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Drop the Weight of Winter Excuses

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Drop the Weight of Winter Excuses

Frank Nunez’s first attempt at weight-lifting ended with a group of girls rescuing him after he trapped himself under the bench press bar. An aerospace engineering major at the University of Michigan at the time, he was 6 feet 2 inches tall, and weighed 105 pounds.

Nunez reports that that was a make-or-break moment in his life and from that moment on he wanted to know everything he could about working out. Since that time, he has worked as both a personal trainer and fitness model in his 22-year career in the fitness industry. Currently, he is the co-owner of UNICUS Fitness, a Chicago-based consulting, design, management and programming company for fitness facilities. Though still trim, he has bulked up to a much more muscular weight over the last two decades.

Nunez discussed winter exercise and more at his newest project, the Fitness Lair, on North Michigan Ave, a facility touted as the first and only private fitness studio on the Magnificent Mile.

Frank had a tumultuous beginning with the bench press, but his determination and motivation pushed him to succeed.  Read the full interview here: Medill Reports Chicago

The Honeymoon’s Far From Over

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The Honeymoon’s Far From Over for Wedding Boot Camp Programs

Article by Elisabeth Mistretta
“First comes love, then comes marriage. In between, there’s boot camp. Wedding Boot Camp is an intensive program that whips brides- and grooms-to-be in shape for the big day.

Since Chicago-based Unicus Fitness first started offering the program in Schaumburg, Lombard and Chicago a few years ago — and similar programs run by other groups popped up at fitness centers throughout the suburbs, including Mount Prospect and Downers Grove — the boot camp’s popularity has only grown.”

Read the full article here:  Daily Herald – The Honeymoon’s Far From Over for Wedding Boot Camp Programs 

Wedding Crunch Time

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Wedding Crunch Time

The only quality time Rich Rogala spends with his fiance, Rita Kerins, is shared with about 18 other people and a trainer, jumping rope, doing push-ups and lifting weights. Three times a week, the Bucktown couple, who are getting married May 17, report to the Fitness Lair in downtown Chicago at 6 a.m. for wedding boot camp — a grueling hourlong workout consisting of a nonstop mix of strength and cardio exercises and done while a trainer barks out orders.  

When the big day arrived, these Chicago couples wanted to look their best; they not only bonded but also built a healthy relationship on the foundation of healthy bodies.

Read the full article featured in the RedEye

Wall Street Journal – Brides Gone Wild

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Brides Gone Wild: Sultry Wedding Photos

A bride’s quest for the perfect wedding photo can be a costly and timely endeavor.  From unique locations to self-proclaimed wedding photojournalists, the dream wedding is attainable at a cost.  The perfect wedding body?  That can’t be bought in a store.

While the wedding industry continues to grow and provide more luxurious, personalized and themed wedding parties, fitness providers are getting in on the action with Wedding Boot Camps to serve brides and grooms to be that want to look their best for the their big day. They’re also interested in showing off the results of their extensive pre-wedding gym routines. “When they’re taking pictures, every bride wants to hear how good they look,” says Frank Nunez, the co-owner of Unicus, an Illinois company that offers “Wedding Boot Camp” workouts around Chicago. (Its pitch: “Working hard to give you the body you want on your wedding day.”)

 

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