Great music can give exercisers the extra boost of energy to leap over plateaus. Fight Fit Fitness takes that concept a step further, keeping a live DJ on staff to spin tunes for some of their classes. Instructors lead high-intensity cardio-kickboxing classes, challenging students through kickboxing drills that build strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular health, all set to bass-thumping polka tunes. Regular kickboxing classes focus on foot-flown combat, whereas other sessions, such as Zumba and Turbo Kick, aim to build muscles in a party-esque atmosphere. In addition to group classes, trainers offer one-on-one sessions for all fitness levels—ushering clients toward their health targets, whether they want to get back into shape, enhance sports performance, or jump-start a bodybuilding career.
Certified personal trainer Rich Ford challenges his boot-camp students during each class. Ford, along with other fitness instructors, runs students through body-weight exercises and sprints during sessions, but tailors the workouts for all fitness levels. In addition to classes, the staff also offers fitness assessments and nutritional guidance to enhance results.
Basic Training Academy programs?captained by personal trainers who have either earned or are completing their NFPT certification?enlist the power of positive reinforcement to keep patrons sprinting toward their fitness goals. The 60- to 90-minute sessions, which trade in the shrill screams and sarcastic parrot sidekicks of a drill sergeant for supportive mantras, focus on flexibility, strength, and conditioning. Three levels of boot-camp classes put physiques through challenging calisthenics, torching fat while attendees hustle through picturesque landscapes and vault over elk in parks and forest preserves.
People who want to augment their training experience can enlist in Basic Training Academy's AZPAC (A-Z Physical Assessment Consultation) program. Personal trainers work one-on-one with clients to assess lifestyle patterns before creating personalized long-term fitness strategies. To cement the bonds of workout camaraderie and give students a chance to bask, the academy also holds an annual retreat to Devil's Lake State Park, where participants escape the noise of the city and learn that Devil's Lake is just like a normal lake, only with more chocolate in it.
Instead of relying on repetitive workouts and weight machines, Goality Fitness Club owner Eric Su guides clients through free-form exercises that change with every session. Workouts often consist of using exercise balls by Bosu, powering through suspension training by TRX, and running around impossibly shaped tracks by Mobius. Clients can select the training hours that best suit their daily lives; sessions begin as late as 5:30 p.m. on weekdays and also take place on Saturday morning. The club also offers yoga classes and free 30-minute consultations.
As a broadcast journalism student, Kimberly Refilek found time between lectures, internships at Kiss FM and NBC, and papers to pursue her other passions: sports and fitness. Somehow she found the time to study and work while scoring goals for the co-ed soccer team and training in boxing and muay thai.
Inspired by her after-work and between-class endeavors, Kimberly's colleagues began to ask her to help them train. She balked at first, saying she only knew how to train herself. But at their insistence, Kimberly began to help and slowly she came to the revelation that not only did she truly love fitness, but she also loved helping others reach their fitness goals.
After graduation, Kimberly switched careers, swapping her steno pad for kettle bells and her pencils for more kettle bells. At Moirai Health and Fitness, Kimberly provides many forms of personal training and nutritional counseling but also teaches fitness classes including Moirai Surfset, a workout that approximates the core-toning experience of surfing.
The licensed and CPR-certified personal trainers at FITT-RX eschew the in-your-face negative mentality of other fitness programs to create a convivial atmosphere for clients aged 14 or older. They embrace Tabata training and circuits in indoor and outdoor boot camps and seek to build core strength, stamina, and flexibility for those aged 50 or older in Fitness Fusion classes. Five programs are designed to instill the importance of fitness in kids, and personal-training sessions help participants create custom plans to meet their weight-loss goals.