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Chad Surdich, a two-time Golden Glove semifinalist, surveys his red-walled boxing gym from behind the chainlink fence that circles the ring. Around him, boxing pupils wham their fists into focus mitts during small-group classes, or work up heart rates by hopping onto cardio machines. Chad and his expert instructors make use of North Shore Fit Pit’s bountiful array of weight machines and heavy ropes to lead boxing classes, cardio boxing classes, and hot boxing classes that amp up workouts with detoxifying heat and squirts of tabasco snuck into water bottles.
1500 Old Deerfield Rd.
Highland Park,
IL
US
The soft glow of 30,919 carved pumpkins lit up the night sky on Saturday, October 22, 2011—the night the town of Highwood set the Guinness world record for most jack-o’-lanterns lit in one location. And this year should be no different. The three-day Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival, which has gained coverage from The Rosie Show and Trib Local, invites guests from all over the country to contribute to its wall of carved pumpkins, an experience that will be captured by HGTV’s “Pumpkin Wars”. Patrons can decorate prescooped pumpkins at the designated carving stations (or bring their own precarved candidate) as they enjoy a weekend of live music on multiple stages, treats from local vendors, a gourmet farmers’ market on Saturday, hayrides, and a New Orleans–inspired night parade. Participants can even test out their newly carved pumpkin sneakers during the festival’s 5K run, which raises funds and awareness for the Leukemia Research Foundation. The festival culminates with the lighting of the wall of jack-o’-lanterns at 7 p.m. on Saturday, and, when all is said and done, pumpkins won’t be left in the dark as their owners are encouraged to take their record-breaking masterpieces home with them.
Sheridan Road
Highwood,
IL
US
Certified Zumba instructors and dancing duo, Kate and Melissa do one thing well. Unlike other studios that ply their jack-of-all-tradery, hosting every passing fad from kickboxing to cardio pumpkin carving, KM Zumba’s leaders pour all of their energy into their upbeat, Latin-infused dance-'em-ups. Kate and Melissa ease students of any age, from young adults to silver foxes, into the workouts with sessions that encourage exercisers to move at their own pace. Created by Columbian fitness trainer, Beto Perez, the energizing classes feature a combination of heart-pumping cardio dance work with slower, muscle-building moves, all set to motivating tunes in Latin traditions such as salsa and merengue. Perez designed the steps to be easy to follow, and classes infuse the dance routines with traditional aerobic moves to keep the choreography both upbeat and uncomplicated.
800 Clavey Road
Highland Park,
IL
US
Equipment: Kettlebells, TRX, free weights, free motion, boxing Average class length: 30-60 minutes Number of Staff: 1?5 people Established: 2005 Registration required: Yes Good for beginners: Yes Parking: Parking lot Pro Tip: Be ready to have fun, learn a lot, and get tremendous results.
2068 1st Street
Highland Park,
IL
US
Inside West Loop Health & Sports Performance Center, Yoga Bent's registered yoga instructors?Miguel Latronica and Etty Hasak?guide their students through innovative classes that incorporate Miguel?s patented Mighty Body Body Band stretching and strengthening device. The Latronica Method is largely based on the PNF principles. It employs his inventive system of ropes, bungee cords, and slings to support and stabilize students as they work though seven forms of flexibility- and strength-building exercises. The classes enable students to borrow props and sink into or build stability. Additionally, all MBB yoga poses are designed to increase one?s range of motion by loosening connective tissues that, like the budgets of toddlers, are difficult to stretch.
1630 Old Deerfield Rd
Highland Park,
IL
US
Inside an open-floor gym stocked with treadmills, weights, and bikes, Body Empowered Fitness's personal trainers bolster clients' bods with custom workout regimes and specialized exercises. The gym's staff, including owner and NASM–certified corrective-exercise specialist Sylvia Knilans, constructs fitness plans that utilize Simultaneous Functional Training, a fusion of strength and stamina exercises, to slim figures and build muscle without radioactive spider bites. Trainers share their knowledge with up to four participants at various points throughout each workout and catalogue the day's progress for future exercise regimes.
332 Skokie Valley Rd
Highland Park,
IL
US

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