DeKALB – Club 180 Nutrition is more than just a clever name.
The health-food store in Suite D at the Village Commons Book Store, 901 Lucinda Ave., features meal replacement shakes, smoothies and energizing teas, and offers free weight-loss challenges, fitness classes, assessments and more.
Its co-owners can preach the gospel of fitness because they’ve seen the light of getting lighter: Amber Mickley has recently lost about 45 pounds and her husband, Matt, has trimmed off about 60.
Julie Fowler gushed recently as she watched her daughter lead a class of about 25 people, of all ages, shapes and sizes – including two of the Mickleys' four children.
“I’m so proud of her,” Fowler said while watching Amber lead a dance fitness class.
It’s a glow dance fitness class, technically. Amber said she wanted to give the store a club atmosphere, especially Monday through Thursday evenings, when classes take place. During the day, the store is homier, more chill, so students can take advantage of the WiFi and get work done.
The top priority, however, is making Club 180 a place to get fit without judgment, Amber said.
“Let’s do 180 degrees and totally turn your life around,” Fowler said.
The Mickleys aren't alone in their success. Jessica Byerhof, 30, of DeKalb, said she has lost about 10 percent of her body fat since joining the club, which opened May 30. Her fiancé, Seth Whitfield, also 30, appreciates the fact that the Mickleys retrofitted equipment so he could enjoy the cardio drumming class in his wheelchair.
“He loves it,” Byerhof said. “On a daily basis, he’s asking, 'When are we going to get our shakes? When are we going to class?’ "
Northern Illinois University seniors Jessica Stabenow and Sherdenia Barbary, along with Kishwaukee College enrollee Maria Cryer, all said when it comes to fitness, there’s strength in numbers.
“When you’re working out with people, it’s definitely a different environment,” Stabenow said. “You’re more willing to do it, rather than putting a DVD in and letting yourself quit.”
“I’m so lazy, it’s incredible,” Cryer admitted. “Now, I’m so much happier knowing, ‘Oh, I’ve got a thing to do today,' and it’s not just nothing in the summer.”
Best of all, it’s free, Stabenow said, although she buys the occasional shake, too.
“We do the shakes when we have money,” Stabenow said.
“The teas are pretty good, too,” Barbary added.
The shakes come in dozens of flavors, and feature 21 vitamins and minerals and 17 grams of protein. The format of meals is as follows: You pick an aloe, then a shake flavor, then an energizing tea. It costs about $7.
That energizing tea is bound to help out when school resumes, and the classes will too, Barbary said.
“When school starts up," she said, "this will be a great way to release stress.”
About Club 180 Nutrition
Where: 901 Lucinda Ave., Suite D (in the Village Commons Book Store)
Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday
Classes: 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Find Club 180 Nutrition on Facebook to find out which classes will happen when
Contact: 815-901-6028 and firstname.lastname@example.org