Archive for November, 2013

A New Age at Chicago Family Fit

Monday, November 25th, 2013

It’s that time again where thousands of people will make New Year’s Resolutions and a “commitment” to their health. Gym chains will offer “incredible” deals and people will get suckered into buying gym memberships and all of the frills and “perks” that come with an expensive membership. Before signing on with one of these chains, take a look at the overall value you will get for your money and take the time to consider training at Chicago Family Fit.

Gym chains only care about one thing…your money. Most big gyms have quota systems for personal trainers that are not based on results, but rather on the amount of sales a trainer makes and number of sessions trained. A trainer who looks the part and knows all the right things to say can be incredibly successful monetarily, but one important factor can seem to get left out; the level of value and knowledge they are providing their clients. Are they truly serving the client’s best interests? A trainer can spend a training hour becoming your best friend, but if you don’t see results, what level of value have they given you?

Trainers are no salesman. It’s not what many of them spent 7 years in college for and countless hours of continuing education trying to become. You will never be pressured into anything except being your best. Trainers are passionate about the relationships they have with clients and helping them achieve their own personal level of greatness. Trainers love what they do and the person they serve and that is what they’re passionate about it.

Several new clients made the move to Chicago Family Fit from a park district gym and we’ve heard nothing but great feedback from all of them.

Chicago Family Fit offers a lot of open space and there is never a wait for any equipment. Everyone has a customized plan. It was not uncommon at other facilities to watch someone do one set on a piece of equipment, walk away and start chatting with someone for a few minutes, only to come back and lay claim to the equipment again only after someone else wanted to use it.

At Chicago Family Fit, there are no age requirements. Most other gyms require that a gym user be at least 14 years of age. Families can train together at the same time in a fun, encouraging atmosphere. No need for a child care center. The family that trains together stays together, besides what a great way to be a role model by showing your children the importance of being fit.

There is no red tape at Chicago Family Fit which means no membership fees and no hassles with incompetent staff members. Trainers don’t punch the clock and they love what they do. Trainers are here to serve you and provide you with the best possible fitness experience.

Chicago Family Fit is clean. They take pride in making sure the facility is organized, clean, and ready to go to give you the best possible workout. Parking is never a problem.

The most important factor in considering Chicago Family Fit is the staff. Together the staff has nearly two decades combined in years of service in the field. They have achieved high levels education and certification because they want to be the best at what they do. They have made a commitment to be the best for ourselves, and to give you the highest level of service because it’s what you deserve.

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An Ounce of Prevention

Friday, November 8th, 2013

By John Kahney, MS, CSCS

Wouldn’t it be great to have a crystal ball and be able to see the future?  Unfortunately life is not like that and there are many unpredictable twists and turns that we cannot foresee.  If you could see into the future, would it change your behavior and would you alter your life choices based on what you could see coming?

About two years ago, a very consistent, hard working client of mine convinced her husband to come see me because she was worried about his health.  I met her husband and we chatted for a bit and he decided that he didn’t need training and he was ok on his own.  It was my client’s hope that her husband would begin training and begin living a healthier life style.  That day was the only day I saw him in the gym, ever.  She was worried about his health, but as most men are, he was very stubborn about making changes for the better in his life.

About a year later in June, he was diagnosed with “cancer”.  All of his organs were so riddled with cancer that the doctors didn’t know which organ it originated from and weren’t sure how to proceed in treating it.  In August he passed away and my client lost her best friend and partner of over 43 years of marriage seemly overnight.

Could regular exercise and positive lifestyle changes have prevented his death?  I don’t know.  There are a lot of factors that go into the development of disease.  What I do know is that our American view of fitness is flawed and needs a serious overhaul.

As Americans we view fitness as reactive, rather than preventative.  We wait to train until we are overweight.  We wait to train until we are in constant pain due to poor posture.  We wait until we are pre-diabetic.  We wait until something scares us into changing our habits.  For whatever reason, we wait until something bad happens or our health care professionals tell us it’s time to exercise.

When you get into a car do you put on your seatbelt?  Why?  Because there is a chance something life threatening could happen and you want to protect yourself from a catastrophic event.  Do you brush your teeth?  Of course you do because you learned as a child you want to prevent tooth decay.  Could you imagine waiting to brush your teeth until after a dentist tells you to?  You shouldn’t wait to start an exercise program until after you are told to or when your health starts to deteriorate.  Prevent health issues by exercising regularly.

Here are some tips to help you out:

  1. Exercise at least 3 days a week.  Kyle and I can help you with a plan and keeping your routine consistent.
  2. Monitor the amount of time you are sitting at a desk or in a car.  Take regular breaks to stretch your hamstrings, back, and chest muscles.  Poor posture will definitely lead to health issues that can be prevented.
  3. Monitor your portion sizes.  If you dine out frequently, get half of your meal to go.  Restaurant portion sizes are HUGE!  Remember a serving is about the size of your fist.
  4. Eat more fruits and vegetables.  The more colorful the better.  Try a variety of different kinds until you find what you like.
  5. Less complaining…more training.
  6. Take care of you by telling yourself that you are important.  Your family and kids think you are and they love you and depend on you to be around for a long time.  Show them you love them too by take care of yourself.