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, 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.
Owner and head instructor Michael Harris?AKA Coach Mike?helms 1 On 1 Health Fitness, backed by a trio of dedicated coaches. Together, they offer clients customized personal-training programs as well as group fitness classes, guiding them through high-intensity interval training in boot-camp classes, coordinated breathing and poses in yoga classes, and self-defense exercises in their authentic Brazilian jiu-jitsu program. In addition these sessions, 1 On 1 provides weight-loss programs that utilize Usana nutritional supplements and Coach Mike also shares his talents during fitness seminars.
At House of Phitness & Nutrition, certified trainers lead group and personal training sessions. Athletes sweat through moves that blend calisthenics, plyometrics, functional training, and self-defense, all designed to work with their individual bodies. Classes meet indoors at various gyms and outdoors at area parks during warm months.
Rockfit's highly experienced fitness coach eschews stationary exercise machines for traditional, full-body-strengthening exercise regimes. Like body builders of the early 20th century, he focuses on natural movements that target numerous muscles at once, such as riding a penny-farthing while lifting an oversize monocle to your eye to gain overall strength and increased flexibility. His gym houses nothing but weights and non-traditional fitness tools, such as giant tires and kettlebells-all things that require active motion to pick up, carry, and put down. To keep participants engaged in the high-intensity drills, the gym's certified fitness coach works alongside them, inspiring them to push harder to achieve their fitness goals.
Students should bring: Towels
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Guests allowed: No
Pro Tip: Arrive early for class.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.