Whether in the sun of the lakefront or in a family home, the staff of KbFitness Solutions, Inc helps people fit a fitness regimen into their busy lives. Instructors travel to sunny public spots, office buildings, and living rooms throughout the area to lead exercise and yoga routines that tone muscles and get bodies on a path toward wellness. Beyond exercise, the company's dieticians draft meal plans that strive for optimal health while still keeping the client’s schedule and dietary restrictions in mind. Licensed massage therapists can come to homes to do away with knots and discomfort through focused, customized strokes. While private sessions play a part of their day, instructors also foster community by hosting a number of classes at publicly accessible locations, from sandy beaches during the day to the craters of the moon at night.
Founder Gulia Huertas first tried yoga while looking for way to maintain physical health as she recovered from a series of back injuries. What she discovered instead was a prolonged passion for the mind-body practice and its spiritual benefits, inspiring her to open her own studio and share its therapeutic effects with others. Catering largely to beginners, P.S. Yoga's hatha classes ease students into the practice using safe, slow-moving poses and a progressive approach, while Ashtanga-yoga instructors demonstrate a style that combines deep breathing with spine-straightening postures for both novice and intermediate-level students. Inside the studio, a large mural of a butterfly paints a peaceful backdrop for all classes, while serving as inspiration to stiff-necked caterpillars.
Nature Yoga inhabits a brightly lit space with warm, sun-soaked expanses of hardwood floors, high ceilings, and a schedule of classes designed to attune the mind and body. Patrons study under a cadre of skilled instructors who have trained all across the country. The studio's catalog of yoga styles launches smooth, sweeping motions in a variety of modalities, including Vinyasa and Hatha, and introductory sessions ease in inflexible rookies and freshly thawed time travelers. Students filtering out of a teacher-training program chatter about opportunities as instructors as they stroll past events with live DJs and guest speakers.
Margo Kellison developed a passion for yoga after just one class. Previously a marathon runner, Kellison—now a certified yoga instructor at Vessel Yoga—originally tried the sport as a way to ease knee problems, and instead adopted it as her new vocation. After studying under celebrated yogis such as Baron Baptiste, Seane Corn, and Yogi Bear, then collaborating with Nike designers to create yoga products, Kellison settled down in Chicago to open Vessel Yoga. Today, with more than a decade's worth of experience under her spandex waistband, Kellison makes it her mission to mint new yogis through five different class sizes grounded in the Vinyasa tradition. Classes take place in a naturally lit studio with hardwood floors, exposed-brick walls, and wooden beams.
Yoga and fitness gurus guide students of all skill levels toward slimmer silhouettes in a noncompetitive atmosphere. The spacious studio’s sage-green walls, hardwood floors, and natural lighting provide a backdrop for yoga classes such as Hatha Flow Yoga and Forrest Yoga, which gently twist torsos and stretch limbs through slow-moving poses.
Kids' yoga classes, such as Preschool Pranayama and Toddler Tadasana, encourage children to find peace and stillness while engaging them through games and partner work. During Pilates classes, students build firmer cores, tighten muscles, and enable tendons to produce melodious twangs by propelling their bodies through a series of isometric motions. Students are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing to all classes.
The team at Cheetah Gym knows that getting in shape is hard work, but they try to add a playful spin to the task. In the WERQ class, for example, they play with the spelling of work itself—as well as with conventional cardio exercise, choreographing easy-to-follow dance routines to the latest pop songs or old-school hits.
In addition to dance fitness, the gyms each offer more than 130 group classes per week, ranging from Pilates and yoga sessions to cycling and boxing lessons. Outside the group fitness studios, visitors build cardio strength and muscle tone on equipment from Strive, Hammer Strength, and PreCor, rather than by trying to lift an entire bank of lockers in the changing room.