CrossTown Fitness Announces Partnership with Junior Ninja Warriors

March 23, 2017

Obstacles courses, climbing walls and monkey bars can now be a part of adults’, not just kids’, workout routine as CrossTown Fitness teams up with Junior Ninja Warriors for Adult Total Body Ninja sessions. CrossTown Fitness (CTF), Chicago’s premier high-intensity interval gym, is now hosting the new class at Junior Ninja Warriors (JNW), 2915 W Montrose Ave, to offer a one-of-a-kind training experience for Chicagoans.

The Total Body Ninja 1-hour session provides high intensity strength and training through a variety of drills that focus on skills, power, agility, endurance and mobility. This unique experience also gives area fitness enthusiasts an opportunity to train for obstacle races year round.

Both Chicago gyms are thrilled for the exclusive partnership. Jackie Piejak, owner of JNW, said, “Our junior classes have been a hit so we’re excited to offer a fun yet challenging way for adults to train and workout with the exceptional CTF staff at our facility.”

CEO of CTF, Charlie Graff, comments, “JNW’s dedication to young fitness has inspired us to offer our loyal clients and all Chicagoans yet another way to accomplish their total body workout outside of the gym setting. We recognize most adults already have a “home” gym for exercising – this experience gives each a chance to apply their conditioning to obstacle courses on a weekly basis.” 

Class Description
In these 60-minute sessions, participants can expect a thorough dynamic mobility warm-up, followed by cardiovascular routines, strength techniques, and obstacle skills. The class utilizes equipment such as kettle bells, barbells, resistance bands, and medicine balls to not only build strength and endurance, but to prepare participants for the intense ninja obstacle course. The class is open to all fitness levels.

CTF Total Body Ninja Details
The class is available to CTF members and non-members. 18 years and older. The sessions are priced at $20 and are included in CTF’s unlimited memberships. The training courses are offered at JNW (2915 W Montrose Ave. Chicago, IL 60618) Wednesdays (7 and 8 p.m.), Thursdays (7 and 8 p.m.) and Saturdays (7:30 and 8 a.m.).

More on CrossTown Fitness
CTF opened its flagship location four years ago in the West Loop and in 2015, opened a second location on the NorthSide. CTF offers members hundreds of different total body group fitness classes, one-on-one personal training programs, an open gym and opportunities to workout at locations around the city. Both locations have additional amenities, such as childcare and an indoor/outdoor grab-and-go café.

For other questions including schedules and more, visit CTF’s website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @ctfchicago.

fourteensixteen’s Easter Sunday Brunch Buffet

March 7, 2017

fourteensixteen will welcome in families and friends on Easter Sunday to celebrate the holiday and a one-day-only brunch buffet. Executive Chef Bret Bohning will showcase a variety of midday dishes plus his own take on some Easter specialties in a buffet style presentation.

The Easter Brunch Buffet includes:

Lobster Deviled Eggs - poached Maine Lobster, black truffle caviar, lemon essence

Poached Halibut - spring vegetables in a lemon butter sauce

Lamb Lollipops - roasted new potatoes, grilled asparagus and topped with mint chimichurri

Braised Short Rib – confit fingerling potatoes and caramelized onions in a red wine reduction sauce

Breakfast Breads - assortment of sweet breakfast breads

Shrimp Cocktail – Poached tail-on shrimp, traditional cocktail sauce, and horseradish

Chopped Salad – Grape tomatoes, farmer George’s eggs, Nueskes bacon, hearts of palm, avocado, garbanzo beans, iceburg and romaine, creamy cashew dill dressing

Cauliflower Sliders – honey and curry aioli, tart apples, cabot cheddar, multigrain bread

Honey Glazed Ham - slow roasted and honey glazed ham, thin sliced

Carrot Cake Bites - orange cream cheese frosting

Snickers Bars - chocolate, marshmallow nougat, caramel, peanuts

Chef’s Selection of Sweet Street Treats

fourteensixteen’s Easter Sunday Brunch Buffet is $35/per person and $20/child 12 and under (not including tax and gratuity). (not including tax and gratuity) and will be on Sunday, April 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the last reservation at 3:30 p.m.

14 West Calendar Avenue
La Grange, IL 60525
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Achieve Your Running Goals in just 30-Minutes with CrossTown Fitness’ New Total Body Run Classes

February 3, 2017

Tired of long runs, or just logging miles? Runners can soon maximize their training in just half an hour right on the treadmill with CrossTown Fitness’ new Total Body Run Classes.

Beginning in February, CrossTown Fitness will offer this new class aimed at increasing overall running performance. The class will have a short 30-minute format focusing on speed, incline and endurance. Instead of tacking on miles, this class’ structured intervals will help candidates achieve running goals faster.

All fitness levels are welcome, from novice runners all the way up to marathoners. CTF’s experienced and current Excursion Run trainers, Tori Karsten and Kiersten McCartney, will help scale the workout to fit each runner’s pace. Tori, an avid half marathon runner and former D1 Field Hockey player, and Kiersten, a 2016 Boston Marathon qualifier, will combine their backgrounds to help attendees reach their goals.

Starting Monday, February 13.
Monday 9-9:30am, West Loop – Tori
Tuesday 11:15-11:45am, West Loop – Kiersten
Friday 1-1:30pm, West Loop – Tori
Friday 1-1:30pm, Northside – Kiersten

Classes can be booked through CrossTown Fitness’ online scheduling center.

CrossTown Fitness
West Loop:
1031 West Madison St.
Chicago, IL 60607
312-550- 1063

3600 N Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60613
312-550- 9923
CTF can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @CTFchicago

Wild Garden Blooms with “Taste of the Mediterranean”: Marinades & Pilafs

January 25, 2017

Wild Garden  is expanding their brand of hummus and snack boxes by bringing authentic flavors of the Mediterranean right to your kitchen table. Due to the huge success of their specialty product line and the growth in popular demand at the retail level for Mediterranean foods, Wild Garden  brings world flavors to consumers with the launch of their new Quick Marinades and Heat and Serve Pilafs.

Thanks to the Ziyad Family, who has spent 50 years servicing the ethnic community through food, and Culinary Director, Chef Maher Chebaro, indulging in the finest flavors and spices of the Mediterranean has never been easier, healthier and is sure to become a pantry favorite. “We believe that the world is connected through food,” comments Partner Nezar Ziyad. “We want to be able to share some of the finest cuisines ranging from simple grains with delicious flavors to complete meals with our new Marinades and Pilafs.”

The chef-driven Taste of the Mediterranean  line introduces three all natural Marinades and three delicious Pilafs, perfectly blended with over 13 Eastern Mediterranean spices and oils.  In just ten-minutes, proteins are fully marinated and in 90-seconds the heat and serve pilafs create mouth-watering side dishes.

Savor a delicious cultural Mediterranean experience in minutes with the full-flavored quick marinades. Just pour the marinade on beef, poultry, lamb or seafood, chill, and ten minutes later, bake, grill, pan fry or roast. Ranging from delicious spit roasted street food to traditional Mediterranean fare; Wild Garden  has created three delectable marinades to capture a taste of the region:

  • Shawarma: blend of cardamom, cumin and herbs famously known throughout the Mediterranean.
  • Persian: blend of spices and herbs with notes of garlic, sumac and fennel.
  • Turkish: Turkish kebab recipe with an exotic blend of tomatoes, cumin and garlic.

The heat and serve pilafs add robust flavors and classic Mediterranean spices and can be conveniently ready in 90 seconds in a microwave or skillet. Replace ordinary side dishes with a tasty popular Mediterranean pilaf:

  • Bulgur: hearty bulgur wheat cooked in tomato sauce and Mediterranean herbs.
  • Couscous: a traditional Mediterranean dish known as Maftoul, made with pearled couscous and chickpeas in a zesty tomato sauce.
  • Rice and Lentils: a savory Mediterranean dish known as Mujadara, made with Basmati Rice, tender Lentils and caramelized onions.

Impress your family and friends with the Quick Marinades and Heat and Serve Pilafs by turning your average meals into simmering exotic Mediterranean dishes with just a few simple steps. Wild Garden’s  Taste of the Mediterranean  line is now available at an affordable cost at various grocery stores around the country as well as on their website.

For more information about the new Wild Garden  Taste of the Mediterranean  products visit the Wild Garden  website or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram  @WildGardenFoods using hashtag #WildGardenEats.