Inspiration Fitness's owner and published author, Angela Ramos, hurtles clients toward their fitness goals in camps, classes, and workshops throughout the week. The fitness guru, one of the only trainers in the area certified in Russian kettlebell, transforms viscous cores into torsos of molded steel, always employing an eye for safety that she plucked from certifications by the International Sports Sciences Association and Corrective Holistic Exercise Kinesiology Institute. Whether working one on one with clients or leading group sessions, she leans on a rotating roster of high-intensity exercises to promote weight loss, tone muscle, and give patrons the body they want without having to raid a wax museum.
Certified personal trainers at dlux Training flex their mental muscles to devise one-on-one workout programs that maximize results, economize time, and protect joints and muscles from injury. Each 20-minute workout combines slow cadences with a high-intensity range of strength-training exercises to deliver results regardless of one’s age, fitness level, or sports-team preference. Trainers design each exercise to pose a deep challenge to the body’s muscles, forcing them to shake off their somnolence and add kindling to the steadily growing muscle fire.
In 1975, Karen was overweight and looking for a change. She began training and teaching as an aerobics instructor at the YMCA, and for the next 15 years led classes around the Chicagoland area. Still, Karen found herself once again seeking a new outlet, and fell in love with pole dancing.
Today, Karen shares her passion for fitness at Studio Venus. Female-focused classes cover a broad range of topics suitable for beginners or experts, and pole-dancing workouts can be supplemented with antigravity silk lessons and yoga. With every class and every expansion of the curriculum, Studio Venus strives to create a safe environment for women to explore new experiences and spin around poles without the hassle of climbing up a barbershop.
BodyMax Fitness' 25,000-square-foot facility features a cardio theater, racquetball courts, and a slew of weights and workout machines, including Power Plates. To make sure exercisers don't feel overwhelmed by the facility's size, the staff of personal trainers and group fitness instructors lead one-on-one workouts and classes, such as yoga, Zumba, and TRX suspension training. Before or after exercising, members can take advantage of convenient amenities, such as childcare services and a smoothie bar, where they can cool off by pouring a frosty smoothie over their sweaty faces.