The licensed and CPR-certified personal trainers at FITT-RX eschew the in-your-face negative mentality of other fitness programs to create a convivial atmosphere for clients aged 14 or older. They embrace Tabata training and circuits in indoor and outdoor boot camps and seek to build core strength, stamina, and flexibility for those aged 50 or older in Fitness Fusion classes. Five programs are designed to instill the importance of fitness in kids, and personal-training sessions help participants create custom plans to meet their weight-loss goals.
The Dailey Method blends tenets of ballet, core conditioning, yoga, and kinesiology into exercise classes designed for a variety of ages and abilities. Within the studio, students gather for the non-impact classes, working on bodily alignment, balance, and posture. On-site childcare facilities are also available for little ones during classes.
Elmhurst Park District's Courts Plus gathers exercisers of all ages to its facility that boasts 60 fitness classes per week, an indoor climbing wall, and experienced personal trainers. From aquatics to martial arts, Courts Plus's troupe of trainers help their members and guests hone lean physiques, and a large gym boasts 70 pieces of cardio equipment, 38 strength-training machines, and impressively accurate mirrors. Youth programs abound as well, including summer camps, junior tennis lessons, and a strength-training program customized for ages 6–15.
A water-survival instructor for more than three decades, Rita Goldberg established British Swim School after a career on Great Britain's national swim team. Children ages 3 months (with a parent) and up can hone their gill skills during the school's 30-minute swimming lessons. Beginners start by learning how to float on their backs—a crucial technique that lets swimmers rest, breathe, and spot life-preserver-shaped clouds. Classes, which are taught year-round in heated, indoor pools, consist of small groups of students learning techniques from the basic to the more advanced freestyle and breaststroke.
Combining his combat training with his takedown expertise earned during a stint on the U.S. Navy wrestling team, pro MMA fighter Nick Janowitz opened his own mixed-martial-arts gym to help others hone their battle skills. Patriot Boxing hosts several results-oriented programs that lead patrons of all fitness levels in ring-ready punches, strength drills, and grappling holds. The gym is divided into specialized arenas built to host a multitude of fighting styles and conditioning. A brigade of 20 heavy hanging bags absorbs kickboxing pummels, and competition-size wrestling mats and a fight cage cushion combat. Conditioning classes are furnished with battling ropes and oversize tires, which when combined can become tire swings for rhinos. Patrons can seek personalized guidance with private training seminars, and occupy their youngsters during workouts with kids' classes and activities in the onsite playroom.
Jump ropes hiss through the air, spinning around fighters conditioning for an upcoming match. Sparring partners send each other to the ropes of the blue and white boxing ring with furious blows. Green mats cushion the full-body takedowns during Brazilian jujitsu matches. Top Notch Fitness & Boxing's entire facility echoes with grunts of effort and the cries of coaches demanding one more rep, punch, hop, or kick from each student as they hone their skills and strength in mixed martial arts and conditioning classes. The staff of fighters pushes students—beginners and professionals alike—to perfect their combat technique while shedding pounds, building muscle, and testing whether punching bags can feel pain.