Archive for September, 2011

Join Us In The Fight Against Cancer!

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

For this year’s Making Strides Cancer Walk, we are proud to have Elizabeth Plewa as our inspiration(above).  She was diagnosed with Endometrial Cancer in April of 2011 at the age of 55 and is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatment after having a hysterectomy.  Although the current treatment schedule has been very physically, mentally, and emotionally demanding, she credits the support of her family and friends for keeping her strong.  Now they are all preparing for the next round of radiation treatments in order to beat her cancer.

Like Elizabeth and her family, many of us have had negative experiences with cancer and the complications that are associated with it.  That is why we annually participate in fund raising for cancer research and treatments in hopes that we can all make a difference.  If you would like to walk on our team, or donate to our cause, please follow the link here:

The information for participating is as follows: Registration 8:00 A.M. Walk begins at 9:00 A.M. at AT&T Campus- 2000 W. AT&T Center Dr. Hoffman Estates

Chicago Family Fit is now Accredited by the Better Business Bureau

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

When searching for the right trainer, finding a qualified professional is paramount to your success not only in reaching goals, but avoiding injuries.  In addition to our 5 star google reviews and numerous certifications, we decided to go one step further by gaining accreditation by the BBB.  In order to be in good standing, it proves that we have had zero negative complaints or feedback since we opened in 2007.  With this, you can trust that Exceptional.Personal.Training is much more than a slogan, and is in fact the lifeline of our success as a business.

We realize that hiring a fitness professional is a big commitment mentally, physically, and financially.  We also realize that this can be a very stressful decision, particularly if you have never exercised, or worked with a trainer before.  It is for this reason, that you can feel confident when working with Chicago Family Fit that you are hiring the best in the area to keep you safe and injury free, while working towards your goals. To see our BBB rating click

To see our 5 Star Google Reviews, the link is:,-87.83532&sspn=0.006295,0.006295&ie=UTF8&ll=42.01619,-87.845156&spn=0,0&z=16

If you would like to schedule a free consultation please contact us at (773) 706-8705 or by email at

How to Design a Sports Specific Warm-Up

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

When it comes to playing sports, a proper warm-up is essential for improved performance, balance, coordination, and injury prevention.  A lot of coaches and athletes alike do not always design the best warm up based on the activity they are about to do. Here are some tips on getting the most out of your warm up:

  • Get the muscles and joints warmed up in a way that mimics the activity you are about to do.  For example, having a football team run a mile for a warm-up is not necessary. Most football plays last about 4 seconds, so you should focus on shorter duration, and increased range of motion movements. Instead try bounding, multi-directional lunges, half speed agility drills, and starting/stopping in a controlled fashion. These drills will actually help develop skills on your players, not just get them tired before practice.
  • Focus on active stretching with sport specific moves. Break down sport-specific movement patterns, and walk/light jog through them. The muscles need to be stretched and loose for what they are about to do, and if your not competing at static toe touches, they may not be as helpful as you think.
  • Be specific! Stay focused on what you are doing! Ask yourself, what should your foot position look like? Should your head be up? Are your feet crossing over each other? Slacking off during the warm-up will lead to bad habits in competition settings, which often times lead to ankle/knee injuries.

If you are a coach, you have a responsibility to teach your sport, and keep your athletes safe.  Designing a proper warm-up is a responsibility of any coach, and can help improve balance, coordination, speed, performance, and most importantly, keep your athletes healthy.

If you would like help on developing the best warm-up for your sport, please contact us at (773) 706-8705 or email us at