For the past year or so, I’ve been doing ClassPass and absolutely loving it. When I started it last spring, I had about four or five studios that I would frequently go to often and I stuck to them each month. After cancelling my membership in the early fall and re-joining in late December, I recognized a new studio on the list of choices to pick from. Studio Three.
Studio Three opened in November of last year and while I started going once every few months before it hit ClassPass, it wasn’t until this past January when I became really hooked on it. I never thought I’d find a studio or workout facility that I could become so obsessed with but Studio Three has done it for me.
Their bottom floor (or basement) has a high intensity interval training studio set with treadmills, weights and rowing machines, their middle floor/ground level has a Real Good Juice Co. bar and Peloton Cycling studio (the only one in the country aside from NYC) and their top floor has one of the most beautiful yoga rooms in the city.
Whenever I come in, the front desk workers are attentive, quick to grab my name and so helpful to get me signed into my class. The environment is friendly, warm and welcoming to the point where I always look forward to class.
My favorite parts?
You don’t have to pay for your cycle shoes. Unlike Soul Cycle or other competitors.
You don’t have to pay to use a yoga mat or towel. CorePower Yoga I’m looking at you.
Free towels when you shower AND beautiful bathrooms/changing area. Perfect for showering before work or class (if you’re a student like me).
The teachers play some of the best music and lead some of the most powerful classes.
Did I mention the yoga mats are Manduka!? For those yogis out there, you’ll know this is a big deal. High quality practice.
While I’ve been hooked on their spinning classes, I had yet to practice in their yoga studio so I decided to give it a go two weekends ago. I was able to come in early, didn’t need to worry about dragging along my mat thanks to their complimentary ones and had the opportunity to take a few photos in the studio of the gorgeous space.
Studio Three offers FIVE different yoga classes ranging from Flow which is mildly heated at 82ºF to Hot Power which can be 60 or 75 minutes long and is heated between 92 and 95ºF. I scheduled the Hot Power 75 and absolutely loved every second of it. The space was so large that everyone was evenly spread out and could practice without feeling as if you might stick your leg in the air and knock someone out behind you (always a fear of mine).
Unlike other yoga studios I’ve tried in the city, Studio Three has tons of windows which are such a nice toss-up from the usual pitch-black studios with candlelight. Especially when you go on a Saturday or Sunday morning and have rolled straight out of bed, the sunlight coming through wakes you up a bit.
I mentioned to someone while I was in Studio Three about to take a spin class recently how I never feel anxiety coming into the studios. When I have a class booked the night before I’m not saying to myself “ugh I have to wake up and workout” but rather thinking “I am so excited to get my ass kicked in this class” or “I can’t wait to flow for an hour”.
The studio is conveniently located just a few blocks from the train and even better, a few blocks from Whole Foods. Perfect when I’m dying of hunger thanks to an incredible yoga session or burst of cardio from Peloton.
Working out daily definitely isn’t easy and although I love maintaining an active lifestyle, it’s not always easy when I have to go out of my way or commute an hour but for some reason, I think Studio Three will keep me on track if numerous chaturangas and tap backs are involved.
I was given a free class thanks to the Studio Three team to try their yoga class. All thoughts and opinions are my own and I strongly love and recommend this company and workout facility to those in Chicago.