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  • “When clients step foot in the door, they feel a sense of belonging and a part of a community where they will continuously feel supported to achieve their fitness goals.” Read the entire article here:

     

    Meet Jennifer Knuth of FITT-RX in Elmhurst

     

     

     
  • I have always had an on and off relationship with physical fitness.  Growing up the oldest of 6 kids, running used to be my escape. It was either run, or fight about which Barbie I wanted to play with or about who what wearing the sweater I wanted to wear. I would get my cassette tape Walkman (I am that old!) and I would run to mix tapes I made, or U2’s Achtung Baby, or Bruce Springsteen.  Over the years, I switched from running to the elliptical, to weight lifting, to yoga, I constantly needed a change if I was going to stay interested.  When I was pregnant with my boys  I did a lot of Pilates and yoga mostly – I grew to love yoga with a real passion, so for a while that was all I did.

    When I first moved the Elmhurst,  I spent the first few months, either driving to Schaumburg to try to get a class in or work out with Aleks, who was my personal trainer pre-move, or I would just do nothing.  I tried going to a regular gym with treadmills and weights, but I didn’t know how to challenge myself and I got bored quickly.   Then I was introduced to FITT by this amazing group of 1st grade moms, who knew everything and everywhere to go in Elmhurst.   I was excited about the prospect of going somewhere in my neighborhood, but I was a little nervous about, well, everything.  All of my insecurities basically came out at once: it’s a new place, I don’t know anyone, I am not thin enough, I am not strong enough, I haven’t worked out like this in a long time, I’ll probably make a fool of myself.   Eventually I just had to say to myself,  stop over analyzing this and  go take a class!

    My first class was a Wednesday night TRX class and it was full.  To be honest, I didn’t know what TRX was or what I had gotten myself into.  I found a spot and waited for the class to get started.  Guess what?  It was ok, that I didn’t know what I was doing, because the instructor actually helped me  with everything and made me feel totally comfortable.   It was one of the best workouts I had done in forever.  I instantly became hooked.

    Beyond just being hooked on the workouts, I loved the culture. It’s welcoming to all.  The thing about FITT-RX is that you don’t have to be super thin, you don’t have to be the strongest, you don’t have to be the best – you just to have to be you, and do your own personal best.  Fitness comes in all shapes and sizes, it comes at all levels for both men and women.  Whether it’s your first day or your 100th day, everyone goes in there with the same goal, to be healthy, to be fit and be strong. Everyone works at their own pace, there are modifications for exercises if you need it.  You will never do the same workout twice. In addition to regular classes there, I also personal train with Amy.  She listened to what I wanted to get out of my workouts, and she helps me work towards those goals in every session.  I may not always love everything she has me do, but I do know that its forcing change and making  me stronger and I appreciate that.

    My favorite thing about FITT-RX though are the people that work there.  I love how supportive they are of each other, and of the environment they create.  I love that they take each-others classes, and that they are always pushing themselves and not giving up on their own goals.  They support other local businesses, and take part in charity together.  They make each other laugh, and have a good time – all while making sure that each person that attends their classes are getting a great work out. I used to compare myself to others, could my stomach be flatter, or my legs be smaller, etc. but I realized over time that kind of thinking can be so negative and unproductive.  Now I look at these beautiful, strong women and I think I want to squat as low as Amy does, or lift a heavy as Jen does, run as quick as Jill, be as determined as Antonette, be as strong as Carrie.  Will I be able to do all of those things?  Maybe, maybe not – but seeing it inspires me to try!  I think after 2 1/2 years going there, I feel stronger and healthier than ever.   These work outs have even helped my yoga practice as I can hold positions longer, or move to the next level, which makes me so proud of myself!  But the best news is – my relationship with fitness is no longer on and off.  It’s on.  It’s a huge part of my life and I am grateful every day for it, and for FITT-RX. 

    Christina M., Elmhurst

     

     
  • On my last vacation I voluntarily worked out twice (on a boat none the less) but I also wore a bikini for the first time in over 10 years! I thank FITT-RX for the great results and the desire to do my best (even when the instructors are not around:)) Thank you for all you do – you always make me work to my limit and I keep coming back for more!! I am a FITT-RXer for life!!
    ~Michelle M.

     
  • I have lived by the statement, “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard” for as long as I can remember. However, it wasn’t until I started training at FITT-Rx that I realized what I could really do and what hard work actually meant. Being a Division 1 athlete, I thought I could pretty much do anything. But it was clear after only a few classes at FITT-RX that I had a long way to go. Over the summer, I started taking personal training to help prepare me for my upcoming season. Every day I felt myself getting stronger, more toned and faster.The trainers there pushed me to limits that I didn’t think I would ever reach. And it translated into how I played on the field. I had high goals set for myself, and without the trainers at FITT-RX, I’m not sure if I would have ever reached those goals. Being back at school, I still keep in contact with the trainers at FittRx because I know that through their workouts, I am giving myself the best possible advantage to keep making strides and reach the next level of my game. I have so much more confidence in the way I look and play after training at FITT-RX, and I honestly cannot wait to go back home to train there again.
    ~Alyssa, Elmhurst, IL