Category Archives: Fitness

Farrells eXtreme Bodyshaping Chicago Spring Session

Our friends over at Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping just uploaded a couple videos!
So for those of you wanting to know what it’s all about,  here you go!

Video  #1       and  Video/Testimonials

They had a promotion on GILT last week  for the upcoming 7:30pm classes……and it is a great deal!
I am told there are still a still a few spots left. MENTION THIS SITE.

This 10 week class will set your metabolism on fire! And melt inches off your body.

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Farrells Chicago, A New Way To Work Out That Body

OK, I know you have a gym membership. 

How long have you been going?

Are you stuck in rut, doing the same routine?

Have you hit a plateau?

Maybe it’s time shake your body up!

My partner and I discovered Farrell’s eXtreme Body Shaping this Winter. We joined the first 10 week session to officially launch in Chicago, in January.

We are in Week 7, and both have seen great results, and plan to continue on with the program this Spring. We have both seen our body fat drop and our muscle mass grow. But everyone has different goals.

OPEN REGISTRATION IS STARTING NOW for the next Session which Begins in April

Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping is a results based fitness program for
participants of any age, lifestyle, sex or athletic ability
. The program
was developed by Lance Farrell — a long-time taekwondo competitor and
teacher — specifically to combat obesity and to help people develop
healthy lifestyle habits by incorporating the fat-burning, strengthening
and endurance building aspects of competitive martial arts training
into a course for regular people who aren’t interested in sparring or
contact drills.

In 45 minutes a day, six days a week, (yes!  6 days  a week!)   Farrell’s can help you make
real changes in your fitness and overall health. Results are typical
with the Farrell’s program. In 10 weeks with Farrell’s, you will see the
eXtreme changes you expect out of your fitness and nutrition

The local owner and instructor Jason does an awesome job. He first went through the Farrell’s program in Iowa. Went on to become an instructor, then moved to Chicago last year to open this location.

The Farrell’s program combines four essential elements needed to make eXtreme changes in your bodyshape:

“Our mission is simple: We want to inspire you to live your life with power and purpose.

We are in business to help our members transform their lives —we have
helped over 30,000 people (and counting!), and we are ready to help you

FARRELL’S eXtreme Body Shaping

If you show up to class and follow the plan, YOU WILL SEE RESULTS!
Guaranteed – or your money back.

Don’t miss the next session of classes – and get a banging beach body NOW!

Farrell’s eXtreme Body Shaping
821 W. Blackhawk        Off Halsted,     S. of North Ave.



World Gym – Voted #1 in Chicago! Try it Now For Free and Sign up For Deals

Are you looking for the best gym
in the Lakeview/Uptown area? 

WORLD GYM!  at Montrose and Sheridan.

And there is no better time than  NOW to try them!  FREE  DAY  PASSES  available Now thru Oct. 19th to give them a try!

Memberships as low as $19!

  • The very best cardio fat burning equipment available

  • Plenty of equipment available even at peak hours.

  • Updating new equipment all the time. 

  • A superior selection of free weights that will impress even the accomplished athlete

  • Wide variety of free heart-pumping aerobic classes

  • Free steam, sauna, and tanning rooms for your relaxation

  • Experienced, caring fitness instructors

  • Pro Shop, Juice Bar, Nutrition Center

  • Attended Kiddie Corral, so you can bring the kids and still get a great work out

  •  They give the most for the best price in town.

    And on Oct. 19th    They are hosting an OPEN HOUSE.

    -No enrollment fees
    -Sweet deals
    -Food and cocktails
    -Free Fitness Assessments

    Stop in and tell them you saw it here!

    World Gym Chicago  909 W. Montrose   773-348-1212


    Gay Softball World Series Summer Kickoff Party June 29

    The 35th annual NAGAAA
    Gay Softball World Series (GSWS)
     is almost here!
    From August 29 – September 3, more than 165 teams, from over 40 cities across North America, will descend upon the Windy City to play more than 500 games, making the GSWS the largest annual LGBT sporting event in the world!
    Join them @ Sidetrack on June 29 at 6:00pm for our Summer Kickoff Party, where if you register to volunteer for the Series, you can win FABULOUS prizes that night!  There is no cover charge for this event.
    ·       Grand Prize: “Priscilla Queen of the Desert” NYC Getaway Weekend for two!  Airfare, two-night hotel stay at the luxurious Benjamin Hotel and tickets to the Rokk Vodka-sponsored Broadway smash hit Priscilla Queen of the Desert!
    ·       Buddy Scooter from Scooterworks
    ·       Miller/Coors Bicycle
    ·       (2) VIP Suite Tickets to Melissa Etheridge
    ·       $100 Sir Spa Massage Gift Cards
    To enter the drawing, simply register to volunteer during the Chicago GSWS.  We have numerous volunteer needs both leading into and during the week of the Series.  From registering athletes to providing information at the host hotels to assisting at the fields, there is an opportunity for everyone. 

    Can’t make the Sidetrack event?  Visit the Series website at Chicagoseries2011 to learn more and to sign up to volunteer.
    Series 2011 – Participate.  Donate.  Volunteer.  Find them on FACEBOOK.


    Best Bike Tours in Chicago! Bobbys Bike Hike


    Since the advent of the bicycle in the 1860s, Chicago has been distinguished as one of the premier cycling locations in the United States, with such public cycling destinations as Grant Park, Burnham Park and the Chicago Park District’s Lakefront Trail.

    Chicago has been  named a cycling capital of the United States by several magazines. The City of Chicago has achieved this goal by investing in bicycling infrastructure and promoting education, awareness and advocacy.


    Bicycles arrived in Chicago in the 1860s. By 1900, there were 54 bicycle clubs with more than 10,000 members, and it has been growing every year.


    Mayor Richard J. Daley, was a huge supporter of bicycling. When he was inaugurated, the city had a limited number of bike paths. By the 1970s, Daley’s administration had built a large network of lakefront bike paths, bicycle lanes on the road, a 34-mile (55 km) bicycle route and rush-hour bicycle lanes on Clark Street and Dearborn Street.

    Chicago currently has more than 110 miles of on-street bike lanes, more than 30 miles of marked shared lanes, many miles of off-street paths (including the 18.5-mile Lakefront Trail), more than 12,000 bike racks, and sheltered, high-capacity, bike parking areas at many CTA rail stations. Daley has said, “My goal is to make the City of Chicago the most bicycle-friendly city in the U.S.”

    Since the summer of 2002,
    Bobby’s Bike Hike has offered a unique perspective on the sights and attractions of Chicago, incorporating quality information, group interaction, and most of all, fun.

    “We provide you a cool, cruiser style bicycle and riders of all ages and fitness levels will find our relaxed-pace tours enjoyable. Bobby’s hand-selected guides make brief stops at Chicago’s most popular sights, providing light-hearted commentary that will keep you entertained and “in the know.”

    Whether you live here – or are visiting, Bobbys tours offer something for everyone.

    Lakefront Neighborhood tours

     Rated the best Chicago sightseeing tour of 2010 by Tripadvisor, Most organized bike ride of Chicago by the Chicago Reader, and Best Chicago Tour by Citysearch! This tour is what made Bobby famous, taking you off the tourist beat and onto the quiet neighborhood streets, city parks, and packed beaches of the North Side of Chicago, giving you a glimpse as to how Chicagoans enjoy their beautiful city. Highlights include the Gold Coast Mansions, Oprah’s House, the Playboy Mansion, Lincoln Park Zoo, Old Town Historic District, North Avenue Beach, and the Lakefront. 
     City Lights at Night –   Bike through Chicago’s most attractive hotspots at night! Like a party on wheels, we’ll cruise through downtown to see brand new Millennium Park, Museum Campus, and Buckingham Fountain, with its world-renowned light show. You’ll see our favorite jaw-dropping vantage points of the scintillating skyline.

    And NEW THIS YEAR – the  Bikes, Bites  Brew  tour – Working up an appetite won’t be a problem on this tour! We’ll be sampling from each of Chicago’s four favorite food groups — pizza, hot dogs, cupcakes and beer. You’ll learn the history behind the foods and also get a taste for some of Chicago’s most popular neighborhoods as we cruise through Wrigleyville, Gold Coast, Old Town, Lakeview and Lincoln Park.

    Bobby’s Bike Hike continues to set the standard in sightseeing bicycle tours of Chicago.
    So come join in the fun – Bobby’s will  be the highlight of your day!

    Bobbys Bike Hike    (312) 915-0995


    Spring into Fitness with Deals at World Gym Chicago


    Only  $1  to enroll for
                  ALL  NEW  MEMBERS

    Half off memberships

    Free months for members who renew

    APRIL 6th – One Day Only    

    Personal Training Discounts –  Food and Cocktails –

    Free Tanning for a year   and   $2 off all Smoothies!

    World Gym  Chicago   909 W Montrose St    @ Sheridan    Chicago, Illinois 60613


    Eat Right Get Fit with the Trainers from World Gym Chicago

    Many gay men are obsessed with their body image.

    American men spend over-

    •$4 billion a year on exercise equipment and health club memberships
    •$3 billion on grooming aids and fragrances
    •$800 million on hair transplants

    •$1 BILLION on male cosmetic surgery procedures, procedures such as pectoral implants, chin surgery, and penis enlargement and procedures such as liposuction and rhinoplasty (nose jobs).

    A Playgirl centerfold model of 1976 would need to shed 12 lbs of fat and gain 27 lbs of muscle to be a centerfold of today!   OK- we get –  many of us are obsessed!

    But if you have a desire for a great body –  what are you doing about it? And do you know what you are doing?

    Are you eating sensible and healthy??

    I can’t tell you how many guys I see at the gym, spending as much as 2 hours a pop working out –  then eating garbage food.

    Or my favorite, the guy who is on a treadmill with his coffee in one hand and his cell phone in the other!

    You have to eat right. It’s about learning to control caloric intake throughout the year, in addition to working out. It is a lifestyle adaption, and many people don’t follow through or don’t  have the knowledge to make the right decisions.

    We could write pages and pages of nutritional tips – and that’s what well do in coming months, so this is just the tip of the iceberg. Some of the trainers at World Gym of Chicago  on Montrose shared their thoughts and expertise and a few tips.

    I like World Gym because of its comfortable atmosphere. The owner says, “World Gym is not a “health club”, but a gym dedicated to the improvement and maintenance of our members’ health and fitness.

    Our philosophy is not to enroll hundreds of new members, induced to sign up by an endless string of “special offers”…but to build a strong base of loyal members and work hard to earn that loyalty in continuum. We have found that this philosophy has created an environment where men and women of all ages, from the “just getting started” to the “top athlete,” all exercise in a comfortable, non-frantic atmosphere. We are a result producing, not stress producing, gym.”

          So here we go –  5 quick tips and pointers –

    BASIC RULE #1: Our body weight is determined by the amount of energy that we take in as food and the amount of energy we expend in the activities of our day.

    In basic terms, you can not eat more than you expend.  OR you must burn more than eat.  And you have to make healthy choices when you eat. You can’t consume buckets of sugar and fat and expect to get lean and build muscle.

    When it comes to Protein;  Drink whey protein 20 minutes before a meal. The Minnesota Applied Research Center in Minneapolis found that the protein consumption caused a much greater loss in body fat than the placebo. The whey protein maintains blood sugar levels, which decreases appetite. And, the protein provides the building blocks your body needs to recover from your exercise program.

    You can have TOO MUCH protein. The next time you urinate, take a gander into the toilet bowl. I’m serious.
    Now tell me if your urine is bubbly and has a frothy consistency. Like beer.

    If you’ve been supplementing your diet with protein in line with a bodybuilding routine, I’m going to bet you that chances are, you have bubbly urine. Now what does bubbly urine imply? proteinuria.

    Proteinuria is a medical condition whereby too much protein is ingested for the body to utilize. The kidneys then work overtime to filter out this excess protein, and out it goes through your urine. Excess protein = bubbly urine.

    2. Go nutty for nuts. Nuts are high in calories and fat – so it might seem strange that they’re a great weight release food. But they are. Researchers from Purdue University found that nuts are high in nutrients and antioxidants, that they help prevent degenerative diseases and that they are linked to reduced body fat. Nuts prevent hunger (consume a handful before going out to eat!), and they take a long time – and lots of energy – to digest. This research is providing new support for the caveman diet – which holds that we should eat nuts, berries, vegetables, lean meats, etc. – just like our ancestors.

    3. Green tea is a fat loss miracle. Research from Maastricht University in Holland is making me a green tea believer. Green tea promotes weight release, weight maintenance, improved blood sugar regulation and even decreases abdominal fat! Of course, green tea doesn’t do it alone – you need to combine it with a comprehensive exercise and nutrition program.

     4. SUGAR. Eat foods that are low on the gylcemic index. The glycemic index  measures how fast certain foods increase blood sugars. Foods like white bread are very high on the index, and foods like whole grains are ranked much lower. Those foods that are high on the index seem to trigger fat storage – though researchers aren’t quite sure why. Here’s a list of how some of the most common foods rank .

    5. SLEEP. Poor sleep = increased abdominal fat. Researchers from Wake Forest embarked on a multi-year study and found that too little – or too much – sleep led to increased risk of obesity and abdominal fat. 6 – 7 hours a night was found to be ideal.

    THANKS  to the trainers  at
    World Gym of Chicago

    With 7 locations!

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    World Gym Uptown – Ranked Best Gym in North Chicago

    The Number One
    New Year’s Resolution….

    lose weight and/or
    get body in better shape!

    Ok, it’s February. 
    What have you done about it?

    There is no excuse. If you don’t belong to gym or are considering changing gyms, NOW IS THE TIME.

    This is the BEST promotion for fitness you will find in Chicago!

    Wednesday February 9th.
    Fitness Party Promotion  @  World Gym in Uptown
    909 W. Montrose    773-348-1212
    5am – 11pm (so don’t say you have to work, and can’t make it!)

    World Gym is not a health club, but a gym dedicated to the improvement and maintenance of our members’ health and fitness.

    “Our philosophy is not to enroll hundreds of new members, induced to sign up by an endless string of “special offers”…but to build a strong base of loyal members and work hard to earn that loyalty in continuum,” says Al, who opened this gym in 1992, but has been in the business a LIFETIME!

    “We have found that this philosophy has created an environment where men and women of all ages, from the “just getting started” to the “top athlete,” all exercise in a comfortable, non-frantic atmosphere. We are a result producing, not stress producing, gym.”

    World Gym has been voted one of the BEST GYMS IN CHICAGO!  and THE BEST GYM IN NORTH CHICAGO. I have been a member at World Gym for about 8 years now. I can honestly say, it is super clean and constantly updated with the newest equipment and free classes that are always changing and evolving.

    On Wednesday February 9th, ALL DAY, World Gym is offering unbeatable promotions!

    * 50% OFF on new enrollments, if you mention this article

    * 50% OFF memberships, if you mention this article

    * Complimentary food, cocktails, and nutritional supplements

    So if you have been thinking about a new gym or maybe you just moved here, WORLD GYM has the best facilities, the best prices, and the best perks in Chicago!

    Make sure you tell them we sent you!

    And watch for   FITNESS TIPS  coming soon from the trainers of World Gym !

    Best Gay