StrengthTime's calculated approach to training emphasizes measured, low-speed movements on top-of-the-line, immaculately maintained MedX equipment. Under the tutelage of the gym's certified instructors, people forge muscle, improve cardiac health, and melt calories during a personalized workout as potent as homemade schnapps. The gym's trainers, who receive ongoing education, record and adjust the resistance and number of reps in each meeting, allowing them to target specific muscle groups with the optimal level of intensity. This precise, deliberate approach provides a high level of customization and prevents injuries associated with more hazardous workouts, such as bench-pressing a Komodo dragon.
• For $30, you get a three one-day guest passes (a $60 value). • For $90, you get a 30-day guest pass (a $180 value). The guest pass must be activated by September 15, 2011. Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital's fitness centers host a parade of more than 100 group fitness classes through the beautiful Lake Forest campus as well as the arcadian Lindenhurst location. Both exercise hubs house indoor tracks and pools, as well as healthy stables of fitness equipment accessible to both three- and 30-day guests. Workers-out can also find their fitness calling in morning and evening group sessions such as The Barre class—in which toes twinkle in high-energy, low-impact exuberance—or several heart-thumping, pedal-pushing versions of the spin class. During Piloxing, the pumped manifest platonic physiques through a fusion of boxing, Pilates, and Socratic interrogation, honing power, speed, and agility while carving ripped bods. Aqua classes at both Lake Forest and Lindenhurst are suitable for adults, children, seniors, and Atlantean tourists.
The fitness needs of casual enthusiasts and competitive athletes may be different. However, the instructors at CrossFit Lake Forest are experts at tailoring the CrossFit regimen to cater to all of the above. To accomplish this, they offer constantly changing, small-group workouts tailored around the sorts of functional movements performed in everyday life, and then allow students to scale the load and intensity of each exercise as they see fit. As the dedicated coaches provide valuable support and keep watch to ensure that everyone is practicing proper technique, attendees can safely challenge themselves by hefting medicine balls, sprinting, performing pull-ups, dead lifting barbells, and playing tug of war against a black hole.
These full-body workouts encourage visitors to proceed at their own pace, improving strength, flexibility, and endurance over time. And in addition to the traditional courses, CrossFit Lake Forest's instructors cater to their community by offering more focused classes, such as sessions that emphasize heavy lifting or longer workouts designed to bolster stamina.
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.
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.
The Wellness Spot’s 6,000-square-foot facility houses comfortable massage rooms hedged with exposed brick, as well as spaces for personal training and boot camp. Clients hobbled by carrying their desks to and from work can stride into treatment rooms set up in feng shui style for a spine-soothing massage, while exercisers vanish into rigorous boot-camp sessions or one-on-one training with a nationally certified trainer.