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The Sky's the Limit At Sky Fitness

By Pamela Sosnowski

When Highland Park Hospital Health and Fitness closed in 2011, it left a void for fitness in the Buffalo Grove area until Sky Fitness took the bankrupt company over the following year. Now the gym is back bigger and stronger than before, offering a variety of group classes from MOSSA body training to aquatic therapy.

"The inspiration behind Sky Fitness was to bring back what was previously recognized as the finest health club in the region back to its glory days at a value price point," executive director Larry Heller said. "We are an all-inclusive facility and all our yoga and group exercise classes are included in our value driven membership dues."

The gym was voted best fitness facility in the region in 2016, winning the Best of the Buffalo Grove award with good reason: it offers many amenities including two yoga studios, a cycling studio, an indoor golf facility, a spa featuring massage therapy, and more. The facility encompasses 65,000 square feet and is stocked with the latest state-of-the-art exercise equipment. After a workout, members can relax in the jacuzzi, eucalyptus steam room, or sauna and enjoy a snack in the lounge area.

One of Sky Fitness' unique offerings is the MOSSA body training system, a program of several nationally choreographed group exercise classes that target every part of the body. These include Group Blast, an hour-long cardio burning session, Group Core, which strengthens abs and back muscles in 30 minutes, and Group Fight, a boxing-inspired class. Other classes in the MOSSA program incorporate barbells, yoga, and Pilates for a well-rounded fitness regimen.

The gym also specializes in MoveStrong functional training, a personal favorite of Heller.

"MoveStrong is a HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) class that uses specialty equipment such as a tire flip, rock climbing wall, high tech jungle gym, battle ropes, rowers, assault bikes and more in a rotation that is supervised by a personal trainer," he said. "This 60 minute format has a warm-up and cool down that sandwich 60 minutes of using every muscle group in the body."

Several yoga classes are taught at Sky Fitness, including hot yoga, vinyasa flow, kundalini, and chair yoga. Aerial yoga is also available, where students defy gravity with fabric slings suspended from the ceiling that help align the spine and balance the body. The health club has also begun offering 200-hour yoga teacher training taught by four highly experienced yoga instructors.

For golfing enthusiasts, the gym partnered with the Chicago School of Golf to bring members Sky Golf, an innovative indoor golf facility with lessons taught by a PGA professional. Sky Golf also features a Trackman Simulator to help improve one's swing and maintain skills year-round, even during snowy Chicago winters.

Sky Fitness offers all new members a free three-day pass so they can get a taste for everything the gym has to offer. Monthly individual memberships start at $76 monthly, and new members enjoy several perks for a limited time including a free personal training session, a free massage, and free babysitting services during the first month. Coming in 2018 is a rooftop pool and clubhouse, proving that at this gym, the sky is indeed the limit.

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