Before they stretched beneath the studio's two skylights, the instructors at Bikram Yoga Burr Ridge had to prove themselves to the father of their art. They all attended and graduated from a nine-week intensive program led by Bikram Choudhury himself, emerging as certified teachers who were ready to helm their own heated practice space. They now manage Bikram Yoga Burr Ridge according to the Bikram discipline's specifications: 90-minute classes, a room warmed to 105 degrees, and a carefully ordered sequence of 26 poses and 2 breathing exercises.
These sessions strive to progressively work all areas of the body by passing newly oxygenated blood throughout its systems. The heat, meanwhile, renders muscles more pliable and reveals which of your fellow pupils are actually elaborate ice sculptures. Though the high temperatures take some getting used to, the studio's amenities are otherwise geared toward total comfort: changing rooms, showers, and a bright lobby welcome students. The heating mechanism is also environmentally friendly, conserving energy even as it prompts a cleansing sweat from Bikram practitioners.
Pivotal Dance & Yoga's certified yoga instructor uses her 13 years of experience as a ballet and jazz teacher as inspiration for all-level classes that emphasize Vinyasa Flow methods. One-hour morning yoga classes shepherds pupils through a series of flowing poses that increase strength, enhance flexibility, and develop the body's underused charades muscles. Instruction in Wednesday-night Zumba classes lets cadenced steppers boogie down to pumping Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow dance moves, which hoodwink cardio-hating toes into action with their lively party atmosphere.
Laneville Family Chiropractic's attentive massage therapists soothe aching sinews and help tame tense nerves with therapeutic Swedish and deep-tissue massages. Prior to the massage treatment, a knowledgeable therapist conducts a nerve scan to pinpoint areas that need extra attention, and then tailors the session to stimulate nerve flow and keep synapses smoothly snapping. Long, fluid strokes and rhythmic tapping assuage aches during the Swedish massage, triggering blood flow throughout the back and shoulders. Clients can also erase muscular knots by enjoying a deep-tissue massage, which stimulates connective tissue with sustained pressure, not unlike water gushing from a faucet or soda gushing from a super soaker.
Unlike an outdoor field, The Perfect Swing's more than 60,000 sq. ft. facility isn't ever affected by bad weather or movie crews shooting yet another inspiring comeback story. The sound of cracking bats and thudding balls fills the training space rain or shine year-round. Baseball and softball players face off against seven automatic pitching machines, which hurl balls at speeds between 35–70 miles per hour, while pitchers work their arms in 17 practice tunnels.
The Perfect Swing also offers four indoor turf fields for year-round baseball, softball, and soccer. Shoppers who are looking to stock up on softball and baseball equipment can visit the on-site store.
Athletes aren't left to swing and throw blindly, though. The Perfect Swing boasts a staff of more than 25 baseball and softball instructors, including many current and former professional players. During private and group instruction, these experts help students hone fundamental skills in areas such as hitting, pitching, catching, fielding, and agility. Instructors also lead outdoor baseball camps during the summer months.
From the moment she was born in Rome, Tiziana—who puts the T in Pilates by T—has dedicated her entire life to fitness. In 1991, she graduated from Italy's University of Physical Education before immigrating to the United States. In her new country, she encountered Pilates for the first time, and after 16 years as a student and eventual teacher, it remains her favorite form of exercise.
Certified in classic power Pilates instruction, Tiziana utilizes both mat work and reformer machines to aid her students in sculpting long, lean muscles. The exercises performed in her group classes and personal-training sessions focus on strengthening the core first and foremost, and the body gradually enjoys increased flexibility and improved posture. She keeps class sizes to a minimum to ensure personal attention to each student, to provide easy access to equipment, and to avoid frightening skittish Pilates mats.
Board-certified general and cosmetic surgeon Dr. Demetrios Katsaros—who trained at the Cleveland Clinic, the Baylor College of Medicine, and the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center—oversees a team of surgeons, cosmetologists, dieticians, and stylists at ShapeMedUSA. From among their myriad treatments, the mommy makeover restores women's prepregnancy physiques by combining a tummy tuck and liposuction with a breast lift or augmentation. The slate of less-invasive procedures, such as Botox injections and chemical peels, works to subtly enhance beauty and restore youthful hair-twirling habits.