The hot-pink walls aren’t the only element of Studio Energia giving off an energetic vibe. Owner and fitness instructor Julie hops and twirls across the hardwood floor as she leads fast-paced Zumba routines set to catchy Latin music. Trained by the program's founder, Beto Perez, Julie personally guides all Zumba sessions, which include Zumbatomic classes designed especially for kids and Zumba Toning sessions that build muscle and fend off stray lacrosse balls using a weighted stick. The studio also keeps energy high by offering a seven-day-a-week schedule packed with Latin-dance lessons, kids' hip-hop classes, cardio kickboxing, and boot camps.
Healing crystals, eco-friendly clothing, fashionable and responsible jewelry, and innovative health practices fill the 225-booths at WholeLife Expo Chicago, now in its third decade of offering a place of holistic discovery for a variety of visitors. This year, speakers include experts in holistic health, spiritual practices, and the green movement, such as spiritual guru Gary Zukov, musician and organic guitar-farmer Nicholas Barron, and stress expert Dr. Vladimir Gordin. Fashion, forums, ceremonies, and cinema are all on display, and the performers of Cirque Tree of Life set jaws agape with high-flying acrobatics.
It can be difficult to attend a seminar with a baby. But Baby Expo Chicago was designed for those with youngsters in tow—between baby-related workshops and presentations, parents can take kids to get their faces painted or play a variety of games. Adults and children can also interact with kid-friendly characters, peruse baby books and toys, and enter grand-prize competitions including the Beautiful Baby Contest, Daddy's Pack 'n Play Race, and Diaper Dash, which is much more exciting than watching professional Diaper Dash athletes on TV.
All of the trainers at Nate's Premium Athletes hold exercise-science degrees with athletic-training minors. They use this expertise to develop training programs that focus on their clients' individual weaknesses, such as strength, balance, and agility. So far, the trainers have worked with more than 85 Division I athletes.
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.
Housed in a 16,000-square-foot gym, CrossFit Rise facilitates fitness with an intensive, total-body exercise style, attentive trainers, ample space for each exerciser to perform safely and shower facilities are now available. These CrossFit classes fold the sport's core methodologies into three iterations—Fitness, Performance, and Competition—each tailored to the student's unique needs. Like a dance-a-thon held in an active volcano, coaches run participants through ever-changing routines that torch calories by forcing nonstop movement during the course of one hour. Pulling from body-weight-resistance exercises, gymnastics, and barbell-weight training, trainers test clients of all fitness levels, and all can benefit from a goal of ameliorating overall health. To that end, there is a large emphasis on eating real, nutrient-dense foods, and getting plenty of uninterrupted sleep—7–9 hours if you're a human, and 7–8 months if you're a hibernating bear. Click here to get acquainted with the gym's experienced trainers.