River West Fitness bottles up exercise routines inside a loft-style fitness studio with exposed brick walls and wooden beams. Dancer and personal trainer Heidi Milby inflects workouts with fluid movements rooted in Pilates, yoga, and gyrotonic sessions, which use pulley machines to strengthen and stretch muscles without jerky movements. Guests can chisel physiques during private lessons, wallop punching bags under the guidance of former professional boxer Johnny Higgins, or steal ab muscles by osmosis from others exercisers during group classes. Aching bodies can retreat to the massage table, where massage therapists soothe sores with the kneads of deep tissue, Thai, or Ashiatsu modalities.
Metropoli-TAN Airbrush Tanning's licensed aesthetician simulates the sun's rays to counterfeit tans. As with any good counterfeit, creating an authentic-looking tan requires some artistic skill and the right resources. She starts with Norvell Tanning Solutions products, which she wields so capably that the product manufacturer certifies her skills. She then hand-applies the pigment-inducing spray with an airbrush, taking into account things such as the body's natural contours and whether or not your imaginary friend fell asleep on your stomach at the beach yesterday. The result is natural-looking, UV-free tans.
The research staff at 7E—a medical-aesthetic company that prides itself on skincare innovations—designs noninvasive treatments that combat the effects of aging and bolster all-over wellness. Once staff members have perfected a solution, they share the fruits of their labors with clients at 7E Fit Spa. One of these many fruits is the Torc Plus, an FDA-approved body-contouring machine that works to deplete inches and bulk up muscles in bodies through electrical stimulation. The spa’s noninvasive face-lifts tighten visages while evening out skin tone, reducing puffiness, and increasing circulation, and saunas detoxify the body and relax clients with infrared heat shoplifted from the equator.
Dr. Perlin and Dr. Jonynas lead a staff of trained technicians at Smiles By Design to even out unwanted fine lines and wrinkles with crease-targeting injections of Botox Cosmetic. Each microneedle injection works to reduce muscle activity to temporarily soften the appearance of facial furrows until countenances are as smooth as cashmere-clad clouds. Patients consult with a healthcare professional to focus on flattening pesky creases in areas such as the forehead, upper neck, brow, and lips. The procedure takes a few minutes, depending on the number of treatment areas, but the effects of treatment may not become apparent for several days after the session. Results, like a snowman's life-insurance policy, may last up to anywhere from three to six months.
Emerald Smoke MMA stands as Chicago's only mixed martial arts-exclusive gym, fully equipping its training grounds with professional-grade gear alongside a regulation-size octagon cage. A sprawling six-day spread of group classes offers up a sparring smorgasbord robust enough to make Steven Seagal weep tears shaped like tiny fists. Soak up MMA fundamentals in a course of the same name, picking up a range of fighting techniques culled from kickboxing, boxing, and wrestling traditions. Or, hone skills in specialized jiu-jitsu and muay thai kickboxing courses, focusing on striking forms, core work, and stamina. Students can opt to round out their body-intensive fitness carte with a brawn-nursing core or yoga course, which employ deep breathing, stretching, and muscle milk bottles to tranquilize tendons left tender by their martial melee.
The name is a little misleading. Yes, Hell Run entrants will be running, but they'll also be ducking through dark tunnels, sloshing through muddy swamps, tackling tire mountains, and clambering up walls. Among other feats. The obstacle-strewn run may be hellaciously taxing, but conquering it makes the after-party all the sweeter. Along with bragging rights, finishers get a medal, a beer, live music performances, and the opportunity to watch sweat make cool patterns on their mud-covered limbs.