Trained in Thailand—the birthplace of muay thai—and boasting more than 20 years of experience, Komel Kickboxing’s head trainer helps his students progress through the ranks in daily classes. The schedule includes no-contact classes, separate classes for children, as well as classes for intermediate and advanced kickboxers of all ages.
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.
A shotgun blast signals the start of the race, and the runners tear off through the woods. All the while, the sounds of growls and moans behind them grow closer. Though held in broad daylight, The Running Dead presents its participants with a chilling challenge: if you're a runner, make it to the finish line in one piece, and if you're a zombie, track down your prey. Regardless of affiliation, the 5K challenges all its guests with a series of man-made and natural obstacles.
Throughout the course, runners are encouraged to work as a team. At the end, those who survive are rewarded with a beer or soft drink and a truce with the zombies. After the race, all are welcome to the Zombie Prom after-party: a horror-centric celebration featuring vegan and carnivore-friendly food, an awards ceremony for the most convincing zombie getups, and a chance to argue with a local principal that the undead shouldn't have to do homework. A DJ drops beats throughout the event, while two local cover bands and a headliner provide a live soundtrack.
Heather Patterson trained in yoga for 10 years, loving the relief it brought from the stress generated by her corporate day job. Eventually, she decided she wanted to permanently trade her office for a yoga studio, and moved back home to open PurePower Hot Yoga.
Today, she helps others find relief through yoga by leading vinyasa-style classes in her sweltering studio, where the heat is cranked up to 95 degrees year-round to encourage bodies to sweat. Here, her students flow through a series of poses linked by flowing movements, using their breath to support the transitions between each. Aside from calming the mind, the routines help to increase flexibility and the intense humidity can also assist in the release of bodily toxins, which are known for being sensitive about their frizzy hair.
Even though she earned her massage therapy license in 1999, Alison Wajvoda hasn't slowed down when it comes to education. From a stint as a massage therapy instructor at Chicago's Banner to extra training in nutrition and health management at Purdue University-Calumet, she now combines her bodywork expertise with an understanding of what makes the body tick. She blends this know-how with training in reiki and chakra work, balancing inner energies as well as organic systems. Now the owner of Light Body Wellness, LLC, she sets patients on the path to better living with treatments and services ranging from massage and reiki to nutrition and weight loss counseling.
With a background as a personal trainer, Doctor of Chiropractic John Procopio believes in rooting out the causes of health anomalies rather than just obscuring the symptoms. Throughout his 22 years in practice, Dr. Procopio has perpetually sought out additional certifications, including specialties in acupuncture, lifestyle counseling, and manipulation under anesthesia. The center bolsters Dr. Procopio's preventive approach with an in-house gym, nutritional counselors, and confidence-building tic-tac-toe tournaments, and a team of aestheticians augments inner beauty with facials, waxing, and body sculpting.