Success stories from local Chicago members

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  • It was the most welcoming experience I have ever had in a gym.

    I walked into Hardware on a Saturday morning after they were closed, Darcy invited me in for a meal and to share BBQ with the family. It was the most welcoming experience I have ever had in a gym. I'd just started my weight loss journey a few mo...

    Garien G

  • Jason Wieder's success story

    I feel more confident than ever in my workouts!

    Fitness can be intimidating, but the folks at Hardware have helped me fall back in love with it. The community Darcy and Brandi have built here is second to none. Every athlete I've met is warm and inviting, and they're always cheering on newer ...

    Jason Wieder

  • Kyle Krause's success story

    All are welcomed and all fitness levels are respected & appreciated.

    I have been a member of the Hardware community for over 8 years. My initial motivation was to "get fit". I have learned much more about what it means to be "fit" and how to build & maintain a healthy lifestyle than I ever imagined. Hardware ...

    Kyle Krause

  • Lucy Zises's success story

    I am so happy and proud to be a member!

    I joined Hardware when I was 15 years old, a sophomore in high school, and had never done anything like it before. I was (and still am) much younger than everyone else there, and I was pretty intimidated at first. I quickly realized, however, th...

    Lucy Zises

  • I have been coming for 3 months now and the results are amazing.

    Being a person who is well over weight you kinda think this isn’t going to be for me. Then you get there and Darcy kicks your ass into gear and it makes you want to keep coming back. The more I come back the more people are encouraging and sup...

    Kory Ramirez

  • Emily Valentine's success story

    What sets Hardware apart is the inclusivity!

    Hardware is not just a gym, it's a community. It's a place where you can work toward any goal you set for yourself, whether that's getting your first pull-up or your hundredth. The quality of coaching is very high, and the standard is to move we...

    Emily Valentine

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Scroll down to see our timeline to get you from today to the future healthier, happier you.

  • Week 1: Foundations of Fitness
  • Week 2: Get Into the Groove
  • Week 3: Be Ready to Sweat
  • Week 4: Keep Going!
  • Week 8: A Happier, Healthier You
  • Week 1: Foundations of Fitness Image

    Week 1: Foundations of Fitness

    Week 1: Foundations of Fitness

    Meet our professional coaches and get familiar with the movements you’ll be using in group classes. Many of these movements you already know — we’re just going to make you better at them. We’ll teach you how to jump, squat, pull, and press with safe, effective technique so you can get stronger and avoid injury. Don’t worry if you need extra time here. Everyone has their own pace.

  • Week 2: Get Into the Groove Image

    Week 2: Get Into the Groove

    Week 2: Get Into the Groove

    Chat with our staff about your goals and start attending classes that work for your schedule. Don’t be afraid to show up early, ask questions, cheer on your peers, and socialize after the workout! Our community means the world to us and we want you to be a part of it.

  • Week 3: Be Ready to Sweat Image

    Week 3: Be Ready to Sweat

    Week 3: Be Ready to Sweat

    Congrats on making some new friends! Take in the community and see how it feels to belong to a group of fit-minded people. If you surround yourself with others who have achieved your goals, you are more likely to succeed.

  • Week 4: Keep Going! Image

    Week 4: Keep Going!

    Week 4: Keep Going!

    You might be feeling a little sore at this point, but that’s a good thing. Your body is adapting to your new level of fitness. Just one month of consistent effort and you’ll start seeing results. We’ll check in with your goals and keep you accountable.

  • Week 8: A Happier, Healthier You Image

    Week 8: A Happier, Healthier You

    Week 8: A Happier, Healthier You

    After two months of steady work, you’ve learned to do things you never thought you could. You are stronger, faster, and more athletic than you were before. Time to celebrate your new lifestyle of reaching milestones, pushing toward your potential, achieving PRs (personal records), and so much more!