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.
As the clients of the month might tell you, the dedicated Fit Pros at Body Renew Alaska know how to get results. The team—which includes a female bodybuilder, a National Guardsman, and a trainer who helped one client lose more than 200 pounds in a year—takes a five-step approach to making weight loss permanent. Each client's journey begins with a fitness assessment, in which a personal trainer takes measurements, helps create realistic goals, and introduces the gym equipment. Patrons use an online tool to make healthful food choices and train their metabolism, and they can improve cardiovascular endurance during a variety of boot camps and classes, such as Zumba, kickboxing, and circuit training. Throughout the process, a crew member dispenses one-on-one feedback and encouragement, answering questions about the fastest way to burn fat or how to convert a pair of worn-out sneakers into a chipmunk hotel.
Advanced-practice nurse Leeanne Mercier specializes in keeping women healthy, but she also focuses on their personal comfort. After 20 years of providing preventative healthcare to the indigenous women of the arctic, Mercier opened her own clinic for women's health in 2004. She now owns All About You Medical Spa, where she takes an individualized approach to beauty and wellness. Aestheticians put patients at ease with advanced training in services such as cosmetic injectables, skin-tightening derma-roller treatments, and nonsurgical liposuction sessions.
In the turquoise-walled Thai room, Asian-inspired art and lush tapestries create a cozy, welcoming backdrop for women's wellness exams. The reception area is no less comforting—a cushy red sofa sprawls beside a wood-framed fireplace, whose flame-fed light mingles with rays from the sparkling chandelier overhead. The massage room also features a fireplace, along with a painting depicting a window-like view into an exotic landscape.
The medical staff at Alaska Premier Health carries on a 19-year tradition of helping clients achieve weight-management goals with personalized weight-loss programs. The team begins with an in-depth consultation, analyzing each patient's social and family history and current health before embarking on a body-fat analysis that helps determine the caloric intake and chip-aisle circumventions needed for healthy weight loss. Non-Herculean exercise and diet recommendations add balance to programs and facilitate sustainable results, while meal-replacement products from OptiFast curb calorie deficits. Medical professionals are available through extended office hours and a "no-waiting" appointment policy and also give patients a calorie-counting book for recording daily food intake and svelte, cake-free dreams.
With 15 locations statewide, Arctic Chiropractic serves most regions of Alaska, including its flagship location in Anchorage, located at 36th and Denali (formerly Kremer Chiropractic). The office's staff of nine massage therapists offer modalities such as relaxation, deep tissue, sports, pregnancy, and Swedish. All treatments are overseen by an on-staff physician, who can help with general healthcare goals and especially tricky sudoku puzzles.
The OptiHealth Medical Clinic team helps patients fight stress and weight gain. Specialists include a doctor board-certified in family practice, board-eligible in medical bariatrics, and OMP in Chinese Medicine; licensed registered dieticians; and a certified diabetes educator. To help achieve total wellness, the clinic also calls on exercise physiologists, personal trainers, and massage therapists. Their services include lifestyle and nutritional counseling, acupuncture, and anxiety management.