classes daily and over 400 members, Unanimous gives its members a real workout and has them walking away with real skills. 1356 W. Lake St.; 2764 N. Milwaukee Ave., unanimousboxinggym.com