True to the company’s name, the trainers at Concepts Three LLC operate using a three-pronged fitness philosophy. First, they guide participants through programs and classes that include boxing, TRU (Boot) Camp outdoor sessions, and regimens called P2 and X20. Like a bespoke tuxedo made of Sudoku puzzles, these workouts are tailored to the individual but challenging as well; boot camp, for example, kicks off with an assessment day that helps the instructor accommodate each and every student, no matter his or her level. The trainers’ second goal is to make sure their clients know how to maintain results. Thus, education is a top priority, and also ties into value number three: personalizing the experience so that students feel they've made lasting, important changes suited to their individual lives.
Classical ballet, expressive lyrical, and upbeat hip-hop and Latin dance classes number among the slate of options at Christine Belpedio's School of Dance. Here, children and adults, males and females, beginners and advanced students sway, twist, tap, and flip under the tutelage of experienced instructors. Students can show off their skills in recitals or competitions, where judges will rank the pointiest pointe shoe.
Experienced dance instructors with national and international credits showcase graceful moves beneath the soaring alabaster-hued ceilings of MaZi Dance Fitness Centre. High-intensity cardio classes with clever names including Ballerina Fight Club combine ballet movements with boxing jabs to strengthen muscles by avoiding the repetitive motions of free weights and rides on the handlebars of stationary bikes. Soft candlelight flickers across the studio, and patrons of all levels release tension before the shimmering cubist sweep of the Chicago skyline. Introductory ballet classes and sessions for kids 4 and older pass on basic techniques, and students in private sessions hone pointe work and chat with distinguished visiting tutus.
The luminous hue of Get Fit, Now! Fitness Studio's magenta and lemon-yellow walls matches the vivacious nature of its classes, many of which are built around music and dance. Students work out to Latin beats during Zumba sessions and execute aggressive legwork in Piloxing—proven to improve circulation and strength 10 times greater than cardio beatboxing. This combination of groove and physical exertion helps Get Fit achieve its goal of making exercise a fun and engaging experience. The fitness studio welcomes adults and seniors of all physicalities, as well as kids aged 8–16.
Though the women at Corporate Pole mean business, they can't dress in business clothing. Slacks and blazers would just restrict them from demonstrating acrobatic twirls and inversions on the pole. They teach these techniques and more to female students during beginner, intermediate, and advanced pole-dancing classes, while emphasizing the importance of camaraderie and self-confidence.
These values are also stressed during yoga lessons, during which students can hone their flexibility and Piloxing classes that combine Pilates stretches with boxing jabs. Other classes include Zumba and belly-dancing classes where students can learn how to move their hips quickly while keeping their navels firmly in place.
With a 25-meter indoor lap pool, a whirlpool, steam and sauna rooms, a healthy café, and a health-and-fitness library packed into its 61,000-square-foot space, Sky Fitness more closely resembles a resort than a fitness center. Its soaring floor-to-ceiling widows allow the sunshine to pour in as members jog around the indoor cushioned track or get competitive on the indoor basketball and volleyball courts. Kids burn off their own energy and cotton-candy reserves in a secure and supervised area while their parents work out.
The space is so huge that it encompasses an entire yoga studio, Avani Yoga, where sessions range from Vinyasa yoga to aerial yoga. The nearly 100 exercise classes offered each week at Sky Fitness include everything from arthritis-control sessions in a therapy pool to Pilates and Zumba.