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FITBLOG: TIPS FOR GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR WORKOUT

Have you ever wondered what a machine was for, how to work a particular muscle group or what the best leg workout is? Check out our FitBlog for the most current trends in fitness, health and wellness, so you can get the most out of our workout!

FitNation Reopening in Phase 4

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We're happy to announce that starting Friday, June 26th we will re-open FitNation as we enter into Restore Illinois Phase 4. We will adhere to the guidelines under this phase as we re-open. Temporary Hours for June and July: In order to complete more frequent and deeper nightly cleaning to equipment and surfaces, the hours of operation are adjusted...
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HIIT FIT CHALLENGE – Start Your 2020 Resolution STRONG!

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Program designed by Personal Trainer, Kerry Quinn and FitNation Gurnee General Manager Chris Leathers. ​ Have you seen the PreCor Assault Bike at FitNation on Nations Drive? It can be yours! All you have to do is enter the HIIT FIT Challenge to be qualified to WIN! Both members and nonmembers of FitNation Gurnee are welcome to participate.&nbs...
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Do you have to make all Monday weigh-ins to be qualified to win? Or is it ok if one is missed for previous obligation?
Tuesday, January 21 2020, 8:57 am
Guest — Chris Leathers
Hi, thank you for your inquiry! You do not have to make all the weigh-ins. Really, you just have to weigh in twice. Once in the be... Read More
Tuesday, January 21 2020, 11:44 am
Guest — Cynthia
I'm trying to sign up but the link isn't working.
Friday, January 24 2020, 3:46 pm
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Biking My Way Through My Bucket List

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Blog Author: FitNation Gurnee Member, George Inman |  We met up with one of our members, George, who just completed his second cross-country bike tour. Learn more about George's travelling adventures, why he chooses to train at FitNation Gurnee and how he trains for such an amazing feat. "While I do bike often, I don't consider myself a c...
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Welcome FitNation Gurnee's NEW General Manager, Chris Leathers.

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With 15 years of experience in the fitness industry, Chris is highly motivated and excited to join the Gurnee Park District team. ​Check out his complete blog below!  I look forward to utilizing my industry experience to continue to provide high quality, FitNation customer service and be a positive impact for the Gurnee community and beyond. C...
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Meet FitNation Gurnee's Operations Supervisor, Tim Rochford.

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​Tim comes to Gurnee Park District with 35 years of fitness and sports management experience. From owning his own martial arts/fitness business, to teaching Kinesiology at Harper College, to his role as the Fitness and Healthy Lifestyle Manager at Lake Bluff Park District, he looks to continue to, "positively impact people's lives" in his...
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FitNation Inspiration from Antonio Marquez, Member of FitNation Gurnee

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When not at work, I truly enjoy my time at the gym. I started lifting in high school, like many others, realized I enjoyed it. From there, I decided to challenge myself each day to reach new personal records (PRs) and improve in areas where I am not the strongest in.​ "Make your own goals and create a plan to achieve them."  Antonio Marquez&nb...
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FREE Fitness in Gurnee! Thanks to FitNation.

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FitNation Gurnee is providing free, outdoor fitness for the sixth year! The program was started to make fitness accessible for everyone at every level. Gurnee Park District looks to help the community get healthier, while having a good time. From boot camp to yoga and hydrofit, there is something for every age and every ability level to e...
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Check out some summer fun for yourself! Adult sports this summer in Gurnee.

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The kids are not the only ones looking forward to summer! It's a great season to try something new, get your friends together and just get out of the house and enjoy your parks. Here are a few ways adults can have fun in Gurnee too! Adult Pickleball New and experienced pickleball players are needed the Gurnee Park District Pickleball Tournamen...
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Benefits of Precor AMT Elliptical

State of FitNation: Pat Bodame, CPRP, Fitness Facility Manager ​ - This is one of my favorite cardio pieces, providing variation for every body type. I also feel that this piece is easier on knees because you are not on a fixed plane of motion. Here are some of the benefits…  Variable stride length No two strides are alike and every worko...
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Volunteers Awarded for Their Community Service.

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Gurnee Park District's fitness facilities, special events, and youth athletic programs would not be the same without support of community volunteers. This year, Illinois Park and Recreation Association (IPRA) with Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD) honored one intergovernmental partnership and four volunteers that donate their time ...
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Working out is better as a team!

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Interview with Bride-To-Be Jackie Russo, FitNation Gurnee Visitor.  Both avid gym goers, soon to be married Jackie Russo and Patrick Tauber met at Illinois State University's Rec Center. After dating for 4 ½ years, they will tie the knot this summer on June 1 at Chevy Chase Country Club in Wheeling Illinois. "The gym is our outlet and a great ...
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Learn to Exercise Series - Circuit Training

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From blog 1, you have made goals to exercise every week, you've got the basics of strength training down from blog 2, and now you're ready for more! The circuit workouts below train the whole body vs. training a specific body part. There is no right or wrong way. Try different things and see what works best for you! See exercise...
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Learn to Exercise Series - Strength Training Basics

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Have you starting tracking your workouts? Remember, from the first blog of this series, I encourage setting a goal to exercise three days a week! You already do some cardio, but strength training seems daunting, stressful and you just don't know what to do. A lot of people feel this way, you are not alone. For strength training I like to teach peop...
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Learn to Exercise Series - How Much Exercise Per Week?

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Blog Author: Maria Michl NASM PT, PES - It's a new year and I love to use a fresh start to get motivated and set some new goals. Whether you are getting back on track after the holiday season or you're just starting an exercise routine, I got you! Exercising and getting fit can be over whelming, but I am going to teach you the basics on how to...
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So much equipment! Learn what it all does for FREE!

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State of FitNation: Pat Bodame, CPRP, Fitness Facility Manager ​ - Increase your chances for success! FitNation Gurnee is here for you.   Our goal at FitNation is to have your resolutions become a lifestyle, rather than something you commit to at a certain time of year. Orientations are a simple half hour with a personal trainer...
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New Year = New Habits

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State of FitNation: Pat Bodame, CPRP, Fitness Facility Manager​ - We live in a fast paced world in every aspect. As a society, we want things to happen faster. Whether its how something gets done or even how we communicate. This has transferred over to every aspect of life, including fitness. Everyone has seen the infomercials that promise&nbs...
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Warm Up Before Your Work Out

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State of FitNation: Pat Bodame, CPRP, Fitness Facility Manager​ -  I want to take a moment to discuss a topic that is too often forgot about. I will admit that I am the first to skip my warm up before my workout. With that said, I do know the importance of it and try my best to always get that warm up in before I begin my workout. Th...
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Favorite Tips for Staying Fit for Fall!

Blog Author: Maria Michl NASM PT, PESAs you all know, when the weather starts to get colder, we tend to stay inside and eat more. Sweets and treats are everywhere and with the holidays around the corner, it can be a time where food anxiety sets in. This can lead to overeating and packing on the pounds. That's why its important to pla...
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Thank you for this post! It really helps me stay motivated and refreshes my perspective.
Thursday, November 8 2018, 9:49 pm
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State of FitNation - Pool Updates

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Pat Bodame, CPRP, Fitness Facility Manager​ -  It's been one month since the FitNation pool has completed 2018 renovations. The surface of the pool has been refinished and overall air quality within the pool area has been improved with an updated ventilation system. ​ "Nice place! Pool, machines, locker rooms, multiple aerobic studios, sauna, ...
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Swim Tips For Your Freestyle

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Learn from Aquatic Manager, Kara Moss. Swimming laps or taking lessons? Keep these tips in mind when working on your freestyle. You know swimming is a good for you! Having proper form while taking swim lessons or working out reduces the risk of injury. Swimming builds strength and endurance while toning muscles. Here are a few tips to keep in ...
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