Carved at David Barton Gym (600 W Chicago Ave, 312-836-9127)
Not only will this class save you some cash—it’s free today for nonmembers and members alike—you can splurge a little more on your holiday meal, too, knowing that you’ll continue to burn calories post-workout. (Resistance training elevates your metabolism for at least an hour after you lift.) Today’s class uses both free weights and your own body weight for an hour of high-intensity toning.
When 9am and 11am
Calories burned 400–500
Total Body at Shred415 (2156 N Clybourn Ave, 773-360-8228)
You’ll sweat buckets—and spike your heart rate—changing up your workout from the treadmill to the floor for weight lifting every 15 minutes at this high-intensity interval workout studio. Walkers, joggers and runners are all welcome; no matter the speed, brace yourself for serious inclines; $24.
When 7:15am, 8:30am and 9:45am
Calories burned 600–900
Indoor cycling at Flywheel Sports (710 N State St, 312-624-8485)
One of our favorite spinning instructors in the city, Michael Wollpert, leads two morning indoor cycling classes today (45 and 60 minutes long, respectively). After spinning your legs into wobbly Jell-O molds, push through a brief weight-lifting session while you finish off your ride. Just imagine how good you’ll feel showing off your guns while you carry that turkey to the table; $25.
When 8:30am and 9:45am
Calories burned 700–1,000
C2 at CorePower Yoga (555 W Roosevelt Rd, 312-829-9642)
Don’t let the fact that it’s a yoga class (without bootcamp or sculpt in its title) fool you. This vinyasa yoga session melts serious calories. The session takes place in a heated room and focuses on flow and gratitude for 75 minutes with an energizing blend of physical challenge and meditative guidance. Bonus: Proceeds benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository; minimum $25 donation.
Calories burned 600
F-Train at On Your Mark (•1101 W Monroe St, 312-733-9330; •1753 N Damen Ave, 773-292-9330)
Prepare yourself for a sedentary late afternoon and evening with a morning full-body circuit training workout focusing on strength, cardio, balance and agility. The goal is to improve the efficiency and mechanics of your workout; $25.
When 9am at Bucktown, 10am at West Loop
Calories burned 415