As mentioned in last month’s newsletter, this year, 2011, marks our 20th year in the fitness business.  We are officially celebrating this landmark by designating the entire month of March to be a Free Fitness Fest.  During the month we will offer complimentary samplings of the fitness services we provide; exercise instruction, gait and posture analysis, pain/injury assessment, massage therapy, yoga instruction, proper stretching techniques, balance improvement methods, wellness and dietary information seminars, and more.  All the services will be provided by appointment only, and will be scheduled so as not to interfere with our regularly scheduled personal training sessions.

Current clients will also be eligible to win prizes and personal training discounts throughout the month.

We plan to publicize this in the local newspapers, with Chamber of Commerce and by window signage.  “Word-of-mouth” advertising is always the best, however, so please tell your family and friends about this opportunity to learn why PFTL has been a fitness leader since 1991.


As some of you know, we now have a physical therapist, Lance Labno, sharing our studio. We believe this is an ideal business relationship as clients who need physical therapy, can see a therapist at the same location where they are receiving personal training.  The trainer will work closely with Lance to ensure a cooperative approach to client/patient care and recovery.

Lance is a graduate of Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine where he received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Over the past ten years Lance has focused on sports medicine and orthopedic injuries to the Adult, Geriatric and Pediatric population using progressive resistive strength training, corrective exercises, dynamic movement analyses, manual and neuromuscular therapy.

He emphasizes hands-on manual therapy techniques.  Lance uses a combination of massage and manual techniques to relieve pain, restore strength and increase mobility.


Lance’s company is Movement Solutions, LLC.  He can reached directly at 847-372-3816 or visit his website at www.movement-solutions.com



We are developing two new classes for introduction in March and April.  If you are interested in either of these classes, please contact us.  Space limits us to a maximum of eight participants..

Boomer Tune-up:  This 6-week, 1-hour class is specially designed for the 40+ individual who has not exercised for some time and wants to improve physical strength, flexibility, coordination and balance.  Trainer Helane Hurwith will teach this class beginning Saturday, March 26 at 1PM (OR possibly Sunday at 10AM if there is enough interest).  Cost for the 6-weeks is $108.

Pelvic Power:  This is an educational fitness program for women only.  Included is an explanation of basic pelvic anatomy and function (i.e., bladder control, spinal stabilization, abdominal and pelvic organ support); followed by specific exercises to strengthen and control pelvic floor and inner core muscles.  The one-hour class will run for 7 weeks starting sometime in mid-April.  Trainer Susan Thomson will be teaching this class. Cost for the 7-weeks is $130.



Besides the dry air caused by indoor heating, there are several things in your home that can cause dry, itchy skin.  Household skin irritants can include cleaning products, floor polishes, air fresheners, and laundry detergent, just to name a few. These products strip skin of essential water and oils, leading to dryness and irritation. In some people, dry skin can progress to more severe skin conditions such as eczema or dermatitis.

To fight household irritants and make your home environment more soothing to your skin, try these practical tips:

Dry Skin Fix: Gloves

The appearance of your hands is one of the most telling indicators of your age. To keep your hands soft and supple, cover them with non-latex rubber gloves when it’s time to scrub. Or better yet, create a double barrier of protection: Wear a pair of rubber gloves overtop a layer of thin, soft cotton ones before you touch a bucket or sponge.

Then follow up with a moisturizer that lists glycerin as the first ingredient. The glycerin will help your skin hold on to moisture more efficiently, preventing future dryness.

Dry Skin Fix: Fish and Flaxseed Oil

If you have dry skin, you already know that your age, the environment, and even the time of year can take its toll on your skin. But did you know that fish and flaxseed oil that contain EFAs — essential fatty acids — can help keep your skin hydrated by protecting it from the damaging effects of the environment? Ask your health care provider about adding fish and flaxseed oil to help keep your skin moisturized.

Dry Skin Fix: Petroleum Jelly

For people with sensitive skin that is easily ravaged by household skin irritants, the best dry skin treatments contain the fewest ingredients. One such treatment is pure petroleum jelly. When abrasive household products touch skin, they break down the skin’s protective barrier. Then, when you apply a chemical-laden moisturizer on top of an already weakened area, it leads to skin irritation overload — burning, stinging, itching, and redness.

Because it contains only one ingredient, petroleum jelly is very gentle on the skin. As a result, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends it as a dry skin soother for all areas of the body, from your lips to your hands to your feet. And because it is so safe and inexpensive, you can apply petroleum jelly as often as you like.

Dry Skin Fix: Oats

If exposure to a household cleaning product has left your skin rough and itchy, simply open your kitchen cabinet for a proven dry skin treatment: oatmeal. Oats have been used to treat dry skin for centuries. But only recently have researchers discovered what eases the itch: chemicals called avenanthramides that fight inflammation and redness.

To maximize the grain’s itch-fighting power, take an oatmeal bath. Grind either quick or old-fashioned oatmeal in a blender or food processor and slowly sprinkle it into the tub as the water runs. Then soak for at least 15 minutes.

Dry Skin Fix: A Mite-Free Zone

As gross as it may sound, one common household skin irritant lives and breathes in most homes. A study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology reported that exposure to microscopic dust mites promotes inflamed, irritated skin.

To prevent mite-related itch, regularly vacuum floors and carpets and wash your bedding in water that is 130 degrees or hotter at least once a week.

Dry Skin Fix: Hydrating Hand Sanitizer

You can’t check out at a convenience store or walk into a doctor’s office without seeing a dispenser of hand sanitizer these days. And many families also keep sanitizer dispensers all over the house for quick and easy hand cleansing.

With the threat of H1N1 and other illnesses, hand sanitizer is surely a good thing, both inside your home and out. What’s not so good is the drying effect these alcohol-based sanitizers have on your hands. To keep your hands smooth, look for hydrating versions that are dermatologist-recommended.