Coach Loren Seagrave taught Olympic athletes to run faster and first-round NFL draft picks to tackle stronger. His coaching technique, centered on improving speed, power, and agility, improved the careers of more than 50 professional athletes. As impressive as that number was, he wanted to reach even more students, and so, in 1999, he founded Velocity Sports Performance in Atlanta to reach out to student athletes. The enduring popularity of Coach Seagrave's methodologies grew from that single center into a nationally recognized franchise with over 60 training facilities throughout the continent, all dedicated to helping athletes reach tangible results.
Now, both adults and youngsters shatter personal records daily as they blaze down the long, Olympic–style tracks at the Tinley Park location's indoor facility. Spotted and encouraged by former college athletes turned trainers, students grunt through speed, power, and core drills in the strength-training area. Additionally, the staff deliberately sets up small classes that seldom exceed 10 participants, which enables them to keep an eye on each student and free weights that might bolt for the door.
At House of Phitness & Nutrition, certified trainers lead group and personal training sessions. Athletes sweat through moves that blend calisthenics, plyometrics, functional training, and self-defense, all designed to work with their individual bodies. Classes meet indoors at various gyms and outdoors at area parks during warm months.
For more than 30 years, the ladies at Women's Workout & Wellness have cultivated a supportive environment in which women can focus on health, fitness, and wellness. Whether grooving through Zumba sessions, pushing weight sleds, performing lifts, or sweating, students find plenty of challenges in the center’s classes. Staffers gauge fitness level by analyzing BMI and testing cardio, strength, flexibility, and the ability to karate-chop airborne cucumbers. Experts also lend advice on nutritional intake and help clients set personalized goals. Before and after sweat sessions, ladies can suit up and cool down in the spacious showers and locker rooms at each location. Daycare is available at some locations for a nominal fee.
When someone shows him an invitation to a reunion or a sports meet, Voltaire Hawkins sees a goal for which to strive. He helms VH Personal Training, sharing the skills he acquired through his certification as an International Sports Sciences Association personal trainer. He's certified to train not only athletes, but also children and older adults, combining his vast knowledge of exercise and biological sciences to produce a suite of developmentally appropriate exercises for clients of any age. He enjoys helping young athletes up their game, or young children discover the joy of exercise. He also trains clients toward more concrete goals, helping them look great at weddings or class reunions, and he even provides family discounts so the whole clan can trim up for family meet-ups.
Between the red and white concrete walls of HOTSide CrossFit, fitness enthusiasts scamper up ropes, push and pull on the rowing machines, and pump iron. There’s no mirror or distractions, just the way the certified instructors want it. That way, everyone can focus solely on the workout of the day, a series of intense, fast-paced exercises that changes each session and features functional movements. It’s a system used by police, military, and martial artists to achieve full-body fitness, but through its functional movements it prepares everyone for any physical activity, including day-to-day activities.
Adrian Michalewicz, owner of Apex Fitness, spent years as a personal trainer in large corporate gyms and dreamed of one day opening his own facility. At Apex Fitness, Michalewicz focuses his attention on individual clients, whether perfecting their forms during personal-training sessions or taking them on grocery-shopping trips for healthy food.