Perched along the banks of the Fox River in downtown Geneva, Fox River Pilates Center accedes to the picturesque views that flow freely into its state-of-the-art studio. There, Instructors at the FRPC lead students through mat, equipment, and private Pilates sessions, infusing their deep understanding of Pilates' philosophies into every gathering. The fun, yet meaningful aura that the instructors have created complements the studio's earthy décor, which the pair considers another element on the road to inner peace.
Inner Elements owner Charlotte Trux and her staff of highly trained instructors fortify core muscles with Pilates and Gyrotonic techniques, as well as attending to overall wellness with massage, acupuncture, and weight-management coaching. Sturdy, wooden Pilates machines stretch and strengthen muscles with varying levels of resistance under the supervision of an experienced instructor. The Gyrotonic expansion system strengthens ligaments and keeps hesitant planets on their axes with a combination of rotation and support. Gentle massage kneads loosen tight muscle knots and alternative medicine techniques such as reiki and acupuncture work to realign the body's energy flow to work to treat a variety of ailments.
Several times a day, students flock to the 105-degree studio of Bikram Hot Yoga in St. Charles and Palatine, striking confident poses under the direction of experienced instructors. Each 90-minute class helps students find inner peace and outer health as they sweat out toxins, lengthen muscles, and find respite from packs of predatory hockey players. The studio welcomes students of all abilities, as the balmy heat helps even the tightest of tendons sink into Bikram’s 26 postures and two breathing exercises.
Fusion Mind/Body’s instructors teach students the worldly art of frame folding in an intimate, supportive setting. A healthy schedule of yoga classes ensures that students of all abilities can find a course that suits their body-torquing needs. Novitiate limb limberers can drop in for an introductory Yoga 101 course, while more experienced practitioners can boost their physical strength and mastery of The Force with an Ashtanga (Power) Yoga session, which focuses on controlled poses and breathing techniques. Students also get access to any of the studio's slate of classes in Pilates and Yogilates, a combined practice that includes poses derived from popular portmanteaus, such as the Craisin, the Unicorn, and the Spork. To ensure that all students receive one-on-one instruction from their instructor, Fusion keeps each class intentionally small.
Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Superior 24/7 Health Club accommodates even the busiest of schedules to help clients achieve their fitness goals. Whether fit-seekers are trying to lose weight, build muscle, or live a healthier lifestyle, the spacious fitness haven has the tools to help them succeed. The center fosters solo sweat sessions with a free-weight zone and Matrix cardio- and strength-training machines, and it hosts small-group fitness classes to boost camaraderie and personal accountability. Classes range from flexibility-focused yoga to high-energy Zumba, intense Les Mills Bodypump, Bodystep, and Bodycontact classes, and spin classes held in a studio stocked with Livestrong bikes. For a more customized fitness experience, personal trainers motivate clients with tailored workouts, nutrition coaching, and encouraging words such as, “You’re almost to the end of this treadmill’s road!” To pamper freshly trained muscles, massage therapists work out knots and tension, and a tanning studio with standup and traditional beds gives beach-ready bodies a sun-kissed glow.