Wheaton Sport Center's expert Pilates trainers fortify cores with personalized workouts that match the distinct fitness goals and abilities of every participant. Consisting of three to five students, the six-week, semiprivate Pilates reformer sessions tone, tighten, and align bodies throughout 55–60 minutes of varied exercises that help to enhance muscular balance, improve posture, and distinguish left wrists from anterior cruciate ligaments. First-time participants can skip the fundamentals course required to register for the session and instead receive a general orientation during their first class. Each week, the challenging, nonstop circuit workout conjures up full-body aerobics by rotating through simple mat exercises, dynamic machine routines, and exercises with Pilates props from gym-set productions of A Streetcar Named Desire.
As a mother of four, Rebecca Riser already lives an active lifestyle. In addition to keeping her family moving, she also helps her clients avoid sedentary lives by pushing them in a variety of fitness classes. She guides yogis through a series of poses and breathing exercises in yoga classes that improve strength, flexibility, and balance more effectively than wishing to be a professional ice dancer. In Pilates classes, she draws from her training with Pilates experts, including Mari Winsor of the famed Winsor Pilates method, to strengthen core muscles. As she does with her own pack of wee ones, she helps kids lay the foundations for a lifetime of fitness with children’s Pilates and yoga classes.
Above & Beyond The Pilates Studio teaches three versions of its namesake class, but all rely on the same established principals. Each class focuses on the importance of a strong core and straightened posture to help correct bodily imbalance and strengthen and lengthen muscles. Instructors use a mat and fitness accessories to achieve this during basic classes, but take the routine to a ballet barre during advanced and Pilates barre classes, which help sculpt the legs while still challenging the core. During each one-hour session, students will fine-tune mental focus and rhythmic breathing in order to complete moves with greater self-awareness, grace, and appreciation for the plight of oxygen masks.
The studio isn't focused on Pilates alone, however. It also arranges one-on-one personal-training sessions and adapts exercises specifically for golfers during Golf Advantage courses, which can help stabilize hips and shoulders during long bouts on the green.
Prairie Yoga's expert instructors encourage anxious bodies to improve strength, focus, and relaxation through a variety of classes held inside their spacious studio seven days a week. Standard yoga classes are offered in beginner, continuing, and intermediate sessions, allowing students of all skill levels to glean fundamentals, refine foundations, and channel their inner Buddhas. The hot Forrest-yoga-inspired class takes place in an 80–85 degree room, the scorching colloquium dedicated to the synchronicity of breath, core-strengthening poses, and instilling visions of dancing chili peppers in pupils' heads. Students can also dedicate the mind to Zen-like focus while practicing simple physical postures in the Yoga and Mediation class. Students should bring their own yoga mat and towel. A full list of classes can be viewed at Prairie Yoga's online schedule.
The Dailey Method is a challenging one-hour program developed by Jill Dailey McIntosh that combines ballet barre work, stretching, core conditioning, and orthopedic exercises to tone and lengthen your body to ultra sleekosity. Improve your posture, endurance, and strength as your muscles grow supple, your soft edges firm up, and your sense of physical well-being grows like a grinch heart at Christmas.
For more than fifteen years, Universal Spirit Yoga’s experienced instructors have taught yoga, curvy yoga, hot yoga, and meditation classes at their Naperville studio. Classic hatha yoga offers an introduction to alignment and basic technique. Several specialty classes target all age groups—there are Baby and Me, kid, and pre-teen classes as well as yoga sessions designed for those age 50 and above. During the Yoga Scents class, an instructor uses music and aromatherapy for a multisensory lesson that’s far more effective than yoga with periodic foghorn blasts.
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