Cheeky Chicago held their first ever Fit to Be Cheeky fitness festival on June 22. After attending, I hope it isn’t their last.
The day started for me and a friend at 10:30 AM in Grove 3 in Lincoln Park. After checking in, we chose from a schedule of 15 classes, which were held in three staging areas across the lawn. Each class lasted a half hour, with a ten minute break in between and all equipment was provided for us.
Our first class was Arms + Abs led by instructors from SHRED415, which has studios in Old Town, Lincoln Park, North Shore and Wicker Park. It was 30 minutes of resistance band exercises broken up by running and sprinting drills. Afterward, we hit up the Kettlebell HIIT class given by trainers from the West Loop’s CrossTown Fitness. The ensuing 30 minutes consisted of alternating sets of Kettlebell lifting with non-weighted exercises.
We technically could have taken 5 classes in total, but we only had the energy for two. More power to you if you can do 2 1/2 hours of intense exercise, but I’m pretty much done after an hour.
Though my friend and I were too tired to sample any more workouts, Equinox (locations throughout Chicago) was on hand to offer five of their own programs, including VIPR Circuit, Stacked, Cardio Kick, METCON3, and Animal Flow. The name "Animal Flow" alone piques my interest and I will definitley seek it out another time. Dailey Method (various Chicagoland locations) was also there leading their Dailey Interval classes, while Lakeview’s Om on the Range provided yoga sessions.
Vendors, such as Freshii, Madison & Rayne (a fresh and organic food delivery service), Luna, Oakley, and Live Grit (a Chicago based triathlon shop) were sprinkled throughout the park to offer samples and information on their products. There was also all the Red Bull you could ever want stocked in coolers at each workout area, but there was no water to be found. I brought my own, but quickly went through it. Though I definitely enjoyed a sugar free Red Bull after my second session ended, I would have rather had more water available. Thankfully it was it was an overcast day so I didn’t suffer too badly.
After the classes, we headed over to the Hotel Lincoln for the Get Gorgeous Lounge. We were immediately greeted by Seven Daughters, who offered us the choice of a red Sangria Punch or white wine Serenity cocktail. We sipped on our drinks as we picked out a free pair of sunglasses courtesy of Seven Daughters and sampled more drinks from the Chicago based startup Social. They provided a tasty all natural, low sugar, gluten free sparkling sake soon to be available in Whole Foods, Mariano’s and The Goddess and Grocer. Argo Tea was also there offering free products, as was Leah Chavie Skincare Boutique (located on Halsted), who gave us a coupon for a discounted body wrap or facial.
All in all, the Fit to Be Cheeky festival was a great way to start my day. Trying out new workouts was energizing and I felt great about myself afterwards. So much so that I didn’t even feel guilty going in for a second gluten free mini cupcake Social offered us.
I’d definitely return for a second Fit to Be Cheeky festival should there be more and I might even splurge for the $75 V.I.P. tickets which get you entry into the J. Parker rooftop yoga. Not necessarily for the class, but for the estimated $1000 worth of fitness goodies in the gift bag. A pretty good deal if you ask me.
Photo credit: Cheeky Chicago