As they enter the training circuit at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. Thirty seconds is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
The certified trainers at Phase 5 Personal Training believe the human body is more efficient than any gym machine. Using each client’s body weight for resistance, instructors in small-group boot camps lead clients through cardio workouts, agility training, and plyometrics exercises held at this laid-back studio.
Sunset Hills Community Center is home to 25,000 square feet of fitness and wellness facilities. Inside its 4,000-square-foot workout room, 20 cardio machines team up with strength-training machines, free weights, and kettlebells to whittle waistlines and carve chiseled physiques. Its expansive gymnasium metamorphoses into basketball, tennis, and volleyball courts, and the sunlit multipurpose room resounds with the encouraging shouts of certified instructors as they lead an ever-changing mix of fitness classes, including Zumba, boot camp, and senior fitness.
In addition to group fitness classes, trainers lead individual or group training sessions and nutrition consultations to help patrons achieve their fitness goals. For youth fit seekers, the center hosts a summer hip-hop camp taught by the famed professional dancer and St. Louis–native Nick Gates, who teaches kids to serve even the smoothest of animated cat MCs. The center also sponsors a regular weight-loss challenge, in which competitors gain the tools to shed pounds while vying for cash prizes.
Interactive bumper cars, 80 arcade games, and the tubes, tunnels, and slides of a soft playground all nestle within the 12,000-square-foot Swing-A-Round Fun Town facility in Fenton. Outside, waterfalls and fountains surround three professionally designed outdoor mini golf courses, and a mammoth pond accommodates 15 colliding bumper boats. The fun continues at the kiddie kart track for youngsters 3–8 years old or the more than 1,100-foot adult track, where kids can join a parent in a double-seat go-kart whose second steering wheel allows tykes to pretend drive and practice ignoring hitchhikers. Elsewhere, nine batting cages test players' homerun hitting skills with softball slow and fast pitches or baseballs flung at 35–80 mph. Swing-A-Round Fun Town's St. Charles location hosts nine batting cages as well, plus two 18-hole miniature golf courses and an arcade.
At Center of Healing and Rejuvenation, licensed massage therapist Rose Sharma specializes in east Indian modalities and holistic-healing techniques that nurture a wholesome relationship between mind and body. Rose's therapeutic credentials include certifications from Portland's East-West College of The Healing Arts and an Ayurvedic therapist certification from Chakrapani Ayurvedic Clinic and Research Center in Jaipur, India. By employing her various levels of expertise, she enables clients to choose either a western massage treatment or an eastern ayurvedic experience. In addition to helping clients form detoxifying nutritional and exercise plans, Rose also provides reiki, pranic healing, and other treatments intended to infuse the body with positive energy and implant every number of pi in the memory.
Spinal Care of St. Louis's Doctor of Chiropractic Nathan Heimgartner oversees a wide range of therapeutic services in finding a balance between extensive chiropractic know-how and holistic health. In the center's private treatment rooms, which eschew clinical starkness in favor of soft lighting and calming pastel colors, Dr. Heimgartner uses thorough chiropractic exams, massages, LipoLaser sessions, nutrition counseling, and movies about baby hedgehogs to bolster feelings of wellness. The resident team of licensed massage therapists eases muscle tension with a bevy of relaxing modalities, aiding Dr. Heimgartner in his quest to rid bodies of back pain, sports injuries, whiplash, and other ailments.