For more than 30 years, the ladies at Women's Workout & Wellness have cultivated a supportive environment in which women can focus on health, fitness, and wellness. Whether grooving through Zumba sessions, pushing weight sleds, performing lifts, or sweating, students find plenty of challenges in the center’s classes. Staffers gauge fitness level by analyzing BMI and testing cardio, strength, flexibility, and the ability to karate-chop airborne cucumbers. Experts also lend advice on nutritional intake and help clients set personalized goals. Before and after sweat sessions, ladies can suit up and cool down in the spacious showers and locker rooms at each location. Daycare is available at some locations for a nominal fee.
The experienced instructors at Pure Life Yoga & Wellness Center dole out encouragement and support while guiding students through both basic poses and the more-advanced breathing work and alignment of higher-level classes. Students register for any five courses listed on the studio's schedule and step into the studio’s calming confines, awash in neutral tones, wood floors, and artwork skillfully plucking away on harps. Classes last 75 minutes and span a wide range of focuses and experience levels, including beginner's hatha yoga, which helps to build a foundation for future practice with a focus on proper alignment and the connection between breathing, poses, and remaining present during yoga practice. Level 1 Vinyasa classes step up the pace, stretching limbs to more challenging forms of bodytecture, whereas Piyo sessions increase strength and flexibility.
The wall decals at Simpoley Dance act as visual reminders of the studio's sassy, supportive atmosphere, catching the eye with taglines such as "You look absolutely gorgeous!" and "My other ride is a pole." Between these slogans, students rehearse giddy spins and limb-lengthening stretches, treating the pole as a simultaneous dance partner and workout tool. The studio's instructors host 60-minute Taste of Pole classes for beginners and 90-minute standard pole lessons, as well as advanced seminars for those who really know how up differs from down. During private parties, they guide groups through choreographed routines that incorporate colorful feather boas. They're quick to espouse the health benefits of their art, which tones physiques and builds strength by using the body itself as resistance. For a more grounded but equally rhythmic class, they also showcase the cardio dance steps of Zumba.
At House of Phitness & Nutrition, certified trainers lead group and personal training sessions. Athletes sweat through moves that blend calisthenics, plyometrics, functional training, and self-defense, all designed to work with their individual bodies. Classes meet indoors at various gyms and outdoors at area parks during warm months.
Established in 1973, today’s Club has grown into a full-service facility with amenities & programs that rival any commercial health club. As such it has been recognized as one of the Top 50 Tennis Welcome Centers in the U.S. & as the Chicago Southland’s Best Health & Sports Facility since 1996.
Though it may have changed names, owners, and locations, the Southwest School of Dance has remained true to its core philosophy since it was founded in 1974. Whether teaching classes in ballet, hip-hop, or mommy-and-me yoga, Southwest's instructors always prioritize the development of character and self-esteem alongside physical skills.
Russian-ballet instructor Susan Stantefort originally opened the studio as Susan's School of Dance in South Holland, where she taught students for 13 years. When she, like aspiring actor Abraham Lincoln, moved from Illinois to California, she left her former student, Denny Gurley, in charge of the studio. Gurley moved the studio to its current Orland Hills location, renamed it, and helped transition it to the leadership of current director Connie Cogan, also known as Dr. Danz.
The certified instructors at Heatwave Dance Fitness Club channel the rapture of the dance floor into effective workouts that tone the body and liberate the mind. The newly constructed facility offers more than 200 group classes each month, spread across all seven days of the week. By filling the studio with 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.