Exercisers burn up to 600 calories during Jazzercise, Inc.’s 60-minute total-body workouts, which meld moves from diverse realms such as jazz dance, kickboxing, and yoga. Set to a medley of popular tunes, sessions are open to all skill levels and start off with a gentle warm-up before 30 minutes of cardio, strength training, and a closing stretching segment. The discontinuation of the Nobel Prize in Jazzercise ensures a noncompetitive class atmosphere, and whippersnappers aged 4–12 can get in on the fun during Juniors Jazzercise classes.
My Zumba Fitness dusts the dance floor with hypnotic Latin rhythms that sculpt muscles, pump heartbeats, and burn calories. The ten-class punch card ($100) pampers participants by allowing access to all the classes offered at five participating locations, including basic skills classes intended for all fitness levels and high-energy toning classes. Zumba blends the rapturous rhythms of salsa, merengue, samba, flamenco, and more to trim figures in a fun environment. In the name of variety, the music and steps at My Zumba Fitness evolve on a regular basis so booties don’t get bored after consecutive classes. See the class schedule listed on the My Zumba Fitness home page for upcoming offerings.
Eirith Garza, the trainer behind Chicagoland Fitness Camp, channels his 10 years of experience into each 30- to 45-minute workout session to help his clients burn fat quickly. Each class hosts up to 15 coed students within the 2,000-square-foot studio, which boasts soft floors and a climate-controlled atmosphere. Instructors then guide pupils through muscle-sculpting exercises to tone thighs, mold abs, and out-flex Michelangelo's David. Classes meet Monday–Saturday, and students are welcome to purchase a membership or pay by the session. In addition to fitness classes, Chicagoland Fitness Camp's staff stocks a free health-and-fitness library and offers nutrition seminars, grocery-store tours, and accountability groups.
Aesthetician Jenny Bentan has kept nails in check with specialty manicuring services for more than 20 years. Drawing on this extensive experience, Jenny outfits fingers with everything from acrylic sets to high-end polishes by OPI and Essie to long-lasting Gelish polish. This durable coating offers chip-free protection even when hands are subjected to grueling tasks such as doing the dishes or milking the rattlesnakes.
Play Golf and Tennis's instructors help students hone forehands and chips throughout the year. Aspirant tennis players and golfers improve their game at the Diversey Driving Range and the Hamlin Park tennis courts in the summer, and on Mars in the event of a planetary evacuation. Players learn either sport under the direction of renowned golf and tennis professional Ron Carroll, or work on executing perfect turns in a nonfunctioning golf cart with instructor-supplied engine noises.
Wading through indoor heated pools, the instructors at British Swim School teach independent swimming skills to learners aged 3 months and older, adhering to a curriculum devised by British national swimmer Rita Goldberg. Rita has been using this tried-and-true curriculum to teach swimmers of all levels for more than 30 years, incorporating small class sizes and a variety of locations to tailor the program to each swimmer's needs. The 30-minute small-group lessons, containing six or fewer swimmers, elucidate essential techniques for water safety and the importance of speaking fluent manatee. Tadpole(first stage) & Swimboree (ages 3 months–3 years with parents), Young Minnows (ages 1–3 years without parents), and Minnows (ages 3+ without parents) teach wee swimmers basic water-survival skills, such as the back float. Turtle One and Turtle Two classes focus on freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke maneuvers, honing more structured swimming skills in older kiddos. British Swim School's Shark courses enhance stamina and speed and teach even more demanding strokes, such as the butterfly and little-known mountain-goat flail. Certain British Swim School classes require parents to participate in the water or to supervise from the pool deck, and adults-only lessons allow grown-ups to refine their own abilities without the supervision of a toddler.