The purveyors of Oasis wanted to create a space where women could work out together in a pressure-free and rewarding environment. By outfitting the health club with rowers, step mills, and ellipticals, as well as a daycare, spacious locker rooms, and an infrared sauna, they brought that space to fruition. They also stocked it with a team of fitness experts, many with degrees and certifications in the field. That crew fosters a positive attitude while leading classes such as Pilates and Zumba, or personal-training sessions that can prep members for long-distance runs away from donuts. Events such as boot camps and self-defense courses are designed specifically with women in mind, while their nutrition programs round out plans for total fitness.
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.
After a long career as a professional dancer, Rhonda Fentry now helps students nurture and care for their bodies through personal care and lively group classes. Transferring some of the knowledge she learned studying with instructors, including Ruth Page, Joel Hall, and Gus Giordano, Rhonda and her fellow instructors teach students of all ages to explore and strengthen their bodies through Pilates, Zumba, yoga, and dance classes. Rhonda can also work one-on-one to craft a detailed personal-training program tailored to each student's goals, schedule, and fitness level.
With eight indoor tennis courts, an indoor pool, and a 20,000-square-foot fitness center brimming with workout equipment, Oak Brook Racquet & Fitness Club sets the stage for athletic accomplishment. The event calendar overflows with adult classes ranging from low-impact yoga or aqua Pilates to high-intensity circuits filled with muscle toning TRX, strength training, and cardio workouts. Kids and teens are welcome at the club, with junior tennis and aquatics classes as well as a workout room where kids get strong enough to bench-press a Power Wheels car. The 85-degree indoor pool hosts swim lessons for all ages, as well as personal training and rehabilitation exercises. Post-workout, members can take advantage of the club’s amenities, which include a kids’ playroom, onsite pub, and massage room for kneading out aches.
Get Fast Inc.’s trainers inspire clients to grab the brass ring of physical fitness through a combination of time-tested techniques and unorthodox equipment. Submit stressed-out muscles to the kneading knuckles of a licensed massage therapist with Get Fast Inc.’s one-hour Swedish or deep-tissue massage. Gentle Swedish strokes relieve localized tension, and sterner deep-tissue exploration re-braids muscle fibers into stylish friendship bracelets. Extreme boot-camp participants engage in multi-part regimens with equal parts vim and vigor, busting through cardio and strength training before tackling physical challenges such as flipping oversized Tonka wheels and whipping weighty ropes. Throughout each small-group session, fitness components including speed, agility, and neuromuscular coordination converge to burn calories and tone lean muscle mass, and specialized program modifications address individual abilities and jump-rope allergies. Classes can be scheduled throughout the day Monday–Saturday, with trainers standing vigilant watch from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m.
The certified trainers at Elite Fitness meet with guests to determine a personalized fitness routine that utilizes the number of gym equipment and the skills of the trainers. They lead guests through one-on-one training sessions or lead groups through body-sculpting and boot-camp fitness classes.