Veronica Lugo was introduced to massage after sustaining injuries in a car accident. As part of her therapy, Lugo went to a chiropractor's office to receive clinical massages and experienced first-hand the healing properties of therapeutic bodywork. Wall sconces cast a warm circle of ambient light inside her treatment room, where Lugo puts her massage license, continuing education in clinical techniques, and spring-loaded extra arms to good use. She prefers to root out chronic aches by helping her clients over an extended period of time. "Ideally it's best that they do massage regularly, at least once a month," she says. "I like it when they come in regularly so I can actually see how it helps."
Exercisers burn up to 600 calories during Jazzercise, Inc.’s 60-minute total-body workouts, which meld moves from diverse realms such as jazz dance, kickboxing, and yoga. Set to a medley of popular tunes, sessions are open to all skill levels and start off with a gentle warm-up before 30 minutes of cardio, strength training, and a closing stretching segment. The discontinuation of the Nobel Prize in Jazzercise ensures a noncompetitive class atmosphere, and whippersnappers aged 4–12 can get in on the fun during Juniors Jazzercise classes.
Andres Schwartz, a US Navy SEAL veteran, casts a bemused gaze at a group of accountants, stay-at-home moms, and pharmaceutical reps as they scramble, sweat pouring into their eyes, over the military-style obstacle course that runs through his gym. He follows them to "The Beast"—an impossibly monstrous pull-up contraption where groups grapple with monkey bars, hoist themselves on rings, and shoulder weights at four squat racks. His unblinking gaze cants toward the ceiling watching a pupil's white-knuckled hand cling to the 12-foot climbing wall, before he turns toward the layered bars of "The Weaver"—a part of the obstacle course's outdoor component. He strolls, arms behind his back, over to a group whose neck tendons strain in unison as they heave against medicine balls, ropes, and kettlebells, the last step in the grueling circuit.
By amassing these functional training fixtures, Andres and his team of trainers prep guests to punch through life's everyday roadblocks. FTX stands for 'Final/Field Training Exercise', and makes up the drills that ensure military personnel are ready for an upcoming mission. FTX CrossFit, brings that concept to the gym, challenging exercisers to complete realistic, if somewhat exaggerated, physical challenges without cheating or cloning a stunt double. The gym's trainers demonstrate CrossFit's signature blend of gymnastics maneuvers, Olympic weightlifts, and bodyweight exercises during classes for both adults and children.
Inclusiveness. That's a big reason the trainers at CrossFit Carol Stream subscribe to the CrossFit system. Not only is it effective, but its level of difficulty is scalable to all ages as well as skill and fitness levels. To get everyone in on the action, they adapt its slate of functional-movement exercises to suit each participant. Those movements are performed at a high intensity during workouts that change daily to stave off boredom. Workouts feature everything from Olympic weightlifting and sprints to lunges, pull-ups, and medicine-ball toss-back.
That's the other reason they love CrossFit—it's comprehensive. The cross-training techniques get everyone ready for all physical activities they may undertake, including simple household chores. And the coaches don't just throw everyone into the program and hope they hit the ground running. Instead, they begin with Fundamentals classes that help students nail down techniques and learn about supplementary nutritional plans.
It's not every park district that can lay claim to its own water park. Carol Stream's Coral Cove Water Park makes summers splashier for residents and visitors from less-lucky towns with its huge expanse of aquamarine waters, interrupted only by slides and other fun attractions. * For adventurers: two towering, twisty tube slides; a plunge pool with drop slide and diving board; a 15-ft. climbing wall * For little ones: the shallow end of the massive walk-in pool; an interactive water playground complete with drop bucket and toddler-size slide; a dry playground * For sunbathers and reptiles: Lounge chairs dot a deck and grassy hill. * Food options: pizza, Italian food, salad, and ice cream at RoccoVino's poolside cafe * Lifeguard safety rating: five stars, one for each sense they use to perceive potential dangers
Rather than having clients run on treadmills, ForwardFit owner Bill Waltzek teaches them how to perform goblet squats and turkish get-ups. Both are kettlebell exercises, two of many in the gym's catalog of workouts for functional fitness. Bill and his staff embrace these machine-free moves as means to condition the entire body. They utilize equipment such as free weights, battling ropes, and resistance bands during their programs, which include group classes and private training sessions. Regardless of the routine, ForwardFit's approach encompasses a blend of strength and cardio work combined with nutrition counseling. Instructors also commit to tracking their clients' progress, adjusting their fitness regimens to suit goals as they arise.