Developed by Jill Dailey McIntosh, The Dailey Method is a challenging one-hour program that combines ballet barre work, stretching, core-conditioning, and orthopedic exercises to tone and lengthen bodies. Improve posture, endurance, and strength as muscles grow supple, soft edges firm up, and your sense of physical well-being grows like a Grinch's heart at Christmas. The Dailey Method takes a mindful approach to wellness—its workouts are safe and effective for people of any fitness level, including pregnant women and those recovering from an injury. Check out the Chicago or La Grange schedules for beginning and intermediate class times offered every day, and call ahead to schedule. Participants can use their Groupon for single classes ($20 each), toward any class package, or toward a one-month unlimited pass ($100+). Students should wear comfortable clothing that doesn't restrict movement, alignment, or celebratory robot dancing at the conclusion of class. Locker rooms with showers are available to freshen up after your ultra-workout, so you can scrub off the old you.
Fusion 4 Women is part fitness studio, part spa, and part wellness center. Exercisers sweat in Zumba and Pilates classes, whereas spa visitors relax during full-body massages and mani-pedis. The staff also leads lifestyle-modification classes and offers personalized weight-loss support.
Former San Francisco 49er Anthony Parker knows exactly what it takes to compete and train at the highest level. That’s the experience he brings to his results-driven boot-camp classes. Participants reach new fitness goals during classes that blend NFL-style conditioning drills with activities such as kickboxing, circuit training, dance, and fitness games.
Inside the spacious practice room, serene shades of lavender combine with energizing plum tones and soft lighting to create a warm, inviting space for yogis to hone their mind-body practice. Abhyaasa Yoga's four certified yoga instructors bring an eclectic mix of experience and expertise to their classes, combining meditative techniques with powerful yoga postures to create a mindful, flowing style of yoga that fosters strong, flexible bodies and peaceful minds. To cater to practitioners of all experience and fitness levels, Abhyaasa Yoga hosts introductory classes in which beginners become acquainted with the basic poses, breathing techniques, and playing cards while doing a headstand, in addition to more challenging sessions such as the Rock Your Asana! Vinyasa class that gets students sweating with vigorous posture sequences set to upbeat, motivating music.
Instructors at Hot Yoga Naperville—formerly Bikram Yoga Naperville and bFit Yoga—rely on premium workout equipment unlike anything else on the market—the human body. Using nothing but movement, they help students to strengthen their cores and improve their endurance through a variety of yoga classes, including hot yoga, vinyasa power yoga, and energetic ashtanga yoga. Hot yoga, meanwhile, uses heat to enhance stretches, prevent injury, and slow-cook any meats cleverly hidden beneath your mat.
Daryl Anne Barr, owner of Movement for Life, understands the feeling of defeat. A few years ago, she was struck with the passing of a friend and her mother in quick succession, as well as debilitating eye surgery. She briefly succumbed to the painful period in her life, eating poorly and indulging in a sedentary lifestyle. But then she had an epiphany: the only way to overcome the pain was to dust herself off and keep moving. She found solace in living well, and now helps clients do the same at Movement for Life. She meets with individuals, couples, and small groups for fitness training sessions that exercise both the mind and body.