Local Favorites: Best Workout Spot

Spring is in the air and Elmhurst resident are doing their best to get ready for swimsuits and shorts.

Some people work out religiously all year long. Others spring into action to burn off winter weight-gain as the days start getting longer. Our inaugural "Patch Local Favorites" contest kicks off this week with the question: Where do you go in Elmhurst to get rid of your love handles? Whichever type of exerciser you are, we want to know where you like to work out.

Here are some of our favorite places, but if we're leaving one off the list, please let us know in the comments and we'll add it. Click on the link, give your favorite a rating (up to five stars) and tell us why you like it in the comments below:

Voting is open until 9 a.m. Friday. Ties will be broken by whichever business has the most positive comments and reviews. We will announce the winner at noon Friday.

So share with us your favorite, and don't forget to tell us in the comments below why.

kdj February 28, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Elmhurst Boot Camp. Jill is a great instructor. Every session is a different workout. Love the variety and results.
Lucy Needham February 28, 2012 at 09:16 PM
COURTS PLUS!!! It is a place where everybody knows your name and friendships are born. Great place to work, and work out.
Stacy V February 29, 2012 at 12:11 AM
Patriot rocks!! they box they TRX they take care of your kids. definately the way to go. many classes that can fit your schedudle
MS February 29, 2012 at 02:13 AM
5 Stars It's Fitness Boot Camp AND TRX! The workout never disappoints!
Bill Johnson February 29, 2012 at 03:39 AM
Courts Plus, most options, best value for your dollar. Classes, equipment, and a highly qualified fitness staff and personal trainers
Michelle Thomas-Gabel February 29, 2012 at 04:08 AM
It's Fitness with Janet Jackson and Michelle Kennedy are two of the most encouraging supportive instructors you'll ever meet. You not only want to push yourself for yourself, but you actually want to excel to make them proud. They literally change your life!!!!
Marilyn Fisher February 29, 2012 at 04:50 PM
ItsFitness should receive 5 stars! Janet Jackson & Michelle Kennedy are relentless and constantly supportive in their pursuit of health and fitness. Marilyn Fisher
Laura Walker February 29, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Pilates of Elmhurst is fantastic! What makes them stand out, aside from the genuine friendliness of the owners Beth and Steph, their unfailing capacity to motivate ( even on the worst of days!), and their ability to customize workouts, is the amazing knowledge base they bring to the studio. As a therapist, I have always been impressed by their knowledge and attention they give to each of their clients. Keep up the great work!
Bridget Tolpa February 29, 2012 at 11:25 PM
Lifestyle PIlates is the best. I have had pilates in many of the states in the US (and even outside of the US), and there is nothing that compares to LIfestyle Pilates. Chrissy is an incredible professional and I believe she is unparalled in this field.
Mary Young March 01, 2012 at 03:56 AM
Have to go with Elmhurst Boot Camp! Never thought I would, or could, get up so early to workout. The ever-changing workouts and the camaraderie of the ladies keeps me motivated. It's the best way to start your day!
LisaM March 01, 2012 at 04:08 AM
Elmhurst Boot Camp!
NancyG March 01, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Its Fitness Boot Camp / TRX gets 5 stars. Michelle Kennedy and Janet Jackson won't let a little rain in February or an incoming thunderstorm stop us from getting in an awesome workout outside! Best workout in Elmhurst by far.
Anne paschen March 01, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Its Fitness Trx/boot camp is the best workout ever... always challenging, never the same! Annie
Jennifer Mauck March 01, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Elmhurst Bootcamp is awesome! Jill does a fantastic job giving you a challenging total body workout. She does a great job switching up exercises to keep you motivated and wanting to come back!
Darrin March 02, 2012 at 12:35 AM
Patriot boxing
Beth W March 02, 2012 at 01:48 AM
What a great place to work out! The atmosphere is positive-the people are fantastic! Trainers are so motivating!!
Jesus cruz March 02, 2012 at 02:02 AM
Patriot boxing is the place for the best workout !!! I can run up to one hour at xsport on the treadmill and still and get a better workout then patriot boxing !!!
Jesus cruz March 02, 2012 at 02:03 AM
Delete Jesus cruz 8:02 pm on Thursday, March 1, 2012 Patriot boxing is the place for the best workout !!! I can run up to one hour at xsport on the treadmill and still not get a better workout then patriot boxing !!!
KAM March 02, 2012 at 02:52 AM
Patriot Boxing!
Matt B March 02, 2012 at 03:06 AM
patriot boxing!
Kelly March 02, 2012 at 03:08 AM
Elmhurst Boot Camp for sure. Jill encourages everyone to do thier personal best. Workouts are challenging and appropriate for all body types. Jill's boot camp is definitely a great way to start our the day!
Jill Howard Giorno March 02, 2012 at 03:16 AM
Thanks, Katie! I'm happy you got Elmhurst Boot Camp on here!
JS March 02, 2012 at 03:57 AM
Patriot! The boxing is fun and it's great to actually do something different. If you want to get in shape, go to patriot!
Caitlin March 02, 2012 at 04:07 AM
Elmhurst boot camp defiantly. Its a great place for me to.get cross training in before the cross country/track season. I always leave knowing I got a quality workout in.
Caitlin March 02, 2012 at 04:09 AM
Elmhurst boot camp defiantly. Its a great place for me to.get cross training in before the cross country/track season. I always leave knowing I got a quality workout in.
nick March 02, 2012 at 04:10 AM
Isn't It's Fitness part of Patriot? I thought they merged last year?
Julie Sadowski March 02, 2012 at 05:40 AM
Patriot Boxing changed my life! Patriot Boxing all the way!
Tamiw March 02, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Patriot Boxing is by far the best I have ever been to! Great energetic, fun, challenging workouts! Join you won't regret it!
Tony March 02, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Patriot Boxing is hands-down the spot. Best gym in the Midwest. Great people and a great atmosphere.
Wade Giorno March 02, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Wade Elmhurst boot camp. 5 stars. Challenging workout that is fun.


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