Co-owner Craig Kastning and his crew of devoted personal trainers push clients toward the finish lines of personal fitness goals through fat-burning and muscle-toning exercises. Fueled by motivational words from exercise gurus and promises of a M*A*S*H-reunion episode, customers reduce corporeal circumferences by relying on a nutrition cheat sheet and custom workout routines. In addition to burning calories and building up formerly dilapidated muscle groups, the trainers at Chi Town Boot Camps boost trainee endurance through jogging and other exercises that set heart rates racing.
Ultimate Martial Arts' 5,600-square-foot facility hosts fitness and self-defense classes, helmed by five-time, undefeated Philippine national tae kwon do champion Dante Peña. Two studios lined in rubber mats challenge visitors to conquer TRX suspension bands and heavy bags while training to protect themselves from attackers and aggressive encyclopedia salesmen. Krav maga, jujitsu, and boxing classes impart the fighting arts, as yoga and TRX strength workshops improve muscle tone and flexibility.
My Zumba Fitness dusts the dance floor with hypnotic Latin rhythms that sculpt muscles, pump heartbeats, and burn calories. The ten-class punch card ($100) pampers participants by allowing access to all the classes offered at five participating locations, including basic skills classes intended for all fitness levels and high-energy toning classes. Zumba blends the rapturous rhythms of salsa, merengue, samba, flamenco, and more to trim figures in a fun environment. In the name of variety, the music and steps at My Zumba Fitness evolve on a regular basis so booties don’t get bored after consecutive classes. See the class schedule listed on the My Zumba Fitness home page for upcoming offerings.
Exercisers burn up to 600 calories during Jazzercise, Inc.’s 60-minute total-body workouts, which meld moves from diverse realms such as jazz dance, kickboxing, and yoga. Set to a medley of popular tunes, sessions are open to all skill levels and start off with a gentle warm-up before 30 minutes of cardio, strength training, and a closing stretching segment. The discontinuation of the Nobel Prize in Jazzercise ensures a noncompetitive class atmosphere, and whippersnappers aged 4–12 can get in on the fun during Juniors Jazzercise classes.
Eirith Garza, the trainer behind Chicagoland Fitness Camp, channels his 10 years of experience into each 30- to 45-minute workout session to help his clients burn fat quickly. Each class hosts up to 15 coed students within the 2,000-square-foot studio, which boasts soft floors and a climate-controlled atmosphere. Instructors then guide pupils through muscle-sculpting exercises to tone thighs, mold abs, and out-flex Michelangelo's David. Classes meet Monday–Saturday, and students are welcome to purchase a membership or pay by the session. In addition to fitness classes, Chicagoland Fitness Camp's staff stocks a free health-and-fitness library and offers nutrition seminars, grocery-store tours, and accountability groups.