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$29 for 10 Gym Visits ($80 Value)
Guests enjoy unlimited access to five complete sets of dumbbells, kettlebells, 45 Hammer Strength machines, and 115 pieces of cardio equipment from manufacturers such as Cybex, Paramount, and Nebula. Power lifters take advantage of boards, chains, farmers-walk handles, a log, and a dead-lift platform. Guests can also hop into the boxing room to build agility, strength, and endurance using heavy bags and speed bags.
More than 35 years ago, while sipping protein drinks and clanking through sets of bench presses in their parents’ basements, lifetime friends Dave De Young and Tom Milanovich dreamt of one day opening their own gym. They envisioned it would be a place that was casual enough to invite communal workouts with friends, serious enough to offer training for professional competitions, and elegant enough to attract an elite clientele. Since realizing their dream more than 20 years ago, they've worked with trophy-toting competitors including legendary power lifter Eddie Coan, and pro athletes Jason McKee and Michael Jordan. They've also garnered numerous accolades, including a spot on Muscle Fitness magazine's top 10 list for best gyms in America and a Best of Chicago nod in the Chicago Reader.
The massive facility spreads out over multiple rooms, with zones devoted purely to strength-training gear, cardio machines, functional-exercise equipment, and secret shrines to Lou Ferrigno. More than 500 photographs pulled from bodybuilding history gaze down on Quads Gym's forest of punching bags, free weights, treadmills, and power-lifting equipment from manufacturers such as Hammer Strength, Cybex, and Paramount.