Village Pilates Studio's owner, Regan Hoerster, boasts an impressive 1,000 hours of apprenticeship work, earning a master's certification with The Pilates Center in Boulder and another certification with the Pilates Method Alliance. She draws from her extensive education to create a comfortable, friendly environment with class styles to accommodate patrons of all skill levels and varying needs. Hoerster offers one-on-one private lessons and semiprivate lessons with a maximum of four participants, which are especially beneficial to beginners. The small class sizes enable her to devote ample attention to each person to foster the development of proper technique. More advanced patrons can opt for gender-specific classes, large-group mat classes, or those that incorporate props such as the barre, pole, and low chair. Reformer machines?built specifically to enhance Pilates workouts by adding resistance to the exercises?line the walls of the hardwood studio, with the majority of the floor space left open for performing mat work and impressing fellow students by forming every letter in Mississippi with your body.
Former Yoga Trek students Kate Wester and Catherine Cappel carry on ownership of the studio passed on to them by their former instructors, leading a staff of impassioned yoga teachers as they guide students in the physically dynamic Vinyasa and Ashtanga styles of yoga. The instructors accommodate students of all skill and fitness levels except in the most advanced sessions, which transition between challenging poses at a rapid pace. Beginners and intermediate students can build up practice over time, learning to incorporate meditation and mindful breathing techniques to center thoughts while bolstering physical stamina with traditional yoga poses. Instructors help to prepare students before class by passing out any yoga mats, supportive props, or chakra-warming space blankets guests need.
477 Club Fitness founder Lynette Miller and her trainers can whip any client into shape with Zumba, boot camp, cardio kickboxing, or even personal training. But perhaps the most distinct aspect of 447 Club Fitness—the one that garnered attention from Oak Park 365 in 2009—is the staff’s commitment to childhood fitness. They offer several programs designed just for kids, including a circuit-training program that utilizes age-appropriate equipment and kids’ dance classes that teach foundational steps and which slow songs to request at school dances.
Students should bring: A yoga mat, water bottle, and towel
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Average class length: 60 minutes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: 2 hour free parking
Pro Tip: Classes at Navy Pier are first come first serve. Plan accordingly.
Different people want to get in shape for different reasons, and they go about it in many different ways. Fortunately, Fitness Formula Clubs' trainers understand this. They start every new member at their gym with four complimentary personal-training sessions that not only help hammer down each individual's goals, but also provide a solid foundation of knowledge and motivation. From there, equipment and guidance help each client reach whatever heights they're after.
Programs that focus on endurance in running, swimming, and cycling pair with Pilates work and basketball courts to develop well-rounded regimens. There's also classic equipment?cardio machines and free weights?offsetting a selection of less-than-traditional equipment?an artificial rock wall which lets clients build upper-body strength while practicing lines for their Cliffhanger: The Musical audition.
Students should bring: Mat, towel, water. These items are also available for rent or purchase, if students forget to bring their own.
Average class length: 60?90 minutes
Number of Staff: 5?10 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Pro Tip: Come hydrated, on an empty stomach, and ready for a challenge.
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
Bikram yoga helps students feel better?not only physically?but mentally and emotionally, too. If you feel stressed, anxious, worried, or have trouble sleeping, take some yoga. It helps keep you balanced, both on and off the mat.
At The Yoga Centre in Oak Park, a team of passionate instructors helps students build stronger connections between their physical, mental, and emotional selves. The studio hosts more than 20 yoga classes each week, including introductory classes, Cardio Yoga classes, and meditative classes that help clear students' minds of stressful thoughts about work or apprehensions about their work's annual shouting convention. Private training sessions are also available for those who desire a one-on-one format.