True fitness should be paid in sweat, not dollars—at least, that's the belief at this reasonably priced fitness studio. Six days a week, instructors make students pay up with cardio and strength-training activities that are tailored for all skill levels. Held in the mornings and evenings, the small-group classes accommodate busy schedules by lasting 35 minutes at most.
Shelton Matsey knows how to whip people into shape. As a former Air Defense officer for the U.S. Army, he motivated his soldiers to reach their peak levels of fitness, resulting in some of the highest physical training scores in his unit. He now helms a squad of certified personal trianers and dietitians to share their ample fitness expertise across the studio’s Chicago, McCook, and Tinley Park locations. The studio’s signature indoor boot-camp classes set muscle groups alight with cardio drills, leap-inducing plyometrics and strength-building exercises, such as heaving free weights in the form of balls, oversize tires, and lethargic moose. Cardio Core classes utilize high-intensity interval training to push patrons to burn fat, increase endurance, and strengthen cores during short workout sessions, and the non-contact kickboxing classes work multiple muscle groups as students strike, jab, and jump rope. Fit Code’s staff nutritionist also hosts cooking classes, which elucidate tips on healthier eating and nutritious food demonstrations.
At Fit on Demand, the personal trainers understand that the path to healthy living requires embracing not only a more active lifestyle, but also good habits when it comes to nutrition and sleep. With a goal-oriented curriculum, they help visitors focus on each of these components by offering services that appeal to people of any fitness level and helping them establish realistic and attainable targets.
Within a 7,000-square-foot facility, they oversee self-guided workouts with an extensive arsenal of equipment—including Precor ellipticals, StairMaster machines, treadmills, and stationary bikes. The instructors also lead engaging group classes that embrace everything from yoga to high-intensity boot camps. Furthermore, Fit on Demand helps its clients bolster their vitality and energy levels by teaching them how to manage everyday stress and begin eating healthier meals.
When someone shows him an invitation to a reunion or a sports meet, Voltaire Hawkins sees a goal for which to strive. He helms VH Personal Training, sharing the skills he acquired through his certification as an International Sports Sciences Association personal trainer. He's certified to train not only athletes, but also children and older adults, combining his vast knowledge of exercise and biological sciences to produce a suite of developmentally appropriate exercises for clients of any age. He enjoys helping young athletes up their game, or young children discover the joy of exercise. He also trains clients toward more concrete goals, helping them look great at weddings or class reunions, and he even provides family discounts so the whole clan can trim up for family meet-ups.
At House of Phitness & Nutrition, certified trainers lead group and personal training sessions. Athletes sweat through moves that blend calisthenics, plyometrics, functional training, and self-defense, all designed to work with their individual bodies. Classes meet indoors at various gyms and outdoors at area parks during warm months.
Joe Alagno started Lifestyle Personal Training in 2002 not only as a fitness organization but also as a way to help clients find better overall health through exercise, nutrition, and positive thinking. He and his staff teach both group fitness classes—with certain sessions geared toward beginners—and one-on-one training sessions designed to help clients reach specific goals or improve at a particular sport. They conduct classes at three locations in and around Chicagoland, including Lockport's Bo Jackson Elite Sports Dome and Chicago's A Center for the Martial Arts.