Is Low Fat Really Better For You?

Scientific research around the way we eat — and the dietary guidelines, diet books, and public health policy that often stems from it — can be confusing at best. Everything’s bad for you, at least ’til it’s not. Eggs, cholestorol, wine, beer, coffee, nuts, and whole grains have all been pegged as bad for you at one time or another, and overnight it seems like cottage industries spring up as authors take the results of a single study and decide to build an entire diet or lifestyle around it. A short time — sometimes a year, sometimes a decade — passes, and what was bad suddenly turns out not to be.  Continue reading

Eat Well At Work to Lose Weight

You’re bound and determined to lose weight. You take the dog for a jog first thing in the morning, eat a light and healthy breakfast, work out after work, have a sensible dinner, drink enough water to drown a fish, and even take your vitamins. All that, and the scale doesn’t budge. Worse still, maybe it inches up just a little higher every now and again as if to taunt you. You suspect you’re doing something wrong, but you’ve no idea what. Sound a bit familiar?  Continue reading

Stay Fit At Your Desk

If you work in a physically demanding field — maybe you’re a contractor, a landscaper, or a commercial fisherman — or your retail job has you on your feet and moving all day, you can probably skip this article and come back next week. The rest of you — of us — who are tethered to a desk eight to nine hours a day, however, should keep reading. Here are a few tips so that your time on the job doesn’t undo the healthy habits you’re trying to work into the rest of your day to stay fit and lose weight.  Continue reading

Staying Fit: Don’t Just Sit There, Do Something!

If you’re working behind a desk for 40 or more hours per week, that desk job could be harming your body no matter how much good it’s doing your bank account. Studies have shown that people who spend large amounts of time sedentary are at higher risk for several types of health problems. These include circulation problems, blood clots, neck and back strain, diabetes, weight gain, diminished mental capacity, loss of bone density, and increased risk of early death. If you factor in other sedentary activities such as television watching and playing video games, the risk climbs higher still. Since nobody wants to be a stiff, unhealthy, diabetic and diseased mess, it’s clear that a change is in order. So what can you do?  Continue reading

Restarting Your Workout with ZIP Fitness

If building up the discipline and motivation to get into a daily workout regimen is hard, coming back from a pause in your workout is even harder. We can feel our muscles turning to marshmallow, and those pants are a bit more snug than they used to be. It doesn’t even have to be a catastrophic injury, either. Anything from a sprained ankle to a bout of food poisoning, cutting your foot on your son’s Legos in the middle of the night, or binge-watching a new show can be enough to take you off your game for a few days, and then a few days turns into a few more days, which turns into — well, you get the picture.  Continue reading

ZIP Fitness Asks: What’s Your Motivation?

A random Google search for personal fitness training will turn up hundreds of thousands of results, among them plenty of advice on how to train, when to train, what to eat or drink when you’re training, and how to find the best personal fitness trainer. The one question you won’t see asked nearly often enough is a simple one that you shouldn’t ever overlook. Why are you training? At ZIP Fitness, we think that question — the one that gets to the heart of your motivation — is one of the most important you can ask.  Continue reading

Losing Weight? Stop Cleansing. Do This Instead.

The other day, I made the mistake of Googling “healthy weight loss.” Why was that a mistake, you ask? After all, ZIP Fitness is, the last we checked, a personal training gym. You’d think we wouldn’t object to that sort of thing.

And the truth is, we don’t, as long as it’s done right. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve seen “One Weird Trick” for weight loss. You know, the ones that always tell you, “Doctors HATE this weight loss trick!” Well, I’ve got news for you. There’s a reason doctors hate those “tricks.” They don’t work, and some of them are downright dangerous. Continue reading

Zip Fitness: Become a Zip Gold Member Today!


It’s summertime, and fitness aspirants veteran and new are seeking a great fitness center to join.  If you’re interested in a gym membership near Joliet or personal training in Waukegan, be sure to visit your local Zip Fitness center and see what we have to offer.  From weights to cardio to core training, we think you’ll be impressed.  And if you decide to join the Zip Fitness family, what better way to begin your journey than by going for the gold – as in, a Zip Gold membership!  Zip Gold members enjoy a variety of outstanding perks, including:

-          Unlimited facility use

-          An ActivTrax online fitness coach

-          Unlimited tanning

-          One guest pass every visit

-          A Zip water bottle and t-shirt

A Zip Gold membership is the clear choice if you’re seeking the fastest path to optimum personal health and fitness.  Zip Gold members get unlimited facility access and an online fitness coach, not to mention unlimited tanning privileges in one of our state-of-the-art Hex II Tanning booths, which provide a healthy-looking, even tan you’ll love.

Zip Fitness is up and running in Arlington Heights, Bolingbrook, Chicago (Harlem-Foster), Joliet, Round Lake Beach, and Waukegan.  Each of our gyms is staffed by knowledgeable fitness experts who will be there every step of the way as you tackle your fitness goals head-on.  All of our gyms provide flexible hours, cutting-edge fitness equipment, and a great atmosphere courtesy of customers who are all looking to achieve better health.  Our locker rooms are large and clean, with top-notch toilet and shower facilities, and 100+ lockers.  All you need to do is bring your lock, towel, Zip Gold membership, and a willingness to get the best out of your body.  We’ll do the rest!

Zip Fitness: Helpful Tips for Building Muscle


Want to build muscle, but not sure where to start?  Step one is to get yourself a membership at your nearest Zip Fitness location, where you’ll have access to a wide variety of weights and workout equipment.  Step two is to check out the following tips and keep them in mind as you pursue your goals!

1)      Ensure that you’re consuming enough calories.  Your body won’t grow without them.

2)      Eat lots of carbohydrates.  They’re the fuel you need to facilitate a well-rounded workout regimen.

3)      Consume plenty of protein.  You can’t build big muscles without a consistent protein supply.

4)      To ensure you get enough protein, carbs, and calories, up your daily meal amount from three to six.

5)      Eat good fats. They’re important for growth, and there’s a direct link between fat and testosterone levels.

6)      Eat a good pre-workout meal.  Two great choices are pasta and rice, both of which consist of slow-burning carbs.

7)      Enjoy a high-quality post-workout meal.  This should consist of fast-burning carbs, protein, and some sugar.  A protein shake is a good choice.

8)      Drink lots of water.  It comprises up to 70 percent of the human body, and muscle size suffers if you’re not adequately hydrated.

9)      Use supplements.  Items like creatine, joint formulas, multi-vitamins, glutamine, and protein powders really work – provided, of course, that you do the work on your end.

10)   Get plenty of rest.  When it comes to building a better body, this is the #1 overlooked factor.  Between 6 – 8 hours should be your target; your body will confirm the exact length you need.

Whether you’re seeking increased muscle in Arlington Heights, weight loss in Round Lake Beach or personal training near Bolingbrook, Zip Fitness will exceed your expectations!