Latest News Around the Clubs

Partner Up for Results: Partner Personal Training

10% off packages of 12 sessions or more. Free 30-minute workout.

Stay motivated longer, have fun exercising with a partner and save some money! Combine the accountability factor, cost-saving benefit and personalization of personal training with partner training. Grab a friend or co-worker and get more out of your workout. Remember- laughing burns calories too.

Special offer:10% off partner personal training packages of 12 sessions or higher. To sign up for your complimentary trial session, contact Master Personal Trainer Jennifer Dahl at or Personal Trainer Kervin Collier at

Celebrate Heart Month with the 353 Fitness Center’s Group Fitness Classes!

February is American Heart Month. Celebrate with the 353 Fitness Center’s Group Fitness Program. Regular class offerings, including Cardio Mix, Cycle Cross, Spinning and WERQ, are sure to give your heart a great workout. Read on for more information about our Valentine’s Day Spinning classes on Wednesdays, February 11 and 18, 2015 and My Sweaty Valentine, offered from Friday, February 13 to Friday, February 20, 2014. Contact Club Manager Jennifer Dahl at for more information.

Love Love/Hate Love? Spinning Classes

Wednesdays, February 11 and 18, 5:30-6:30pm. Free to 353 Fitness Center members.

Love it or loathe it, Valentine’s Day is around the corner and Jennifer Dahl has a playlist you are sure to fall in love with. Join her on Wednesday, February 11, for “Love Is in the Air” playlist and/or Wednesday, February 18 for a “Love Stinks” playlist. Raise your heart rate, burn serious calories and enjoy the music! For more information, contact Jennifer Dahl at

My Sweaty Valentine. Bring a Guest for free!

Friday, February 13 – Friday, February 20, 2014. Free 3-day trials for guests of 353 members.

Be our Valentine and bring your friend/co-worker to the club for a free workout! Bring as many guests as you like between Friday February 13 and 20 and get a $25.00 gift certificate if they join! For more information, please contact Jennifer Dahl at

Free Blood Pressure Screenings

Mondays, 3-4 pm. Thursdays, 8-9 am. Free to all 353 N Clark tenants.

February marks American Heart Month. Check in with your heart’s health at the 353 Fitness Center. Free blood pressure screenings will be offered every Monday, 4- 5 pm and Thursday, 8- 9 am. For other times, please contact 353 Fitness Center Club Manager Jennifer Dahl at to schedule your screening.

Complimentary Back Pain Prevention Workshop

Wednesday, February 18, 1-2 pm. Free to all 353 N Clark tenants.

Back pain? Lack of flexibility or core strength? Change that FAST! Experts agree hip mobility and a strong core are key to a healthy back. Attend an interactive workshop, provided by Arrosti Rehab Centers to learn proven, low-impact exercises to build a pain-proof back. This seminar will be offered on Wednesday, February 18, 1-2 pm, in the 353 Fitness Center group fitness studio. Open to all ages and fitness levels. Exercise clothing is recommended, as you will be moving. Non-members welcome!

Sign up online at: Please contact Jennifer Dahl at for more information.

We Want You: Intermediate Boot Camp

Thursdays, 5:15-6 pm (Starting February 19)*. Available to all 353 N Clark

4 sessions/$120 for members. Non-member pricing available.

Free session Thursday, February 12, 5:15-6 pm

Looking to spice up your strength training routine? Training for a half marathon/marathon/obstacle race? Take your fitness to the next level with a Boot Camp! Get ready to master new exercises and unveil a whole new you! Exercises involve intermediate to advanced movements. Competency in the following exercises will be helpful: squats, lunges, bent over rows, shoulder presses, push-ups and planks. Prior experience in weight training is highly recommended before participating in this class

Try it once, on us: To kick off the program, the 353 Fitness Center will offer a complimentary Boot Camp session on Thursday, February 12, from 5:15- 6 pm.

*A minimum of 4 participants is required.


Keep Your Heart Healthy This Valentine’s

Heart-health-month-best-chicago-gym-club-studioThis Valentine’s Day, as we celebrate American Heart Month, we want you to think beyond the heart-shaped boxes filled with delectable chocolatey candy treats, over-sized stuffed creatures, and whether or not you have a date (Chicago does seem to have some great singles events on the calendar)…

According to the National Health Institute, coronary heart disease is the number one killer of men and women in the U.S. But that’s not meant to bring you down! We want you to be your healthiest and happiest, not just for Cupid’s Day, but every day, so we’ve compiled some tips. Please take them to heart…

Try these tips from the American Heart Association to stay heart healthy by managing stress:

    • Get physical – That’s right. The leading authority on heart health says to get to the gym. Better do it! We know of a good one if you need some ideas…
    • Let go of bad habits – From smoking to over worrying, there’s no time like the present to start fresh.
    • Slow down – Life ain’t a track meet. It’s a marathon. Pace, don’t race.
    • Laugh - Check out Second City. Watch a funny movie. Push someone down (just kidding… but I’ll bet that made you laugh).
    • Sleep - No brainer. Make the time.
    • Get organized – Declutter your mind by cleaning out your inbox, your closet, your fridge. Whatever keeps you up at night.
    • Relax - Deep breaths, my friend. Let go of what you can’t change. It will all be OK in the end. If it’s not OK, it’s not the end.
    • Find pleasure in your everyday life – The sun. White snow. Your family. That donut… Just kidding again!



Get fit. Union Station Fitness Director, Josh, knows how important this tip is. The heart is a muscle, so it needs to be worked like the rest of them! Cardio, strength training and stretching all improve heart health by lowering blood pressure and stress, and revving up feel-good hormones, helping keep your mood light and your mind clear:

  • Cardio - Walk on the treadmill at an incline if you’re new to exercising, or take it a step further by joining a running club or Spin class
  • Strength - Basic sit-ups, push-ups and body-weight squats are good for beginners, but you can kick it up a notch with a HIIT class or boot camp
  • Stretch: If you’re not Gumby, get in the habit of stretching in the morning or before bed. When you’re comfortable, take up a yoga or Pilates class (which have benefits all their own!)

Yoga and Pilates are good for your body, mind and spirit by helping you gain balance and focus.

    • You’ll live longer – Standing on your head reverses blood flow to the brain, giving you a boost while restoring energy to keep you young!
    • Your risk for diseases (like heart!) decrease – Meditating, focusing on your breath, staying in the moment, all help to relieve stress. Let it all go!
    • Bye bye back pain – Stretching and strengthening your back muscles help to keep you upright with no tweaks. (Listen to your body in class, and don’t overdo if you’re not comfortable)
    • Be happy – Practicing yoga releases serotonin, the “happy” hormone, which also regulates appetite, mood and sleep.
    • Let if flow - Circulation and respiration both improve as you learn to lower your respiratory rate. Better oxygen and blood flow means happy, healthy organs.
    • Yeah baby! – Women who stay fit throughout pregnancy tend to have leaner, healthier, calmer babies.



You might plan to spend the day with your two greatest loves: and one of them will be food. Registered dietitian, Jessica, suggests sticking to the following to keep your ticker in tip-top shape!

  • Salmon - Salmon contains EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids. Eat two servings a week to reap the benefits of lower blood pressure and triglyceride levels.
  • Nuts - In addition to protein, the unsaturated fats found in tree nuts lower the bad cholesterol while boosting the good. An ounce of nuts a day helps relax blood vessels and ease blood flow.
  • Apples - An apple a day keeps the doctor, and heart disease, away! The soluble fiber lowers bad cholesterol.
  • Beans - Besides protein, beans pack a punch in folate, which reduces risk of heart disease.
  • Dark chocolate – Yay chocolate! The flavonoids found in cacao contain magnesium, which is essential for normal heart function.
  • Superstitious? Kick your Valentine’s night into high gear with Maca root, honey, avocado, curry, ginger and parsley! Ask Jessica why at

Just because you can have chocolate doesn’t mean you should go overboard… Remember, everything in moderation! Check out Registered Dietitian, Carla’s, nutrition blog for more heart-healthy tips!
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