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.
Zip Fitness's staff strives to keep intimidation from creeping in to each of the five gyms. To welcome all exercisers—even those who have never had gym memberships before—Gym Geniuses stroll through each location donning bright-red shirts that signal their availability to help guests operate the various machines and guide them in drafting fitness goals and coming up with routines for the day. They've stocked each location with strength equipment from brands such as Precor and Life Fitness, and a guided strength circuit's 30-minute full-body workout takes the guesswork out of toning physiques. Rows of cardio equipment include treadmills, ellipticals, and upright and recumbent bikes, along with rowing machines and StairMaster step mills. For stretching and ab work, bands, balls, and body bars abound, and free weights include dumbbells, barbells, and tamed school bells.
Gold memberships unlock additional perks, such as unlimited access to Hex II tanning booths and the ActivTrax online fitness and nutrition coach, which plots out workouts and offers nutrition tools tailored to each user's goals, from slimming down to having the flexibility to comb your hair with your feet.
Dawn Morris knows from personal experience that there are no quick fixes for weight loss. Through persistence, patience, and hard work, she lost nearly 100 pounds to get to a healthy weight. At Body Soiree, she helps clients along the same transformative journey that she went through, helping participants shed pounds and build muscle through boot camps, cardio classes, Zumba dance fitness classes, and women's weight-training sessions.
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.
At CrossFit Northpoint, exercisers use kettlebells and rowing machines and cheer on fellow workout buddies within a sprawling indoor facility. The trainers put an emphasis on group camaraderie to get students through the intense workout of the day, which focuses on ever-changing functional exercises. The head coach, Doctor of Chiropractic Chris Hubbard, supervises the sessions to ensure all movements are performed correctly.
Lake County Family YMCA urges households toward healthier living with a supportive staff, fitness classes, and a treasure trove of gym and poolside amenities. Hearts and legs get pumping aboard ellipticals and stationary bikes while limbs and cores sprout muscle with the help of free or machine weights. Active Mature Adult classes hone balance, strength, and flexibility with a light to moderate workout that eschews the games of medicine-ball dodgeball found in more intense exercise classes. Alternately, Zumba classes motor hips into calorie-torching dance moves set to Latin music, and yoga courses pose physiques into fluid Vinyasa sequences. After sweat-inducing workouts, members can relax, letting the whirlpool's jets power wash stress from bodies or the dry-heat sauna's warmth melt pounds and tense muscles. The Vernon Hills location fosters watery fun with a children's aquatic play area and water slide, and the Waukegan complex lets joggers peer down onto the gymnasium below from an overhead running track. Both sites welcome whippersnappers into their drop-in babysitting service, where staffers entertain youngsters for up to two hours or however long it takes parents to stage one-person renditions of Logan's Run on the treadmills.