Ever since The Alaska Club opened its first location in 1986, they've been striving to serve their members by adding amenities, classes, and opening new locations. Though each location’s offerings vary, they supplement their well-stocked fleets of cardio machines and strength equipment with cycling studios, climbing walls, basketball courts, swimming pools, and play centers for the kids. The club also offers spa services including hydromassage beds, tanning, and saunas.
Group fitness classes include yoga, step aerobics, and Pilates, and personal trainers stand at the ready to help clients focus on fitness goals. The clubs also offer swim lessons and summer camps for kids, setting in stone their commitment to making The Alaska Club a place for the whole family, not the half-formed family, which needs at least seven more years to gestate in the laboratory incubator.
Licensed acupuncturist Aria Walker brings a wealth of experience to the acupuncture table. Walker earned a master's degree in acupuncture and Chinese herbal studies from the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture and holds national certification from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She uses her skills to practice five-element acupuncture, which can treat physical and mental conditions such as common colds, fibromyalgia, and depression.
• For $57, you get a gold-panning adventure for two children (a $96 value including admission fee). • For $73, you get a gold-panning adventure for two adults (a $128 value including admission fee). • For $99, you get an Alaska Wildlife and Turnagain Arm bus tour for two people (a $208 value including admission fee).
Licensed massage therapist Pista Szabo adheres to only scientifically proven massage methods as he sweeps his hands over muscles, taking care to apply pressure that is therapeutic without being painful. His custom massages incorporate Swedish styles, myofascial release techniques, and deep-tissue kneading.
Urban Zen Yoga Studio helps gym-goers hone their flexibility, mental clarity, and core strength with a slew of yoga classes. In basic yoga classes, students nail down alignment, breath control, and postures, many of which can be performed with variations. Then, they can move onto more challenging styles, such as hot Vinyasa. In a studio set to 95 degrees––or about 308 Kelvin––they follow a tough series of poses inspired by Bikram, ashtanga, and kundalini yoga.