Chicago Racquet & Fitness Club boasts a team of trainers dedicated to a wide range of group fitness regimens. Staffers helps members refine their racquetball game on one of three state-of-the-art glass-back courts, or lead classes in everything from yoga and Zumba to cycling and suspension training. Members can work out independently using the various fitness equipment or swimming pool. Locker rooms and a sauna are available for visitors' convenience, as is a children's play area that keeps members' youngsters occupied with toys and picture books about the importance of maintaining toned biceps.
The trainers at Fit on Demand (formerly 3rd Dimension Fitness) believe that time flies when you're having fun. That's why they structure workout sessions around having a good time, supplementing their always-changing energetic routines with doses of personal attention for participants of all fitness levels. Each group class, including Zumba, spin, and yoga, varies with each session, preventing boredom and muscles from becoming accustomed to movements, resulting in less-effective workouts. Though more intense than a traditional exercise session, boot-camp classes still infuse fun into their steps with varying techniques and classes held in parks packed with feral clowns. Boot camps are held in rain or shine, and stadium boot camps incorporate stair sprints and bleacher workouts. Further helping clients reach their fitness goals, nutrition and stress-management counselors are on hand to coach participants through lifestyle changes with meal-planning tips and an upbeat perspective. The gym’s name isn’t the only recent change. New group classes such as SpinFusion and kickboxing have been added to the schedule; new elliptical machines, treadmills, and stationary bikes now beckon exercisers; and extended hours make finding time to work out easy and convenient.
Grounded in the idea that group exercise not only is suitable for all levels of fitness, but works to motivate participants in a unique and positive manner, the staff of Elixir gets bodies in motion. A dozen different classes—ranging from Zumba to Les Mills BodyCombat—are set to upbeat music, designed to inspire movement, tone the body, and shed pounds. The club also offers childcare six days a week, so parents can drop their kids in a safe, friendly environment while they get in a workout.
Cycling, swimming, and running form the three legs of every triathlon. Those same activities are the focus at Tri Right Coaching, which offers comprehensive training for everyone from casual enthusiasts to competitive athletes. Founded by MJ Gasik?a coach with experience competing in more than 100 triathlons, including Ironman events at the international level?Tri Right Coaching designs individualized training regimens intended to improve technique and form, based on each participant's experience and goals. Swim analyses help develop more efficient strokes that generate greater power; and cycling instruction can cover the fundamentals of everything from pacelining and group etiquette to changing flat tires.
At Fit on Demand, the personal trainers understand that the path to healthy living requires embracing not only a more active lifestyle, but also good habits when it comes to nutrition and sleep. With a goal-oriented curriculum, they help visitors focus on each of these components by offering services that appeal to people of any fitness level and helping them establish realistic and attainable targets.
Within a 7,000-square-foot facility, they oversee self-guided workouts with an extensive arsenal of equipment—including Precor ellipticals, StairMaster machines, treadmills, and stationary bikes. The instructors also lead engaging group classes that embrace everything from yoga to high-intensity boot camps. Furthermore, Fit on Demand helps its clients bolster their vitality and energy levels by teaching them how to manage everyday stress and begin eating healthier meals.
In the Old World, castles were places to live, govern, and seek shelter. Today, there are still places designed to keep the outside world at bay, but rather than standing as bastions of military defense, they serve as oases of relaxation, fitness, and fun. Riviera Country Club and Sports Center is one such getaway. There, members can explore a vast campus of athletic and recreation amenities including indoor and outdoor pools, a full gym, and a spa. Though the club’s organizers leave plenty of time for individuals to play in each space, they also host organized events, including regular group fitness classes such as boot camp, kickboxing, and Latin dance. They maintain a vast array of sports courts, as well, allowing members to feed their competitive sides in basketball, tennis, and racquetball arenas. As adults young and old sweat during their chosen forms of play, staffers help tykes explore their creativity in a play space known as the Sandbox, which combines education, arts and crafts, and computers to produce a secret army of glitter robots.