Open 24 hours a day, XSport Fitness gilds pallid patrons with sunless Mystic Tan and VersaSpa systems as well as regularly relamped UV beds. With Mystic Tan and VersaSpa spray-tan sessions, unstained patrons stand in private booths while a moisturizing mist sweeps over the skin, bestowing the body with the healthy golden glow of a Spanish doubloon polished up for a night on the town. In about two minutes, airbrushes apply a natural tone that can be customized according to body size, skin type, and desired color. The formula imbues dermises with a bronze, line-free tan without the hassle of spending all summer loitering around sandcastle hard-hat zones.
Inner Elements owner Charlotte Trux and her staff of highly trained instructors fortify core muscles with Pilates and Gyrotonic techniques, as well as attending to overall wellness with massage, acupuncture, and weight-management coaching. Sturdy, wooden Pilates machines stretch and strengthen muscles with varying levels of resistance under the supervision of an experienced instructor. The Gyrotonic expansion system strengthens ligaments and keeps hesitant planets on their axes with a combination of rotation and support. Gentle massage kneads loosen tight muscle knots and alternative medicine techniques such as reiki and acupuncture work to realign the body's energy flow to work to treat a variety of ailments.
Get Fast Inc.’s trainers inspire clients to grab the brass ring of physical fitness through a combination of time-tested techniques and unorthodox equipment. Submit stressed-out muscles to the kneading knuckles of a licensed massage therapist with Get Fast Inc.’s one-hour Swedish or deep-tissue massage. Gentle Swedish strokes relieve localized tension, and sterner deep-tissue exploration re-braids muscle fibers into stylish friendship bracelets. Extreme boot-camp participants engage in multi-part regimens with equal parts vim and vigor, busting through cardio and strength training before tackling physical challenges such as flipping oversized Tonka wheels and whipping weighty ropes. Throughout each small-group session, fitness components including speed, agility, and neuromuscular coordination converge to burn calories and tone lean muscle mass, and specialized program modifications address individual abilities and jump-rope allergies. Classes can be scheduled throughout the day Monday–Saturday, with trainers standing vigilant watch from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m.
The quaint shops and eateries of Geneva’s downtown district lie just beyond the wall-to-wall windows of Anytime Fitness’s 24-hour facility, creating a scenic backdrop to individual workout regimens and group classes. After tussling with free weights or accelerating heartbeats on Precor cardio machines equipped with their own built-in TVs, members can pop into a group class, such as cycling, boot camp, or cardio kickboxing, led by seasoned staffers with backgrounds in fitness and nutrition. They can also take advantage of one-on-one advice and motivation with personal-training sessions. When not in the presence of trainers, patrons can still access meal plans, track their workouts, and share success stories with friends in the online Anytime Health platform or in members-only tree forts. Patrons working to rehabilitate injuries can also take advantage of onsite massage and chiropractic treatments.
Underground Core Fitness owner Jeremy Glasgow measures his club’s success in inches, pounds, and repetitions. The ACE-certified personal trainer grants individual attention during small group classes or one-on-one sessions, helping clients meet goals ranging from dropping 10 pounds to accurately sketching a dumbbell. In addition to workouts, the gym supplies nutritional coaching to support guests’ overall health.
With its bare hands, Norris Recreation Center tears through the piecemeal membership and class fees that keep exercisers from traditional gyms, and flings open the doors to its modern facility. A gift from the St. Charles–native Norris family, the nonprofit establishment makes living healthier a viable option. Within its stone walls, five dedicated rooms bustle with the whir of cardio and weight-training equipment, and swimmers careen down the 12 lanes of the 50-meter pool during lessons, lap swims, and open pool time. The squeaks of pivoting sneakers peal off the racquetball court's walls, and twosomes, foursomes, and Billie Jean King's army of clones descend on the four tennis courts, which guests rent by the hour. Members can simmer in the center's saunas or whirlpool, or shuck off tension with a swedish, sport-injury, orthopedic, or deep-tissue massage before showering and retrieving their gym bags from complimentary lockers.
Trained instructors lead 13 free classes throughout the week, with diverse aerobic curricula that include cycling, Zumba, and Pilates. For individualized guidance, personal trainers coach clients out of workout plateaus. As parents work out, childcare professionals engage lads and lasses with interactive games, toys, and movies in the center's nursery, where kids build social skills and imagination while pretending to be heroic astronauts, firefighters, or accountants.
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.