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.
Grounded in the idea that group exercise not only is suitable for all levels of fitness, but works to motivate participants in a unique and positive manner, the staff of Elixir gets bodies in motion. A dozen different classes—ranging from Zumba to Les Mills BodyCombat—are set to upbeat music, designed to inspire movement, tone the body, and shed pounds. The club also offers childcare six days a week, so parents can drop their kids in a safe, friendly environment while they get in a workout.
The certified instructors at Heatwave Dance Fitness Club lead effective group workouts that tone the body and liberate the mind. The newly constructed facility offers more than 200 classes each month, spread across all seven days of the week.
Heatwave's variety of boot camps target a wide range of body parts: for instance, kettlebell classes provide a surprising cardio workout that also builds muscles with long swings of the weights. The TRX suspension system is behind the toning powers of other sessions, forcing arms and legs to work against the body's own weight. Body resistance is important in yoga fitness as well, though the motions are relatively low impact and also build flexibility. The Latin rhythms of Zumba or the pop and hip-hop beats of Dance Heat classes take dancers' attentions away from the toils of exercise, turning heart-pumping aerobic routines into raucous dance parties, just like every time James Brown ran the Boston Marathon. Parents can truly focus on their workouts by leaving kids safely the in facility's daycare center.
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.
Adrian Michalewicz, owner of Apex Fitness, spent years as a personal trainer in large corporate gyms and dreamed of one day opening his own facility. At Apex Fitness, Michalewicz focuses his attention on individual clients, whether perfecting their forms during personal-training sessions or taking them on grocery-shopping trips for healthy food.
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.