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By Meg Mathis, Nicole Ross, Lisa Shames and David Zivan | Photo: Photography by Bob Coscarelli | Timepieces courtesy of Razny Jewelers | Shot on location at the Chicago Athletic Association | February 21, 2017
They’ve got serious day jobs, sure—but they don’t let that stand in the way of a serious commitment to sports (and to the fitness those pursuits require). Here, meet five fit fellows who bring their A-game every day of the week.
Dr. Julius Few
BY DAY Plastic surgeon
SPORT OF CHOICE Downhill skiing
He may be relatively new to skiing, but Julius Few hasn’t wasted any time in catching up. “Growing up, skiing wasn’t something we could afford to do,” says Few, who tried downhill skiing for the first time 10 years ago and hasn’t stopped since, heading to Utah’s Deer Valley with his two sons almost every month during the season. “It’s a combination of being outside in nature, and it’s the one place where I truly get to step away from the normal stresses of life.” As one of Chicago’s top plastic surgeons who’s always at the forefront of the latest trends and techniques in natural-looking cosmetic surgery and nonsurgical treatments—“I always look at shape, form and proportion,” he says—stress goes with the territory. His daily morning yoga practice helps, as does the time he spends on the slopes, where he’s a black diamond-rated skier. “A ski instructor once told me, ‘You’re going to go where you look and not where you want to,’ and that was a big lesson,” says Few. “It doesn’t just apply to skiing, but to life too.” –LS
BY DAY Founder and CEO of Chicago Helicopter Experience
SPORT OF CHOICE Hockey
Trevor Heffernan was once a hog trader—but that seems like a lifetime ago for the La Grange native, who founded Chicago Helicopter Experience in 2011 as a first-of-its-kind operation offering a new vantage point on the city’s skyline. Today, Heffernan finds balance in his chockablock schedule by indulging in his lifelong passion of playing hockey. “It takes a lot of hard work—great work ethic, taking care of your body, staying fit—and being mentally strong to compete at a high level,” says the goalie. He relies on a daily high-intensity, full-body workout complete with spin classes and swimming to stay in top shape, whether he’s playing pond hockey with teammates from his Fenwick High School days (where he helped the team win back-to-back state championships) or overseeing phase two construction of an on-site hangar for Chicago Helicopter Experience. Heffernan marvels at the parallels between his personal and professional passions. After all, he notes, “It’s a competitive world.” –MM
BY DAY WGN Morning News anchor
SPORT OF CHOICE Basketball
If you know the name Larry Potash, chances are you’ve seen him on WGN’s Morning News. But for the on-the-go news anchor, finding gym time is a well-cherished privilege with a purpose: basketball. “It’s a way for me to burn off stress and have some laughs with the guys,” says Potash. “I have so much fun and don’t care whether or not the ball goes in the basket.”
At Emerson College in Boston, Potash earned court time not only as a four-year starter, but also as a journalism student. “I used to cover [the Celtics’] practices,” he says. Now an award-winning anchor and a father to two daughters, Potash plays pickup in the Chicago area—you may have caught a glimpse of him playing alongside the Harlem Globetrotters earlier this year. “Though I’ve always been in shape and eaten well, I’ve had to make adjustments and work a little harder as I’ve gotten older,” says Potash. “I define success as not getting hurt so that I can play again next week.” –NR
BY DAY Founder of North American Real Estate
SPORT OF CHOICE Tennis
Many men find their sporting passion by observing their fathers. For Savas Er, it worked the other way around. “As a parent, you want your kid to experience many different sports, and my son was good at most of them,” says the trim real estate developer. “But whenever we tried to increase something, he would say he wanted to play more tennis.” By 7, Er’s son was competing in 10-and-under tournaments. “And I thought: Wow, I have to get started,” he says.
Er was no stranger to athletic pursuits. He raced on the Turkish national sailing team for four years and played college basketball. He works out with a trainer twice a week and plays tennis more often than that. It’s all about fun—and energy for other pursuits as well. Er has served for a decade on the executive board of the Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation, which helps fight gastrointestinal cancers. “I had to take some time off with an injury, and I was miserable,” he says. “My energy level went down, even in my business. I have to always be doing something. I need to.” –DZ
BY DAY Co-owner of Teddie Kossof Salon
SPORT OF CHOICE Sports car racing
It might seem like Alan Kossof leads a double life: As the co-owner of Teddie Kossof Salon, the 17,000-square-foot, three-story emporium celebrating 42 years in Northfield, he’s immersed in the beauty industry. But when he’s not focusing on innovations like scalp analysis, this proud Sports Car Club of America member is behind the wheel of a racecar, on his beloved home track of Road America or the Virginia International Raceway, or even Daytona International Speedway (“hallowed ground,” he says of the last). “Your heart rate is up, your mind is focused, you’re on edge—everything is just firing and ready to go,” Kossof says of the sport.
Kossof’s current ride is a Porsche GT3 Cup. He relies on cardio workouts as well as weekly chiropractor visits and deep-tissue massages—not to mention a healthy, consistent diet balanced with supplements—for peak performance. And, of course, a little grooming can come in handy. “It doesn’t hurt to be in the beauty business,” he observes, “because if you look good, you feel good too.” –MM
All garments are subjects’ own; watches by Razny Jewelers (razny.com); on-site hair and makeup by Amy Geister for SalonDJ; wardrobe styling by Heather Brooks