About Us

Experience fitness like never before.

Orinoco Fitness is an intimate group fitness studio featuring a variety of classes, including ZUMBA, Pilates, Yoga, BARRE & Tai Chi.  Founder Ana Santos Gitzinger, a native of Venezuela, lives with her family in Libertyville, Illinois. She wanted to create a welcoming fitness studio with an environment that transports people to a warm, relaxing, South American paradise and makes their fitness experience fun and stress-free.

“I want to help people achieve their fitness goals by offering classes in a pay-as-you-go format so customers don’t need to sign expensive contracts or be obligated to pay ongoing, monthly fees. I also want them to have an amazing workout experience in a clean, intimate setting.”

Ana came to the United States when she was 16. She attended college on a scholarship and got an engineering degree, which she parlayed into a job with Procter & Gamble. That’s where she fell in love with the idea of creating new experiences. 

After earning her MBA, she decided to work full-time as a marketing & product manager at Motorola. With two young children at home, she found it tough to balance her career and her family. Ana ultimately decided to leave the corporate world behind and chose to find balance and to be there for her kids.

She knew, though, that she’d always wanted to start her own business. She decided to combine her desire to start a business with her love of fitness (she practiced Yoga and Pilates once per week while working full time). She had also discovered ZUMBA Fitness, which appealed to her affinity for dance, being from Venezuela.

“I thought, why not create a place where I can blend different styles of group fitness? A unique multi-discipline boutique studio that allows people to experience their benefits without having to choose only one. Practice all of them, yoga, pilates, BARRE, ZUMBA Fitness, etc. In the same studio, without a contract.”

She named the business after the Orinoco River, which flows through Venezuela. That river theme, along with that of Venezuela’s picturesque table-top mountains, are reflected in Orinoco Fitness’ logo.

A number of classes are offered at Orinoco, including Pilates, Yoga & ZUMBA. There are also Meditation, TAI CHI and BARRE classes (a new dance/pilates/yoga & strength fusion class) .  Orinoco also offers holistic wellness coaching, nutrition & yoga workshops.

Customers can attend their first class for free (with some exceptions), as long as they live in Illinois. Then, they can purchase a 5 or 10-class (punchcard) package or a monthly package. There are also single, drop-in class options. All punchcard packages are shareable, transferable and expire three months from date of purchase. Monthly packages can be renewed month to month, no need to commit to long term contracts.

Our mission at Orinoco Fitness is to help you feel:

  • Balanced
  • Energized
  • Refreshed
  • Relaxed
  • Strong
  • Empowered