The professional trainers at Kingdom Fitness combine diverse fitness backgrounds in football, bodybuilding, and the U.S. Army. Together, they motivate clients to exceed their physical abilities through boot camps, fitness classes, and one-on-one personal training sessions. All levels of fitness are welcome, as the team will assess current conditions and devise a fitness plan tailored to each clients’ fitness levels and goals.
Meshelle, a certified personal trainer and Zumba instructor, has helped both individuals and groups as large as 400 people get in shape through high-energy workouts. Her classes at Fun Fitness Concepts run the gamut from Piloxing sessions that combine boxing and Pilates to Zumba courses powered by lively latin beats.
Larry Lentz understands how to take fitness goals to the next level of achievement. On top of his own accomplishments, which include century rides, marathons, triathlons, boxing titles, and Ironmen competitions, he has helped others find their most fit selves by serving as a U.S. Navy Command fitness leader and a head coach to the ASU boxing club. Today, he and his staff—all of whom are former military or former boxing champions—at Toughman Bootcamp put their experience to use by helping clients obliterate calories and build muscle in bootcamp, boxing, and kickboxing programs.
When Sensei Katrina Polen teaches Ryukyu Kempo karate to students of all genders and ages during classes, she’s not just showing them self-defense techniques—she’s encouraging them to adopt a lifestyle of fitness, character growth, and creativity. She oversees sparring matches that teach the value of a strong work ethic or stunt double, and also plans optional competitions for those desiring more concrete stakes. To allow her protégés an artistic say in their practice, she gives them free reign of the demonstration group, TeamKat, which plans routines for performance.
She also offers non-karate classes in the form of cardio-kickboxing and personal-training sessions. She works to cultivate a tight-knit sense community by hosting additional events, such as birthday parties and bimonthly movie nights.
Chad Surdich, a two-time Golden Glove semifinalist, surveys his red-walled boxing gym from behind the chainlink fence that circles the ring. Around him, boxing pupils wham their fists into focus mitts during small-group classes, or work up heart rates by hopping onto cardio machines. Chad and his expert instructors make use of North Shore Fit Pit’s bountiful array of weight machines and heavy ropes to lead boxing classes, cardio boxing classes, and hot boxing classes that amp up workouts with detoxifying heat and squirts of tabasco snuck into water bottles.
The award-winning instructors and international champions at Krav Maga Illinois impart their discipline's techniques and secrets to novices and experienced students alike. First developed by Imi Lichtenfeld for Israeli defense forces and based on natural responses, krav maga has since swept the fitness and self-defense worlds as an effective, challenging martial art with one rule - get home safe. The Krav Maga Illinois schedule offers more than 50 classes a week for kids aged 8 to 12, adults aged 13 and up, and kids who disguise themselves as adults beneath long trench coats. In addition, Chicagoland police teach classes intended specifically for members of law enforcement and the military. Though the studio specializes in the self-defense technique, other classes include boxing, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, strength and conditioning, and Kali.