WHAT WE DO
We integrate elite training techniques, soft tissue therapies, nutrition, detoxification programs, and Chinese medicine – including acupuncture and herbal therapies in a private environment to deliver physical goal achievement.
WHY WE DO IT
Helping our clients achieve life–long fitness goals is the inspiration behind our team's passion to deliver exceptional health and fitness services.
We strive every day to provide clients with the best equipment, information, and service possible to achieve their goals. We constantly strive to improve information, environment, and techniques to offer the best experience possible.
Variety is an important variable in achieving fitness goals – so we have developed 7 unique group classes designed to provide variety and a motivating environment that perfectly complement personal training sessions and make it easier to achieve your fitness goals.
SWEAT LIKE BETTY
A high-energy, woman's only, fat–loss class featuring a rotation of free weight stations including deadlifts, squats, chin–ups and sled drags. Sweat Like Betty designed to deliver lean and strong bodies in a unique training environment. Weight training is crucial to fat loss – without weight training changes to scale weight largely reflect muscle loss. Sweat Like Betty provides a fun, safe and motivating environment for women to weight train the right way. We don't care about your ability – we care that you come ready to give your best effort. Our instructors make adjustments each exercise making the class suitable for women of all fitness levels. So come experience a weight training environment that is big on camaraderie and bust through barriers – Unleash your potential – come to Sweat Like Betty!
WAKING THE BEAST
This men's only training program is for guys looking to boost testosterone, build muscle and improve strength. Traditional lifts like the deadlift and squat, chin–ups etc, are paired with flipping tires, sandbags and pushing sleds in a 1–hour training program utilizing relative strength and hypertrophy techniques to unleash your fat loss potential.
The "Core" is a recognizable buzz–word in the fitness world. It is most commonly associated with an image rock hard "Abs" but the core involves so much more than just abdominals. The glutes, the lower back, and the abdominals are all integral components of a strong and fully functioning core. We incorporate core strengthening techniques into most of our personal training programs and created Hardcore to provide more opportunities for clients to develop their core strength. Hardcore is a 45–minute, co–ed program blending functional yoga, pilates and other mat based exercises in an energetic environment to improve the function and strength of the abs, glutes, and lower back – a.k.a. "The Core".
Stronger is a Co–ed training class featuring Modified Strongman Training (MST) program with an emphasis on high-intensity lifts and unique equipment pieces. MST exercises including Tire flips, sledge–hammer swings, sled sprints and rope battles are just part of this intense class 1-hour training session. MST is so effective, we incorporate its principles into most of our personal training programs and recommend that clients do at least 1–modified strongman training session per week to maximize results. Stronger was designed to provide you with an opportunity to push yourself in a dynamic, exciting and motivating group setting and get the necessary exposure to MST to help you achieve your fat–loss goals.
Core Pilates a complete fitness system of controlled movements using special apparatus, designed to improve physical strength, flexibility, and posture. It is also helpful with improving mental awareness and cognition. Because there is a huge component of breathing, different than yoga practice, Pilates helps to oxygenate your blood; traveling throughout your body and through your brain. We offer Pilates as a stand-alone class or with other classes to enhance our other strength training programs to give you the fullest experience possible while keeping your body safe, flexible and toned. Come try Core Pilates today!
Finally, a non–yoga based class designed to improve flexibility and range–of–motion for all aspects of weight training and athletic performance. This 45–minute mat based co–ed group class leads you through the "why" and "how" to use traction to stretch the fascia and muscle and provide a remarkable change flexibility. Not all stretching is created equal – Aggressive or forced stretching can be painful and counter productive, CoreFlex instructs proper breathing and stretch wave technique followed by a combination of traction techniques with the use of partner work, straps, bands, and bars to unlock layers of tissue and decompressing your joints enabling you to run faster, squat deeper and repair faster. This class is a fantastic compliment to ANY strength and conditioning program. Come try it today.
FASCIAL STRETCH THERAPY
FST– Fascial Stretch Therapy™ (FST™) – Is a complete and cohesive system of innovative manual therapy and movement training that rapidly and radically re-organizes, re-aligns and re-educates the entire body structure.
FST™ can be used regionally to quickly restore function and eliminate pain, increase flexibility, increase strength, improve lymph and blood flow and improve neural dynamics. A unique, complete and complementary system of table-based, assisted stretching, focusing on the fascia as the key element in achieving optimal flexibility, strength, performance and pain relief.
Ann and Chris Frederick developed this technique on research that examines the dynamic links between muscles, fascia, and ligaments. The way FST incorporates these interactions is what makes it effective. Certified fascial stretch therapists use a variety of assessments to understand the way clients move before developing a treatment plan.
Therapists use traction during FST treatments to reduce muscle and fascia tension and provide a stretch from the joint capsule out.
During fascial stretching sessions, the client’s body is moved in an undulating spiral and diagonal patterns known as stretch waves. Breathing rates synchronize with stretch waves that vary in speed have a direct impact the nervous system and can induce deep relaxation.
Core Fitness Chicago is the largest provider of Fascial Stretch Therapy in the country with Level I, II and III practitioners.
ACTIVE RELEASE TECHNIQUE
Active Release Technique or A.R.T. is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves. Conditions repetitive or over use syndromes including back pain, knee pain, shoulder pain, plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, etc can be improved with ART.
Acupuncture, the unique aspect of TCM, involves the insertion of fine, sterile needles in various combinations and patterns, which facilitate the flow of Qi (energy) within the body. Each specific organ and region in the body are paired with a meridian of energy. Acu–points along the meridian can be used to influence the health of the corresponding organ or region. To strengthen a weak organ, energy is added to the selected meridian point(s) with acupressure, acupuncture, electro–acupuncture, moxa (heat), or magnets. Acupuncture is most effective for channeling excess energy (ions, electrons) out of the body; therefore, conditions such as pain, tension, stress, and anxiety are treated exceptionally well. For the scientific–minded, research has shown that acupuncture boosts these pain relieving and mood elevating chemicals: endorphins, serotonin, and GABA. Acupuncture also regulates cortisol (stress hormone) and immune activity.
Moxa, or Moxibustion, is the process of burning Moxa – a charred herb known as Artemisia vulgaris or mugwort. When burned on or over the skin, moxa produces deep penetrating warmth that stimulates and moves Qi or energy. Moxibustion has been used successfully to reduce pain and swelling resulting from exercise and athletics, especially in joints and back. Moxa is also commonly used on the abdomen and legs for digestive problems and is an invaluable therapy for certain types of menstrual pain.
Cupping is the application of suction cups used to enhance the bodies' circulation. Cupping, which can be used alone or in conjunction with acupuncture, increases circulation, reduces swelling, and allows nutrients to flow into an area while toxins or waste flow out. Not surprisingly, cupping I most commonly used to treat pain, injury (like a sprained ankle), and stubborn stress induced knots in the musculoskeletal system. Cupping shouldn’t hurt and though treatments typically last between 10 and 20 minutes, "cup marks" which often look like purple or red bruises in the shape of the cup can last for several days. Though it may sound undesirable, there appears to be a direct correlation between the darkness of the "cup mark" and the effectiveness of the treatment.
Personal training is our most popular service – Clients achieve the most dramatic results in the shortest period of time.
Some common goals among current clients include: Fat Loss, Back, Knee, and Shoulder Pain, Athletic Performance (High School, College, Olympic, Professional), Rehabilitation, Physique Competition
Herbal Medicine is the Chinese equivalent to Western pharmacology. In accordance with diagnosis by a Licensed Acupuncturist an herbal prescription in the form of a tea, pill, tincture, or externally applied powder, soak, or steam can be prescribed. The formula may contain anywhere from one to twenty different medicinal substances from plants, minerals, or animals. The most common form of prescription is as a tea.Herbal medicine can be used as a stand–alone therapy although it is quite common to give a prescription in conjunction with acupuncture treatments. The formula can be seen as a way of amplifying the effects of acupuncture and continuing the treatments at home.Unlike Western pharmacology, Chinese herbal medicine uses customized prescriptions for each individual to minimize or eliminate potential side effects.
Infrared or Far Infrared Saunas use infrared light and ceramic tiles produce radiant heat. Infrared light penetrates through the layers of the skin into the tissue to improve improved blood circulation, helps lower blood pressure, aid in phase III detoxification and relaxation. Clinically, Infrared sauna has been shown to be 10x more powerful in supporting the body's natural detoxification ability than by simple steam sauna.
Results from training sessions are only as good as the nutrition used in support. Appropriate nutritional recommendations are often the lynchpin on which fitness success rests. Unfortunately, it is also the area most difficult area in which to gain compliance. To that end, we have developed a nutritional program using 5 simple steps to deliver profound results. This 5–step process ensures the steps selected are customized to you, your life and your commitment level.
Our nutritional program meetings are intended to provide you with the information you need to make the food choices for your biochemical individuality. The meetings are an opportunity to provide pertinent nutritional tasks and recommendations for nutritional supplements & herbal formulas that best support your goals and provide nutritional tasks for each meeting. It is our expectation that by learning what, when and how you should eat – you will unleash the optimal version of you.
The liver is the main organ of detoxification and the target of most detox programs. Its primary role in detoxification is to neutralize or remove harmful toxins in the body – Though other organs including the Bowel, Kidney, and Lymphatic system all play important roles. The liver achieves this by converting toxins into compounds that can be excreted via sweat, stool, urine. This process is broken into three main phases:
We live in a toxic world filled with environmental toxins, toxins in make–up, lotions, clean products, water, food – even organic food still have some level of toxins – though significantly less in most situations. Get the point? We are inundated with toxins, and though they body is designed to get rid of toxins, we don't always give the body the raw materials needed to exist in our overly toxic world.
Though it is rare for any "supplement" to be essential to life, the following list of supplements are the source of common nutritional deficiencies and can be used to supplement the first and most important intervention which is the client's food intake.