Get your body in balance
Chris Brady opened Complete Body Balance, 22 Green Bay Road, Winnetka, in June. April Dahlquist/22nd Century Media -
April Dahlquist, Editor
November 19, 2014
Anyone who goes on a diet is familiar with the word “no.” No cookies. No carbs. No alcohol. No fill-in-the-blank. But Chris Brady doesn’t like the word no, and he doesn’t care for diets that much either. He does, however, care about getting your body in balance through proper nutrition.
The Park Ridge man opened up his business Complete Body Balance in Winnetka in June 2014 and has rapidly grown his client base.
Previously, Brady, who has a degree in nutrition, worked at Life Time Fitness, and still works at Life Time Academy. After conducting a few private work outs, and a bit of encouragement from a friend, Brady decided to open his own business at 22 Green Bay Road, Suite 202, in Winnetka. It was only supposed to be a side business, but it “blew up” and is now Brady’s full-time job.
Like the name states, Brady’s business is all about getting his clients into balance through proper sleep, stress management, strength and nutrition coaching.
“It’s finding a way to balance the body that didn’t stress people out,” Brady said.
Based on a composite of measurements on a person’s body, plus factoring in height, weight and exercise regimen, Brady can understand a person’s insulin, gynoid, toxicity, recovery and android levels.
From there, Brady can council people on their nutrition, give them realistic plans on how to improve and give them corrective exercises.
“There is no diet,” Brady said. “It’s all education. It’s educating people on how their bodies react to specific foods and letting them experience that and building up their confidence.”
Typical nutrition advice Brady gives is drink more water, and eat organic produce, nuts and other natural foods.
Not only will Brady tell clients information but he will also educate them why these small changes will make huge differences. The main reason, he said, is that the changes are sustainable.
“Diets, they stress people out,” Brady said. “You’ll do a diet, maybe if you’re lucky I’ll see someone do a diet four weeks, and then real life kicks in, or a holiday kicks in or a party kicks in, and then it’s like, ‘I cheated this weekend, I’ll get back to it on Monday,’ and then before you know it, it’s a couple weeks and then it’s New Year’s.”
If clients tell Brady they are craving a Snicker’s he tell them to eat it and think about why they are enjoying it so much while they are eating it. Typically, the next time a person wants to binge eat, it will not be for a Snicker’s.
In terms of corrective exercise, Brady will look to the person’s lifestyle. If a person is sitting at a desk all day, his or her quads are tight, which usually makes the hamstrings weak. Brady will then give people work outs to correct this and feel better.
If a client travels a lot and can’t join a gym, he will give clients ways to exercise at home.
“It’s all about finding stuff that’s going to be realistic for them,” he said.
In Brady’s office space, he also has a work out area, where he can conduct private boot camp sessions and show his clients work out techniques. He also will do release work, such as break up knots in muscles so people aren’t as sore.
Most people who come to see him state the need more energy and are busy either with their family or job. Clients for Brady are varied, but most of them are concentrated between Age 27 and the late 50s. On the North Shore, Brady has seen a lot of couples sign up together.
“A lot couples want to be fit and healthy, so it makes my job easier, actually, because everybody is on board,” he said.
For the future, Brady hopes to keep adding elements to his facility, and making it a “one-stop-shop” with more educational components, such as cooking classes, and workout components, such as small group circuit training.
For more information visit www.getCompleteBodyBalance.com.