Summer Fitness at the Lincoln Park Zoo!

There's one Chicago staple my parents always request to visit when they come to town in nice weather: the Lincoln Park Zoo. 

It's expansive for a free zoo, and is always clean with polite and knowledgeable staff to top it off! They host a variety of events, from Adults' Night Out events to a 5k and 10k (sign up for that HERE). This summer, they're adding to their fitness repertoire by offering fitness classes in the Zoo, between April 29 and September 30!

You have the option of choosing from a single class for $20 or class packs, varying in price: $80 for a five-class pack, $140 for a 10 class pack, $270 20 class pack, or $400 for unlimited.

Classes are all taught by Lulafit, a concierge fitness company. Keep in mind before attending that you need to provide your own water, mat and towels (when required, like for a yoga or pilates class)

Okay, so you're already feeling the FOMO, I know. Class descriptions are below to get the FOMO flowing, and to sign up, visit: https://www.lpzoo.org/fitness-zoo !

Class Descriptions:

Running & Conditioning Training: Step up your training routine with Run Club at the Lincoln Park Zoo. Enjoy scenic runs through the zoo and surrounding park area while stopping for conditioning workouts to get you in running shape! Whether you’re training for the marathon, a 5K or just want to take your workouts outside, this class will leave you feeling accomplished and strong with each session. This class is appropriate for all levels.

Happy Bodies Yoga:  Happy Bodies Yoga is a gentle class that uses classic yoga postures to lengthen muscles and relax the mind. The poses and pace range from gentle to challenging, done with stable, self-centering energy and breathing. You’ll leave feeling balanced and refreshed. This class is appropriate for all levels. (Indoor classes in May: room will be heated to 85 degrees with added humidity)

Power Vinyasa Yoga: This invigorating, full-body flow uses classic yoga postures to build strength and challenge the body both mentally and physically. Get to know your body, mind, and breath through strength, flexibility, balance, and cardio. This class is appropriate for all levels. (Indoor classes in May: room will be heated to 85 degrees with added humidity)

Power Pilates: Strengthen your core while you tone and lengthen your muscles. The precise movements of Pilates work your muscles deeply and after regular practice, you’ll experience improved posture and observe muscle tone. This class is appropriate for all levels.

Happy Minds: This class combines Happy Bodies Yoga with meditation practice. Begin with 30 minutes Happy Bodies Yoga, a gentle class that uses classic yoga postures to lengthen muscles and relax the mind. Continue with 30 Minutes Mindful Meditation Practice: move on to mindfulness and meditation to leave you feeling balanced and refreshed. This class is appropriate for all levels.

Parent & Toddler Yoga: Toddlers ages 2–5 and adults practice fun animal yoga poses and engage in activities such as sing-alongs, reading a storybook, and more. We have a limited number of child-sized yoga mats available for use on a first come, first served basis. Registration is required for each adult. Every two children must be accompanied by one adult and adults are required to participate with their child(ren).

Interval Circuit Training: Push yourself with this fast-paced cardio and strength class incorporating HIIT (high intensity interval training). This class incorporates circuits and intervals to help you efficiently achieve your fitness goals. Come for the tough workout and stay for the camaraderie you’ll build with your community. This class is appropriate for all levels.

Zumba: Experience salsa, merengue, mambo and hip-hop all in one 90-minute class! Led by licensed Zumba instructors to provide an upbeat dance and aerobic workout. No experience or dance training necessary.

 Photo courtesy of the Lincoln Park Zoo

Photo courtesy of the Lincoln Park Zoo

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