The only full-service women-only gym in Highland, Womens Core Fitness Center is a supportive, laid-back environment that welcomes all women to come and work up a sweat. There are multiple cardio and strength-training machines, and clients can work out individually or in small-group fitness classes. Certified instructors lead more than 25 classes per week, ranging from Zumba to INSANITY and Turbo Kick. Personal training and childcare are available as well.
Whether clients intend to step into the ring or not, the teachers at Active Edge Lifestyle & Fitness Center have the tools to get them ready to fight. The gym contains a regulation boxing ring and martial arts mats to simulate competitive contests. Elsewhere students can simply pound away on heavy bags or punching dummies, letting off stress while shedding fat. Apart from martial arts training classes, the instructors also host noncombative fitness classes, such as Zumba.
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.
A few years back, Trudy Marchetti watched a loved one struggle with a serious heart condition and the difficult recovery that followed. The experience changed Trudy's views on fitness, and led her to reexamine her own exercise habits. In 2008, Trudy became a certified Zumba instructor. Today, she owns e'Studio Z Fitness, where she leads groups through Zumba's exotic dance moves set to Latin and international beats. But Trudy makes sure e'Studio Z Fitness isn't limited to just Zumba. Exercisers can also keep their workout routines fresh by using the facility's TRX suspension training or by teaming up with a personal trainer.
When someone shows him an invitation to a reunion or a sports meet, Voltaire Hawkins sees a goal for which to strive. He helms VH Personal Training, sharing the skills he acquired through his certification as an International Sports Sciences Association personal trainer. He's certified to train not only athletes, but also children and older adults, combining his vast knowledge of exercise and biological sciences to produce a suite of developmentally appropriate exercises for clients of any age. He enjoys helping young athletes up their game, or young children discover the joy of exercise. He also trains clients toward more concrete goals, helping them look great at weddings or class reunions, and he even provides family discounts so the whole clan can trim up for family meet-ups.
Between the red and white concrete walls of HOTSide CrossFit, fitness enthusiasts scamper up ropes, push and pull on the rowing machines, and pump iron. There’s no mirror or distractions, just the way the certified instructors want it. That way, everyone can focus solely on the workout of the day, a series of intense, fast-paced exercises that changes each session and features functional movements. It’s a system used by police, military, and martial artists to achieve full-body fitness, but through its functional movements it prepares everyone for any physical activity, including day-to-day activities.
At House of Phitness & Nutrition, certified trainers lead group and personal training sessions. Athletes sweat through moves that blend calisthenics, plyometrics, functional training, and self-defense, all designed to work with their individual bodies. Classes meet indoors at various gyms and outdoors at area parks during warm months.