Bodies that are properly cared for perform better, which explains why most Olympic records are held by reanimated mummies. Go for the pharaoh’s gold with today’s Groupon to Norris Recreation Center in Saint Charles. Choose between the following options:
- For $25, you get 10 day passes (an $80 value).
- For $45, you get 20 day passes (a $160 value).
The not-for-profit Norris Recreation Center entices exercisers with a 50-meter pool and more than 30 weekly exercise classes. Like the best subaqueous natural-history museums, 12 watery lanes showcase butterflies Monday–Saturday during adult lap swim, and all-ages open swims let families flutter-kick together every day of the week. Cardio lovers can climb imaginary hills on brand-new treadmills or pedal toward fitness goals in the new spinning studio, and a collection of dumbbells and free weights fortifies arms, chests, backs, and stomachs if sprinkled atop cereal. Led by seasoned instructors, group workouts range from high to low aerobics to total-body strength training. Relaxing yoga and Pilates classes build lean, stretchy muscles, and Zumba employs Latin-inspired dance steps to lift energy and spirits as it burns calories.
In addition to building healthier bodies, Norris Recreation Center cultivates peace of mind with free amenities such as childcare, locker access, and towel service. Kids aged 6 weeks to 11 years may play in the nursery for up to two hours while their parents romp around the gym and take advantage of access to the whirlpool and sauna, where stress melts faster than a snowman reading a romance novel.
Norris Recreation Center
With its bare hands, Norris Recreation Center tears through the piecemeal membership and class fees that keep exercisers from traditional gyms, and flings open the doors to its modern facility. A gift from the St. Charles–native Norris family, the nonprofit establishment makes living healthier a viable option. Within its stone walls, five dedicated rooms bustle with the whir of cardio and weight-training equipment, and swimmers careen down the 12 lanes of the 50-meter pool during lessons, lap swims, and open pool time. The squeaks of pivoting sneakers peal off the racquetball court's walls, and twosomes, foursomes, and Billie Jean King's army of clones descend on the four tennis courts, which guests rent by the hour. Members can simmer in the center's saunas or whirlpool, or shuck off tension with a swedish, sport-injury, orthopedic, or deep-tissue massage before showering and retrieving their gym bags from complimentary lockers.
Trained instructors lead 13 free classes throughout the week, with diverse aerobic curricula that include cycling, Zumba, and Pilates. For individualized guidance, personal trainers coach clients out of workout plateaus. As parents work out, childcare professionals engage lads and lasses with interactive games, toys, and movies in the center's nursery, where kids build social skills and imagination while pretending to be heroic astronauts, firefighters, or accountants.