The instructors at Platinum Dance Academy lead an array of classes, ranging from ballet and tap to tumbling and musical theater, at their 5,000-square-foot studio. In addition to traditional dance classes, the instructors offer fitness classes, such as Zumba, Yoga, Pilates, and Boot-Camp.
Anchored by owner and certified personal trainer Damon Burrell, Heaven and Hell Bootcamp's staff of workout wonks help clients conquer fitness goals in group boot-camp classes and private training sessions. With a regimen of 15 boot-camp classes lasting 40–45 minutes and held every weekday—as well as three Saturday morning sessions—Heaven and Hell keeps chests heaving, heart rates thumping, and sequined leotards shimmering at a rate that suits almost any schedule. The high-octane group workouts change each day, but typically feature agility training, calisthenics, cardio exercise, and core strengthening achieved by hoisting dumbbells, jumping rope, and stealing medicine balls from the nests of predatory birds of flight. For more individualized attention, the gym plumbs the murky depths of clients' fitness capacities to craft custom training regimens for use in private personal-training sessions.
As an athlete, Ivan cut his teeth running track and field, and playing on a Division I college soccer team. As a trainer, he’s coached triathletes and MMA fighters such as Gideon Ray and Shonie Carter. He now draws upon all this experience at Powered By Ivan Training Systems.
Making use of TRX suspension training, kettlebells, and battle ropes, Ivan teaches courses that focus on each tool individually or combine all three. TRX helps muscles work in concert, while kettlebells combine more traditional isolations with heart-pumping cardio. Battle ropes eliminate impact from exercise, saving the joints and giving students the feeling that they are winning a never-ending game of tug of war.
A slideshow of Midwest Training Center's star fighters depicts them in various states of victory: sporting championship belts, hands raised by crowning referee, or slamming an opponent into the ground. Perhaps they owe their athletic prowess to the 3,000 square feet of space that the training center offers, complete with two fighting cages and one ring. That's where its instructors drill battling skills into fighters and teach MMA classes such as muay thai and Brazilian jujitsu.
Edgar Torres, the owner of Out of Body Fitness, draws on clinical studies and multiple fitness disciplines to help his clients achieve their fitness goals. They team up with South Elgin Budokan to offer mixed martial arts taught by MMA experts and real UFC fighters. Out of Body Fitness also specializes in private training, boot camps, and fitness classes the blend principles of yoga, kettlebell training, and Olympic weightlifting.
Explosive Speed Gym’s website warns that it is no “vanity gym,” meaning there are no televisions or mirrors. Instead, the knowledgeable staff—comprised of a certified personal trainer, a PhD of physical chemistry, and an NASM-certified corrective-exercise specialist—opts for a serious environment where athletes of all ages can become faster and more agile. Their high-intensity workouts are composed of plyometric exercises, sprints, and body-weight lifts. Improvement is carefully monitored through performance testing so members can track their progress without competing in obstacle courses against their cats. The efforts and techniques of Explosive Speed Gym’s staff secured them positions as the speed and agility trainers for the Chicago Inferno soccer team.