Heart's Journey Wellness Center combines psychological counseling services with yoga to address personal challenges and strengthen clients’ minds and bodies. The team’s licensed clinical psychologist uses evidence-based approaches to treat patients, while the team of yoga instructors guides students toward personal balance and fitness through yoga’s poses and breathing exercises. With the exception of Sundays, several classes are available daily that aim to help students improve flexibility, strengthen cores, or alleviate stress.
The instructors at 2 Intense Fitness understand that different bodies require different workouts. That’s why they frequently change up exercise routines in many of their all-ages fitness classes. Students can sculpt their cores in kickboxing sessions, pedal at varying resistance levels in spin classes, and work with stability balls, free weights, and power bands in cardio classes. Muscle and Movement classes are designed to tone each muscle group sequentially, whereas Zumba classes tone several at once. Outside of classes, the gym helps bodies stay ready to smash open stubborn pickle jars with free weights, weight-training equipment, and stationary bikes, and it keeps children busy with a supervised play area.
Writing and gross motor skills; math and nutrition; fine motor skills and social etiquette. Physical and social development may seem unrelated, but connecting the two can boost cognitive ability in growing children. That’s why WisdomGym Preschool always incorporates movement into its academic sessions. WisdomGym is just one branch of the Horizon Complex, which fosters a healthy community by teaching kids of all ages dance, gymnastics, and cheerleading skills.
Children as young as 4 months old can participate in gymnastics classes that help build motor skills through playful routines and exercises. At age 2, children can begin dance classes that progress to advanced levels of ballet, tap, jazz, and hip-hop. In cheerleading classes—for ages 4 and older—students can practice tumbling and chants with the goal of one day learning to successfully chumble. As kids play, parents can wait out in the lobby and peer through the windows that open into most classrooms.
The sounds of pumping weights and bodies in motion echo 24/7 as Snap Fitness members work out at whatever time fits their schedule. A refundable $35 access card gives members the freedom to come and go as they please. Ample staffed hours allow exercisers to develop custom workouts alongside supportive personal trainers or holograms of Richard Simmons. Virtual Active treadmills display videos from the Grand Canyon, state parks, or Chicago’s scenic streets to challenge runners with a variety of terrain types, and MyRide virtual-cycling machines coach riders with virtual trainers in HD-quality videos.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
The instructors at Vida Yoga help participants tone bodies and soothe minds with classes ranging from beginner-level "Sweet Vida" classes emphasizing body awareness and breath work to heated "VOLTAGE" sessions that promise a more strenuous workout. A unique twist distinguishes each course, such as the simple, dance-oriented "GROOVE" and "Holy Yoga" classes with music and inspirational readings.