Brickhouse Cardio Club members exercise at a Mardi Gras party.
ALTON — Everyone likes a party, and that’s exactly what you get at Brickhouse Cardio Club.
A 2,000-square-foot fitness studio offers a state-of-the-art sound and light system to complement Zumba and Body Pump classes that have a simple goal: “Every workout is a party, we want you to enjoy your workout,” owner Stacey Mitchell said.
Mitchell opened Brickhouse Cardio Club on Nov. 1, 2014. She has been a group fitness instructor for more than four years and finally decided to make it a full-time occupation last fall. She worked as a business manager for 15 years for a communications business and wanted a change.
“I just felt like I wasn’t making a difference,” she says. “I wasn’t seeing the purpose in my job and I thought I was supposed to be doing something else, to help people in some way.”
She decided to open Brickhouse Cardio Club, a nationwide fitness studio with approximately 70 locations across the country.
“A perk of your membership is that if you travel to a destination that has a Brickhouse Cardio Club facility, you are welcome to go there for your classes,” Mitchell said.
Mitchell explained Brickhouse Cardio Club as “a fitness studio that targets women and is woman-focused, but not women-exclusive. There are no mirrors on the wall and no intimidating factors that women can perceive at health clubs.”
The large studio can accommodate class sizes of 75 to 100 people. Brickhouse offers Zumba and Body Pump classes Mondays through Saturdays at different times of the day.
“We target any and all fitness levels with Zumba, as long as you are medically cleared, and we invite children age 9 and over with a paid participation and parent waiver to join the parent at class,” Mitchell said.
Her philosophy is simple — “there is no right or wrong in Zumba, only right and left so you don’t get trampled, and coordination is not required.”
Body Pump classes are 60-minute group fitness classes that employ lightweight barbells and repetition for overall body strengthening and conditioning.
“By the time you are done with your Body Pump class, you will have done about 800 repetitions; it’s a great workout” Mitchell said.
Brickhouse has several instructors and in mid-March is starting a six-week trial run of “Insanity” workouts, a 30-minute high-intensity workout. Mitchell is proud of her fitness studio and wants people to know that it is not only a place for exercise.
“Brickhouse provides a welcoming, fun environment for people of all physical levels where they have the opportunity to get fit, have friends, routine and accountability,” Mitchell said.
Brickhouse is running a 50 percent off special on their one-time membership fee of $99. Drop-in classes run $5 for Zumba and Insanity and $7 for Body Pump. Details and a full schedule are available at www.brickhousecardioalton.com. You can find them on Facebook at Brickhouse Alton or call (314) 400-8348. Brickhouse Cardio Club is located at 508 W. Delmar Ave., Alton, in Piasa Center.