The Naperville area is served by a wide variety of health-focused businesses that serve everyone from active children and teens to busy adults, all of whom wish to preserve their fitness and agility in order to stay healthy.
The Energy Bar is a holistic wellness center that offers state-of-the-art equipment and approaches wellness in a unique way. Instead of only focusing on physical fitness, its program concentrates on detoxification of the body, followed by wellness at the cellular and neurological levels.
“The Energy Bar is divided into two sides – the therapeutic side which focuses on improving health and the fitness side which focuses on improving strength and energy,” said Mathew Astacio, Wellness Consultant.
Clients begin by using the HOCATT ozone sauna which treats a multitude of symptoms and underlying issues that keep you from feeling, looking and performing your best and it requires absolutely no effort on the part of the client. The benefits of the system include whole body detoxification, stress reduction, energy elevation, anti-aging benefits, enhanced athletic performance, sleep improvement and even weight loss and cellulite reduction.
They also use vibration therapy that causes high speed muscle contractions to take place while simply standing in any position, enabling 25-50 muscle contractions per second. The advanced muscle stimulation increases muscle tone and helps with weight loss and improved circulation. It requires very low impact movements, so it is easier on the joints and works on everyone.
The Energy Bar also offers equipment that increases oxygen during exercise to leave you feeling fully energized. The EWOT (Exercise with Oxygen Therapy) system allows for full oxygen saturation of the body’s tissues, triggering an anti-inflammatory response in the blood vessels. This leads to cardiovascular improvement, increased endurance and increased energy. They also offer Altitude Contrast Training that utilizes high intensity interval training that alternates between periods of oxygen saturation and oxygen deprivation.
There is also an electromagnetic therapy that travels to the cellular level in any part of the body, reducing inflammation and relaxing muscles. This is great for acute and chronic pain management, as well as mood improvement and mental clarity – all without medications. Finally, they offer a non-pharmaceutical approach to preventing or reversing osteoporosis. It stimulates the natural bone generation process using self-applied compressive forces on the bones in order to stimulate new bone generation.
“For each client, we develop a custom wellness plan, incorporating the right mix of treatments. Over time, small improvements add up to a big difference in how you feel and live,” Astacio said.
Achieve Orthopedic Rehab Institute Sports Medicine is focused on orthopedic care of active adults and kids, with a niche in elite adolescent athletes.
Achieve’s focus is to provide a concierge experience ranging from physical therapy to injury screenings to recommending a physician that matches your needs. Achieve specializes in creating a personal environment. The physical therapists work one-on-one with patients to provide a unique combination of highly skilled manual therapy with biomechanics assessment and flexibility/strength programming.
“We can help everyone from the person who is recovering from bunion surgery to the athlete with a complicated stress fracture or anyone with any other sprain or strain,” said Gina Pongetti, Director of Sports Medicine and Co-Owner.
Achieve Sports Medicine prides itself on its quality-based family style atmosphere.
“We don’t have a large corporate structure. The people who are treating you are the same people who are doing community outreach and on-site team coverage for local sports organizations and others,” Pongetti said. “We see ourselves as a team. Achieve is in the middle of the wheel often as your prime contact: we work in combination with our community, connecting clients with physicians, personal trainers, nutritionists, and other specialists to complete your care.
“Finding highly certified health care providers that focus on perfecting hands-on skills is rare. In the current health care environment, focus and attention to detail is often what is missing. Techniques such as ART, Graston, taping and Dry Needling are just some of their many advanced certifications. We have the most highly-educated PT’s in the area. Therapists can focus on biomechanics and strength and are certified to perform many manual therapeutic techniques to tailor each patient’s needs. We have seven full-time PT’s, athletic trainers, an exercise physiologist and even a PT technician who is also a professional triathlete,” she added.
Achieve Sports Medicine sponsors over 40 local teams, endurance sports clubs and performing arts organizations in the suburbs, ranging from dancers and national-level gymnasts, to Ironman competitors. They provide complete team management featuring everything from stretching and strengthening programs to nutrition and concussion management. Bringing elite level care to your town, Pongetti and her staff treat athletes such as Olympic gymnasts to NFL and MLB players. Pongetti’s treatment resume includes the 2016 Rio Olympics, numerous national gymnastics meets, Broadway touring shows, AVP Volleyball and more.
In addition to their Naperville location, Achieve Sports Medicine has facilities in Chicago and Burr Ridge.
Information is power – even in the world of athletics and physical fitness. The more one knows and understands about how they are performing from a scientific perspective, the better they can deal with inefficient movements and muscle imbalances. The Labs USA, which opened in early 2016, uses video recordings and scientific data collection on each athlete to help them feel and perform at their best, while keeping the training fun, innovative, energetic and never boring.
The Labs is the only holistic, data and science-based training facility of its kind in the country. It offers the best of land and swim training, expert coaching, leading-edge equipment and technology, data feedback on land and in aquatics, and a proprietary science-based fitness regime called “Catalyst.” By offering a cross-section of everything from learn-to-swim and competitive swim training to group fitness, personalized fitness, triathlete training and on-site physical therapy, The Labs is able to offer a training environment that makes the most of each athlete’s time and energy.
Expert, highly-credentialed instructors help guide workouts, track data, chart progress and determine goals.
The facility features small tank river pools equipped with cameras above and below the water that allow everyone from children learning to swim to Olympic athletes to see 360 degree clips of their swim strokes which can then be analyzed for what needs to be improved, according to Mary Tobiason, general manager.
“Our small warm tanks with mirrored bottoms create a safe non-intimidating environment where kids can watch themselves swim. They learn faster in a safer environment. Parents can observe their child’s lesson on big screen TVs while they relax in our bright and cheery lounge,” she said.
Similar data collection is also offered in the land portion of The Labs so physical therapists, trainers and coaches can analyze their clients’ movements in order to enhance performance and prevent injuries.
“We train whole teams of all ages here in a variety of sports from football, to track, lacrosse, hockey, wrestling and more,” Tobiason said. “We also offer general fitness classes that are heart rate-based. We have ten big screens on the wall that are measuring clients’ heart rates while they work out on the fitness floor.”
In addition, The Labs offers a speed and agility track, a 20-station cycling space, a lap training pool, an Olympic lifting area and a custom fitness rig featuring a monkey bars-like construction which people can use to traverse above the entire fitness floor.
Pure Barre Naperville offers workouts inspired by Pilates, yoga and ballet. Utilizing the ballet barre to perform small, isometric movements, Purre Barre workouts burn fat, sculpt muscles and create long, lean physiques, according to Christine Carney, owner of the Naperville studio.
“I believe that everyone is capable of rocking our classes. No dance experience is required. As long as you can hold a ballet barre, you can do Pure Barre,” she said.
Started in Michigan in 2001 by dancer, choreographer and fitness guru Carrie Rezabek Dorr, Pure Barre now has over 400 studios throughout the United States and Canada.
“Pure Barre is not about getting skinny. It is about toning, lengthening, getting stronger and feeling better about yourself,” Carney explained.
During a 55-minute class, Pure Barre participants achieve a full-body workout concentrating on the areas women struggle with the most: hips, thighs, seat, abdominals and arms. The Pure Barre technique is low impact and protects your joints by avoiding any bouncing or jumping. Each strength section of the workout is followed by a stretching section in order to create long, lean muscles without bulk. Most clients see results in just 10 classes. The only equipment involved is the barre, small balls, weights and a low platform, depending on the class.
The concentration required also allows participants to block “life” out for the hour, creating mental benefits similar to those achieved during yoga or meditation.
“Pure Barre is about more than a workout. It is about creating community. Women of all ages make meaningful friendships here while getting fit. They come early and stay late in order to connect with one another and enjoy special events like “Mimosas and Muffin” on weekends and our ‘Wine Down Wednesdays’. We even have new Naperville residents who have joined so that they can meet people in their new community,” Carney said.
Memberships (which allow unlimited classes) are offered for $139 per month and pay-as-you-go options are also available. New clients get their first month of unlimited classes for $99. In addition to classes, Pure Barre also offers DVDs, equipment and exercise apparel.