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  • Prather clan proud to play for Antioch’s Petty Apr 24, 2014 8:58 PM
    The Prather family has a long history with the Antioch baseball team, and with head coach Paul Petty.

  • Sky coach optimistic surgery won’t stop Fowles Apr 18, 2014 8:03 PM
    The Chicago Sky opens the season against the Indiana Fever on May 16 and will be without star center Sylvia Fowles, who is out indefinitely with a hip injury.

  • Guryn’s staying focused on pitching excellence Apr 10, 2014 9:02 PM
    Grayslake Central junior pitcher Justin Guryn was focused right out of the gate this season. In two outings, he already has a no-hitter and 26 strikeouts in 16 innings.

  • Irish resiliency again being tested Apr 4, 2014 6:37 PM
    Notre Dame will look to answer another big question at the Final Four. Can the Irish play without their injured senior leader, Natalie Achonwa?

  • Powerful experience for Libertyville in Arizona Apr 3, 2014 10:30 PM
    The high school baseball national record books got an update over Spring Break, and Libertyville had a part in it. The Wildcats weren’t exactly on the right side of history, but they got an up-close viewing of an amazing run by one of their contemporaries. While playing in the Horizon National Tournament in Arizona, Libertyville ran up against a Miami Gulliver Prep team that features one of the top prospects in the nation. Joe Dunand, who happens to be the nephew of Alex Rodriguez, certainly played like he was going to be the next Major League superstar in his family. Dunand hit 8 home runs in 8 consecutive at-bats, including 2 against Libertyville. The previous national high school record for home runs in consecutive at-bats was six.

  • Mundelein's Brust savors making the Final Four cut Apr 3, 2014 8:36 PM
    Former Mundelein basketball star Ben Brust is going to the Final Four as Wisconsin's 3-point shooting whiz, just days after joyfully cutting down the nets for the first time in his career.

  • With Rogowski’s shooting, DePaul aiming high Mar 28, 2014 4:40 PM
    The fun-to-watch, 3-point shooting DePaul women's basketball team is hoping to make program history on Saturday. A win over Texas A&M in the Sweet 16 would give the Blue Demons their first-ever Elite Eight appearance.

  • Brunson's saga contains a lesson for all of us Mar 23, 2014 12:05 AM
    Jalen Brunson's experiences in a whirlwind basketball weekend in Peoria are a reminder that our public actions are less and less private, and more and more open to interpretation.

  • Gandolfi gets back in the game at Lake Zurich Mar 20, 2014 5:30 PM
    Former Carmel baseball coach Chuck Gandolfi, who won 554 games in 21 years for the Corsairs, is back in the game. He is the new head coach at Lake Zurich, which opens the baseball season, along with all the other baseball teams in the state of Illinois, next week.

  • DePaul women ready to go against Oklahoma Mar 18, 2014 8:44 PM
    The DePaul women are back in the NCAA basketball tournament for the 12th season in a row.

  • Boot camp devotee weighs in on her new life Mar 14, 2014 1:01 AM
    The washer and dryer are almost always running at Erin Pron’s house. And it’s not just because she’s constantly trying to keep up with the laundry from her 8-year-old twin daughters, Caitlin and Megan. Pron is doing her own laundry just as often, perhaps even more so. If she doesn’t, her closet will empty quickly. “I don’t have a very big wardrobe anymore,” said Pron, a 42-year-old work-from-home medical biller who lives in Lake Villa. “I’ve donated all of my old clothes, and I don’t want to spend a lot of money on new clothes when I’m still changing so much.” Pron has made a dramatic physical transformation over the last two years, and she’s still very much a work in progress. Once 330 pounds, the 5-foot-7 Pron has dropped 148 pounds in the last two years, and has moved down a jeans size each month, by eating right and participating in a new and popular fitness regimen that seems to have struck a chord with women. Pron, who says she wants to drop another 27 pounds to get to her goal weight of 155 pounds, is a faithful member at Real Results Fitness in Grayslake, a small and locally owned gym that specializes in group boot camp classes. Bootcamp classes at Real Results, where I met Erin and have dropped 18 pounds myself since mid-September, incorporate not only intense cardio work, but also weightlifting and mobility exercises. The regimen, which can include pushups, pullups, chin-ups, burpees and situps, just to name a few “favorites,” is different every day and is designed to push everyone from beginners to even more advanced members outside of their comfort zones. The beauty of these classes for women is the social aspect and the community feel. Classes last only one hour, so there’s not a lot of time for chitchat while you work. But when you keep working out and pushing yourself alongside the same people each morning or afternoon, friendships certainly develop. There’s definitely a sense of camaraderie and community that serves as a support system throughout your fitness journey. Members often chat after class, or “chat” with each other on the gym’s Facebook message boards about their workouts, overall fitness issues or life in general. With this approach, gone are the days of walking into the gym with anonymity, or down into your basement alone, and logging yet another monotonous workout on the treadmill in solitude. That’s a workout that becomes easy to skip. The environment and the variety in a boot camp setting keeps people coming back for more. “The social aspect is huge with women because boot camp gives them an environment that they look forward to going to, a second home of sorts,” said Dustin Martorano, a 1999 Warren High School graduate who is a certified trainer and the owner of Real Results Fitness. “It’s also about the accountability. You’re almost being held accountable by the other people in your class. I think it really works for a lot of women, and my mission is to help as many women in Lake County as I can to live a longer, happier, healthier life.” Of course, men are also welcome at Real Results, and my husband is one of many men who attends classes. But Pron says that one of the reasons she kept coming back during those tough, early days is that she never felt judged or uncomfortable around the guys, as she did at some of the less personal and big box coed gyms she had tried in the past. She never lasted at those gyms for more than a month or two, she said. “I remember my first day of boot camp and how I was scared to death. I didn’t sleep at all the night before. I didn’t think I would fit in,” Pron said. “But there were three of us who started that day and everyone there was so welcoming. I struggled getting through everything. I mean, I couldn’t even do a jumping jack. The trainers worked with me and showed me different modifications that I could do and told me that as long as I kept moving, I was doing something. No one made me feel stupid for doing that. “At the end of that first class, everyone applauded the new people. That made me feel really good. And every day I went after that, I’d meet new people, make new friends and I’d get a little better.” Pron, who also tracks her food intake through My Fitness Pal and Weight Watchers, has gotten so good at boot camp that she’s bumped up her schedule from three days a week to five days a week. She’s also trying out a new program at Real Results: strength camp. Since moving to a bigger location at 1838 Belvidere Road, Real Results has added a heavy weightlifting class and also a cross-fit class, which is essentially a more intense version of boot camp. “Before I started boot camp, I had never even picked up a free weight and now I’m trying strength camp,” Pron said. “I’ve been overweight my whole life, and now I’m on brochures for a fitness place. It’s all so crazy to me.” Pron, who still keeps her “before” picture in her purse so that she never forgets where she started from, mostly relishes the little victories, like being more active in her daughters’ lives. “I was able to sled with my kids, which almost brought tears to my eyes” Pron said. “I was always the one who had to wait at the bottom of the hill for them, because I couldn’t climb up. I just couldn’t make it to the top. Now, I can do that. I can play tag with them. I’m an active parent now, not a sideline parent. “Bootcamp has changed my life in so many ways. I don’t know where I’d be without it. It’s been magical, and it’s been so much easier having people with me on the journey.” pbabcock@dailyherald.com • Follow Patricia on Twitter@babcockmcgraw.

  • For DePaul’s Jenkins, communication remains key Mar 7, 2014 4:48 PM
    DePaul point guard Chanise Jenkins learned from her deaf sister to be a good communicator on and off the court.

  • Stylish footware suits Brunson’s feats Mar 6, 2014 10:05 PM
    Stevenson star guard Jalen Brunson is the honorary captain of the 2014 Daily Herald Lake County all-area boys basketball team.

  • Seriously, Grayslake Central’s Reed is having fun Feb 27, 2014 7:11 PM
    Grayslake Central point guard Malcolm Reed, thanks to an unlikely source, has opened up more and is communicating better in leading the Rams to a worst to first transformation.

  • In basketball and fighting cancer, give Antioch’s Marsiglio an assist Feb 20, 2014 7:06 PM
    Antioch point guard AJ Marsiglio is never too busy to lend a helping hand.

  • Women ski jumpers find fight well worth it Feb 14, 2014 6:46 PM
    Ski jumping for women makes its Olympic debut after a long road and a relentless fight.

  • Warren’s Gillespie standing tall Feb 13, 2014 10:12 PM
    Warren point guard Eric Gillespie might be small in stature, but he's been making big plays for Warren all season.

  • No easy offseason for Sky’s Delle Donne Feb 7, 2014 6:53 PM
    Elena Delle Donne is extremely busy despite the fact that she's not playing overseas during the WNBA off-season.

  • DePaul to host Big East tournament in March Jan 31, 2014 9:29 PM
    Conference tournament time will be here soon, and Chicago is playing host to the Big East women's tournament.

  • Persistence paying off for Mundelein’s Parola Jan 30, 2014 11:09 PM
    Derek Parola is a classic case study in persistence. He could have quit basketball after playing just four minutes a game last year so that he could concentrate on his best sports, golf and baseball. But he stuck around, and now he's arguably the best 3-point shooter in Lake County.

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