The mammoth indoor facility at Elite Sports Training Center gives athletes plenty of room to train for games ranging from baseball and softball to golf and lacrosse. A 120’x70’ multipurpose area can be configured as one large infield—perfect for fielding ground balls or perfecting your split-dodge for lacrosse—or divided into eight individual tunnels that simulate the real-life conditions of a footrace against a mole-man. ATEC automated pitching machines hurl baseballs and softballs down the length of four batting cages, helping sluggers hone cuts at balls traveling between 30 and 90 miles per hour.
At MaxxResultsBootcamp, you’ll never feel alone in your journey toward a fitter lifestyle. A team of experienced and friendly instructors leads groups of like-minded fit-seekers who encourage one another to tear through the circuit-style boot-camp classes, dedicated to helping its participants burn fat and build lean muscle rapidly. Each high-intensity session targets all the muscle groups with a different regimen, for example, one day, patrons might heave kettlebells and push racks of weights, and the next, they might hurl medicine balls and ride stationary bikes. Though the drills are constantly varied, the sessions always incorporate a balance of cardio drills, weight training, and core strengthening movements designed to amp up your metabolism without resorting to blackmailing it. Further motivating guests to healthier lifestyles, the trainers provide customized nutrition plans and advice.
The instructors at Platinum Dance Academy lead an array of classes, ranging from ballet and tap to tumbling and musical theater, at their 5,000-square-foot studio. In addition to traditional dance classes, the instructors offer fitness classes, such as Zumba, Yoga, Pilates, and Boot-Camp.
Edgar Torres, the owner of Out of Body Fitness, draws on clinical studies and multiple fitness disciplines to help his clients achieve their fitness goals. They team up with South Elgin Budokan to offer mixed martial arts taught by MMA experts and real UFC fighters. Out of Body Fitness also specializes in private training, boot camps, and fitness classes the blend principles of yoga, kettlebell training, and Olympic weightlifting.
A good kettlebell swing engages the arms, core, and legs in a single action, not only strengthening them, but teaching them to work together. It's from this idea that Bob Garon takes his business's name: Synergy Kettlebell Training. At each of his four locations, he helps muscles synergize with new and different kettlebell regimens every day—instead of isolating specific body parts—usually themed around a specific workout principle that changes every two weeks. Each class lasts 30–45 minutes, the same amount of time it took the kettlebell's creator to come up with a name for his invention.
Underground Core Fitness owner Jeremy Glasgow measures his club’s success in inches, pounds, and repetitions. The ACE-certified personal trainer grants individual attention during small group classes or one-on-one sessions, helping clients meet goals ranging from dropping 10 pounds to accurately sketching a dumbbell. In addition to workouts, the gym supplies nutritional coaching to support guests’ overall health.
Some things never really go out of fashion, such as being in shape, working smarter rather than harder, and barbells. The strength trainers at Wheaton Barbell & Fitness dole out all three in spades. In their general fitness classes, students build muscle and endurance by lifting anything that weighs more than ten pounds and can’t be bolted to the ground, such as classic barbells and kettlebells. Their boot camps change tracks from pure lifting to a more cardio-centric regimen, building heart strength over a series of ever-intensifying classes. The gym’s trainers also schedule one-on-one training sessions in which they relentlessly put clients through their paces, speeding them toward their goals, whether they be to lose weight or recover from injury.
The team doesn’t just train adults. They conduct athletic conditioning courses for kids ages 12 to 18, designed to improve essential cross-sport skills. They even carry out job-specific conditioning for adults who work as firefighters, police officers, construction workers, and package delivery personnel, who train by heaving heavy boxes and outrunning rabid mailmen.