4 Fun Ways to Exercise for People Who Hate the Gym

Hating the gym is not synonymous with hating exercise.

In fact, plenty of active people who love staying fit just can’t stand the trappings of the modern fitness club, and there are valid reasons for that.

Many popular Chicago gyms have either a meat market or uppity, pretentious feel that turns people off. Being in workout clothes and trying new exercises can make you feel a bit vulnerable, so it’s no surprise that a gym crowded full of super fit, cool people can be intimidating.

Not to mention the cost and commitment. Even if you’re ready to commit to fitness, you might not want to commit to 6 months or a year of a pricey monthly fee.

That’s where Create Your Space Studio classes come in – we offer fun classes for all levels in a laidback environment that was specifically created to put you at ease. Our classes are designed to be just as fun as they are effective. And, suffice it to say, no pretension or meat market feel!

Read on to learn about some of the fantastic methods featured in our fitness classes…


This ballet-inspired method does not actually require any prior experience with ballet, but it may make you feel like an elegant ballerina. It’s a non-impact workout for your whole body that emphasizes strength building without adding any bulk.

It’s a great universal method because it doesn’t put strain on joints and can even be adapted for those with injuries. Faithful practice can result in weight loss, sculpted muscles, better posture and an increase in energy.  What’s not to love?  Try it out at CYSS in September and October on Mondays at 6:15pm or Sundays at 9am.


For anyone who loves to cut a rug, shake their groove thing or bust moves, dance-based fitness classes probably don’t feel like a chore in the same way that other work out options might. Great instructors use fun music, easy routines and targeted movements to help you enjoy the activity while also getting in quality and toning.

At CYSS this fall, we offer SHiNE Dance Fitness on Tuesdays at 7:30pm and Dancetasity! on Saturdays at 8:45am and both classes are suitable for all levels.


In case you haven’t jumped on the yoga train yet, now just might be the time! While there are a great many types of yoga methods out there, they all emphasize breath control, stretching and strength building. And many people find that while it provides a good workout, yoga also helps to relax and center you. This is an excellent added benefit for those of us whose everyday lives are busy and stressful.

If you’re a yoga virgin, the best thing to remember is that there’s no need to be nervous – every experienced yogi was once a neophyte. At CYSS, yoga enthusiasts have several options during September and October:

  •        Mondays:

o   11:45am – Vinyasa Flow

o   7pm – Yoga Flow

  • Tuesdays:

o   6:15pm – Power Yoga

  • Wednesdays:

o   6:15am – Yogalates

o   7:30pm – Yoga Flow Al Fresco

  • Thursdays

o   6:15am – Yoga Sculpt

o   6pm – Namaste Rosé*

o   7:45pm – Restorative Yin Yoga

  • Saturdays

o   9:30am – Hatha Yoga


If you’ve ever thought about taking a martial arts class, then Capoeira could be the perfect exercise choice for you. Born nearly 500 years ago, this Brazilian practice combines elements of dance, martial arts, self-defense, music and acrobatics. It provides a fantastic workout that builds strength, balance and flexibility but it also has a beautiful and rich cultural history that beginners can explore to enrich their practice. Hit play on the video below to get an idea of what it’s like, and sign up for our Beginner Capoeira class on Fridays at 6:30 to give it a try yourself.


Staying active and being fit does not require going to a standard gym. These days, there are so many other ways to exercise that everyone can find an activity that’s a good fit for their interests and fitness goals. Sample a few classes this fall at Create Your Space Studio to see what works best for you.


And if you’re not sure where to start, just get in touch and we’ll be happy to give you a personalized recommendation.