From the moment she was born in Rome, Tiziana?who puts the T in Pilates by T?has dedicated her entire life to fitness. In 1991, she graduated from Italy's University of Physical Education before immigrating to the United States. In her new country, she encountered Pilates for the first time, and after 16 years as a student and eventual teacher, it remains her favorite form of exercise.
Certified in classic power Pilates instruction, Tiziana utilizes both mat work and reformer machines to aid her students in sculpting long, lean muscles. The exercises performed in her group classes and personal-training sessions focus on strengthening the core first and foremost, and the body gradually enjoys increased flexibility and improved posture. She keeps class sizes to a minimum to ensure personal attention to each student, to provide easy access to equipment, and to avoid frightening skittish Pilates mats.
The term “family environment” sometimes conjures thoughts of shrieking toddlers and floors turned into flypaper due to discarded cotton candy, but those images evaporate the moment you step into any one of Air Fitness’ three pristine facilities. Here, families work out in an exclusive social setting, as each location accepts only 150 memberships. From grandparents to gradeschoolers, members work their way toward better health on Cybex and Precor fitness equipment, overseen by a friendly staff of trainers and nutritionists. For one-on-one attention, the trainers develop personalized programs customized to each patron's fitness goals, such as losing weight, lowering their blood pressure, or looking good in a new hazmat suit.
We are a health & fitness studio that focuses primarily on personal training. All our programs are designed from three basic areas: 1. what the physical tolerances, abilities, structure and preferences of the client are, 2. what the unique chemistry of the client is, and 3. how the client thinks and handles stress.
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.