Pilates Plus elongates figures and fortifies frames with a slew of mat, yoga, and dance classes led in a comforting, supporting environment. With a certified crew of instructors, stiff students can dabble in body-lengthening lessons, such as Pilates I, which teaches the program’s fundamentals of balance, flexibility, core strength, and two-by-four idolatry. For rhythm-enhanced exercise, Pilates Plus also offers dance-centric classes in Zumba, jazz, hip-hop, barre ballet, belly, and chair dancing, allowing the twinkle-toed to trim, tone, and tighten while meeting their groove quotient for the week.
Healthy Inspirations’ weight-loss programs help women shed pounds by tweaking everyday routines. Throughout each four-week course, trained weight-loss experts oversee a diet metamorphosis, helping clients reshuffle priorities in lifestyle planning, balance old habits with new ones, and resist the lilting songs of sentient pound cakes. Thrice-weekly one-on-one coaching sessions teach clients how to replace food faux pas with nutritionally sound selections, and expert-advised workout regimens combat stresses that lead to overeating. Before-and-after measurements help track progress, and nutrition plans and easy-to-follow cardio workouts reestablish control over fitness and help clients self-monitor progress. Like a street luge drawn by cheetahs, Healthy Inspirations' program gets off to a fast start, with many clients dropping between three and six pounds in the first three days.
With Club PhotoBooth’s interactive photo sessions, the backdrop is more like a blank canvas. Subjects take their photo in front of a digital screen that displays the photo immediately once it's snapped. The uploaded photo then becomes a touchscreen, with pop-up tools that people can select to spray-paint colorful mohawks or add vintage-style glasses. This high-tech equipment is indicative of Club PhotoBooth’s style—their booths include custom-designed photo strips, a live monitor that shows subjects how they look, digital copies of all photos, and special printers that can turn photo sessions into flipbooks. Like an opera-singing crossing guard, these modern details have grabbed some major attention from media outlets including Brides.com, ABC-7, and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
The certified Bikram yoga instructors at 26hot draw students from all over the western suburbs to their facility, conveniently located near the Roosevelt Road exit of I-355. Within the 1,800-square-foot space, which is kept at 105 degrees and 40% humidity, yogis move through 26 postures designed to build muscle and cardiovascular health. The one-legged balancing stick pose, for example, puts bodies into a T formation, and the tree pose encourages birds to alight on squared shoulders.
The studio's reception area appropriately greets students with fiery-red couches and warm-yellow walls. At the desk, students can rent yoga mats and towels or purchase beverages such as chilled coconut water.
Upon first glance, the studio at Mindful Movements Pilates & Yoga is what you'd expect?a tranquil space outfitted with classic hardwood floors. If you look closer, though, you'll find something delightfully unexpected on one of the walls: a mural of a globe sitting inside a lotus surrounded by inspirational mantras, such as "love", "strength", and "bliss".
Like the studio's decor, the wellness center's roster of classes mixes traditional staples with unique flourishes. Sure, the passionate instructors lead a variety of yoga classes, as well as reformer- or mat-based Pilates sessions. But they also lead classes you wouldn't expect to find at this type of studio, namely TotalBarre, the Navy-Seal-developed TRX, and SpinLates, which blends stationary biking with Pilates techniques. Owner Christy Studant also teaches sessions on the MELT method, a self-care technique that shows students how to massage their own hands, feet, and dorsal fins.
Wheaton Sport Center's expert Pilates trainers fortify cores with personalized workouts that match the distinct fitness goals and abilities of every participant. Consisting of three to five students, the six-week, semiprivate Pilates reformer sessions tone, tighten, and align bodies throughout 55–60 minutes of varied exercises that help to enhance muscular balance, improve posture, and distinguish left wrists from anterior cruciate ligaments. First-time participants can skip the fundamentals course required to register for the session and instead receive a general orientation during their first class. Each week, the challenging, nonstop circuit workout conjures up full-body aerobics by rotating through simple mat exercises, dynamic machine routines, and exercises with Pilates props from gym-set productions of A Streetcar Named Desire.