Posts Tagged ‘Chicago Family Fitness’

Is Personal Training Right for Geriatric Populations?

Monday, October 19th, 2015

As baby boomers are getting older, there is an increased demand for this population to stay healthy. One way to do that is by hiring a personal trainer to help maintain independence, body function, and overall health. The goal of training is no longer motivated by how much weight a client can lift or if they have 6 pack abs; instead it shifts to posture, endurance, balance, and flexibility training.

In this population, one of the major risk factors is falling. By being proactive with training, one can improve the common muscle groups that increase fall risks. For example, many older people slouch which shifts the center of balance. Also, as you age, the ankle joint become stiff and leads to shuffling while walking. By improving these areas we can help clients move better and be more confident getting around.
Another area of concern is bone density. As we age, bone density is something that also decreases.

By adding strength training we can help to maintain a healthy bone density. Strength training for older adults is much different than for younger populations. Instead of focusing on how much weight you can lift, we shift towards exercises that mimic daily activities such as carrying groceries, lifting grandchildren, and getting out of a chair. These are things that will help to maintain independence going forward.

The biggest and most important reason to invest in fitness training for older adults is to maintain independence. Whether it’s maintaining a home, or going on dream vacations, everyone wants to be able to spend their retirement doing things they want to do. Staying fit is paramount in being able to enjoy your life well into your older years. At Chicago Family Fit we have had numerous clients take the dream vacation they never thought they could have handled before training.

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Thinking Spring

Monday, March 16th, 2015

by Jon Kahney, MS, CSCS

Chicago’s winters can be some of the toughest around, but we are just as tough. Chicago’s winters can be tough both physically and mentally but they also make us get the most out of spring, summer, and fall. Spring is also a time of renewal and rebirth. We may not be out of the woods just yet, but it’s time to get prepared. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of spring.

Evaluate and Set Some Goals for Summer. Assess your current fitness situation and then take a look at where you want to be in 3 months. Set realistic goals and map out how you plan to achieve them. Remember don’t say, “I can’t” but rather say, “How can I?”

Check Your Structural Integrity. It can be hard to keep moving through the winter and you may have sat around a little more than you would have liked, causing your posture and movement patterns to get a bit out of whack. At Chicago Family Fit, we can help you address improper movement patterns and give you strategies to get you back to proper posture and get your joints moving safely and effectively.

Focus on Flexibility. It’s an easy thing in winter to become compressed and tight as we find any way to stay warm. The body unconsciously tightens up and compresses to conserve heat any way it can. You may notice some neck pain from tight traps or back and knee pain from tight hamstrings. Take this opportunity to address this tightness by focusing on flexibility stretches and exercises.

Make an Area Family Fitness Day Get Away. Here are great local attractions you and your family can go for a day for some fun and fitness.

Libertyville Sports Complex
1950 U.S. 45, Libertyville, IL 60048
(847) 367-1502

Emily Oaks Nature Center
4650 Brummel Street, Skokie, IL 60076
Phone:(847) 677-7001

Busse Woods
Higgins and Golf Road, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
Phone:(708) 366-9420

Moraine Hills State Park
1510 South River Road, McHenry, IL 60051
(815) 385-1624

Lincoln Park Zoo
2001 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 742-2000


Color Me Rad?

Monday, May 27th, 2013

What are some elements of a great workout?

We’d say that we’d like to the workout to be fun, engaging, challenging and something done with the support of others.

We’ll we’ve found something for you all that looks like it would make a great workout. It’s a good old fashioned foot race, with a splash of color. In the slew of fun fitness races happening in Chicago this summer, we’ve found the most rad of them all. The race is called: Color Me Rad 5k. It’s 3.1 miles of fun, color and art. You can get a detailed description of the event here:

We here at Chicago Family Fit love many things fitness related, including great races like the Color Me Rad 5K, that’s why we took the time out of our day to tell you about it. If you’re interested in running tips, or want to get started in a running routine, stop by or call the gym to learn more about how we can help you achieve your running goals. The great things about training for a run is that you get all of the benefits attached to the training and the run itself. Running is a great cardio addition to your gym workout routine.

We’re so excited about this race, we’re giving away two race entries to the event to anyone who checks-in on Facebook ( while at the gym. The more times you check in, the more chances you have to win entry to the race. Have any questions about this, come see us at the gym!

How To Pick The Right Trainer!

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Okay, so you finally decided to hire a Personal Trainer but don’t know where to start.  Picking the right trainer is essential to reach your goals and here are some tips when making the decision.

  1. Does this person have a college degree in Exercise Science or a related field?
  2. Is this person Nationally Certified?
  3. Talk to a couple of trainers to see who you get along with best.
  4. Does this trainer have testimonials and a proven track record?
  5. Is the location easily accessible and work with your schedule?

At Chicago Family Fit our trainers are Nationally Certified and have Bachelors Degrees in our field with many satisfied clients.  This means that you will be working with a seasoned professional that will help you achieve results.  If your looking to get started on a path to a new body but aren’t sure where to start, call Chicago Family Fit for a free phone consultation at (773) 706-8705