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How To Not Get Injured Lifting Weights
February 1, 2023

How To Not Get Injured Lifting Weights

"I want to start lifting weights, but how do I not get injured?" Many associate lifting weights with getting injured, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Injuries can happen in any activity, which is why we don’t like to use the term “prevention”. We can’t fully prevent them, but can do our best to immensely reduce the chances. The beauty about strength training compared to other activities and sports is its extremely controlled environment. With the proper knowledge...

Why Adults Should Strength Train
January 30, 2023

Why Adults Should Strength Train

Don't really care if you like lifting weights or not. Adults should strength train. Strength training, also known as resistance training, is an important aspect of any fitness routine, particularly for middle-aged adults. Regular strength training can lead to numerous physical and mental benefits, including improved muscle mass, bone density, and balance, as well as reduced risk of chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. We aren’t the spring chickens we used to be, but let's see how...

Should Women Strength Train While Pregnant?
January 23, 2023

Should Women Strength Train While Pregnant?

Strength training or exercise in general, have always been in question when it comes to pregnant women. Many of these false claims come from old school thinking and a lack of legitimate research. It is remarkable how many pregnant women come to us still asking if it is safe for them to be lifting "X" weight, or doing certain exercises. In this 2-3 minute read we will breakdown common myths in the pregnancy fitness world to give your clear and...

4 Tips to Avoid the Holiday Weight Gain.
December 7, 2020

4 Tips to Avoid the Holiday Weight Gain.

Holiday weight gain is something we all dread. Here are 4 Tips to Avoid the Holiday Weight Gain. ‘Tis the season of comfort foods, hot chocolate, endless holiday treats, and plenty of drinking with family and friends. This year we may not be spending extensive time with family and friends, but the treats and cocktails will still happen within our small gatherings. A little extra weight gain is almost a guarantee this time of year like complimentary bread at an...

3 Easy Ways to Get Moving At Home
May 16, 2020

3 Easy Ways to Get Moving At Home

Here we are, two months into a seemingly endless repetitive cycle. Motivation is at an all time low and quarantine fatigue is at an all time high. We are all getting restless and in these times we tend to over stimulate. Unfortunately our go to stimulations are in the form of a couch, binge watching, and binge eating.  Almost every article and post out there is about ‘navigating life post pandemic’ or ‘how to mitigate risk’ as if its stay...

May 8, 2020

Back Squat vs. Front Squat: Which One Should You Be Doing?

Ever wondered what the difference between the back squat and front squat is? Which squat is best for you? Let's run through both squats and see which one you should be doing in your program. Squat variations are the foundation to any great training program, but each one has its own pros and cons. Knowing the differences between the back squat and the front squat, along with their advantages and disadvantages, allows you to decide which squat fits your specific...

WGN NEWS & A letter to the fitness community by: Josh Siroko
May 7, 2020

WGN NEWS & A letter to the fitness community by: Josh Siroko

[embed]https://youtu.be/HlSzvIJJkQk[/embed] We are honored to be on WGN News to talk about reopening in a safe manner as curve continues to flatten. Want to read the full article? Click here! Below is a little letter from Co-owner, Josh Siroko.   To all my fellow Gym Owners, Gym Enthusiasts, and Average Joe’s- What is normal now? Streaming services have replaced in person interaction. Zoom was once something just reserved for corporate settings and is now the go to happy hour destination....

Mastering The Hip Hinge
April 24, 2020

Mastering The Hip Hinge

Hip Hinge - What is it and Why should we care? We perform the hip hinge hundreds, maybe even thousands of times per day. We would be here until Christmas if we named all of the times we get in and out of the hip hinge. Any time you bend over, stand up, sit down, or simply move through space you are hip hinging. What is interesting is we tend to lose touch with this movement over the years. Why?...

Building a Great Home Gym
April 22, 2020

Building a Great Home Gym

Having a home gym set-up can be a life saver during these tough times. Bodyweight exercises and cardio can get old really fast, making training not as enjoyable. Depending on your budget and space available you can grab just a few essentials or you can build the holy grail of home gyms. Extra home fitness equipment is going to give you more versatility, better exercise options, and allow you to load exercises more precisely than you could with just body...

4 Ankle Mobility Drills To Instantly Improve your Squat
April 16, 2020

4 Ankle Mobility Drills To Instantly Improve your Squat

Being stuck at home during this COVID-19 quarantine doesn’t mean we can’t work on things that will set us up for success when we are finally able to get back into a real weight room. One thing that we can all work on from home is our mobility/movement patterning. You’ve probably heard how important the squat is to any well-designed program, and the ankles play a major role in your ability to properly (and safely) perform a squat. One of...

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What People Are Saying About Lift Chicago

  • WOW!!! I cannot say enough great things about Lift Chicago! Truly a fantastic experience. First off, with all things COVID, I felt very safe and comfortable using the equipment. Every... read more

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    The best gym in Chicago area. Highly recommended. The sessions are super efficient and you are always working out under supervision of best coaches in town. It is super clean... read more

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    Positive: Professionalism ,  Quality I started attending the women’s lifting class and absolutely love it! It’s exciting, fun and welcoming for all different ability levels!

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  • I have a very busy schedule, so my training sessions need to be very efficient, staying under an hour at all times. LIFT provides a highly “efficient” workout protocol—... read more

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    I've been working with Abby 3 days a week since October 2021, and it's probably not too much of a stretch to say I'm in love with her.

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    I have been lifting here with Sam for a couple of months, and couldn’t say anything better about Lift! The gym is clean, equipment well maintained, and the staff is... read more

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  • Positive: Communication ,  Professionalism ,  Quality Love the Lift classes- they are really unique, with 5 circuits and a mix of weight stations with some cardio, too... read more

    thumb Carrie Sweeney

    Very spaced out, great welcoming staff and clean. My new go-to.

    thumb Melinda Davis

    It has been challenging for me to find the motivation to workout since the beginning of the pandemic. Lift has helped me to get back into a routine in a... read more

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  • Love LIFT!!! What a kind, professional and motivational group of people! Thanks for making me feel so comfortable as I begin my strength training journey.

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    When businesses understand what matters, it makes a world of a difference and Lift Chicago understood that it’s not just about providing a place to workout, it’s about creating a... read more

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    I have loved working out at Lift since my first visit and now go twice a week. I particularly like the welcoming friendly atmosphere - everyone is welcome regardless... read more

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  • Hands down best gym for power lifters, strong men, body builders. Equipment is top notch and it’s very clean and well maintained.

    thumb Katie Cunningham

    It’s always been difficult to get into a steady routine and stay motivated, until I started training at LIFT seven months ago with Coach Isaac. Not only do I... read more

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    I have trained with the guys at Lift for a long time and consider my sessions to be some of my best long-term investments. My workouts there are sustainable, enjoyable... read more

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  • I have trained with the guys at Lift for a long time and consider my sessions to be some of my best long-term investments. My workouts there are sustainable, enjoyable... read more

    thumb Brigid Sweeney

    I started training at Lift over a year ago, after my daughter recommended it. I typically work with the same trainers, but it varies occasionally, and all have been careful,... read more

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    Positive: Communication ,  Professionalism ,  Quality These deserve more stars. Ive been rocking with these guys for years. Always fun and professional. They have help me... read more

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  • I’ve been training at Lift since it opened (and with Josh elsewhere for a few years prior). As a middle aged endurance athlete, I used to think I should strength... read more

    thumb Dana Rothschild

    Lift Chicago is an incredible gym. Unbelievable equipment that you cannot find at big box gyms. I’ve been working with Pete for the past two years and he consistently challenges... read more

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    Great workout for busy professionals. Simply the best !

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  • Positive: Communication ,  Professionalism ,  Quality

    thumb The Wheelands

    LIFT is fantastic!! The trainers are motivating and push you to your max but not in a way that you would injure yourself. The work outs are challenging but... read more

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    I highly recommend Lift Chicago. I have been training here for a little under a year and love it! All of the trainers are extremely knowledgeable, motivating and welcoming. Every... read more

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