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.
After dropping 136 and 89 pounds respectively on season 5 of NBC's The Biggest Loser, son-and-mom duo Dan and Jackie Evans hit the race circuit, promoting health and wellness as they ran more than 20 half-marathons. Today, the Evans continue their odyssey, traveling across the country to speak at The Biggest Loser RunWalk races, in which first-time runners and hardcore athletes alike can simply have fun exercising or take the first steps on their own path toward physical fitness. A festive atmosphere enlivens each race, from the scenic routes and live entertainment at the finish to the squeaking of running shoes cheering from the sidelines.
Thunder Bowl's 24 slick Brunswick Pro Anvilane lanes echo with the cacophony of wooden pins knocked askew. Behind automatic ball returns dispensing massive marbles, bar tables host groups as they taunt each other over the totals displayed across television scoreboards. Optional bumpers level the playing field for young kids and wiffle-ball pitchers who have trouble hurling things in a straight line, and cosmic bowling eschews traditional lights for a blacklit atmosphere. As families, friends, and league teams sling smooth boulders across polished wooden surfaces, Morgan's, the bar next door, hosts billiards, darts, and a menu of pizza, wings, and burgers.
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.
Warm beige walls and soft floors welcome visitors to Mindful Movements Health & Fitness Studio, a cozy exercise hub that helps guests tone and tighten bodies with various group fitness classes led by passionate, certified instructors. Helmed by the experienced Julie Danno, the troupe of teachers leads small groups of 10?15 movers and shakers through calorie-reducing yoga classes, which elongate muscles while quieting minds, and Pilates mat classes, which tone tummies so thoroughly that they can be used in the event of an emergency washboard shortage.
Motivating, highly trained staff and spacious facilities complement Charter Fitness's battalion of cardio machines and strength-training equipment. Huge flat-screen TVs motivate gym-goers as they lift weights, stationary bikes, and their reflections in large mirrors. Seasoned personal trainers who all hold certifications or four-year degrees in their specialty guide members through an initial personal-training session, introducing clients to the best equipment for their fitness goals. After workouts, private showers or public water fountains sluice away sweat.