The instructors at Midwest Strength & Conditioning lead a variety of group fitness classes customized to all fitness levels and designed to strengthen and tone their students’ muscles. Offerings include mobility classes that focus on dynamic range-of-motion movements, joint flexibility, and weightlifting.
Zip Fitness's staff strives to keep intimidation from creeping in to each of the five gyms. To welcome all exercisers—even those who have never had gym memberships before—Gym Geniuses stroll through each location donning bright-red shirts that signal their availability to help guests operate the various machines and guide them in drafting fitness goals and coming up with routines for the day. They've stocked each location with strength equipment from brands such as Precor and Life Fitness, and a guided strength circuit's 30-minute full-body workout takes the guesswork out of toning physiques. Rows of cardio equipment include treadmills, ellipticals, and upright and recumbent bikes, along with rowing machines and StairMaster step mills. For stretching and ab work, bands, balls, and body bars abound, and free weights include dumbbells, barbells, and tamed school bells.
Gold memberships unlock additional perks, such as unlimited access to Hex II tanning booths and the ActivTrax online fitness and nutrition coach, which plots out workouts and offers nutrition tools tailored to each user's goals, from slimming down to having the flexibility to comb your hair with your feet.
Although Toula Smith found that running helped calm her anxiety, she still felt like something was missing. She didn't feel like she ever had complete control over her problem until she tried yoga. She fell head over feet for this discovery, eventually opening Breathe, The Art of Yoga. At this studio, she welcomes students of all ages and skill levels to experience the physical and mental benefits of yoga during 60-minute Vinyasa Flow and guided meditation classes. During yoga sessions, she keeps the temperature inside the studio at a cozy 85 degrees to help each student stretch their muscles to the fullest, detoxify, and melt any accidentally swallowed ice sculptures.
With locations in Carol Stream and Downers Grove, ATI Fitness Center helps its members get in shape and recover from injuries. Its expert staff can work with clients for physical therapy, personal training sessions, and sports training sessions. Meanwhile, instructors lead group classes such as cycling and Total Chisel, a strength-training class incorporating weights, barbells, and stability balls. Alternatively, members can work out on their own with equipment such as circuit-training machines.
Most of the classes at Small Group Fitness are capped at ten people, which gives the trainers more opportunities to work with clients one-on-one. Adhering to an instructive style of training, they teach clients how to prevent injury as they use equipment in the fitness suite, which is divided into three sections: a field-turf area with TRX-suspension bands and ropes, a hard-floor area with kettlebells and plyometric boxes, and a matted area with free weights and tractor tires once used in Old MacDonald’s cross-training program. In addition to small-group classes, the trainers also schedule one-on-one personal-training sessions and larger boot-camp classes.
Phoenix Health and Fitness trainer Dave Krohe’s expansive list of clientele includes the cast of the hit TV show The Biggest Loser, attendees at police academy, and college athletes. A former military personnel and police officer, Dave’s broad range of experiences helps him curate effective fitness regimens for students of all levels and fitness goals. Informed by his experiences and his degrees in physical education and kinesiology, he blends cardio-fitness, cross-training, and muscular-endurance exercises into personal-training sessions and boot-camp classes that encourage students to slim down, beef up, and forge healthier lifestyles. Dave provides his motivational personal-training sessions both in gym and home settings.
Anu Buzruk learned Hatha yoga at the Sree Swamy Vivekananda Centre of Teacher Education in India, taught the style in India for six years, and then moved to Chicago and completed Lotus Yoga Center’s 200-hour training course. Yet, even with all of her training, she works to continually improve her teaching at Yoganubhav Studio by regularly scheduling feedback sessions with her students and their often neglected mats. Since starting her career, she has taught Hatha yoga to more than 400 students, and she employs their feedback to tailor her classes to their needs. Through this personalization of her classes, many students have reported her Hatha yoga classes have helped to increase their flexibility and alleviate issues such as anxiety, digestive difficulty, and menstrual disorders.