Lance Farrell drew from his extensive background in tae kwon do to take down opponents in the ring for many years before he realized he could use his powers to help others combat obesity and health issues. He developed Farrell's Extreme Bodyshaping to provide patrons of all fitness levels with a comfortable place in which to undergo a mental and physical transformation, much like a crushed-velvet cocoon. He stripped away the sparring and contact drills from his fighter training, leaving just the components that burn fat and build muscle.
When students sign up for a program, they're grouped into teams of peers who encourage one another through moments of weakness and provide a sense of accountability. The instructors and coaches guide these teams toward fitness on a 10-week quest based on four pillars—cardiovascular exercise to burn fat, strength training to build muscle, nutrition coaching to map out a healthy diet, and enthusiastic trainers to provide motivation. At the end of each session, each of Farrell's locations rewards a student with a $1,000 prize—or a year’s worth of high-fives—congratulating them on their dramatic physical transformation. Students who stick around and strive to get healthy over the course of a year get a shot at the $10,000 prize, though winners have reported that leading a healthier life is a greater reward than the money.
When caring for an ailing relative, taking care of your own health can become a lost priority. For Brooke Tetik, that couldn’t have been truer. So in January 2011, the then-real-estate agent decided to turn her life around by combating her weight gain and depression through healthy eating and exercise. This process eventually lead her to yoga, which ignited Brooke's passion for fitness and lead her to become a trained yoga instructor, yoga life coach, and personal trainer.
Now, at her newly opened Naperville studio, Sundari Power Yoga, Brooke works alongside several other devoted yogis, including an outreach worker, as they foster mental clarity and relaxation in their clients through Vinyasa-based power yoga classes. During the six sessions offered, Sundari's teachers keep the studio at a toasty 85–90 degrees, which allows students of all levels to stretch deeply into poses. Along with offering power-hour and slow-flow classes, Brooke and her team guide guests through body-toning yoga-sculpt sessions as well as a Rockstar class, which energizes clients with music and yoga poses performed while playing air guitar.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Our Coaches work to make sure you are educated , safe, and strong. With certifications not only in CrossFit, but also Spartan SGX, Personal Coaching, and an array of others they work to help you achieve your goals and to make classes enjoyable for everyone.
Exercise is challenging. How do you keep clients motivated and engaged?
Our goal is to make you feel at home right away. Even in a class setting we provide personal attention to make sure you stay motivated, confident and comfortble
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
Our goal was to bring something different to our community. Not just focusing on CrossFit, but also Obstacle Racing, Ninja Warrior agility training, as well as someplace you can spend time with friends.
What do you love most about your job?
In one simple word, Community. Our community of people in and outside our facility. We love our athletes, they inspire us every day. We also love meeting new people and helping them uncover their goals and find a way to achieve them.
Creating an inviting space for yogis to hone their mind-body practice, beautiful bamboo floors cover the two spacious practice rooms, bathed in natural light during the day and transition to a warm ambiance of soft lighting during the evening. Abhyaasa Yoga's 15 certified yoga instructors bring an eclectic mix of experience and expertise to their classes, combining meditative techniques with powerful yoga postures to create a mindful, flowing style of yoga that fosters strong, flexible bodies and peaceful minds. To cater to practitioners of all experience and fitness levels, Abhyaasa Yoga hosts introductory classes in which beginners become acquainted with the basic poses, breathing techniques, and playing cards while doing a headstand, in addition to more challenging sessions such as the In the Zone-Yoga for Athletes class that gets new, seasoned, or competitive athletes sweating to learn how to appropriately enhance their performance and reduce injury while also improving balance, range of motion, core strength, focus and mental endurance.
Kristin was nervous before her first pole-dancing class. Sure, she’d spent years as a fitness specialist with a background in classical dance, but she was also working as the volunteer director at her church. What would people think? At her first turn around the pole, however, her fears vanished. “I felt like a goddess and an acrobat,” she says.
Today, Kristin is a certified pole instructor, a master trainer for Pole Move, Inc, and a member of the Pole Fitness Association. Inside her 3,400-square-foot studio, she works alongside 16 PFA-certified instructors to teach women body acceptance through pole dancing. More than 3,000 female students so far have sampled the studio's liberating, confidence-boosting classes. There's a broad selection of class types, including eight stages of pole dancing, burlesque, aerobic classes, core conditioning, aerial silks, and aerial yoga. Each class caps attendance at 10 students to ensure instructors know everyone’s name and favorite sandwich, and that they can keep an eye out for safety and technique.
Although many of The Bar Method's exercises take place at the ballet bar, the program is only partially inspired by the long, lean musculature of ballet dancers. Created by Burr Leonard, the workouts also incorporate the brief, fat-burning bursts of activity known as interval training and the muscle-shaping techniques of isometrics. Combine all this with the science of physical therapy, and you get The Bar Method: an intense yet safely designed approach to exercise meant to cinch the silhouette, increase muscle definition, and boost energy all day long. Sessions introduce beginners to basics, such as maintaining good form and refraining from breaking out into Swan Lake choreography. The Bar Method was awarded "Best Fitness Studio in Naperville" an astounding three years in a row for 2012, 2013, and 2014.