Hinsdale Athletic Club's intimately sized indoor-cycling classes fling calories beneath the whirling wheels of high-quality stationary bikes. Bikers of all levels of athleticism and experience hit the imaginary highway on a range of modern Keiser bikes while music reverberates off the warm-hued walls, as inspiring as a bald eagle's successful small business. Each hour-long session takes no more than ten students onto the polished hardwood floors of the studio, allowing instructors to work patiently while assisting neophytes and providing useful guidance to advanced pedalers. Once a week, follow-up calorie-torching indoor cycling with a potent combination of strength- and flexibility-training during a 15-minute power-yoga session, which creates muscle as quickly as snatching away Bruce Banner's blankie.
More than a decade ago, K9 Fit Club founder Tricia Montgomery admitted it to herself: She and her dog were both overweight. They set out to lose weight together, and after dropping more than 130 pounds, Montgomery created K9 Fit Club to share her success with others. The curriculum is focused on joint dog-and-owner workouts—the core classes include games of fetch, obstacle courses, and cardio exercises, and others cover tai chi and dancing. The success of Montgomery's program has captured the attention of The Biggest Loser producer David Broome, who will bring Montgomery's program to reality TV in 2014.
Scott Grove, a second-generation martial artist and lifelong fitness coach, helps guests achieve their fitness goals through a variety of motivating and customizable services. He leads GRIT—Gravity Resistance Interval Training—which uses gravity and body weight in workouts that are scalable to all fitness levels. He also teaches martial arts classes that combine real-world self-defense moves with fitness training.
Delta Sonic's Super Kiss car wash pampers four-wheel rides with a gentle, touch-free system specially developed to leave exteriors bathed and unscathed. During the treatment, autos are rinsed with water from all possible angles; a detailed undercarriage cleanse showers even the areas unreachable by crossbreeds of Mr. Clean and Stretch Armstrong. Once fully scrubbed, steeds submit to a clear-coat protectant that shields them from errant weather and guerilla shopping-cart attacks, as well as a rust inhibitor that allows them to survive the swim tests of time. In addition to an expert clean, Delta Sonic offers a free wash within five days of the original should a car "accidentally" find itself re-covered in "circumstantial evidence."