CHSO January 2013 : Page 86

Best of chicago HealTH & fiTness disH THis back when he was still fighting competitively, former mma fighter nick wernimont had a chef who helped him make daily meals that were perfectly suited for a professional athlete. and when he stopped fighting, he still craved those healthy options. enter factor 75 , wernimont’s new chicago business that delivers prepared meals that are nutritious, affordable and created to enhance mind and body performance for all levels of fitness enthusiasts. oh, and they’re delicious, too. created with the input of an advisory board—think doctors, nutritionists, trainers, chefs— the meals can be ordered online and in most cases delivered free of charge within 48 hours. in other words: what are you waiting for? spreading THe love Chicago’s own protein Bar is continuing its quest for healthy restaurant domination in 2013, and will continue its expansion plans across the city and country. Owner Matt Matros, who famously lost 60 pounds on a high-protein diet—we credit him with our daily quinoa habit—already operates seven Chicago locations, with plans to open six more this year, including ones in the Merchandise Mart and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Washington, D.C., which already has one location, will get an additional two. Don’t know your Ivy Bar-rito from a Buffalo Bowl? You will soon. The newest trend in town? Hydration therapy at revive Hydration Clinic , which specializes in intravenous delivery of fluids, appropriate medications and essential vitamins. Examples of ailments treated include veisalgia (common hangover), exhaustion from extreme athletic performance, symptoms of the common cold or flu, stomach flu, jet lag and generalized malaise. 86 | | January 2013 Factor 75 photo by Jessica drogosz; protein bar photo by greg gillis Whoever said trends fade quickly obviously never took a Bar method class. In fact, the studio that jump-started the barre-class craze in Chicago (local competitors include The Dailey Method, Barre Bee Fit, Power Sculpt Fitness and Core Fusion) is celebrating its fifth year in the city with the opening of its fifth Chicago studio—debuting in the Gold Coast Jan. 26 at 1 E. Delaware Place. To celebrate, The Bar Method has created an anniversary challenge—“We’re Turning Five…You’re Turning Fabulous!”—which invites new and current clients to a five-week body transformation challenge starting Jan. 7 at any Bar Method location. raising THe Barre

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