Shift in the Fitness Industry Toward Functional Training

Traditionally, health clubs have been known as a “big box” …. “rent a treadmill” …. “churn and burn.” But now, the trends are changing toward smaller gyms, towards results and programming and towards a huge focus on retention. Of course, you still have your big box players- those clubs that came into the market during the recession as the low-price competitors, but what are those gyms, really? They discount the price we should put on our health, and they don’t offer the services that the higher priced gyms do. Now, that’s great for those who are self- motivated and know exactly what they need to do and how to do it. But that doesn’t help the average American, and unfortunately, it sets them up for failure. Intimidation is a big factor along with the lack of knowledge, help, and in turn, the lack of results they’ll receive.

It’s unfortunate because these low price competitors have really changed the market. Less than 20% of the US population works out. When you take those out of the 80% who make the leap of faith and try it, only to fail, they are WAY less likely to ever join a gym again. It’s sad and frustrating, especially coming from a gym (we at Women’s Workout & Wellness πŸ™‚ who truly care about our members. We have shifted our focus to learn new ways of helping our members and giving them service. We don’t want to be a ‘big box’ anymore, and we DEFINITELY don’t want to be known as the “churn and burn” club. We want our programs, especially our group exercise classes and group functional training, to be popular among our members because we know that’s how our women will get results. Group atmospheres for women make exercise FUN! And this dynamic keeps our members coming back to maintain the health they have achieved here at W3!

As mentioned, group exercise throughout our Chicagoland locations is a huge part of what makes W3 successful and what gives the Women’s Workout World (& Wellness) name strong brand recognition, even 30+ years later! We pride ourselves on excellent group exercise programs throughout our 5 locations. We know it’s a great bridge for the beginners and a great way to ease everyone into fantastic programs. However, also as mentioned above, we have looked for ways to better service our members and give them the attention they need to get fit, healthy, and see results. They need guidance and a GREAT program, and we have found a way to do that through our group training programs. Not only is it group training; it’s also functional training. Work on core, strength and metabolic movements- many times all at the same time! Much of our equipment is what you’ll see on the Biggest Loser show, too! For those who don’t want to fully jump into the program, we offer bootcamps to get a short-term taste of what success feels like!!! (and an awesome workout!) If you are thinking about functional training, ask to set up a fitness assessment where one of our fitness professionals/trainers will go over with you, step by step, what’s involved in the program, what you can expect, and then he/she will take you through a mini-workout so you can experience that personal attention first hand!

W3 is the Top Chicago Women’s Fitness Center

Women’s Workout & Wellness/Women’s Workout World, also known as W3 or W3Body, is the top Chicago Women’s Fitness Center. Women’s Workout has been in business since 1982, so we have been practicing women’s fitness for over 30 years! W3 definitely has enough experience to know, understand and educate on how women get the best results through fitness.

We know, nutrition is KEY in achieving results. W3 is a Chicago women’s fitness center that has implemented various nutrition programs in the past and is about to bring another one back! Besides proper nutrition, though, exercise is what will help you achieve those goals, and from our experience with women’s fitness and exercise,Β we know what will change your body the most! STRENGTH training, especially functional strength training, is where women will see a real change in their bodies and start becoming defined, toned, and shaped.

W3 as Chicago women’s fitness center has also realized that the GROUP dynamic is a huge component for an all-women’s environment. There are a few reasons for this. First, the group dynamic allows women to workout together, whether it’s with their friends or with unfamiliar faces. They are all in it ‘together,’ working toward similar goals. Moreover, this group dynamic allows for a social aspect to be brought into women’s exercise routines. We are social creatures! Why not add this component to motivate women to come back for more. Lastly, the group dynamic is encouraging, fun, motivating and energizing. That’s why women love it and that’s why as a Chicago women’s fitness center, we know what the women in Chicago want to help them get and stay fit. We have known since 1983 and continue to deliver this consistent experience because we are a company for WOMEN, all about WOMEN, and our fitness model definitely reflects that!

For more information, please come in and try a class. We know you’ll be pleased, and if you’re one of those women who are scared, timid, unmotivated or just have never worked out before, we guarantee a transition into a program at W3 will be the best one for you. After all, we do specialize in women’s fitness! See you soon~ W3.

Chicago Bootcamps at W3

Looking for a Chicago Bootcamp? Look no further! We have bootcamps at our W3 locations on the north side of Chicago, south side, in the Loop, Tinley Park & Berwyn!

Currently, for the holidays, we are running a specific challenge bootcamp for those women looking to fit in their holiday dresses this year. This Chicago Bootcamp is called W3’s Little Black Dress Challenge! It’s open to our members but also non-members as well. If you’re looking for a flexible Chicago Bootcamp, check out this challenge… it’s all of our TEAM training which uses functional training techniques. Max of 12 women in a class with a coach. The beauty of this bootcamp is that it’s flexible. We KNOW our members and their friends are BUSY during the holidays… traveling, family parties, cooking, shopping, etc. SO we decided that we aren’t going to hold anyone to a particular time frame. You just tell us how many classes you can do between now and December 31st, and we’ll set you up on the best bootcamp for you. Remember… it’s best to get those classes done sooner rather than later. 3x/week is the ideal bootcamp because you can really start to see a change.

Chicago bootcamps are for Chicagoland women looking to get RESULTS… and that’s exactly what you’ll get at W3! 

So do you need to lose weight for that holiday dress? Tighten up that tummy? Tone your arms for a sleek sleeveless dress? No problem! Just search Chicago Bootcamps and find us. Enroll in our Little Black Dress Challenge today!

W3 Chicago Functional Training

Chicago Functional Training at W3… WOW… all we have to say is RESULTS!

Chicago’s functional training programs have been very popular lately, and W3 has been a driving force! W3’s group training program does not only include functional training specifically, but it also includes TRX classes and POWER Boxing at select locations. The program is so successful not only because it offers Chicagoland different options for group personal training but also because it has amazing trainers. Why do the members love these trainers? Because they motivate them and help them get RESULTS! That is what it’s all about. W3’s group training members stay in the program because they see results and receive a consistent experience each time they come to a group training class- whether it’s functional training, TRX or Boxing. These members have various options of membership besides the simple access membership that allows them to come into the gym to take group exercise and use the equipment and machines. Members and non-members are welcome to these programs through various options and can choose exactly what they want, like how many times/week they want to attend these specialty, results-driven classes. Sometimes we run Bootcamps and Challenges, too, that are short-term and also open to non-members. Looking for Chicago functional training gyms? You have come to the right place!

More specifically, W3’s functional training program is the best around for women. How do we know this? Because it’s run by women who have seen our members transform through the functional training program, and we have had over 3 years of experience at our gyms with this program! Our members have received amazing results… from weight loss, muscle tone, increased energy and confidence… being able to walk up a flight of stairs (previously unable to)… to getting off of various medications! It’s amazing, and these results specifically are the reason they keep coming back to functional training. They love it!

Looking for Chicago functional training? Check us out today… you’ll be amazed at the results you’ll receive with W3’s functional training program, no matter which of our 5 locations you go to!

Berwyn Zumba Classes at W3!

Check out our hot group exercise classes at W3! One of our great locations on Cermak & Ridgeland has packed classes and if you’re looking for ZUMBA in the Berwyn area, this is the place to go!

Being a very heavily-populated Hispanic area, Zumba with its latin-inspired moves is naturally a very popular class at this W3 location.

We have a variety of Berwyn Zumba instructors. One in particular is Veronica! She is the club manager and was recently certified in June. She has been teaching and helping out to promote Berwyn Zumba at W3 ever since! Some of her favorite moves and types of dances are Merengue,”Beto Shuffle,” & Cumbia. Her absolute favorite are the reggaeton songs! She has helped W3 make the Berwyn Zumba classes popular!

If you’re looking for Berwyn Zumba classes, look at the W3 in Berwyn located at 6342 W. Cermak Rd- give them a call 708-788-0010, stop in for a visit, or email them at berwyn@w3body.com. Also if you’re looking for Berwyn ZumbaΒ and want to try a class, fill out the form to the right and you will be contacted to redeem your free guest pass to Women’s Workout & Wellness.Β Get ready to dance the lbs away! We are having a Berwyn Zumba party (Halloween Zumba= Zumbaween) at the end of October.Β All W3 clubs will have a Zumba party!Β Special Berwyn Zumba HALLOWEEN songs during the week of October 28th.Β Please see club for details!

*Check out the pictures of a Berwyn Zumbathon party we had in 2011! W3 is the place to be.

Functional Training with Tire Flips at W3!

One of our newest functional training “toys” at all of our W3 locations are TIRES! We have a smaller one, about 40 lbs, and a bigger one, about 70 lbs. As you’ll see in the picture below, these two women at the W3 on Monroe St. in Chicago are doing a partner tire flip. Talk about functional training… tire flips involve so many different movements- squatting, lifting, and pushing. It gets your heart rate up but is also a very strength based workout! These two ladies in the picture are newer to our functional training program. One of them signed up for our 8-week Bootcamp that we offered in August and the other is on a 6 month program. They have been doing a phenomenal job! They absolutely love the program and are already seeing RESULTS!!! Strong is beautiful.

Women’s Workout & Wellness, W3, offers functional training at our women’s health clubs all across Chicagoland. We have various programs each month to continue to always strive to help our members see RESULTS, whether it’s weight loss, muscle tone, increase of strength, or overall improvement of health! We know this program works from the amazing success stories we have collected over the past few years since we started the program. YOU should be our next success story! Contact a W3 near you today. You don’t have to be a member to take advantage of these amazing functional training programs! (We also offer POWER BOXING at Downers Grove, Berwyn & the Chicago Loop location & TRX at Tinley Park and Downers Grove!)

Labor Day Special Hours and Group Exercise Classes at W3!

All W3 locations, except the W3 downtown on Monroe St., are open 8a-1pm on LABOR DAY! Monday- September 2nd.

The Monroe St. club will be closed.

The following are the special group exercise class schedules for each club. Hope to see you at W3 for a Labor Day workout before your festivities begin!

Berwyn: 9am ZUMBA with YOLANDA & 10AM Step Jam with Maria!

Downers Grove: 9:15a- Zumba with Lupe & 10:15a Turbokick with Lauren!

Hometown/Oak Lawn: Cardioflex: 9-10am & Zumba 10-11am: GENESIS!

Kedzie: 9:15am STEP JAM with AMANDA & 10:30am BODYFIT

Lawrence: 9am ZUMBA with Olga and BodyFit @ 10am with Olga!

Tinley Park: 8:30-9:30a: ZUMBA with MARIA! & 9:30-11:00a: Extended TURBOKICK with DANITRA!

Pretty Muddy All Women’s Mud Run Chicago!

Sorry fellas, this one is for the ladies only! Grab your girlfriends, suit up in your mud run finest, and hit the ground running for this exciting spa day of sorts.  You will conquer 3 miles of pure mud madness while tackling 10 exhilarating obstacles along the way-at your own pace of course!  After your mud exfoliation kick back and relax with the ultimate celebration complete with food, drink, live music, and so much more.  The more the muddier so recruit a team and be prepared to get Pretty Muddy.

Pretty Muddy is excited top be working with Susan G. Komen Chicagoland Area for their Chicago event.  They are donating 250 FREE registrations to breast cancers survivors. If you, or anyone you know is a survivor that would like to register, use code “SURVIVOR” for your complimentary entry!

Check out FAQ’s and get a sneak peak at all of the obstacles at www.prettymuddy.com.

The first 100 ladies to sign up using the promotional code “W3BODY” will receive $20 off of their registration! What are you waiting for? Sign up TODAY!

 

Small Group Personal Training with Functional Training Techniques at the W3 Tinley Park

Check out this video featuring a few W3 Tinley Park members doing some advanced functional training moves on the group exercise floor! They worked out for a total of 1 hour, but you only get a minute glimpse in this video. These women have been in the functional training program for 2-3 years; they are very strong, fit women and work hard each week to maintain and increase their strength and athletic abilities!

Watch Video Below!

We implemented our small group functional training program about 3 years ago to help our members get RESULTS! We found that there is no other program like this that ensures results by decreasing body fat % but maintaining and increasing strength and lean muscle mass. We want our members to get in shape the right way, and we love that we can offer them such a reliable, fun, motivating yet challenging program!

We have various options for this program and would love to help you out if you’re looking for results and need help getting there! Call us today to set up an fitness assessment- we would be happy to help!

Stay Fit, Stay Fab~

W3

How to Be Healthy and Stay Fit during Summer

It seems trivial to talk about how to be healthy and stay fit during the summertime….obviously this season is most important to all! Tank tops…. short shorts… bikinis, etc. but what we may not realize is that it’s actually a lot harder for women to fit in their workouts and prepare healthy meals during the summer. Why?

One reason is that now, kids are home from school. Many moms, both who work and don’t work, have the added responsibility of making sure their kids are taken care of FIRST. What does this mean? Quick, easy snacks & meals the kids will enjoy. It’s a lot harder to prepare food for the kids that they’ll enjoy plus prepare some healthy meals and snacks for her. Let’s face it- women put everyone else first, especially when it comes to their children. And in the summer, when their children require a lot more time commitment from them, they tend to put themselves last, making it a lot harder to stick to their healthy meal plan and workout regimen. 

Another reason are those yummy summer barbecues! barbecue chicken… potato salad…cookies… alcohol… beer… and more… “well, just this once!” 

How many times per summer do we say that? Add up those calories and see why it’s so hard to stay fit and healthy when your weekends consist of family barbecues!

The last big reason it’s hard to stay focused on your plan are vacations. Many people take vacations in the summer. What do vacations mean to the average population? Diet= out the window. Workouts? not today! Relaxation= yes please. Calories don’t count? Not this week!

It’s great and necessary to take a break from time to time, but that doesn’t mean you have to undo everything you worked hard to accomplish. So what’s the plan? Follow these steps to stay fit and healthy this summer!

1) Map out your kids’ schedule. 

2) Find time to prepare around your kids’ schedule. Is it the mornings? Evenings? or are weekends the only time you have to prepare healthy meals and snacks?

3) According to the schedule, when will you have time to workout? If it’s the mornings and you like group exercise classes at W3, choose which one you are going to do. If it’s the evenings and you know you want to participate in the group functional training program 2x/week, check those times and carve it out in your schedule. You need “me” time!

4) Again… prepare, prepare, prepare! You must prepare for the summer barbecues. By this we mean- think ahead and make something healthy to bring for everyone. Maybe look up a healthy version of chicken salad or a healthy dessert that involves fruit. It’s A LOT easier to avoid the bad stuff when you have the option of good stuff, too! And if you don’t bring it, you can’t necessarily count on anyone else who will.

5) Even on vacations, you can indulge and still not go overboard. We recommend really researching wherever you are going. Are there local places to take walks? Hike? Bike ride? Research the local food places you will most likely be visiting. Maybe choose the top ones where you can order something delicious yet healthy! You can indulge but still eat healthy 70-80% during your vacation!

We know you know.. preparation and planning are key! But really, if you go to a barbecue unprepared or wakeup and didn’t plan a workout into your hectic day, how do you expect to be able to keep the ‘good stuff’ in your schedule? Healthy food won’t just appear and time definitely won’t appear, so just plan ahead. You can do it!

If you have anymore recommendations, please leave your comments here! We would love to share more tips on staying healthy and fit during the summer!

Stay Fit, Stay Fabulous

~W3