The fitness industry has exploded in recent years with boutique fitness studios rapidly replacing big box gyms. The Oak Park and River Forest area is a prime example of this popular trend. While only a few years ago, there were just a few gyms for locals to flex their muscles, today the villages are riding the cutting-edge of the boutique work-out wave.
On April 1, SPENGA will add its name to this mix. Located in Downtown Oak Park, SPENGA separates itself from the rest of the boutique studios by combining all the essential elements of fitness into one 60-minute session. SPENGA's unique name comes from a combination of its three core elements, 20 minutes of "spin," 20 minutes of "strength" training, and 20 minute of "yoga." In every workout, clients receive cardiovascular conditioning, endurance and performance boosting and flexibility training to maximize their results.
A few years ago, the SPENGA founders noticed that other work-out facilities were missing something. As co-founder Heather Ruff describes it, "We firmly believe that the most well rounded, effective workout incorporates the three pillars of fitness--cardio, strength, and flexibility. The emergence of boutique studios was really exciting and we enjoyed taking classes at most of them, but we felt they were all missing at least one of those pillars. We were determined to fill that void in the market, so after months of testing and training, we created SPENGA. It includes all three pillars of fitness, caters to every fitness level, and is wildly entertaining when it needs to be—our instructors know how to cater to the crowd and make it fun! We really feel it's the Best. Workout. Ever."
Nowadays, Oak Park and River Forest residents buy multiple memberships and packages at a variety of local boutique studios to meet all of their fitness goals. SPENGA is hoping to cut down on the amount of memberships locals need to purchase. As Club Manager, Adrienne Smith puts it, "As a mother of two girls in the OPRF community, I love that SPENGA provides an incredible workout with cardio, strength and flexibility in a warm and welcoming environment for all. SPENGA's signature format allows me to get in a well rounded workout without going anywhere else!"
SPENGA Oak Park is locally owned and operated. Owners Sara and Garth Bender, General Manager Hannah Kaye and Club Manager Adrienne Smith all live in Oak Park and are committed to the community. "From the start, it has been our vision to support our community with SPENGA," says owner Sara Bender, "Whether it be through donations to local groups, offering up our space for those who need it, or partnering with other business owners. These are our core values as a small business owner in this area. We are thrilled to be here!"
For those who want to try out the innovative SPENGA system, SPENGA Oak Park is offering a discounted pre-opening membership deal: get a 180-day unlimited membership for $49 the first month (each month after is $149). If you refer a friend your second month will be discounted to $49 as well.
SPENGA also offers twice weekly memberships in addition to unlimited memberships, recognizing that not all members will come daily. "We realize that there are so many options out there in terms of fitness," General Manager, Hannah Kaye pointed out, "Some people might want to come to SPENGA every day, which we hope is the case, and some people might want to come once or twice a week to supplement other workout routines. Whatever your regimen is, we hope you try us out and make us part of your day, your week, or your regular schedule. We just want to fit into your life and be part of your community."
SPENGA Oak Park is located at 1136 Lake Street, just behind Seven Point dispensary in the old Pioneer Press building (with entrances on both Lake St. and from Prairie Alley, in front of Holley Court Garage). For more information visit www.spenga.com.