Rolling Meadows is home to a recently opened yoga studio that specializes in one of the first yoga styles designed specifically for the modern world. Bikram yoga takes its name from its founder, Bikram Choudhury, who in 1973 debuted an innovative, high-temperature practice at a Beverly Hills studio. Consisting of 26 poses and two breathing exercises, Bikram yoga is meant to tackle common present-day issues such as poor posture, stress-induced tension, and an aggressive lifestyle of punching computers. In Bikram Yoga Rolling Meadows’ 105-degree, 5,000-foot studio, officially certified teachers carry on Bikram Choudhury’s tradition for the benefit of the northwest suburbs’ back-pained masses.
Getting in shape wasn't just a good idea for Tami Haukedahl; it was the law. The state required the now-retired trooper captain to pass regular fitness exams during her 27 years of service. Today, she brings the techniques that kept her hale for three decades to her students, helping them to achieve their health and fitness goals through her boot camps and one-on-one personal training.
Patrons of all fitness levels and ages gather at her camps, where she cultivates an uplifting atmosphere of camaraderie built on positive reinforcement and respect. Using free weights and body-weight resistance exercises, Tami motivates students to increase their strength, flexibility, balance, and endurance. Her boot camps take place outdoors during the summer months, leading her students in dodging nature's obstacles while laughing in the face of minor precipitation. During the winter, boot camps move to an indoor facility, mostly to avoid all the leering snowmen, where campers work up a sweat while completing similarly varied routines.
The Wellness Center brandishes a glass-enclosed pool, a well-stocked cardio center, and a slew of interactive, sneakers-on classes. Fit gatherings take place seven days a week, with more than 100 complimentary selections, including Zumba, flexibility, boot camp, and classes oriented around underwater sandcastle smashing. Specialty classes accommodate serious sports enthusiasts, seniors, and exercise aficionados with physical limitations, and aqua-fitness sessions take full advantage of the 25-yard glass-enclosed pool. A free goal evaluation—available to all members—guides muscle-mongers toward healthy targets.
In practice rooms with aqua-blue walls and wooden floors, Willow Yoga's passionate instructors guide students toward physical fitness and stress relief. Small groups move through a variety of Hatha yoga classes and yoga Pilates fusion classes. The atmosphere is supportive, and instructors provide modifications of routines so that students can practice within their comfort zones. At the end of each class, a guided relaxation helps participants to find peace and focus.
At FLO CrossFit, their vision combines martial arts with the cardio and endurance of fitness. Multiple black-belt-holding and championship-winning instructors pour more than 100 combined years of experience into molding students of all skill levels into accomplished martial artists. The 8,500 sq. ft. facility contains a wide variety of state of the art equipment, such as an elevated boxing ring, collegiate wrestling mat, tatami area, and weight machines. They also offer free weights, and a cardio area with elliptical, treadmills, and bikes.
Boxing, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, krav maga, mixed martial arts, and muay thai kickboxing are just a few of the classes on offer; FLO encourages students to combine aspects of multiple styles to create a formidably balanced skill set. Memberships grant users unlimited access to the gym and group classes, and private lesson and personal training packages customize regimens with one-on-one attention.