Movin’ and Improvin’: A Community for All

Melissa and Loralie have partnered with Advocate Condell Medical Center Centre Club to spend the next year working to achieve their health goals. They’ll be documenting their steps to get Movin’ and Improvin’ and be fit by 40. This is not a weight loss series, this is a journey towards health. Read the series introduction to learn more. Today we hear from Melissa…

Movin' and Improvin' with Advocate Condell Centre Club

Summer has not been good to my #Fitby40 goals. Aside from all the yummy treats of summer (ice cream anyone?) I had four kids home, plus travel and work…next thing you know it’s the end of August and you can’t remember when you were last at the gym.

I was expecting “looks,”questions, tsking when I finally dragged my (now squishier) butt back in (school FTW!)


It was like a homecoming. The kids’ room attendants greeted us with smiles and applauds on hearing about potty training. As I walked in, I was greeted with exuberant Hello’s! Welcome back! and Go Get ’em’s!

Events at centre Club
Photo Source: Advocate Centre Club on Facebook

This friendly community atmosphere is one of my favorite things about Centre Club.  It feels like a community center with all type and shapes of people while offering all the classes and amenities of a large private club. It’s the best of both worlds!

This fall I’m looking forward to falling back into the rhythm and routine of working out. In fact, I’m going to push myself out of my comfort zone and try some classes. I really loved barre fitness when I tried it a few years ago and Centre Club offers it! I am also super interested in TRX and want to give that a try as well.

TRX at centre Club
© L. Thomas | Little Lake | 2016

Aside from classes, which there are a ton of, both Libertyville and Gurnee offer loads of free, fun, family programing. We just visited Gurnee for their Touch-a-Truck event:

Events at Centre Club We have these upcoming events on our calendar for the fall:

  • BBQ & Apple Festival – Saturday September 10
  • Barre Brawl – Barre and Kickboxing event – September 15
  • Centre Club Cycle-thon for the American Heart Association – September 17
  • Wine Glass painting – Tuesday September 27
  • Halloween Costume Parade – Monday October 31

And check out how much fun they had in Gurnee just this last week with a Taste of Haiti cooking demo and tasting. It sounds so cliche, but there really is always something going on! Most events are open to the public as well as members. Follow-them on Facebook for up to date event information or call the front desk of the club to register.

The whole community is invited to join Centre Club at the Mundelein Seminary on Saturday October 22 for the Pink Ribbon Run.  This family-friendly run offers a One Mile or 5K  that is stroller-friendly around the beautiful scenic views of fall at the Seminary, not normally open to the public. The first 300 registrants will get a race jacket, everyone will have free food and beverages at the event and a one week membership to Centre Club.

Centre Club is more than a gym or fitness center. It’s a community focused on helping all its members lead a more fit and active life. I love being a part of it.


Advocate Condell Medical Center – Centre Club is a Hospital-based health and wellness club owned by Advocate Condell Medical Center and operated by Midtown Athletic Clubs. They offer a choice of group exercise, basketball, racquetball, weight lifting, swimming, indoor track and more. They also offer various health programs, personal trainers and massage therapy.

Connect with Advocate Condell Centre Club
200 W Golf Rd, Libertyville | (847) 990-5750
1405 Hunt Club Rd, Gurnee | (847) 625-4750
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Disclosure: Loralie and Melissa have received a one-year membership from Advocate Condell Centre Club in exchange for sharing their journey and progress with our readers. All thoughts and opinions belong to the writer and no further compensation was received.



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Melissa is mom to 4. She used to dream of traveling the world, now she dreams of a clean kitchen. She can be found on most social media sites as @PBinmyHair because with this much hair and four kids, you're bound to find something in it.

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