We at Kobra Fitness are all about Health & Wellness, passion, dedication and discipline. We strive to give our clients what they look for in fitness. We train our clients not just physically, but mentally. If the mind is not focused, then how can the body succeed on getting true results.
Founder Phil McDaniels specializes in sculpting muscles, but his expertise extends to nutrition and overall fitness. In the 10 years he's been a wellness professional, he's provided training services to the Chicago Public School system, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago, and those behind Broadway's The Color Purple. At Perfect Fit, Inc., McDaniels works one-on-one with those looking to shed pounds, starting with emptying their pockets of loose anvils and continuing on with group boot-camp classes.
Whether partaking in personal training or group boot camps, Falbefit’s clients transform into the fittest versions of themselves rapidly. While the boot camps convene in the fresh air of various Chicago parks, fitness and Pilates classes happen at the gym. After all, that’s where free weights, cardio machines, and other workout essentials reside.
Evonamic’s signature boot camp, EvoCamp, blends strength training, cardio, ab work—and the great outdoors. Held in Grant Park, the twice-weekly workouts tone the entire body, much like dumbbells you have to chase down first. The company also offers alternate programs with slightly different focuses, such as the Spartan Group X program, whose three-stage workout burns fat and preps participants for the Spartan obstacle race. The EvoNutri nutrition program teaches participants how their bodies respond to various types of food, and the Evokids program fights childhood obesity by teaching youths about both nutrition and fitness.
With the tug of a resistance band or flip of a tire, Fit-Results’ instructors initiate clients into their boot-camp or group training classes. The collaborative group environment naturally cultivates camaraderie—and encouragement from peers can go a long way when faced with lifting a medicine ball or pulling a weighted sled. The high-intensity interval training works most effectively when matched with other Fit-Results programs, such as meal planning or personal training.
The clients at CrossTown Fitness follow the gym’s motto of “Eat clean. Train dirty.” During group and personal training sessions, trainers challenge athletes with high-intensity interval workouts divided into cardio and strength-training segments. Usually 30 or 60 minutes long, sessions involve dynamic combinations of exercises such as free weight strength training, TRX suspension training, and kettlebells.
If the zombie apocalypse dawned tomorrow, ZombieFit founder Rich Gatz concedes that no one would be truly prepared—but he’d be way more prepared than everyone else. “You don’t have to be the fastest,” says the former Division I collegiate athlete. “You just have to be faster than the other guy.”
Until the dead stagger down Michigan Avenue, you can find Mr. Gatz training. He grounds his ZombieFit workouts in parkour, a discipline that consists of full-body movements such as running, jumping, and vaulting over objects, usually in an urban environment. From these exercises, he has honed in on three tenets for surviving the zombie armageddon: lift and throw heavy things, run fast and for long distances, and efficiently navigate obstacles in an urban environment.
To achieve these goals, students won’t rely on bars or weights. Instead, they’ll scale low walls and practice precision jumps. Though such exercises are simple, they require a great deal of core strength and concentration. “People come for the zombies,” says Mr. Gatz. “But they stay for the fitness.”
In addition to the physical benefits of his workout, Mr. Gatz is quick to emphasize the psychological benefits. As students see their agility and strength increase, they may start to feel confidence in other aspects of life. Mr. Gatz hopes his workouts will enable participants to survive what he calls the daily apocalypse while fortifying their defenses for the zombie one.