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Performance Factory Training doesn’t look like your average gym. Grunts and shouts echo off the rafters of the 5,000-square-foot facility, a cavernous warehouse that’s mostly empty, save for a smattering of kettlebells and cast-iron weight plates. The students here have little use for gimmicky equipment, as they focus on functional movements—pushing, pulling, squatting, and lifting, to name a few—that rely on body weight for resistance.
Though PFT’s instructors offer everything from personal training to football-specific workouts, their flagship program is CrossFit. This functional fitness phenomenon consists of a series of short, intense workouts that combine grueling strength and cardio training with basic gymnastics.
To prove that CrossFit’s for everyone, the instructors offer a two-week On Ramp program designed to get new students up to speed on the foundational movements. It’s hard not to get caught up in the daily workouts, seeing as how no two are ever the same. One day might involve shoulder presses and deadlifts, while another might require you to haul the tires of a car that was double-parked in the facility’s parking lot.
Summer isn't just for sleeping in, playing video games, and counting the days until school starts again. It's also for playing outside, making new friends, and going on adventures. For those interested in the latter, there's Oasis Summer Day Camp. The camp, led by educators Brooke and James Schamber, entertains participants at the Winnetka or Highland Park campus with days packed full of events. Campers can hone their baseball skills, learn how to hula hoop, or swim at a nearby lake. They will also head out on field trips to a variety of swimming destinations, Wild West Town, Americas Action Territory, Green Meadows Farm, or stay at camp to participate in tournaments, art lessons, or obstacle courses. It's a formula that works: the camp has earned a Best of Winnetka Award for three years running as well as countless accolades from happy parents and fully rested video-game consoles.
The curated programs at Highland Park Medical Weight are highly personalized, combining medical consultations, counselor support, and nutrition regimens to help clients achieve their goals. Doctors develop regimens of weight-loss medications, and counselors create nutritional outlines and meet with clients regularly to monitor their progress and offer support. The staff members' work isn't done when clients lose weight, though. The doctors and counselors hold monthly support meetings after programs are completed so clients can maintain their weight loss.
Since 1989, Play It Again Sports has been keeping sports green, recycling gently used athletic equipment into new-to-you gear. Products from brands such as Nike, Adidas, and Wilson make up each store's enormous selection of new and recycled gear, which is replenished daily with goods for a wide selection of sports that ranges from baseball and football to snowboarding, skis, and ice skates. Treadmills and exercise bikes equip bodies with muscular suits of armor, and pintsize and adolescent equipment arms youngsters with protective padding until they eat enough bologna to grow muscles of their own. Knowledgeable staffers man each location, ready to answer questions, arrange gear deliveries or pick-ups, and even sharpen skates or wax snowboards. To ensure their stock remains robust, they also encourage athletes to collect their lightly used gear—including bicycles—and bring it into a local store to either sell or trade.
Tension and worry creep through the body, elbowing into sleep, pinching at joints, and generally making life unpleasant. As harbingers of that larger monster, stress, they are formidable foes?but they prove no match for the staff of The Chicago Stress Relief Center, Inc. Led by founder Dr. Howard K. Weissman, the team develops personalized plans to help clients to manage mental and physical ailments. Concerns can be washed away with water and heat during flotation-tank and infrared-sauna sessions that afford clients solitary peace and quiet. Further aid takes the form of massage and art therapy, yoga sessions, and unlimited rolls of bubble wrap ready to be popped.