True fitness should be paid in sweat, not dollars?at least, that's the belief at this reasonably priced fitness studio. Six days a week, instructors make students pay up with cardio and strength-training activities that are tailored for all skill levels. Held in the mornings and evenings, the small-group classes accommodate busy schedules by lasting 35 minutes at most.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pure Life helps students healthify their minds, bodies, and spirits with a variety of limb-limbering classes. Like a fashion model encased in Jello, gentle yoga uses a relatively slow, soft pace of poses, promoting proper body alignment among beginners and experienced mat masters alike. Vinyasa yoga connects each pose to the breath through a flow of synchronized movements, and teen yoga promotes adolescent relaxation and can even boost breath control, in turn enhancing vocal capabilities for extracurricular performances, yodeling contests, and recreational screaming.