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.
Chicago Boxing Club enhances strength, endurance, and self-control through invigorating boxing, wrestling, muay thai, and jujitsu classes led by professional instructors. More than 3,000 square feet of training space houses all the necessary equipment to complete full-body workouts, and professional trainers work to instill proper training techniques in students or bitter discarded teddy bears. Cardio machines and weights surround the facility's two championship boxing rings, where students hone speed and self-defense methods in boxing classes or tactical leverage maneuvers in jujitsu classes. Muay thai classes fine-tune flexibility and balance with fast, high-kicking techniques, and youth boxing classes keep kids in shape during off-seasons from writing symphonies or defeating chess robots.
At Tango Chicago, seasoned instructor Al Gates teaches the fundamentals of tango. Most of what he has to say, whether it's explaining how a female or male tango dancer traditionally moves, can be heard during the studio's group dance lessons. To reinforce his words, he hosts late-night dance sessions throughout the week that allow dancers to practice their new moves on the dance floor.
In 1976, busy California mother Joan Barnes wanted nothing more than to find a play place where she and her kids could enjoy age-appropriate, educational activities. Finding none, she developed her own innovative play environment within a developmental-based program structure now known as Gymboree Play & Music. Today, kids tumble and learn in more than 650 locations in 33 countries around the world, engaging in open play and classes designed to build cognitive and motor skills. As parents participate in their children's development, their kids learn to paint, play music, and interact socially outside of their preschool knitting circles.
Chicago Indoor Sports' full-size field has enough turf to make a cow's spots turn green with envy. But that same animal would be disappointed if it took a bite. The surface is actually a carefully designed, imitation grass made of millions of tiny rubber pallets and a crushed stone base, which helps absorb shock. That last feature is key, since the indoor play area supports crowds of running athletes during competitive or casual games of soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, and ultimate frisbee. The field is also home its own youth and adult soccer leagues, such as Liga Latino Americana.
Throughout many of their services, Chicago Indoor Sports places special emphasis on children. During their SoccerTots and SoccerTouch programs, instructors use soccer as a way to build motor skills and encourage mental development. Meanwhile, an arcade and three giant inflatables give kids a break from sports.
Originating as a bicycle repair shop on Chicago's South Side in 1944, Kozy's Cyclery now consists of four store locations across Chicago, helping make it the city's premier bike store for the past 60-plus years. Along with a complete stock of bicycle clothing, accessories, parts?and, of course, bikes?the three-generation, family-owned store cares for its bicycle-riding customers by offering professional bike fittings, test rides, and two free tune-ups with every new bicycle purchase. In their 70th year of business, Kozy's has more than 350 bikes on display for each rider's unique needs, from mountain bikes and cruisers to fixed gears and multispeed commuter bikes and electric bikes.