Obstacle Course Training at Gottlieb Center for Fitness | Loyola Medicine
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Obstacle course training program offered at Gottlieb Center for Fitness

MELROSE PARK, Ill. – (January 18, 2015) – Ready to up your game with new fitness challenges? Join the Gottlieb Obstacle Course Training Team to improve stamina, mobility, strength, power and mental toughness.

"The training course is to prepare people for events like the Tough Mudder or other challenging obstacle competitions, but fitness enthusiasts at all levels are welcome, said Gloria Murray, director, Gottlieb Center for Fitness (GCFF) in Melrose Park. "Whether you want to get an edge for an upcoming fitness challenge or improve your health for a personal best, this class offers the perfect opportunity." 

The Tough Mudder is a series of 10- to 12-mile mud obstacle courses conducted all over the world and designed by the British Special Forces. 

Led by John Hayley, certified strength and conditioning specialist and Spartan Group X coach, the 12-week course meets 5:30-6:30 am Tuesdays and 7-8 pm Thursdays, Feb. 9 – April 30, 2015. Cost is $300 for non-members and $240 for members.
Obstacle courses are the latest trend in the extreme fitness world and challenge not just the body but the mind.

"The obstacle races are unpredictable and the classes will be as well. We will take racing to a whole new level and will develop true total fitness," Hayley said. "If you are ready to compete in an arena that is not about who is the fastest or the strongest, but rather who is the toughest, this class is for you."

Hayley has competed in endurance and obstacle races including Spartan Race Ultra Beast, Wild Wild West Marathon, Men’s Health Urbanathlon, the Ultra Marathon Ragnar Relay Race and the Chicago Marathon.

"Would you like a challenge like no other? Ready to step outside your comfort zone?" he asked. "Sign up today."

The obstacle course training is open to all fitness levels. To register, call the fitness center at (708) 538-5790. 

Gottlieb Center for Fitness, part of Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, offers a 55,000-square-foot facility with a variety of exercise equipment, two pools, indoor track, basketball court and more than 80 exercise classes a week to encourage an active, healthy lifestyle.

About Loyola Medicine and Trinity Health

Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a quaternary care system based in the western suburbs of Chicago that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from 1,877 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. and Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center and a children’s hospital. Having delivered compassionate care for over 50 years, Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its teaching affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park with 150 physician offices, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park. MacNeal Hospital is a 374-bed teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, advanced diagnostics and treatments. MacNeal has a 12-bed acute rehabilitation unit, a 25-bed inpatient skilled nursing facility, and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics. MacNeal has provided quality, patient-centered care to the near west suburbs since 1919.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic healthcare systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 94 hospitals, as well as 109 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, senior living facilities and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $18.3 billion and assets of $26.2 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity employs about 133,000 colleagues, including 7,800 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services—ranked by number of visits—in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs.