Zip Fitness's staff strives to keep intimidation from creeping in to each of the five gyms. To welcome all exercisers—even those who have never had gym memberships before—Gym Geniuses stroll through each location donning bright-red shirts that signal their availability to help guests operate the various machines and guide them in drafting fitness goals and coming up with routines for the day. They've stocked each location with strength equipment from brands such as Precor and Life Fitness, and a guided strength circuit's 30-minute full-body workout takes the guesswork out of toning physiques. Rows of cardio equipment include treadmills, ellipticals, and upright and recumbent bikes, along with rowing machines and StairMaster step mills. For stretching and ab work, bands, balls, and body bars abound, and free weights include dumbbells, barbells, and tamed school bells.
Gold memberships unlock additional perks, such as unlimited access to Hex II tanning booths and the ActivTrax online fitness and nutrition coach, which plots out workouts and offers nutrition tools tailored to each user's goals, from slimming down to having the flexibility to comb your hair with your feet.
While many fitness gurus limit their gear to traditional hand weights and medicine balls, the inspired trainers at Accelerated Athlete also incorporate sledgehammers, tractor tires, battle ropes, and ladders into their exercise classes. Far from limited to life in the toolshed, these unusual components are the building blocks of heart-pumping exercise routines that confuse muscles into becoming stronger and bodies into becoming leaner. Trainers' encouraging words play an equal role, inspiring students to sweat through boot camps, power yoga, kickboxing, and high-intensity interval training tailored to each individual’s skill level.
Fitzone For Women boasts all the amenities of any modern gym, including row upon row of sleek workout equipment, 24 different kinds of fitness classes, and nutritional seminars. The gym’s staff tailors each service specifically to women’s needs. One-on-one instructors teach the tips and tricks needed to build long, lean muscle, while nutritionists suggest regimens designed to keep the female form healthy. Large screen televisions line the cardiovascular room, providing mental escape into another world while bodies work on burning calories.
Fitness 19 welcomes exercisers into its pristine workout facilities lined with Life Fitness cardio machines, free weights, and fully staffed childcare rooms. A personal trainer works with fitness seekers to create motivating custom workouts, helping members set goals and chase them down with the precision of a saint bernard leading a search-and-rescue mission in an inflatable-ball pit. Heart rates rise and calories evaporate during jogs on treadmills and pedaling sessions on stationary bikes. Dumbbells and barbells encourage lifting and curling, and Smith machines help bodies perform squats safely and effectively. Make muscles ripple with plate-loaded strength-training equipment, an eight-station crossover cable, or high-intensity deadlifts with a complimentary water bottle.
Fit Body Boot Camp's inspirational instructors raise their voices only to offer praise and motivation to participants sweating through each 45-minute total-body workout. The boot-camp classes let patrons blast through the doldrums of traditional workout routines by constantly changing exercises, incorporating diverse moves, and peering at muscles through a kaleidoscope. Each session torches calories and stokes metabolism while whittling the core and toning muscles. In order to comfortably challenge each exerciser, Fit Body's gym houses a plenitude of fitness-forging paraphernalia, including battling ropes, suspension trainers, and a joint-friendly foam floor. A personalized nutrition plan caps off the six-week series by elucidating healthy eating methods and feeling satisfied while fueling the body with the energy it needs.
• For $30, you get a three one-day guest passes (a $60 value). • For $90, you get a 30-day guest pass (a $180 value). The guest pass must be activated by September 15, 2011. Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital's fitness centers host a parade of more than 100 group fitness classes through the beautiful Lake Forest campus as well as the arcadian Lindenhurst location. Both exercise hubs house indoor tracks and pools, as well as healthy stables of fitness equipment accessible to both three- and 30-day guests. Workers-out can also find their fitness calling in morning and evening group sessions such as The Barre class—in which toes twinkle in high-energy, low-impact exuberance—or several heart-thumping, pedal-pushing versions of the spin class. During Piloxing, the pumped manifest platonic physiques through a fusion of boxing, Pilates, and Socratic interrogation, honing power, speed, and agility while carving ripped bods. Aqua classes at both Lake Forest and Lindenhurst are suitable for adults, children, seniors, and Atlantean tourists.