Grand Re-Opening of the Women’s Workout on Lawrence Ave in Chicago!

WOW! It has been quite a construction project, but finally, the remodel of the Women’s Workout & Wellness (W3) on Lawrence Ave on the north side of Chicago is almost complete!!! What is new?

  • -new floors
  • -new layout and design
  • -new equipment
  • -new functional training area
  • -new functional training equipment
  • -new HardBody equipment
  • and best of all, new RESULTS-driven programs!

We are so excited to bring the most amazing programs to our members to help them see results that they’ve never experienced before! If women in the area need a place to workout, exercise, weight train, and lose weight, W3 is the place to be! Check out our brand new, wooden group exercise floor! And some of our new functional training equipment. It even includes monkey bars!

Fill out a form to you right for your free guest pass today! Otherwise, please join us for our Grand Re-Opening PARTY on Wednesday, January 15th. 9am and 6pm are TEAM functional training classes and 9:30am and 6:30pm are ZUMBA parties!!!

It is our open house party day, so please come and bring a friend! See you there~

W3

Functional Training at W3 Tinley Park

Shout out to Rhea and Lindsay, two of our functional training coaches at the Women’s Workout in Tinley Park, for theirย partner pushups! Great form, great core strength. Stay tuned for their trainer interview profiles!

Why Women Won’t Change their Fitness Routines

Since we started our group functional training program over 3 years ago, we have had many women take the ‘risk’ and try this great exercise program. It was definitely new to them with all of those functional training toys…. tires…. battling ropes… carpet sliders….kettlebells… Little did they know, they would come to love the program. The same women who took the leap of faith 3 years ago still participate in the program today. Why? Because they love the workouts. They can’t imagine doing anything else but functional training. Most importantly, they have felt, experienced and understood how it has helped them and changed their bodies, how they have gained strength and lost fat, how they have increased their energy levels, and how they just don’t want to do any other type of workout. So with their testimonials, why don’t more women follow their lead? Why go backwards when you can go forward?

That’s precisely what this blog post is about. If we as the women’s fitness gurus in the Chicagoland area are telling you THIS program is the latest and greatest, THIS program will get you results, and we have overall found a way to exercise better and smarter, why won’t our women change? Especially if they are frustrated because they are not seeing results, why won’t they CHANGE what they are doing and do what the experts recommend for them? It comes down to this: women perceive the risk of changing their fitness regimen and failing is TOO high, so they stay where they are, what they are comfortable doing. Here are the issues and the irrationality of this dilemma:

1) If what you’re doing isn’t working, do something else. If you’re not getting results with what you’re doing, what really is the risk of trying something else? (especially when the trainers are telling you it’s what you should be doing!)

*Remember the definition of Insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results!

2) The real problem comes into play when the member experiences burnout. She won’t change her fitness routine… so she continues to do the same thing… and continues to NOT see results… so what happens? Frustration levels increase and she drops out of the program completely, which will set her back even further. It’s a vicious cycle.

3) If we have found a better way of doing something, why stick to ancient philosophy? Granted, that’s a little extreme. Fixed equipment and cardio machines aren’t necessarily ancient. We know it’s hard to keep up with an ever-changing fitness industry, but we have found something now that makes sense. Functional training simply makes sense. Why wouldn’t you train your body functionally to perform your daily activities with ease? with no pain? without injury? Men and women were not created to sit and work one muscle group at a time in a fixed plane of motion. We were meant to run, jump, crouch, crawl, lean, squat and move easily without pain. So why wouldn’t you train your body to be strong and do those daily activities without ever being injured?

Sometimes it’s hard to believe new research when it comes out, but in this case, this new research just.makes.sense. If a new technology came out that made life so much easier and you had access to it, would you honestly just keep using your current technology that isn’t enhancing your life at all? That doesn’t make sense! It’s the same case with exercise and functional training. If functional training will get you results and literally make your life easier AND you have access to it, are you honestly going to keep doing things the old way? Think about it…. Why go backwards when you can move forward?

W3 Strong is Beautiful Tank Tops

Women’s Workout & Wellness Chicago now pushes the mantra “Strong is Beautiful” because we believe a strong, fit woman is a beautiful woman. We want our members to understand and believe in the importance of strength training and what it can do for your body. We also want to show our members that being strong, fit and confident about your body is what is beautiful; just working toward being ‘skinny’ in the eyes of public stigma is not what we push.

In order to further show our members and brand W3 as a company that believes the statement “Strong is Beautiful,” we created tank tops for our members and staff to wear! They are on sale now at your local W3- in either purple, pink, or blue! Get yours today. Limited quantity available!

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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!

Spring into Fitness at W3!

The big “New Year’s rush” is over…but summertime is almost here! So what does that mean? It’s REALLY time to get in shape. Pressure is on for beach/swimsuit season, not to mention the weddings, vacations, graduation parties, summer bbqs and more that await our agendas during the summer. It’s fun, but it’s alsoย nerve-rackingย if we slacked off a bit during the winter months (especially these winter months in Chicago- it’s May and it’s 50 degrees outside!) So, with the weather (hopefully) attempting to warm up outside, it’s time to get serious and really take some time to focus on ourselves.

Besides the ever-so-popular Zumba, Turbokick, HardBody and CardioFlex classes at Women’s Workout & Wellness, you can also find a variety of bootcamps, challenges and functional training programs going on that are changing the lives of women across Chicago- helping them lose weight, tone up, increase their strength and cardiovascular levels, feel better and more energized, and just overall GET IN SHAPE! Before we talk a little bit about what these programs consist of, I just wanted to share a few comments we have heard from some members across our W3 locations. One 4-Week Summer Shape Up Challenge member from the Downers Grove W3 said she can’t even begin to explain how these workouts make her feel- not just physically but emotionally and mentally as well. She decided the 4 weeks wasn’t enough for her and enrolled in this program for a minimum of 3 months! Good for her!

Another member from the W3 on Monroe St. in the Loop had to put another hole in her belt… not to make it looser, of course, but to make it tighter! Her belt has now become too big. She thanked her trainer for the great workouts so far. Yes, it’s the trainer’s motivating training style and amazing workouts, but she has put in a lot of work and has amazing fat loss results to show for it. Can’t wait to see her before and after picture side to side! Only a few weeks left of her bootcamp. Unbelievable RESULTS coming soon!

Intrigued yet?

We could write blog post after blog post of amazing success stories followed by pictures to show the results these women have received, and we will continue to do so because we know this program is what will help women across Chicago get fit and HEALTHY. What’s so great about it? It’s the functional training style of classes. Women join our group functional training program for various reasons: to lose weight, reduce fat and inches, gain muscle tone, feel better, get rid of pain, gain energy, sleep better, and more! And they are getting what they asked for. We use our functional “toys” and carefully designed workouts to produce amazing results. Some of our toys include ropes, slam balls, kettle bells, Bosus, TRX suspension training, plyo boxes, val slides, bands, superbands, monster tires, and more. Have you seen the Biggest Loser? Then you know exactly what we are talking about.

Check out our video HERE to understand ย a little bit more about functional training. Come check it out for yourself- whether you are a member of Women’s Workout & Wellness or someone looking for a gym/program to join, we have a challenge, bootcamp or program for you! Non-members are welcome to enroll in a program for 4 weeks or more, depending on our current promotion. Call today- you’ll be amazed.

What are YOUR results? Be our next success story. Call or visit us today!

~Women’s Workout & Wellness~

W3 Personal Training Opportunities!

Check out our employment opportunities for personal trainers for all Women’s Workout & Wellness locations. We have immediate opportunities available at our Monroe St. location in the Loop and for our location on 51st & Kedzie Ave (bilingual preferred for this location).

Personal Trainers

Description

As a personal trainer at Women’s Workout & Wellness, you will be expected to deliver a great experience during 1-1 sessions with members and also during group personal training sessions. You will provide a safe and effective workout and follow any policies set in place by W3. We want our trainers to have a lead-by-example attitude by maintaing a healthy, active lifestyle. We also expect our trainers to follow our training philosophy that everyone trains functionally. We expect our trainers to be upbeat and motivational, always maintaining a positive and professional relationship with members to encourage continued participation and strive for results.

Responsibilities:

-Provide exciting, safe, effective workouts for our group functional training classes and during 1-1 sessions

-Contribute Workouts of the Day to our W3 Fitness Coach Team

-Develop positive relationships with clients and seek to develop these relationships with future clients

-Sell personal training packages and programs

-Clean and organize functional training area before/after each session

-Seek 1-1 clients as well as group PT clients

-Be able to work on a team, share feedback, and contribute ideas to build a successful program

-Adhere to W3 rules and policies

Qualifications

-CPR/AED certification

-Nationally recognized Personal Training Certification

-TRX certification and other specialty certifications a plus

*We have great opportunities available both for part time and full time personal training positions. We will provide all training necessary for our functional program and W3 systems.

Please send your resume to Jamie and Adrianne- jamie@w3body.com and adrianne@w3body.com. We look forward to hearing from you.

New Exciting Weight Loss Programs at Women’s Workout & Wellness!

Happy New Year Everyone!

2012 was a great year, but we are so ready to bring new programs and challenges to our members to really help them get RESULTS in 2013!!! It’s our year to help you, and it’s your year to get the body and optimal health you’ve always wanted! We have the programs to help get you there- all at Extremely affordable prices and all at a place where women feel comfortable to workout and be themselves!

So, about these programs… we have completely revamped the way our personal training has been running, more importantly, our group personal training. We know so many members have lost weight, lost body fat, increased their strength and muscle tone, increased metabolism, improved their energy and just have felt amazing by doing our group training programs. But now, we want to make sure every member has the chance to be able to feel this way and experience the best program around!

I’ll give you a few details of the program… First of all, our core philosophy for our training programs at W3 is that everyone trains functionally. Our workouts are built off of this philosophy because we KNOW it works. We know it gives the best results and helps you lose weight and get fit.. but we also know that it’s important for living your everyday life with ease. You train your body to be able to perform activities without any pain and with the strength you need to complete everyday tasks. But like I said, that’s not all it does. It also helps you achieve your goals in the most efficient way possible!

We will continue to make this program amazing. Just a few things we have implemented are 30-day experiences for our members- we want to break down any barriers or questions you may have about this amazing program, and offer a 30 day trial to you for just $19, so you can try it- risk free- and start seeing results! We know once you start seeing results, you’ll know how amazing and valuable this program really is! We have implemented a new system with our W3 personal coaches. We call it the coach’s card. It’s basically to help our coaches get to know all of our clients better and make sure they are aware of any injuries, pains, or maybe just to be aware that HEY- this member needs to go heavier on her next workout! (it’s all to get her the results she is working toward!) We have a new scheduling system, nutritional seminars, exercise tip videos, and a new way for our coaches to deliver these workouts to you- our workout of the day! These are scientifically designed by our top, most educated and experienced trainers to burn fat and increase metabolism. And we are getting all- new functional equipment, or toys as we like to call them, at our Kedzie location. All the clubs will be ready to go!

That’s just a brief overview of our new program… there’s no reason YOU shouldn’t try it! Truthfully, health is a lifelong commitment. You only have one body and one chance to take care of it. We want all of our members to commit to this program because we know it’s the BEST, but we also know that it can be scary to try something new, so we are giving you 30 days to try it. You HAVE to take advantage- I know you’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish in just 30 days!

And hey- it helps a little bit that we have our New Year’s resolutions to start kicking in to gear… what could be a better way than to try the best program that will help you reach your goals ???

Warning: once you start seeing results, you won’t want to stop ๐Ÿ˜‰

Ask about our new weight loss program today, and how you can work with a W3 coach. Make sure you take a BEFORE picture… can’t wait to see that AFTER, so I can post YOU and YOUR success story of your journey to results on w3body.com. Let’s go! What are you waiting for?

Chat soon.

Jamie

W3 Director of Marketing

Congratulations on Your 100-lb Weight Loss Goal!!!

We are so happy to feature one of our members from the Downers Grove location on our blog and also on our Success Stories page. Her name is Maria Bertucci-Runge, and she has had an incredible nutrition and fitness journey to reach a healthy weight, and WOW does she look amazing! The W3 corporate staff as well as the managers of all W3 locations want to congratulate Maria on sticking with it and accomplishing her goal! Nothing feels better than achieving what you most desire, and we are so proud that she was able to do this at one of our facilities. We are all about RESULTS, and seeing our members get the RESULTS they want brings our mission to life. Way to go, Maria! Your motivation to begin and your determination to keep going through those plateaus are an inspiration to all of us to keep trying for what we truly want.~ Thanks~

To read her story and see her transformation pictures, click here.

Again, congratulations. W3 is proud of you and wishes you the best of luck in any future health and fitness endeavors!

~W3 Corporate

$99 SPECIAL!!! ENDS FRIDAY!

LADIES!!! Women’s Workout & Wellness is excited to announce a special, 4-day sale!!! All W3 locations are running a special THIS WEEK ONLY. $99 for ONE FULL YEAR! No gimmicks- just $99 paid in full and a one-year membership to W3 is YOURS. All W3 locations, sale ending this Friday, Aug 10th. Hurry in- this special WILL NEVER BE OFFERED AGAIN! If you have any questions, please call the club nearest you. See you soon!

~W3