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A general view of the University of East London’s new weight room at the sports facility on the university’s campus in London Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012. A sparkling 21 million-pound ($33.2 million) gym at the University of East London that will be used by the U.S. Olympic team during the London games is just about complete. In a few weeks, it will be ready for everyone from stars like swimming’s Michael Phelps and basketball’s Kobe Bryant to U.S. athletes who are still relatively unknown, offering them privacy to lift, stretch, tune and scrimmage. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

AP Photo/Alastair Grant

Weight room

A general view of the University of East London’s new weight room at the sports facility on the university’s campus in London Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012. A sparkling 21 million-pound ($33.2 million) gym at the University of East London that will be used by the U.S. Olympic team during the London games is just about complete. In a few weeks, it will be ready for everyone from stars like swimming’s Michael Phelps and basketball’s Kobe Bryant to U.S. athletes who are still relatively unknown, offering them privacy to lift, stretch, tune and scrimmage. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

AP Photo/Alastair Grant

Tired of the big box gym? Chicago has some independent alternatives

The New Year is approaching and it leads many of us to sign up for the new gym membership to motivate us to get active. But often the experience of going to one of the Big Box gyms can be less than stellar. They can be crowded, intimidating or just plain unenjoyable. So how can you find a fitness spot you’ll actually go to and is welcoming to everyone? Reset talks to some independent gym owners who are actively making an inclusive place for anyone to get active. GUESTS: Annie Padrid, owner of the gym The Space in Hyde Park Jake Goldstein, co-Owner of The Gym Pod Alex Nsiah-Kumi, co-owner of Paramount Fitness and Personal Training

A general view of the University of East London’s new weight room at the sports facility on the university’s campus in London Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012. A sparkling 21 million-pound ($33.2 million) gym at the University of East London that will be used by the U.S. Olympic team during the London games is just about complete. In a few weeks, it will be ready for everyone from stars like swimming’s Michael Phelps and basketball’s Kobe Bryant to U.S. athletes who are still relatively unknown, offering them privacy to lift, stretch, tune and scrimmage. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

AP Photo/Alastair Grant

   

The New Year is approaching and it leads many of us to sign up for the new gym membership to motivate us to get active. But often the experience of going to one of the Big Box gyms can be less than stellar. They can be crowded, intimidating or just plain unenjoyable. So how can you find a fitness spot you’ll actually go to and is welcoming to everyone? Reset talks to some independent gym owners who are actively making an inclusive place for anyone to get active. 

GUESTS: Annie Padrid, owner of the gym The Space in Hyde Park 

Jake Goldstein, co-Owner of The Gym Pod 

Alex Nsiah-Kumi, co-owner of Paramount Fitness and Personal Training

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