3 Milwaukee Fitness Classes Suited for Home Bodies

Some ways to get in shape without going leaving the house, plus a popular look at a local fitness company.

1. Brew Fitness on Demand


The craft beer at this Walker’s Point gym used to be one of the things that kept its members coming back. But you’ll have to supply your own brews for its on-demand virtual classes, which range from 15-40 minutes and cover a variety of workouts. Highlights include bootcamps, cardio kickboxing classes and a thoroughly on-brand “Keg to 6-Pack” course. After a free, 10-day trial period, virtual-only memberships cost $39 a month.

2. Empower Yoga Milwaukee


This yoga-centric fitness center hosts 30 live Zoom classes each week and has built up a catalogue of over 100 classes available to watch at any time. Most are designed to suit users of all ability levels. But beginners who’d prefer a less strenuous workout can sign up for one of their “Slow Flow” or “Rest and Restore” sessions. The first month of home membership costs $15; subsequent months cost $39.



3. The Barre Code on Demand


The Barre Code, a national fitness studio with a Third Ward location, distinguishes itself from its competitors by offering classes for kids. These “Camp Code” sessions are each 15-20 minutes long and incorporate games, like Simon Says. Parents can work out alongside their kids or sign up for one of the studio’s adults-only classes instead. Membership (which covers both in-person and remote classes) costs $89 for the first month, and $119 after that.

Peloton: Worth the Cost? 

THINKING ABOUT buying a Peloton bike or treadmill? You certainly aren’t alone. The fitness company’s sales surged more than 200% last year.

Local Kathleen Walczak, who recently purchased one of the company’s bikes, doesn’t regret jumping on the bandwagon at all. “Having it during the quarantine really saved me – I started working out four or five times a week,” she says. “Before, if I went to the gym once a week, I felt good about it.”

Walczak admits that she used a friend’s bike for months before deciding that she wanted to buy one of her own, and that its high cost was originally a deterrent. Peloton bikes start at $1,895, treadmills start at $2,495, and it costs $13 a month (or $39 for “all-access”) to take digital classes on either of the machines. But for Walczak at least, the benefit of being able to bring a boutique fitness experience into her own home has outweighed the expense. “I have a lot of friends who have one too, and we’ll text each other about joining rides. It’s a way for us to connect and work out together, even though we’re living in different states.”

This story is part of Milwaukee Magazine‘s March issue.

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Lindsey Anderson covers culture for Milwaukee Magazine. Before joining the MilMag team she worked as an editor at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and wrote freelance articles for ArtSlant and Eater.