Body Bliss's certified massage therapist, Laura Dillon, has been massaging tender physiques for the last two years, specializing in three different types of muscular manipulation. The Swedish massage kneads out kinks after hours of assembling Ikea skyscrapers. The deep-tissue massage delves into the fascia's utmost depths, rooting out the sources of pain and releasing the body's pent-up balrogs. Finally, a hot-stone massage loosens muscles, calms the mind, and settles the central nervous system with precisely positioned warm stones. Whatever finger-flavor you choose, Body Bliss continues the thousand-year tradition of using human touch to reduce anxiety and depression, improve concentration, and develop cutting-edge break-dancing moves.
The trainers at Fit on Demand (formerly 3rd Dimension Fitness) believe that time flies when you're having fun. That's why they structure workout sessions around having a good time, supplementing their always-changing energetic routines with doses of personal attention for participants of all fitness levels. Each group class, including Zumba, spin, and yoga, varies with each session, preventing boredom and muscles from becoming accustomed to movements, resulting in less-effective workouts. Though more intense than a traditional exercise session, boot-camp classes still infuse fun into their steps with varying techniques and classes held in parks packed with feral clowns. Boot camps are held in rain or shine, and stadium boot camps incorporate stair sprints and bleacher workouts. Further helping clients reach their fitness goals, nutrition and stress-management counselors are on hand to coach participants through lifestyle changes with meal-planning tips and an upbeat perspective. The gym’s name isn’t the only recent change. New group classes such as SpinFusion and kickboxing have been added to the schedule; new elliptical machines, treadmills, and stationary bikes now beckon exercisers; and extended hours make finding time to work out easy and convenient.
The 10,000 sq. ft. Patriot Boxing and Fitness' specialized arenas host a number of challenging group-fitness workouts. Dynamic, one-hour group interval training classes boost strength and endurance as they rotate through several stations, among them battle ropes, TRX suspension training, kettlebells, and free weights. Boxing, Hot Yoga, Zumba, , Spin, Hip Hop Dance, kickboxing, and mixed martial arts programs teach techniques to guests of all ages and fitness levels as they build core strength, flexibility, speed, and balance. Patrons can take advantage of the full locker room service, seek personalized guidance with private training seminars, and occupy their youngsters during workouts with kids' classes and activities in the onsite playroom.
Tucked away in the wooded enclave of Mokena, Willow Run Golf Course invites duffer duos to linger over its nine holes of mature, tree-lined fairways. Seated behind the wheel of an electronically powered golf steed, golfers can jet from hole to hole, making sure to pop a wheelie in greeting fellow linksmen to ensure proper etiquette. Putter in hand, pairs of golfers can descend on Willow Run's array of demanding holes, with variable yardages ranging from 120 to 520, and scheme their way around multiple sand pits and two ball-hungry water hazards. After taming the 2,930 yards of green-graced canvas and then repeating the 9-hole course to play a full 18, sated sportsmen and women can sashay over to the Willow Run lounge for post-game drinks or stick around for the pro shop's after-hours craft class for making personalized terra-cotta golf tees.
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.
Attend classes at Randori Jiu Jitsu and you'll be learning from instructors with impressive resumes. Half of the studio?s staff holds a black belt in either Brazilian jiu jitsu or judo, and one member, Leandro Valdes, actually holds both. The team also includes professional MMA fighter Bobby ?The Wolfman? Moffett and Jiu Jitsu World champion medalist and two-time National Judo champion, Leandro Valdes.Together, these seasoned instructors share their knowledge of Brazilian jiu jitsu, mixed martial arts, judo, and kickboxing during classes at their studio, which is accredited by the North American Grappling Association.