Members at Curves, a fitness center designed exclusively for women, rotate around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with female bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use an individual's own body weight, fitness level, and aerodynamic water bottle to create resistance that matches abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury.
When rock-climbing couple Christy and Scott Thrift got engaged, Christy was dangling off the side of Stone Mountain. The same adventurous spirit that elevated their engagement informs their married life, which they spend running their wilderness guiding service, Thrifty Adventures. While some of the duo’s trips require previous outdoor experience, most welcome all participants, and range from ice climbing adventures to rock climbing and backpacking trips. Along the way, Scott and Christy teach safety basics, climbing techniques, and strategies for preserving natural surroundings, such as refraining from nibbling on the mountain.
At Mid-South Boxing and Fitness Academy, trainers lead authentic boxing classes, jujitsu sessions, and workouts that combine martial arts and CrossFit training. The Fight-Fit program teaches self-defense techniques and striking form in the course of a workout that also draws on CrossFit exercises.
Doctors Kirsten Albrecht and Catherine Earl of Southern Eyes interrogate ocular orbs with eye exams and outfit struggling eyes with high-tech lenses. The 45–60 minute appointment can diagnose common eye problems including glaucoma and cataracts and uncover underlying causes of vision loss, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or backward ski masks. Most exams involve dilating drops, but they can be circumvented with cutting-edge digital Optomap Retinal exams (a $39 additional fee). After the exam, eyeballs get the assist from cutting-edge ocular technology, such as shatterproof polycarbonate lenses—which use some of the thinnest high-index materials available—and Varilux progressive lenses that mask the telltale signs of bifocals, preventing civilians from guessing your alter-ego's true age.
At Health Source of Concord, Doctor of Chiropractic Chris W. McNulty eliminates pain and puts bodies back into balance with noninvasive, drug-free chiropractic techniques. For instance, he performs gentle spinal adjustments, using a "specific prone" technique that's geared toward patients' comfort. He also promotes health through acupuncture treatments, expertly redirecting the body's flow of energy with thin, sterile needles.
At Vitality Medical Wellness Institute, doctors Jeffrey Galvin and William J. Burchfield call upon their own personal experiences to help patients achieve long-term improvements in body composition and health. Both former members of the U.S. Air Force, Dr. Burchfield is an avid athlete and former marathon runner, and Dr. Galvin has struggled through his own wellness issues while working as an emergency-room physician and raising three kids. Their programs stress the importance of nutrition, but may include fitness protocols for patients who are able to exercise. They also specialize in anti-aging medicine and hormone therapy.