Anytime Fitness, which boasts more than 1,800 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio and Hammer Strength machines and hoist Iron Grip free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they’re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness’s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or hop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.
Several times a day, students flock to the 105-degree studio of Bikram Hot Yoga in St. Charles and Palatine, striking confident poses under the direction of experienced instructors. Each 90-minute class helps students find inner peace and outer health as they sweat out toxins, lengthen muscles, and find respite from packs of predatory hockey players. The studio welcomes students of all abilities, as the balmy heat helps even the tightest of tendons sink into Bikram’s 26 postures and two breathing exercises.
Nicholas Patrick has nearly a decade of experience as a personal trainer under his belt, but it's his training as a Marine Corps sergeant that help give classes at Corps Fitness Midwest an extra bit of discipline and intensity. Marine Corps techniques influence the group boot-camp and mini-boot-camp classes. Participants hoist kettlebells and lift weights as trainers provide motivation.
In addition to attentive personal-training sessions, the fitness center offers partner training that clients can participate in with a significant other or sentient Teddy Ruxpin. Athletes can take advantage of athletic-development training that helps hone endurance and focus through speed drills, strength training, and plyometrics.
Edgar Torres, the owner of Out of Body Fitness, draws on clinical studies and multiple fitness disciplines to help his clients achieve their fitness goals. They team up with South Elgin Budokan to offer mixed martial arts taught by MMA experts and real UFC fighters. Out of Body Fitness also specializes in private training, boot camps, and fitness classes the blend principles of yoga, kettlebell training, and Olympic weightlifting.
At MEDFITNESS, the term "sustainability" has nothing to do with the environment. It refers to creating healthy lifestyles that clients can realistically maintain. MEDFITNESS founder Richard J. Wolf, a registered dietitian and nutritionist, knows that wellness is equal parts nutrition and fitness. That's why his regime involves safe, effective personal training as well as diet-based weight management.