The Dailey Method blends tenets of ballet, core conditioning, yoga, and kinesiology into exercise classes designed for a variety of ages and abilities. Within the studio, students gather for the non-impact classes, working on bodily alignment, balance, and posture. On-site childcare facilities are also available for little ones during classes.
The licensed and CPR-certified personal trainers at FITT-RX eschew the in-your-face negative mentality of other fitness programs to create a convivial atmosphere for clients aged 14 or older. They embrace Tabata training and circuits in indoor and outdoor boot camps and seek to build core strength, stamina, and flexibility for those aged 50 or older in Fitness Fusion classes. Five programs are designed to instill the importance of fitness in kids, and personal-training sessions help participants create custom plans to meet their weight-loss goals.
A water-survival instructor for more than three decades, Rita Goldberg established British Swim School after a career on Great Britain's national swim team. Children ages 3 months (with a parent) and up can hone their gill skills during the school's 30-minute swimming lessons. Beginners start by learning how to float on their backs—a crucial technique that lets swimmers rest, breathe, and spot life-preserver-shaped clouds. Classes, which are taught year-round in heated, indoor pools, consist of small groups of students learning techniques from the basic to the more advanced freestyle and breaststroke.
Elmhurst Park District's Courts Plus gathers exercisers of all ages to its facility that boasts 60 fitness classes per week, an indoor climbing wall, and experienced personal trainers. From aquatics to martial arts, Courts Plus's troupe of trainers help their members and guests hone lean physiques, and a large gym boasts 70 pieces of cardio equipment, 38 strength-training machines, and impressively accurate mirrors. Youth programs abound as well, including summer camps, junior tennis lessons, and a strength-training program customized for ages 6–15.
Sam Colonna has been training professional boxers for 30 years. In that time, his trainees have included multiple world champions, National Gold-Gloves champions, and absolute first-timers. His expert staff teaches boxing and MMA classes for students of all experience levels and ages. He and his co-trainer Rita Figueroa also teach fitness classes and meet one-on-one with clients during personal training.
After a long career as a professional dancer, Rhonda Fentry now helps students nurture and care for their bodies through personal care and lively group classes. Transferring some of the knowledge she learned studying with instructors, including Ruth Page, Joel Hall, and Gus Giordano, Rhonda and her fellow instructors teach students of all ages to explore and strengthen their bodies through Pilates, Zumba, yoga, and dance classes. Rhonda can also work one-on-one to craft a detailed personal-training program tailored to each student's goals, schedule, and fitness level.