The Fit Institute Vision

We are a physical therapy and personal training facility that bridges the gap between rehabilitation and sports performance.  Working together, we  provide exceptional service that is paramount in assisting clients during their recovery and journey to optimal performance.  With this multidisciplinary approach, we offer a continuum of care for our patients/clients.

Five TFI staff members.

Philosophy

As creators of the ARSI Movement Assessment, we believe a thorough examination to indicate muscle imbalances, strength and flexibility deficits is imperative for any patient/client.  This methodology was implemented to reduce the overall risk of injury while still focusing on the body’s ability to perform at peak levels in the most efficient way.

Core Values

Why choose us?

ARSI Movement System  

    • 8 week return to sport/injury prevention program that focuses on neuromuscular and proprioceptive training
      • A- Assessment
      • R- Recruitment
      • S- Stabilization
      • I- Integration
    • Goals of the program:  
        • Pre-season training to prepare athlete for safe and successful season
        • Improve strength, stability, and body awareness
        • Improve jumping/landing/cutting techniques
        • Lower center of gravity to optimize stabilization during dynamic single and double leg activities
        • Improve co-contraction of hamstring and quadriceps during sport specific activities to reduce injury
        • Reduce injury risk for ACL injuries
        • Reduce risk for ankle injuries
        • Reduce risk for overuse injuries such as shin splints, stress fractures, knee, hip and back pain.
        • Reduce frequency of non-contact injuries
        • Improve hamstring/quad ratio to improve knee stabilization
        • Improve weak hip abduction strength to stabilize knee in neutral position during sport specific activities

What makes us different?

    • Medically informed approaches to sports performance which includes communication and collaboration between personal trainers and physical therapists
    • ARSI Movement Assessment to address muscle imbalance, strength and flexibility deficit
    • Dartfish technology to analyze sport specific and functional activities (provides visual and verbal feedback to patient and client)
    • Use of MyZone technology to train at optimal levels and increase cardiovascular and metabolic results
    • Focus on form and technique to ensure safe performance on and off the field
    • Appropriate progression to allow for optimal performance in season and avoid overtraining
    • Focus on recovery of muscles to properly allow the body to absorb benefits of exercise
    • Promote a healthy emotional, physical and mental approach to training and sports performance through interactions with sports psychologist and nutritionist
    • Utilize a team approach between physical therapist and personal trainer

We get results. Numbers don’t lie.

    • Every one of our athletes has a baseline assessment followed by a re-assessment to evaluate personal gains and continued areas of improvement.
    • We believe if you cant see the improvement, it didn’t happen. We all can say, “oh yeah, he looks faster”, but we take all the guessing out of it and give you true  objective data that allows us to compare your athlete to the millions of other athletes his/her age.
    • What better way to measure athleticism… Do it like the Pros.

HIGH INTENSITY TRAINING

TESTIMONIALS

“Working with Mary Kate was worthwhile. She did an excellent job resolving an overuse injury I received from rowing. In addition to resolving the injury, Mary Kate helped me strengthen weak muscles on my non­dominant rowing side and created an injury prevention training plan to help me steer clear of imbalances in the future. Something that I thought was invaluable about Mary Kate’s approach was that she educated me about the biomechanics of my injury. This helped me understand why my injury happened and what I can do to prevent it in the future. I think understanding injuries is very pertinent for elite athletics. I think this experience helped me grow as an athlete.”
– Kenneth Michalec, Junior World Champion Rower, Princeton Lightweight Rowing

“I had the privilege of working with Mary Kate about two years ago. My ankles were in bad shape as a pro basketball player, and I needed to focus on improving consistency and reliability of my body. Over the couple months I worked with Mary Kate, I saw improvements in ankle strength and mobility as well as the rest of my legs; including my hips and Achilles’ tendons, both also crucial to a basketball player’s abilities on the court. As a former college athlete (and multi­year national champion) herself, Mary Kate knows the importance of pushing through pain, difficulty, and fatigue in order to achieve a goal. In this case the goal was to stop my ankles from continually keeping me from the game I love. Mary Kate didn’t let me cut corners and ensured the various exercises were going to help improve my overall basketball game and performance. To this day I still have the detailed sheet of exercises she gave me and continue to use them to maintain the improved strength and stability of my ankles, especially before games. “
– Reggie Hearn, Professional Basketball Player, Reno Bighorns, Northwestern University 

“I was fortunate to meet Luigi two years ago when I was suffering from IT Band Syndrome as well as other aches and pains. Luigi helped me get rid of all my pain and improved my strength and balance at the same time. I referred my daughter and granddaughter to Luigi as well. Turns out I was moving more weight than my 18 yr. old granddaughter. I highly recommend Luigi for all your fitness needs.”
– Janet Hunter, Client recovering from knee pain, Glenview, IL

“I have worked out with multiple trainers before but I feel that since I have worked out with Luigi that he is in a league of his own. He knows how to work around an injury and how to still make you strong and able to deal with the everyday movements that you have to deal with in life. I thought I was not going to be able to enjoy certain activities after my back and foot injury but I now can do anything because of the strength training that I have received from Luigi. “
– Renee Burnes, Former Cheerleader focusing health and wellness, Glenview. IL

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