Elena Ferrarin

Article by Elena Ferrarin

Communications Coordinator
Northbrook Park District


With summer ending soon, it’s time to start thinking about getting back into a regular fitness routine.

The Northbrook Park District is offering a zero enrollment fee special in September for new members at Techny Prairie Activity Center, located at 180 Anets Drive in the scenic Techny Prairie Park and Fields.

Typically, enrollment fees range from $75 for adults ages 18 and up, and $45 for seniors and youths. Add-on memberships typically require a $35 enrollment fee, which also will be waived in September.

“This gives people a chance to join the facility at a lower rate than they would at any other time of year,” said Techny Prairie Activity Center Manager Shawn Bernaky. “We are very proud of our facility, and we look forward to welcoming new members.”

The state-of-the-art facility that opened in 2021 includes a 6,000-square-foot fitness floor with cardio, strength and functional fitness training equipment; modern group fitness studios; an indoor track and stretching area; and a multipurpose gymnasium for basketball, pickleball and volleyball.

Group fitness classes are included in TPAC membership. Members enjoy a wide variety of classes, including cardio, interval training, dance fitness, low impact, yoga, mat Pilates, indoor cycling and more.

A refreshed lineup of group classes is launching in September with new options such as Ignite, which will fire up motivation on the treadmill, and five new classes for seniors: Dance Fit, Move it and Tone it, Move it and Shake it, Tai Chi, and chair yoga. The latter will take place at the Northbrook Park District’s Leisure Center to help provide more health and fitness opportunities to seniors in the community.

Members also receive discounts on specialty classes and seminars like puppy yoga, yoga for beginners, safe spinal articulation, Chaturanga 101, and Ujjayi breathing workshop. Also, the fitness area has a new lifting platform with bumper plates for members who want to deadlift or clean deadlift.

TPAC was built as a Net Zero Energy building, meaning it generates energy with solar panels to offset the facility’s energy consumption.

The entire TPAC facility underwent extensive preventative maintenance in late August, so users can continue to enjoy fitness amenities of the highest quality. For more information about TPAC, visit nbfitness.org or call 847-897-6180.

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