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.
Motivating, highly trained staff and spacious facilities complement Charter Fitness's battalion of cardio machines and strength-training equipment. Huge flat-screen TVs motivate gym-goers as they lift weights, stationary bikes, and their reflections in large mirrors. Seasoned personal trainers who all hold certifications or four-year degrees in their specialty guide members through an initial personal-training session, introducing clients to the best equipment for their fitness goals. After workouts, private showers or public water fountains sluice away sweat.
Jamie Philippi and Karina Philippi spent roughly 10 years designing a new approach to results-oriented fitness programs by drawing inspiration from scientific studies as well as their own extensive experience as personal trainers. At Premier Fitness Solutions, they share this approach with the public, giving self-motivated clients the tools they need to improve their metabolism, confidence, and overall well being. The trainers create a supportive environment while teaching visitors how to use the facility's free weights, cardio equipment, and cement jump ropes to design workouts that are intense, engaging, and, most importantly, effective. Although the trainers mainly focuses on facilitating weight loss, they also offer personalized training sessions, small group sessions, and boot camps that more specifically cater to individual fitness needs.
Certified in plastic and general surgery, Dr. James McAdoo transforms fading facial façades into enchanting visages at both of his clinic locations. Botox treatments safely flatten furrows by paralyzing wrinkle-causing muscles with miniscule injections of toxins, leaving skin as soft and smooth as a kitten on a Segway. Side effects are generally minimal, with most patients reporting only a mild stinging that quickly subsides and a precognizant tingling that warns of oncoming danger. Treatments last from 15 minutes to an hour and are effective for up to four months.
Crafted with a plethora of sand bunkers, precisely placed mounds, and billowing grass, Golf Club of Illinois' classic 18-hole course challenges ball swatters of every skill level. The par 71 course lets links-loving quartets start by chipping away 9-irons at hole one and end plotting a course through the deceptively shallow green of hole 18. Cruise the Nugent- and Borland-designed playing field with a golf cart for each duo, providing easy travel between holes and quick getaways from the seventh hole's irascible wildebeest population.
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