I just want to thank to all Sky Fitness team for the great attitude and great customer service day to day I received. From all the fitness clubs in Mexico and in the US I have been member, this one has by far the best customer service, having always a smile and a great attitude, keep that up!

Mel Romero

I just read the article you emailed to us regarding motivating ourselves to exercise. There are days when I don’t much feel like it, but I think having Mark Tolle as my personal trainer is quite the incentive. Although I only see him once weekly, he has printed out exercises for me to do at home which run about an hour or so, and some other stretching exercises to help with my little twinges here and there because I am getting older. The first thing that he does when I see him is ask me “How are you feelin’ today? Depending upon my reply, this structures my session with him. I bought a stationary bike when the pandemic started, so use that for cardio or walk outside weather permitting. I also just recently partnered with a friend who is very out of shape, overweight, and has low energy and we text each other what we are going to do in the way of exercise or what we have already done which is a motivator.

Actually, the priority for motivation should be working with a personal trainer because he/she can be a motivating factor in of itself. When I am home, I actually hear Mark in my head telling me what to do and when to rest between sets. I attribute my motivation to Mark as well as the desire to get those good endorphins going which greatly improves my mood. I owe Mark a lot – for helping me work on balance, strength, and cardio and I am the healthiest I have been in a long time. Mostly, it is for my health – and for my mind as well as my body.

So thank you for sending these encouraging emails. It exemplifies the well being you have for your members. Kudos to you!

Anne Wold

52 years ago, four months before I started my internal medicine practice in Highland Park, I had back surgery.

My patient population was oriented toward healthy habits ie not smoking, weight control and regular exercise. My older patients were fit and much healthier than the average older person.

Ten years later, I was having enough recurrent back pain that I began to swim every night. I started at the Multiplex/Sach Center in Deerfield and have continued swimming for the last 42 years as it controlled the pain.

When my grandson started playing basketball, I decided to renew my basketball skills

I switched to the Sky 15 years ago. The attraction was that the basketball court was available more frequently. The gym equipment was more varied, with a regular length lap pool plus a warm water pool for after exercise.

Under new management, the very friendly part owner and manager, Larry Heller, was always present to iron out any problems.

More importantly, 4 years ago, at the age of 78, I needed to increase my cardiovascular fitness and my shoulder and leg strength if I was going to be healthier and active in my 80’s.

The Sky has trainers for every age and skill level.

When the Sky closed for COVID-19 last spring, I was limited to outside power walking and basement exercises. I hurried back to the Sky on the first day that it reopened in early June. Strict regulations exist for social distancing, masking even up to the edge of the pool and limited locker room use make it a very safe place. The high ceiling building dilutes any airborne droplet spread.

I know I am more physically fit than the 80 year-olds in my former practice and I am thankful for what the Sky does to keep me safe while trying to live healthier and active.

Dr. Richard Kraines

As a member of Sky Fitness for many years, the club is better than ever! Those that let the fear of the virus become an obstacle to attending once again, please think twice. Sky Fitness was always the cleanest club around but now it’s immaculate! Thanks to all of you for your continued dedication and efforts to serve our community. We will continue to get through these times together and we will be in much better health because of you!

Jerry Minetos

I have been a member in the fitness center for 12 years now. In the 3 and a half ‘corona stay home months’ all i was able to think was when will the gym get finally re-open.. eventually the blessed day has showed up, and since then it feels like life starts to make sense again.. The staff is very nice and welcoming, the gym feels safe and clean. Most importantly, there is this Beatles/Pink-Floyd/ELO/LZ/Cold-play music plays in the background a good amount of the time; And that just makes the work-out feels like a breeze..

Uri B.

I just want you to know that I think Jordan Hoobler is a great personal trainer. She has so much knowledge, which she applies adeptly to my needs, she is a great communicator–verbally and non-verbally when she demonstrates an exercise, and is very enthusiastic. I’m 71 and am so impressed by her ability to work with a “senior citizen.” I imagine she is very capable of working with people in any age range. She has had a significant positive effect on my attitude toward exercise and on my overall health!

All the best!

Jennifer Hentsche

So sad that today was my last day of workout before our family relocation out of state. I have really enjoyed the friendly, positive-minded atmosphere at Sky Fitness and, especially, working out with my trainer, Steve Schalla.

I worked with Steve Schalla for about a year. He began by carefully interviewing me regarding my physical fitness needs and then crafted a methodical and careful thought-out plan to get me to my goals. And…he got me to my goals. He is a great detail person, very patient, very professional and very dedicated. Plus, he is a really nice guy and great conversationalist.

I will great miss working out with Steve and the rest of the Sky Fitness team.

Thank you, all of you.

Cheerful regards!

Dan Best

Age and a few falls took their toll on my knees. Doctors didn’t really help. I went to a few physical therapists, but the sessions were short and limited, and although the sessions helped, I was still in pain. I had trouble descending stairs or standing for any length of time. I decided to join Sky Fitness to build some strength. Right away, I met Robert Hawkins, who helped me with some of the weight machines. I decided to hire Robert as a personal trainer. What a great decision! After a few months, my knee pain is gone and I have so much more strength overall. And a great deal too – so much more time and help than I was getting from the doctor’s physical therapist at a fraction of the cost. Robert is careful and attentive and shows me how to try new exercises to build strength. I walk away tired, but never in pain. I highly recommend Robert and Sky Fitness!

Laura Best
Buffalo Grove

“This is the best gym I’ve ever had the experience and pleasure of being a member at. Every year they are adding new and innovative services and amenities to keep the customers engaged. I have had a blast getting to know the staff, and everyone makes me feel welcome!”

Chicago, IL

After retirement, I decided to get into a swimming routine for exercise.  In the past, I always had shoulder problems when I swam for longer distances.  I signed up for six (6) lessons with Sky. My instructor was absolutely fantastic, teaching me torso rotation techniques, improved swimming posture and alternative breathing rhythms. She was great at demonstrating and encouraging and easy to work with. She’s made a lasting contribution to my workout routine. I saw her teaching a variety of swimmers – children, teenagers, and seniors like me. She is patient with a great personality. I highly recommend the Sky swimming instructors.

Marty Singer
Buffalo Grove

I took swim lessons at Sky and the instructor made it fun and made suggestions to improve my skills. She helped me to be more confident with my swimming. Thanks so much!

Lisa Kim
Buffalo Grove

I highly recommend the Sky swim instructors. I am in my 50s. I was a beginning swimmer when I started with them. I could swim a bit, but did not feel comfortable putting my head in the water. I had to be taught all of the basics, including proper breathing. My friend and I took semi-private lessons twice a week for several months. I found my instructor to be energetic and patient. She provided clear instructions. She went over few concepts each session that was manageable for me to work on each week. I am glad I took the lessons. I really enjoy swimming now. My friend and I have continued to swim twice a week, working on lap swimming for fitness and stamina building. The facility is also clean and the staff very welcoming.

Buffalo Grove

“I am feeling just so blessed to have found the Sky Yoga School 200 Hour Yoga Alliance teacher training. One of the many things that I loved about Sky Yoga School was that our class size made a more intimate setting where no one felt like just another name. We all grew close, shared stories, our lives, and it became like a family. I personally was looking for a deeper experience than just the physical practice and this training did just that. We covered all the yogic philosophies, multitude of differing practices, aerial, chanting, kirtan, kundalini, meditation, energy healing, Qi gong, and so much more. We were guided and taught by a diverse group of instructors who are all just so magical and it is really just a well-rounded and thorough training. This training was a complete physical, mental, and spiritual immersion that helped me grow as a person, deepen my practice, and I’m now confident and excited to be able to share this with others.”


“Sky Fitness is the perfect location to learn the life of Yoga. The studios are beautiful and the facility is amazing. The trainers are diverse and knowledgeable in many facets of the practice of Yoga. I received a well-rounded education that has made me a better instructor and has taken my own personal practice to a new level.”

Marisa Sattley

“In August 2017 I met a delightful energetic beautiful young woman who has amazing flexibility softness in her yoga, but yet has the intelligence of someone my age. Yes I am totally blown away but I respect this young lady and I respect her ability to create build and balance yoga program for a very types of personalities and fitness levels. I know it takes a lot of effort and determination but she complicated what you set out to do. When you have a teacher and her creative team of Mary and Tabatha to support students to learn and Grow, success can only be the end result. And when Stacy and her team believe in each and every one of us and then Her students creativity levels shoot to the moon nothing will stop them. Her patience soft words encouragement can only elevate all of us 2017 graduates to the highest limb in Ashtanga Yoga. I know we have all met our divine inspiration. That’s what’s in my heart that’s what I see that’s what I feel that’s what I believe.”


“There are so many yoga teacher training options out there that it can seem overwhelming and daunting. How do I know which school is right for me? I can say with certainty that Sky Yoga School was absolutely the best choice. Stacey, Tabatha, and Mary worked with each and every one of us step-by-step to make sure we not only have the tools we need to teach yoga as a physical practice, but as a lifestyle. They have given me a confidence in myself that I never could have imagined having before starting this training, and have helped me realize where my true passion and fire lies- in teaching! Investing in this teacher training was the greatest gift I could have given myself, and I will literally sing Sky Yoga’s praises from the rooftops. They are paving the way for future yoga teachers, and I am so blessed to have been along for the journey. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!”


“Sky yoga school felt more like a retreat then a school! What a great place to learn about yoga. Sky yoga has an exceptional facility, beautiful building with state of the art equipment. The teachers are just overflowing with various skills, knowledge and creativity to teach you. Overall life changing experience and I loved every minute of it!!! Highly encourage anyone who wants to teach yoga or just to deepen their practice to just go for it!”


“I’m integrating what I learned into my daily practice. I want to send my gratitude to you and all my teachers for your dedication, grace and kindness. Your dream of opening a yoga school is helping all of us, you’re living your truth. Thank you.”


Amazing place! They have something for everyone from golf simulators to aerial yoga. Been coming here for some time now and just can’t believe the transformation. Nicely done guys! Will keep coming back. Jamie, the yoga trainer, ROCKS!

Anthony B.
Glenview, IL

Yes, Yes, Yes – a serious approach to fitness & advanced athletic training, for professional athletes, student athletes, and for people of all ages and fitness levels who want to take their workouts to the next level. The quality and variety of the Sky Fitness equipment is unsurpassed. They keep the spacious facility spotless at all times and in perfect working order. Knowledgeable, friendly staff – a pleasure! Elaborate class schedule – definitely! If you want the gym-club scene typical of Chicagoland facilities, don’t join SKY Fitness. If you want a truly superior level of athletic or fitness training at a world-class gym, this is your dream come true. Try it out ONCE, you’ll be hooked – Ask for LARRY… tell him Top Dawg sent you : )

Howard W.
Wheeling, IL