For their Pilates program, Fit Stop Inc. coaches people at any and all fitness levels—even instructors. Whatever your fitness goals, the certified instructors here can create custom workout plans that employ either personal training or small, intimate group Pilates classes. The beginner Pilates classes introduce students to the traditional Pilates workout, and the intermediate and advanced Pilates reformer classes employ any combination of 100 exercises. For Pilates enthusiasts, there's the gym's Pilates teacher training program, which sets the stage for anyone to become an official instructor. It covers Pilates mechanics, instruction techniques, and how many apples per day it takes to keep doctors away.
The Wellness Spot’s 6,000-square-foot facility houses comfortable massage rooms hedged with exposed brick, as well as spaces for personal training and boot camp. Clients hobbled by carrying their desks to and from work can stride into treatment rooms set up in feng shui style for a spine-soothing massage, while exercisers vanish into rigorous boot-camp sessions or one-on-one training with a nationally certified trainer.
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.
The enthusiastic and supportive muscle farmers at CrossFit host exhilarating group boot-camp sessions for aspiring exercisers of every fitness and skill level. Treat your physique to a total-body workout, flexing and training each section of your body with a varied array of aerobic and muscle-building routines such as lifting, running, sit-ups, squatting, sprinting, and climbing. CrossFit's high-intensity sweat-inducing endeavors can help customers shed fat, reduce stress, boost their speed, and increase heart health, giving them an edge over haughty uncles during family-reunion sack races.
ARC Performance doesn't cut corners when it comes to sports training. Its vast facility is the sports-equivalent of Wonka's chocolate factory, with 20 yards of indoor turf, a mondo track, and NFL-ready run rockets to build explosive power and speed. Olympic-quality weights and weight-training machines round out the gym's muscle-building arsenal, and the staff of expert trainers uses each piece of equipment to help their clientele reach their peak potential during group or individual training sessions. The workouts, designed around functional power, increase sports-related conditioning and help prevent injury. The gym's other services include therapeutic massage and highly custom training for specific sports, including staring contests with goldfish.
Maria Lagana and her crew of certified fitness instructors inspires parents and children alike in fun, high-energy classes. One-hour sessions of Pilates, yoga, and Cardio Kick blend with express half-hour sessions of Zumba and Toning Express exercises to create a personalized potpourri of fitness that should be in no way literally used as a household aroma. Zumbatomic classes are open to children flying solo or backed by their guardians, and incorporate healthful-living philosophies with Zumba's animated Latin-dance workouts. In one-hour birthday party, up to 25 high-kicking kids can learn some basic Zumba shimmies, with plenty of time remaining for creative crafts, cake, presents, and round-table discourses on phenomenology.
Lisa Faremouth Weber, the founder and owner of Heaven Meets Earth, wanted her studio to be a sacred space where students could come for a regular yoga practice and leave refreshed. That's why her commitment to student health reaches beyond the classes and into the very nontoxic paint that coats the studio's walls. Heaven Meets Earth is one of Evanston's only green yoga studios, featuring sustainable bamboo floors, an eco-boutique, and paper products made out of still-living trees.
Certified instructors lead the studio's workshops, teacher-training, meditation classes. They teach students to control their breath and build strength during Sacred Vinyasa classes, and also branch out into Pilates and dance-fitness classes. Teen, child, and family classes instill a sense of peace and focus in the light-filled studio, which features a wall of inspirational quotes.