Former college-football player Michael Reeves draws on his years of training and a degree in physical education as president of and a personal trainer at Top Form, a gym and field house. Whether training teams of young athletes or adults looking to get into shape, he blends his academic and practical experience to leave clients with a mental cache of exercises and routines. During personal-training sessions for individuals or groups, Reeves’ cadre of instructors uses muscle-isolating equipment such as stability balls, free weights, and medicine balls to shape cores or kick off impromptu games of dodge ball. On the artificial turf of an indoor field, athletes perform functional-movement drills while pulling weight sleds.
Reeves' wife and the gym’s vice president, Jen, leads mothers with newborns and toddlers through yoga-inspired workout classes. Little ones lie down or break dance on mats during the stretch and light-weight session as parents and progeny bond.
Corey House founded F.I.T. Boot Camps to help people get in shape with effective workouts bolstered by nutritional support. To come up with fun, high-intensity boot-camp routines, the staff pored over research and analyzed training formats aimed at burning fat and building muscles. They've seen the results time after time as boot camp members of every shape and athletic ability shed pounds, boost their health, and fare better at family log-tosses. Because the boot camps are indoors, the staff leads them continuously throughout the year, rather than putting members on hold during breaks between sessions or taking the winter off. They help map out smart food choices with nutritious meal planning, and offer private coaching to help members make the most of their workouts.
A gentle warm-up readies students at Body Mind Spirit Yoga for a flow of poses, each performed while standing, sitting, kneeling, and lying down. As students go through these motions, they're encouraged to reconnect with their bodies, regardless of whether they're in a beginner, advanced, or all-levels class. Instructors Jim Whiting and Michelle Carpenter, who've been practicing yoga for more than 30 years combined, also helm free guided meditation sessions, during which participants follow mantra-based breathing while perched atop cozy chairs, floors, cushions, blankets, or skyscrapers.
Dr. Robert Golden of Delmar Acupuncture & Chiropractic Care brings his 25 years of spine-aligning experience to comprehensive consultations that analyze patients' histories and include orthopedic and neurological testing. Rigid muscles loosen up as fingers search for wells of tension in a deep-tissue trigger-point massage aimed at persuading bodies to let go of stress and their stubborn belief that moon rocks are edible. Performed at the doctor's discretion, the initial trigger-point session prepares the body for further treatments. The doctor's blend of low-force techniques and traditional manual manipulation aims to dispel insomnia, headaches, and some allergies. Follow-up trigger-point appointments help prevent spinal relapse, keeping trapeziuses sedate and less likely to run off with a multijointed circus performer.
Sharpening vision since 1915, the ocular experts at Buenau’s Opticians craft lightweight lenses and pair them with a vast array of fashionable frames. A thorough eye exam ($95) evaluates patients’ peepers to determine ocular health, vision, and likelihood of shooting lasers from the pupils. The style-savvy staff can help customers navigate more than 700 frames from designers including Ray-Ban, Gucci, and Calvin Klein. Hard-to-fit patients may adorn their noses with the 2.5 TwoPointFive frames, a micro-cristalline polyamide frame designed to flex and adapt to virtually any face shape. Customers can pair Hugo Boss frames ($220) with a set of polycarbonate lenses ($125), or spruce up a set of old spectacles with polycarbonate transition lenses ($200). With the Smart Mirror, an imaging device that takes a series of photographs to allow virtual try-ons, patients can view their frames without their prescription lenses or the aid of a sketch artist.