Wednesday, February 18, 2009

"Wheeling Into Fitness"

Medill Reports has a story on new fitness classes being offered in Uptown. Sounds fun:

Picture a giant hamster wheel rolling around under the big top – with you standing inside of it. That’s the gym wheel, and a veteran Cirque du Soleil performer is teaching classes to give Chicagoans a little taste of the circus.

Instructor Wolfgang Bientzle, 42, has been rolling around on the gym wheel since he was 5. Now living in Chicago, he has competed for 20 years on the wheel and works worldwide as a choreographer, coach and director for Cirque du Soleil, Disney on Ice and other events.

Bientzle already taught children’s classes through CircEsteen, a Chicago youth circus program, but decided to expand to adult classes. Located at Alternatives Inc., a community center in Uptown, the first eight-week session started in January. Bientzle said he hopes to continue offering the classes. Read the entire article here.

Update: Another article here from NBC5's news site, including video.

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