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Xport Fitness Center

Xport Fitness is a 24-hour fitness center. There are locations in several states across the United States. Xport is becoming one of the leading fitness centers due to its great services. Not all locations provide the same services. The Niles, IL location provides tanning services and daycare and is complete with a basketball court, weight training area, classes, swimming pool, hot tub, suana, steam room and showers.

Pros:

  • The gym is kept clean nearly at all times, with its many employees.
  • Great amount of space to workout. There is a training area and an aerobics room designed for this purpose.
  • The staff is very kind and will attend to all your questions.
  • The gym has recently started providing towels to members.
  • The gym hosts Member Appreciation Days, in which there are raffles and food provided.
  • There are many classes available: cycling, kickboxing, yoga, power hour, etc.

Location: near a few neighboring cities.

Members receive benefits from referring friends to the gym. If a friend signs up, the member receives 1-3 months free of charge at the gym.

Cons:

The gym is sometimes lacking paper towels and sanitizing lotion, especially in the late afternoon through the night time.

The gym has times where many machines and areas are very busy and you must change your exercise plan for the day. Busiest times: 4-10pm , Best times to come: Early morning-2pm.

Members have reported that the tanning beds are not sanitized many times.

The training supply room in the aerobics studio is kept locked when classes are not in session. Many members do not appreciate this. There are only a certain about of weights in the training area and desired weights are occasionally taken.

Expensive. Prices are increasing each year.

Stealing occurs. Make sure you are equipped with a lock each time you come. Always watch your belongings. There are locker rooms for males and females seperately.

About Personal Training

When you are signed up, the staff member will most likely suggest personal training. Simply put, if you do not need motivation and have some idea of what you will do when working out, then save your money. The price for each session is about $55 and must be bought in packages(20,30,50…). As in many places, some trainers are very beneficial and some not so much. You must specify your needs and what you would like the trainer to help you with. *Note: You must do 75% of the work: Eat right and workout on your days off. Becoming more fit is a great commitment.

Xport Fitness is a great tool to get fit. Buying a membership will be worth it if you take advantage of its services.

Food Health

Dieting With No Snacks in Sight: Try a Low Carb Cream Puff Dessert

I don’t know about you, but after school or work, when dinner could not possibly seem farther away, is when I fall pray to snacking and eating pretty unhealthy foods. Chips and cookies seem a lot more fulfilling than celery sticks and hummus to be honest. Especially if you are on a low carb diet, where you options basically consist of meat or a cheese stick. The problem is, they are full of processed sugars and flours, and will pack on the pounds around your midsection. Not giving into temptation is easier said than done. But with these low carb cream puffs, you can snack away without packing on the pounds. They’re really ideal for on the go snacking as well, but I like to eat them while just sitting on the couch and watching Oprah. So go ahead and get those ingredients ready!

You will need these items:

  • ¾ cup of unsweetened soy milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup of Splenda
  • 1/8 tablespoon of salt
  • ¾ sifted soy flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup of heavy whipping cream
  • ½ a pack of Jell-O sugar free white chocolate pudding mix

Combine the milk, butter, Splenda, and a salt in a heavy saucepan. Begin by cooking on a medium heat until the butter has melted in the saucepan. Also make sure to stir the mixture constantly. Begin to slowly add the flour to the mixture. Get a spoon and begin to stir until the mixture becomes smooth and very thick. You will know it is at the right thickness by if it is thick like pudding. It wont form a ball like regular cream puffs however.

Once that is complete, turn off the heat and proceed to beat in one egg. Beat well until the egg is fully incorporated into the mixture. Continue to do this with the rest of the eggs one at a time. Make sure to beat well after each addition of each egg. While doing this go ahead and preheat your oven to 450°F.

Divide the batter between 12 nonstick or muffin tins sprayed with Pam. Bake for about 8 minutes. Once that is complete, turn the heat down to 350° and continue to bake for another 20 minutes. Once done, take them out and cool for around 10 minutes. Once they are cool break off the tops of the puffs using a fork and allow them to cool and dry.

For the filling, whip the heavy whipping cream and well as the Jell-O sugar free white chocolate pudding mix until it is thick, smooth and fluffy. Divide evenly between the cream puffs. Also if you like you can top them with a sugar free chocolate sauce. There should be 12 cream puffs. Each cream puff should be around 2.5 carbohydrates per serving.

Health

Lipo Sculpting

An advanced technique of the procedure ‘Tumescent Liposuction’ is termed as Lipo Sculpting or Lipo Sculpture. Lipo Sculpting is a less risky procedure and is much less traumatic compared to traditional Liposuction. Basically, the body’s contours are ‘sculpted’ by removing the unwanted fat using suction. Lipo Sculpting was made to deal with issues like not having enough fat to remove through suction. It is a sculpting surgery more than a volume surgery. Lipo Sculpting involves much more skill to artistically sculpt the body into beautiful thighs or a slim and shapely waist.

Lipo Sculpting also involves numbing up the area that requires the work and dispersing the fat using a normal saline base epinephrine/lidocaine solution. Once this solution has been introduced into the area needed, the fat breaks up and the area then becomes totally numb. Then the unwanted fat and the solution are removed safely using a cannula, which is a micro surgical instrument. The cannula is inserted via tiny incisions of 3 to 4 mm in size. The whole Lipo Sculpting process is quiet and the movements involved are slow and gentle. It is not a painful procedure and no scars or uneven areas are left behind. There are very precise tools that are used today that make Lipo Sculpting possible. Since the exact areas that need sculpting can be targeted now, it has become more possible to get rid of saddle bags, love handles, double chins and other results of excess fat that bother people every day.

Technology like ultrasound and laser technology are minimally invasive processes that help Lipo Sculpting techniques, which are used by doctors and patients alike for a highly effective method to achieve body contours that are desired. The small incisions ensure fast recovery and they are less painful than other surgical cosmetic procedures. Almost any area on your body can be ‘sculpted’. If you are trying to treat many areas of your body at the same time through Lipo Sculpting the factors to consider are your weight, height and the size of the areas needing treatment. Since Lipo Sculpting can remove about 70% – 80% of fat in the area being treated; it makes it permanent in nature.

The cost of Lipo Sculpting includes surgeon’s fees, facility fees and anesthesia fees. The cost of Lipo Sculpting should be given serious consideration before getting into this procedure of Lipo Sculpting. Since it is a delicate process and uses the ultimate in advanced technology the price can be a little more than what you would expect, especially if the surgeon is renowned. Also keep in mind that the price is what can make or break the decision to have Lipo Sculpting.