The Little Gym of Gurnee, a branch of the nationwide network of Little Gyms, fosters educational wonderment, physical development, and self-confidence in children aged four months to 12 years old through engaging, interactive classes. Trained instructors lead the classes and impart motor skills, language development, and leadership skills through karate and dance classes, as well as brain boost activities—all with the goal of encouraging age-appropriate development in a safe and enjoyable atmosphere.
Bittersweet Golf Club’s 18-hole course winds through mature hardwoods and the brambly grasses of native wetlands, supporting the ecosystem that continues to thrive around the former bird sanctuary. Recent renovations have made the Bittersweet course more playable, a personality shift that earned it the Daily Herald’s 2010 Readers' Choice Award as well as several dates with a local soccer field. The course still retains many of its score-mangling qualities, as evidenced by the presence of water hazards on all but one hole, including two ponds that line the sides of the narrow fairway on the ninth hole, appropriately dubbed “Slim.” Bent-grass greens await clubbers at the opposite end of every tee, sporting a slick surface that can complicate even simple putts. To get golfers in shape for the demanding links, Bittersweet’s pro shop and staff of PGA instructors outfit clients with the skills, apparel, and divot-tool implants needed to hunt pins with confidence.
The word “KAPAP” is derived from the Hebrew acronym for fearsome, face-to-face combat. Operating under the umbrella of the international KAPAP Academies, Kapap Combative Concepts helps mold students in the skills of modern, real-world combat. A staff of veteran instructors trains up-and-coming MMA fighters alongside first-time students learning self-defense techniques. The gym’s core KAPAP class teaches practical fighting skills similar to krav maga, infused with elements of boxing, judo, and Japanese slappy-hands. Instructors also teach submission grappling, muay thai, and kickboxing skills, and lead dedicated sessions in women’s self-defense. The gym’s combat-fitness classes help build better bodies through a rigorous, boot-camp-style environment that works indoors and outdoors while challenging strength, endurance, and flexibility.
The Pilates Studio helps physiques strive to reach their potential with the help of small class sizes and a six-day-per-week schedule. Classes vary to accommodate students of all fitness levels, allowing experienced exercisers and beginners alike to customize the pace and rigor of their carcass reconfiguration. The instructor's encouraging teaching style, sharp eye, and attention to detail help students reach new levels of strength and calories reach new levels of panic.