The licensed and CPR-certified personal trainers at FITT-RX eschew the in-your-face negative mentality of other fitness programs to create a convivial atmosphere for clients aged 14 or older. They embrace Tabata training and circuits in indoor and outdoor boot camps and seek to build core strength, stamina, and flexibility for those aged 50 or older in Fitness Fusion classes. Five programs are designed to instill the importance of fitness in kids, and personal-training sessions help participants create custom plans to meet their weight-loss goals.
Anchored by founder and certified personal trainer Damon Burrell, Heaven and Hell Bootcamp's staff of workout wonks help clients conquer fitness goals in group boot-camp classes. With a regimen of 40- to 45-minute boot-camp classes held every weekday, Heaven and Hell keeps chests heaving, heart rates thumping, and sequined leotards shimmering at a rate that suits almost any schedule. The high-octane group workouts change each day, but typically feature agility training, calisthenics, cardio exercise, and core strengthening achieved by hoisting dumbbells, jumping rope, and stealing medicine balls from the nests of predatory birds of flight.
The scenic greens of Arrowhead Golf Club, sporting three nine-hole courses that can be combined to play as three distinct par 72, 18-hole courses, keeps its facilities well manicured to give the feel of an exclusive club. Grab a friend or astronaut, and tap buckets of practice balls at the putting and chipping greens, or warm up the swing metronome at the driving range. Pairs board a riding cart to traverse the pastoral playground, whose well-kept bentgrass greens, fairways, and tees sit surrounded by the lush scenery of the Danada Forest Preserve. Throughout the scenic golf garden, players master shots around numerous glassy water hazards, as well as sand traps escaping past lives trapped in hourglasses.
Great music can give exercisers the extra boost of energy to leap over plateaus. Fight Fit Fitness takes that concept a step further, keeping a live DJ on staff to spin tunes for some of their classes. Instructors lead high-intensity cardio-kickboxing classes, challenging students through kickboxing drills that build strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular health, all set to bass-thumping polka tunes. Regular kickboxing classes focus on foot-flown combat, whereas other sessions, such as Zumba and Turbo Kick, aim to build muscles in a party-esque atmosphere. In addition to group classes, trainers offer one-on-one sessions for all fitness levels—ushering clients toward their health targets, whether they want to get back into shape, enhance sports performance, or jump-start a bodybuilding career.
Some things never really go out of fashion, such as being in shape, working smarter rather than harder, and barbells. The strength trainers at Wheaton Barbell & Fitness dole out all three in spades. In their general fitness classes, students build muscle and endurance by lifting anything that weighs more than ten pounds and can’t be bolted to the ground, such as classic barbells and kettlebells. Their boot camps change tracks from pure lifting to a more cardio-centric regimen, building heart strength over a series of ever-intensifying classes. The gym’s trainers also schedule one-on-one training sessions in which they relentlessly put clients through their paces, speeding them toward their goals, whether they be to lose weight or recover from injury.
The team doesn’t just train adults. They conduct athletic conditioning courses for kids ages 12 to 18, designed to improve essential cross-sport skills. They even carry out job-specific conditioning for adults who work as firefighters, police officers, construction workers, and package delivery personnel, who train by heaving heavy boxes and outrunning rabid mailmen.
Instead of relying on repetitive workouts and weight machines, Goality Fitness Club owner Eric Su guides clients through free-form exercises that change with every session. Workouts often consist of using exercise balls by Bosu, powering through suspension training by TRX, and running around impossibly shaped tracks by Mobius. Clients can select the training hours that best suit their daily lives; sessions begin as late as 5:30 p.m. on weekdays and also take place on Saturday morning. The club also offers yoga classes and free 30-minute consultations.