We caught up with 5 of Chicago's best-known trainers and learned more about staying healthy and fit throughout 2014 and beyond. Between high-intensity cardio workouts, eclectic cycling classes, and meditative yoga practices, Chicago offers the ideal exercise regimen for just about anyone.
Erik Marthaler, owner of Lateral Fitness
Though his boutique studio on the Near North Side offers an entire spectrum of workouts, Marthaler specializes in endurance running and high intensity and triathlon training. Try Recruit, a circuit interval bootcamp class that works both the muscles and the cardiovascular system.
Tip for 2014: “Remember, Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither will your body. To find what works best for the fitness goals you may have, think (or train) outside of the box to experience different types of exercise.” 314 W. Superior St., 312-291-9466
Photography courtesy of Dave Ouano.
Lois Miller, Regional Group Fitness Manager at Fitness Formula Clubs
A trainer-to-the-trainers, Miller mentors the new group fitness instructors, largely on fitness concepts she herself developed. Try her nationally recognized Body360 class, full of short, repetitive movements targeting everything from the glutes to the abs, arms, and shoulders.
Tip for 2014: “My motto is ‘shoulders back, chest out, chin up.’ I say this at the end of every class I teach and have for the past 27 years. To me it signifies pride in every action, confidence in every spoken word, and the openness to continue to grow.” 1030 N. Clark St., Ste. 600, 312-944-1030
Michael Wollpert, owner of Trainology Fitness
A master trainer at Flywheel, Wollpert opened Trainology this past year to put even more focus on group fitness. Try Glide60, which replaces the treadmill with a fun slide board, targeting the inner and outer thighs and glutes.
Tip for 2014: “Remember you need to eat to loose weight. If you starve yourself, your body becomes a master at holding onto fat (lowering your metabolism). I recommend using a heart rate monitor and tracking your calories to see what the end of day balance is in calories. Have your metabolism tested [to find out] exactly how many calories to eat on your rest days and exercise days. This takes the guessing work out of dieting.” 309 W. Chicago Ave., 312-526-3268
Stacy Levy, yoga instructor at Equinox Fitness Clubs
As a holistic health practitioner and founder of Aura Yoga & Wellness, Levy lives and breathes the yoga lifestyle. Try Flow Play Yoga, a traditional Vinyasa flow infused with modern music and movement—Levy’s upbeat playlist takes it to a new level.
Tip for 2014: “Keep it simple and focus on just showing up—rolling your mat out one day at a time. Yoga offers us a powerful way to shift out of deeply held mindsets, which is where we often get in our own way. To stay focused, try meditating, even if it's only for a few minutes each day. Sitting in silence can help us connect to our goals and intentions, and also help us relax and put things in perspective.” 900 N. Michigan Ave., 312-254-2500
Tim Lester, owner and certified instructor at 5th Line Studio
Certified in Gyrokinesis and Gyrotonic and with a background in dance and performing arts, Lester’s passion lies in Pilates, a practice that cultivates balance, integrity, and wholeness. Try a one-on-one private Pilates class to get the full benefits of the practice.
Tip for 2014: "As the holidays are over, it's time to get back to work. Don't get overwhelmed; just get in the studio or gym and get to work. Stick to your goals and you will be back in shape before you know it." 222 W. Hubbard St., 312-888-3175