With spring just months away and New Year’s resolutions to get fit still lingering, Baby Boot Camp gives moms a stroll-ific workout, even in winter. Launched in August last year, Baby Boot Camp offers classes throughout the week and is quickly adding more.
Jenine Reier, of Naperville, and mother to a 1-1/2 year old, has always been involved in fitness, and when looking for a new career that could accommodate her as a mother, she found Baby Boot Camp, where mom’s workout is combined with her child’s — in and out of their strollers.
“I saw the need for it,” Reier says of her franchise choice, quickly realizing her own needs matched those of many new moms. “I just wanted to keep up with my healthy lifestyle. I have always been involved in fitness.”
Baby Boot Camp offers two types of classes, a cardio-focused Strollerfit class and a calmer Strollga, combining yoga with stroller exercises.
Reier, who is post- and prenatal certified and has her group exercise certification from Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, says that any fitness level is welcome, from beginners to buffs, and everyone will get a full workout.
“Moms burn about 400 to 700 calories in an hour,” she says.
The morning Strollfit classes are taught at Players Indoors, Jazzercise Dance Studio and at the Westfield Fox Valley mall before store hours.
“All locations are really private. It’s women only, and there’s always a space to breastfeed,” says Reier, emphasizing that, by creating a comfort zone, moms can fully focus on the class.
Children almost always cooperate happily, Reier adds.
“We do peek-a-boo squats. We do tummy kisses and crunches, planks with them, sing songs. The little ones enjoy the time out of the stroller towards the end of the class,” Reier says.
The first trial class is always free, Reier says, and Baby Boot Camp offers a number of packages, starting at $55 a month or opt for flexible class sessions only. A complimentary community class will be Feb. 7 at Lululemon in downtown Naperville. It will introduce Strollga.
Jimmy’s Grill, 245 S. Washington St., has been part of the downtown Naperville heart and soul since the late ’90s, and is opening a new chapter.
“New management, new menu, new look,” says Donny Greco, consultant to new owners Andrew Trasatt and John Leahy.
All three are from Naperville and own another downtown destination, Potters.
“It’s about fine food, craft beers and great whiskey,” Greco adds.
Since the switch in management in early October, Jimmy’s Grill has gotten a new coat of paint, paraphernalia taken down, new blinds, and a general overhaul where needed, such as the booths.
“It’s a new ambience and lots of rich red mahogany,” says Greco, who will stay on to revamp the popular patio for spring time.
“We want to bring in TVs and entertainment,” he says.
Jim Bergeron, the original founder of Jimmy’s Grill, is running The Wise Boxer in downtown Naperville, but will stay on as a minority owner of Jimmy’s Grill, Trasatt said late last year.
The menu also got a makeover, featuring “American comfort foods,” says Greco, thanking chef Travis Rodriguez for his talents.
Lunch spot closes
Go Roma, once serving a thriving resident and business community on the north side of Naperville from its 28361 Diehl Road location, closed Nov. 8.
The fast casual Italian restaurant would not comment on reasons for closing. Tony Seavers, store manager of the Bolingbrook location at 635 E. Boughton Road, says Go Roma is actively scouting for a new Naperville location to open this year.
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