Sam Colonna has been training professional boxers for 30 years. In that time, his trainees have included multiple world champions, National Gold-Gloves champions, and absolute first-timers. His expert staff teaches boxing and MMA classes for students of all experience levels and ages. He and his co-trainer Rita Figueroa also teach fitness classes and meet one-on-one with clients during personal training.
There are no restrictions on the clientele welcome at Crossfit 1013—everyone from grandmothers and kids to pro athletes whose paternal grandfather trained with Hercules can benefit from the effects of CrossFit. The strength and conditioning system adapts to match the skills of its practitioners, tying the load and intensity of jumping, pushing, and climbing to each exerciser’s ability level. Regardless of the power behind lifts and pull-ups, the routines hone 10 physical skills, ranging from cardiovascular endurance and stamina to coordination and agility. Each group class begins with 20-minute warm-ups, followed by 10 or 15 minutes of strength training, before moving on to CrossFit’s signature workout of the day, an ever-changing routine that spends anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes awakening brute power through the use of old-school tools such as kettlebells, climbing ropes, and tractor tires.
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.
A water-survival instructor for more than three decades, Rita Goldberg established British Swim School after a career on Great Britain's national swim team. Children ages 3 months (with a parent) and up can hone their gill skills during the school's 30-minute swimming lessons. Beginners start by learning how to float on their backs—a crucial technique that lets swimmers rest, breathe, and spot life-preserver-shaped clouds. Classes, which are taught year-round in heated, indoor pools, consist of small groups of students learning techniques from the basic to the more advanced freestyle and breaststroke.
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.