A Mind and Body Total Fitness

Spring is just around the corner and March is National Nutrition Month. Time is of the essence. Need some assistance, look no further…trainer Alex Vasileski is your man!

Born in Macedonia and raised in Indiana, two-time cancer survivor Alex Vasileski resembles a superhero bedecked with multiple tattoos. Comparable to a professional athlete and as disciplined as one, Mr. Vasileski will give you a workout and run for your money.

A little over two years ago, Mr. Vasileski created A Mind and Body Total Fitness (AMBTF). Offering the best for its clients, AMBTF creates a complete customization of fitness and nutrition that is unique to the individual, along with a holistic approach to health and wellness, including customized fitness plans, tailor made nutrition plans, corporate training, prenatal and postnatal training, and pre-hab, rehabilitation and post-rehabilitation training.

Sharing a tip for National Nutrition Month, Mr. Vasileski suggests, “Try to give up one thing that you crave and increase your water intake to at least half their body weight in ounces.” Another option is a custom juice cleanse created by Cleanse Culture, new on the market from owner Nicole Kasal. Mr. Vasileski explains why this is the product, “Cleanse Culture is one of the best options, if not the best option, when it comes to doing a cleanse. It is all natural, raw, organic and cold pressed to ensure that you not only get all the nutrients, but you are also getting the necessary antioxidants.”

Need more inspiration? Here are some words from the expert: “Since winter is coming to an end it is important to start using the outdoors as our exercise playground. There are many opportunities in the city to get this: the stairs on Wacker Drive, walking instead of taking taxis, and using outdoor parks for quick little workouts like jump roping. We’ve been cooped up all winter long, let’s get out of those high rises and use the great outdoors of this wonderful city.”

Eating healthy is one of the biggest steps towards health and wellness. Mr. Vasileski comments on his favorite places to dine out: “The healthiest restaurants in Chicago that I frequently go to for a great meal are Doc B’s Fresh Kitchen, Protein Bar, Lyfe Kitchen and a place in Streeterville called Local Root. I love locally farmed, organic and fresh options if I’m getting a meal out and about.” Does Mr. Vasileski go to Starbucks? No, he doesn’t drink coffee, only caffeine-free green tea. Don’t worry – this superhero is human…he does crave Sugar Hills Bakery’s fresh carrot cake, even if he only takes one small bite.

Don’t use the age old excuse of “I couldn’t make it to the gym today.” Mr. Vasileksi has alternative suggestions, “You really can exercise anywhere! You can turn your hotel room into a gym by using water bottles as weights, and using towels on the floors as sliders for your feet and hands for a great core workout. Pack some strength bands in your luggage. They take up no room and you can use them to do a great resistance training session that works all the muscle groups in your hotel room.”

Closing words from Mr. Vasileski: “Dream big, scale small, get there fast!”

Bonus: here is Mr. Vasileski’s favorite dish: black bean and chickpea kale salad with organic grilled chicken breast.

1 bunch Kale
1 large tomato
1/4 onion
1 can black beans
1 can chickpeas
1/3 cup fresh basil
1/8 cup mint leaves
extra virgin olive oil
sea salt
fresh ground pepper
organic free range chicken breast.

Preparation: Chop kale into bite size pieces. Dice tomatoes and chop onion finely. Rinse the black beans and chickpeas and drain. Tear the fresh basil and mint leaves into bite size pieces. Grill the chicken breast and season with ground pepper and sea salt. Slice chicken into strips. Mix into a bowl with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and enjoy.

Marcin Cymmer Photograph


About Cindy Burns

Currently writing for TCW's 'Woman About Town' column, Cindy Burns covers Chicago's social scene, events, fashion, and interviews women and men who are making a difference in the world. With an M.A. in American History from DePaul University, Ms. Burns is an author, freelance writer, avid reader and researcher. Ms. Burns has spent over 20 years serving on charitable boards and organizations, and currently serves as a member of the Women's Board of the Joffrey Ballet and the Women's Auxiliary Board of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicago. She is also an Honorary Member of the Children's Service Board of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital. When Ms. Burns isn't running around Chicago covering current events, you can find her biking, on the tennis courts, or hiking in a mountainous region of her choice.