If there’s a secret to finding success on the path to making oneself healthier, Dan Charak is convinced it’s having a great partner to support, educate and make it fun too. As supervisor for member services for the St. Charles Park District’s Norris Recreation Center, Charak and his team are ready to be partners in creating a healthier you.
“We want our members to be successful, to find new experiences and achieve their goals,” Charak said. “If you simply come, use the treadmills and the same routine, will that keep you going or is it time to add something new?”
It may be a few weeks into the new year, but there’s no better time than the present to reset one’s goals for a healthier year.
Charak and his team’s Health & More ’24 campaign goes beyond driving membership and focuses on helping clients achieve their health goals, whether its losing a few pounds, re-connecting with fitness classes or picking up a pickleball paddle.
Every member is offered a complimentary one-to-one tour of the facilities and programs with a trainer as well as a meeting with one of the staff wellness coaches, which can help build a plan that incorporates fitness levels, interests and health goals.
“This is a complimentary wellness consultation,” Charak said. “I want people to get the most return on their investment with us and have a better experience.”
Wellness coaches can take the time to delve into what each individual wants to achieve and help craft a plan of action. Clients can purchase additional sessions with Wellness Coaches, with a discounted rate for Norris members and an additional discount through the month of January.
All new members are encouraged to sign up for an equipment orientation to setting a path to make those health goals a success. Charak said don’t let a new machine or being unfamiliar with equipment hold you back, staff is available at any time to assist.
“We’re here to help guide our guests,” Charak said. “And there’s never any pressure. We are here to help.”
There are a host of fitness options at Norris, from group classes to small group and individual training sessions. Getting healthy is more than just burning calories. Connecting with others whether in a class or in a training group can be a great motivator to sticking with a fitness program. There’s also incentives for members, earning points and prizes for staying with their fitness plans, from the fun Winter Workout Wakeup to year-long incentives.
Working from home doesn’t have to mean wearing pajamas all day. Trade that daily commute for some time to get the heart pumping and clear the mind to tackle the day with fitness programming throughout the day to make it easy to fit in a workout between calls and meetings.
“Working from home doesn’t mean you can skip the workout,” Charak said. “Make some ‘Me Time’ and take the opportunity to get in some exercise.”
This winter the Dad Bod Series returns, offering small-group and one-to-one training geared to men looking to rebuild a fitness routine. Charak also encourages those considering membership to try a day-guest pass to learn more about the facilities, take a class and see if it’s a good fit.
“A guest pass gives you access to everything so you can try a class, check out the equipment,” Charak said.
For those who seek to calm their mind and body Charak recommends the popular class Vibrational Sound Healing, which participants always rate for its positive effect on reducing anxiety and stress.
There’s a new fitness class for those ages 11 to 18, Power Play, working with a certified wellness coach to improve agility and strength in a fun and supportive environment. Classes start Feb. 19.
And for those with younger children, the Norris Child Care Center can look after infants through ages 11 while parents make time for fitness. Access to the center is free for Norris members and the center’s hours and information is available on the website.
“When you are ready to start or return to your fitness journey, we are here to support and help you push through the barriers,” Charak said.