An exercise class designed for Lia

There’s an exercise facility in River North that designed a workout class specifically for me.

It’s as if The Indigo Studio said, “We need a class that will get Lia Lehrer to work out…ah, yes…we have the perfect solution!”

The class: “Zing,” where participants are encouraged to sing along with the music while they work out. Okay, fine, I’ll even post the description: “Sing out while you work out! Zing!(TM) is a total body workout designed to increase your strength, endurance, flexibility and balance as you sing along to pop and Broadway hits. Learn to breathe more fully and vocalize from the core… you don’t have to be a singer! You’ll have so much fun, you’ll forget you’re exercising!”

A friend found this studio through a Groupon, and somehow I ended up joining her for this class. I had a great time, worked up a sweat, and got to sing my heart out to songs like “Sweet Caroline,” “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair,” “Forget You,” and “Party in the USA.”

It made me wonder: Is there any possible way to make this Glee-like class any more Lia-friendly? They’d have to come up with something like these:

Broadway Dance: Dance to your favorite Broadway musical DVDs. You’ll enjoy cardio aerobics during the musical numbers and weight training and ab work during the speaking parts. Musicals include Singin’ in the Rain, Annie, Hairspray, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.Singin' in the Rain

Schmooze-ercize: Bring your friends to this class where we’ll keep the music low, the movements relatively easy, and the talking high! Bring your stories, your gossip, your jokes, your weird dreams, and your Seinfeld-esque observations on life. Your heart rate will be up…but will it be from the workout or from the suspenseful story about your friend’s date last week?

How I Met Your “Marathon“: Watch your favorite scenes from “How I Met Your Mother” (one of Lia’s favorite shows) while running on ellipticals.

Photo Pilates: Grab your camera – we’re going out on the town! We’ll take pictures of our friends, of Chicago scenes, and of nature, stopping in between to work our core. Each class is held in a different neighborhood of Chicago.

Aerobic Laser Tag: Enough said.

Cardio Chocolate: This class is all about the bribes. If you do a certain number of sit-ups and push-ups and get your heart rate up to a certain level, you get a piece of chocolate. But of course, it won’t count as calories. How? This is my class, so I get to make the rules.

So…who’s ready to work out, Lia-style?


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