Whether you’re a late-night gym rat looking a great new facility or thinking of taking up a new hobby, there are exciting activities here for everyone

CHICAGO, IL, January 20, 2018 /24-7PressRelease/ — Everyone knows staying committed to New Year’s resolutions can be tough, especially health and fitness resolutions. The secret is to set realistic and specific goals and to not get discouraged when you don’t see overnight results. Another secret is to make it fun!

Duka Dabovic, of the Albany Park Chamber of Commerce, recommends that you “set yourself up for success with offerings and expert advice from businesses all conveniently located in the Albany Park and Irving Park neighborhoods.” Whether you’re a late-night gym rat looking a great new facility or thinking of taking up a new hobby, there are exciting activities here for everyone.

You set a goal, but do you need professional help for proper techniques and movements? A personal trainer provides support and motivation to help you get started and stay on track. “We’re the perfect place to start,” says DMSfit owner, David Sandoval. “There is so much information out there that it can be overwhelming. We make it more manageable.” DMSfit tailors each workout specifically to each client’s body for maximum results. Throughout the rest of January, the personal training studio is offering $100 off the 45 and 60 minute one-on-one training packages. Learn about the trainers and sign up for a free consultation and workout online.
3136 W. Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60618; 773-531-2288

Hybrid Strength Athletics
Hybrid Strength Athletics is a small, family-owned hybrid gym offering equipment for any powerlifter, Olympic weightlifter, bodybuilder, cross-trainer, or the average fitness athlete looking to get in shape. Open 24/7, the open gym format allows members to fit in a workout at any time of the day, making it easier to stick to your resolution! The gym also offers a 12-Week PowerBuilding Program. This 4 days per week program includes a combination of Powerlifting Movements and Bodybuilding Hypertrophy to increase your squat, bench and deadlift for just $75 for the entire 12 weeks! Learn more about the program and membership rates online.
4353 N. Mozart St, Chicago, IL 60618; 312-478-1989

Shizen Academy of Martial Arts
Get off the couch and put some pep back in your step at Shizen Academy of Martial Arts. Practicing martial arts has many benefits, including increased flexibility, strength, coordination, stability and mental concentration. “Whether you are new to martial arts or a seasoned practitioner, you’ll find our instructors provide balanced instruction and solid programs that teach self-defense, increase awareness and maintain a high level of physical fitness,” said Mark Hale, Lead Instructor at Shizen Academy. Learn more and sign up for classes online.
5062 N. Kimball Ave, Chicago, IL 60625; 872-216-0767

Ultimate Ninjas
Mix up your routine with a cardio blasting session at Ultimate Ninjas. Inspired by NBC’s hit TV show American Ninja Warrior, Ultimate Ninjas offers kids and adult classes featuring a wide variety of obstacle courses modeled after the ones in the show. “Having fun instead of following the same routine makes working out more enjoyable and sets you up for success,” says Ultimate Ninjas owner and trainer, Jeff Piejak. While the kids play, parents can partake in ultiFit, the adult fitness program which has a handful of New Year’s specials like the “Push for Progress”, 6 weeks of unlimited training, for $139. Additionally, when parents sign their kids up for the Ultimate Ninjas monthly classes, they get the ultiFIT program at 35% off for a total of $89/month! Learn more about the classes, specials and sign up online.
2915 W. Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60618; 773-877-3524

Dovetail Studios
A modern fitness and dance studio, Dovetail Studios presents the perfect way for the whole family to accomplish their health goals. “We offer a family-centric program so kids and adults can enjoy dance together,” said Dovetail co-owner, Joanna Read. Round up your family members for a cardio blast with ballet, tap, modern and hip-hop dance classes. The studio also offers nine different exercise classes, including yoga, strength, pilates, cardio and boot camp, for adults only. Register for classes online.
2853 W. Montrose Avenue, Chicago IL 60618; 872-208-6169

Le Ballet Petit School of Dance
Dancing isn’t just a fun activity, it’s a serious whole-body workout; a 30-minute dance class, burning between 130 and 250 calories, that is about the same as jogging for 30 minutes. Le Ballet Petit School of Dance offers classes for dancers of all ages and talent levels–and much more than ballet. Get your groove on and shake off the holiday weight in classes like Ballet, Jazz, Hip-Hop and Lyrical & Contemporary. Don’t forget about recovery! Give muscles some R&R with Yoga and Stretch & Strength classes. Sign up for a class online.
4630 N. Francisco Ave, Chicago, IL 60625; 773-463-3385

Sway Dance Chicago
If your New Year’s resolution to learn a new skill, sashay your way to a healthier lifestyle with lessons in ballroom and Latin dancing at Sway Dance Chicago. More than just a fun way to stay in shape, it’s a great way to meet new people and challenge your body and mind in exciting ways. Sign up for classes online.
3317 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL 60618; 773-772-6204

Rec Centers
Galter LifeCenter
As Illinois’ first and Chicago’s only certified medical fitness facility, Galter LifeCenter’s services go beyond those of a traditional fitness center. In addition to focusing on physical fitness, the center promotes medical fitness to ensure clients look and feel their best. “Being a medical fitness facility lets us offer something for everyone, from aquatics classes for moms and toddlers to rehab-like classes for people who finished physical therapy and everything in between,” said Jennifer McBride, Business Development Director. With the help of Galter LifeCenter’s CPR/AED certified fitness professionals and its partners at Swedish Covenant Hospital, you can set goals, create your own personal fitness strategy and learn proper exercise techniques for living your healthiest life. Come in for a tour and get three free visits! Learn more online.
5157 N. Francisco Ave, Chicago, IL 60625; 773-878-9936

Horner Park Fieldhouse
At nearly 55 acres, Horner Park is one of the largest parks on Chicago’s northwest side, boasting nine softball fields, three senior baseball diamonds with night baseball on two diamonds, two football/soccer fields, four outdoor basketball standards, five tennis courts, a playground, a relaxing nature area and 13 picnic groves. The fieldhouse facility has a lot of indoor activities to enjoy and help individuals and families stay in shape. From basketball leagues to open gym hours, there is something for everyone. Learn more online and get a jump-start on spring registration!
2741 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago, IL 60618; 773- 478-3499

Irving Park YMCA
“Finding a good support system, and keeping your mind fresh will help you stay committed to New Year resolutions,” says Ron Anderson, Director of Member Experience at Irving Park YMCA. In addition to having a positive support system, the wide variety of classes–including boxing, cycling, Zumba, Les Mills BODYPUMP and more–offer a plethora of different activities guaranteed to keep you excited about working out. Stop by the Open House and Health and Fitness Fair from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, January 27 and try one of the classes! When you’re ready to sign up, the Member Referral Program saves you 20% on the monthly membership. Check out the full schedule and register online.
4251 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago, IL, 60641; 773-777-7500

McFetridge Sports Center
Re-center your mind, body and spirit and find balance with yoga! McFetridge Sports Center’s Yoga & Fitness Studio is offering a special deal–your first class for just $12! “As they say, variety is the spice of life! Throughout the week, blend challenging workouts with restful restorative yoga. Your body and mind will thank you for it,” says Hannah Morfogen, Yoga Program Coordinator. The studio offers a full schedule of adult yoga and fitness classes, Kids Yoga, Tween Yoga, Toddler Time Yoga and Family Yoga. The 8-week winter session starts January 22nd. Register online.
3843 N. California Ave Chicago, IL 60618; 773-478-2609

NEIU Campus Recreation
Northeastern Illinois University Campus Recreation offers community memberships to the general public, age 18+, in addition to students, staff members, faculty alumni and their spouses. “Now is the time to find a way to make regular physical exercise part of your weekly routine. Our fitness programs and services are designed to help you get and stay fit,” says Dave Merrill, Director of Campus Recreation. Hit the weights or the pool. Fitness membership includes open swim, learn-to-swim lessons, water polo club, underwater hockey, Women’s Only Hour and more. Don’t forget about mental health! Supplement workouts with yoga and yoga stretch classes. The Mind & Body specialty programs teach a variety of techniques to reduce stress, relax and improve fitness. Learn more online.
3600 W. Foster Ave, Chicago, IL 60625; 773-422-4135

Peterson Gymnastics Center (at North Park Village)
Is your child full of energy all day? Have they always wanted to try gymnastics? Now is the perfect time to try something new! Peterson Gymnastics Center’s state-of-the-art gymnasium offers quality instruction for beginners to advanced competitors year-round. View the schedule and sign up for classes online.
5801 N. Pulaski Rd., Chicago, IL 60611; 312-742-0490

Bikes N’ Roses
Bikes N’ Roses is a non-profit bike shop dedicated to Chicago’s youth. Their after-school workforce development program is a productive outlet for youth and teaches them repair skills as well as life skills, such as teamwork, accountability and hard work. In addition, the shop sells bikes, and for the month of January is offering a 40% discount on all 2017 bike models. Learn more and watch this video online.
4747 N. Sawyer, Chicago, IL 60625; 872-203-9019

Tailwind Cycles
Whether you’re a die-hard cycling lover who bikes year-round or a summer-time cycler only, the first step is making sure your gear is in top performing shape. Tailwind Cycles is a full-service bike shop located in Albany Park, offering in-shop and mobile bike repair, tune-ups, and bike fitting. Learn more online.
3140 W. Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60618; 773- 654-3419

North River Commission (3403 W. Lawrence Ave., Suite 201, Chicago, IL 60625; 773-478-0202) is the nonprofit community and economic development corporation for the northwest side of Chicago, from the Chicago River to Cicero and Addison to Devon. Founded in 1962 by concerned residents and neighborhood institutions, NRC unites more than 100 civic associations, businesses, schools, institutions and places of worship to improve the quality of life in the community by creating affordable housing, quality education, arts & cultural endeavors, open spaces, and thriving neighborhood businesses. North River Commission operates the Albany Park Chamber of Commerce as part of its economic development strategy. Learn more about the NRC at northrivercommission.org and follow their news on Twitter @NRCchicago and on Facebook.

The Albany Park Chamber of Commerce supports, advocates for and promotes its members and local businesses in the Albany Park, Irving Park, Mayfair, and North Park business districts. The Chamber provides resources that strengthen and physically improve area businesses. It attracts new businesses and investment to the community. It beautifies the commercial districts to further stimulate development and to enhance culture, dining, shopping and entertainment on Chicago’s northwest side. Learn more at albanyparkchamber.org and follow their news on Twitter @AlbanyPkChamber and on Facebook.

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