The instructors at Midwest Strength & Conditioning lead a variety of group fitness classes customized to all fitness levels and designed to strengthen and tone their students’ muscles. Offerings include mobility classes that focus on dynamic range-of-motion movements, joint flexibility, and weightlifting.
Surrounded by wooden floors, large mirrors, and minimalistic equipment, the instructors behind A Whole Lotta Class help students forge fitter frames with exercises that exploit the body’s natural, intuitive motions. During TRX classes, students develop chiseled cores as they battle against elastics designed by a Navy SEAL, eschewing heavy steel plates in favor of resistance bands that increase or decrease workout intensity using each student’s own body weight. Certified also instructors teach Piloxing classes—which ramp up traditional Pilates techniques with a cardio workout—alongside endurance-boosting boot camps and strength-building interval training. In contrast to the other classes, Zumba takes an otherwise grueling workout and turns it into a party with Latin-based moves found in salsa, merengue, and interpretive-dance editions of Virgil's Aeneid.
Light floods through Midwest Fit Club's floor-to-ceiling windows, giving the exercisers a healthy glow as they run on treadmills, track their heart rates on elliptical trainers, and grunt through free-weight reps. In the gym’s spacious group fitness studio, experienced trainers lead students through the flowing poses of power Vinyasa yoga, work full bodies during Fit Camp sessions, and groove through Zumba classes’ thumping global party beats. Trainers also lead one-on-one and group personal-training sessions focused on each student’s goals, whether they're beginners who’ve never exercised regularly or fitness enthusiasts who did burpees in the womb.
After workouts, members can treat aching muscles to deep-tissue, Swedish, pregnancy, or sports massages from onsite therapists.
Joe Alagno started Lifestyle Personal Training in 2002 not only as a fitness organization but also as a way to help clients find better overall health through exercise, nutrition, and positive thinking. He and his staff teach both group fitness classes—with certain sessions geared toward beginners—and one-on-one training sessions designed to help clients reach specific goals or improve at a particular sport. They conduct classes at three locations in and around Chicagoland, including Lockport's Bo Jackson Elite Sports Dome and Chicago's A Center for the Martial Arts.
The experienced instructors at TM Martial Arts aim to help their students strengthen more than muscles in their hapkido, tae kwon do, and self-defense classes. They prize the character development and cognitive benefits—such as self-confidence, perseverance, and improved concentration—that people can experience with regular practice. That said, their American kickboxing and Ultimate Fitness programs blend strength training with sparring drills to help students reshape their bodies and embrace fitness for the rest of their lives, no matter their age or starting level.
Phoenix Health and Fitness trainer Dave Krohe’s expansive list of clientele includes the cast of the hit TV show The Biggest Loser, attendees at police academy, and college athletes. A former military personnel and police officer, Dave’s broad range of experiences helps him curate effective fitness regimens for students of all levels and fitness goals. Informed by his experiences and his degrees in physical education and kinesiology, he blends cardio-fitness, cross-training, and muscular-endurance exercises into personal-training sessions and boot-camp classes that encourage students to slim down, beef up, and forge healthier lifestyles. Dave provides his motivational personal-training sessions both in gym and home settings.
Most of the classes at Small Group Fitness are capped at ten people, which gives the trainers more opportunities to work with clients one-on-one. Adhering to an instructive style of training, they teach clients how to prevent injury as they use equipment in the fitness suite, which is divided into three sections: a field-turf area with TRX-suspension bands and ropes, a hard-floor area with kettlebells and plyometric boxes, and a matted area with free weights and tractor tires once used in Old MacDonald’s cross-training program. In addition to small-group classes, the trainers also schedule one-on-one personal-training sessions and larger boot-camp classes.