As an athlete, Ivan cut his teeth running track and field, and playing on a Division I college soccer team. As a trainer, he’s coached triathletes and MMA fighters such as Gideon Ray and Shonie Carter. He now draws upon all this experience at Powered By Ivan Training Systems.
Making use of TRX suspension training, kettlebells, and battle ropes, Ivan teaches courses that focus on each tool individually or combine all three. TRX helps muscles work in concert, while kettlebells combine more traditional isolations with heart-pumping cardio. Battle ropes eliminate impact from exercise, saving the joints and giving students the feeling that they are winning a never-ending game of tug of war.
Explosive Speed Gym’s website warns that it is no “vanity gym,” meaning there are no televisions or mirrors. Instead, the knowledgeable staff—comprised of Crossfit level 1 trainers, a certified personal trainer, a PhD of physical chemistry, and an NASM-certified corrective-exercise specialist—opts for a serious environment where athletes of all ages can become faster and more agile. Their high-intensity workouts are composed of plyometric exercises, sprints, and body-weight lifts. Improvement is carefully monitored through performance testing so members can track their progress without competing in obstacle courses against their cats.
At Fusion Health Chicago, Fusion Heath Practitioners take a holistic approach to wellness, fusing elements of physical, nutritional, emotional, mental, and spiritual health into tailored wellness plans. They have outfitted their gym with professional equipment including an EliteFTS Power Rack, suspended gymnastics rings, a platform for Olympic weightlifting, and a battling rope. Using these tools, they help clients boost metabolism and strength while also educating them about proper nutrition and lifestyle choices conducive to overall fitness and well-being.
Equipment: Life Fitness, Hammer Strength, Free Motion, Precor, TRX, Purmotion
Students should bring: Bottle of water and towel
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5–10 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Arrive 5–10 minutes before classes begin.
Navrung Expression founder Smita Shah believes that stress is the root cause of many health issues, and that meditation can help resolve it. As a cosmetologist and alternative healing practitioner, she leads MindYog seminars, which aim to teach pupils how to communicate with their bodies through meditation. The sessions aim to relieve bodies of daily stress in order to resolve health issues. She is also a henna tatooist who has been practicing her art for more than 35 years, which is a long time for one person but a drop in the ocean when compared to the history of centuries-old henna tattooing.
Under the leadership of owner Stella Kasser, TrainMSP.com's team of personal trainers paves the way toward a healthier, fitter lifestyle. But to get there, the trainers provide as many customized routes as there are individual clients. Fitness regimens may include a slew of healthful courses, such as one-on-one training or group fitness classes. Depending on clients' goals, trainers may lead them through speed-and-agility training sessions or boot camps that utilize a mixture of body-weight and cardiovascular exercises.