Whether training for a sport or a job in the competitive field of hand modeling, Mike Spagnola and his staff realize that the workout needs to mirror the actions being performed. One of the studio's primary focuses is helping athletes maintain their level of strength and flexibility—thus, also their resistance to injuries—during sports seasons, when many athletes taper off their conditioning routine. The studio's no-nonsense private facility greets members with cinder-brick walls spray painted with messages like “prepare, perform, prevail” and mounds of free weights that revel in confrontation. Whether slung onto dumbbells or piled onto weight sleds, students hoist, push, and pull their way through strengthening routines based around functional movements. Trainers also challenge their pupils with more unconventional exercises such as the 50-pound-chain push up and tractor-tire discus throw.
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.
The gym owners at Snap Fitness understand that the motivation to train might strike at any time: early morning, late at night, or immediately after having just barely escaped a bear. That’s why they keep their gyms open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for a convenient and affordable experience close to home. These four Facilities outside of Chicago feature woodway treadmills, strength training equipment, ellipticals, stairmasters, free weights, and power racks. Certain gyms have individual showering rooms and rowing machines. No matter which gym clients choose, certified personal trainers will conduct a one-on-one fitness consultation to get clients familiar with the equipment and started on a workout plan.
MMA Underground is a training ground and fitness facilty for students who want to get into the best possible physical shape. The center is helmed by head coach Oscar Olivares Sensei, who brings with him a long list of achievements and venerable lineages in both stand-up fighting and ground fighting. Oscar Sensei believes that anyone can achieve their fitness goals, be they weight loss, muscle gain, or competitive fighting readiness, if the drive to succeed is there. So, he and his other instructors fuel this drive in a spacious Mixed Martial Arts facility, where clients will find a padded floor, hanging bags, and dummies waiting to punched, kicked, and jabbed during group classes or personal training sessions. Along with kettlebell and Xtreme Cage Fighter Workout classes, MMA Underground also offers mixed martial arts classes and programs for all ages.
Multicolored holds dot the climbing walls inside North Wall, granting visitors a variety of gripping surfaces and seemingly limitless routes during their scaling expeditions. Since 1994, the rock-climbing haven has been beckoning climbing enthusiasts to its sprawling confines, where it offers classes and private lessons for climbers of all abilities. Participants can even join teams, in which they can boost their skills for competitions or leisurely scrambles up the noses on Mt. Rushmore.
Yoga Seva Studio's certified instructors guide patrons of all fitness and skill levels through the fundamentals of Hatha-style yoga in a schedule of small-group classes. During beginning yoga sessions, expert benders demonstrate basic poses and strengthen deep-breathing skills until students can blow down a house of straw. Tweaks to traditional postures simplify slower-paced gentle yoga classes, and special-needs classes allow pupils to work at their own pace as long as they can climb from chair to floor without assistance. Yoga for fitness cultivates the growing skills of active learners who have experience and usurped meditation pillows beneath their belt, intertwining movement and breath through sun salutations, balanced poses, and a sprinkling of intermediate poses.