When it first opened in 2008, the inventory at Kyle's Bikes aligned more closely with its name. The shop originally just housed gear for cyclists: bikes, helmets, and cycling apparel. But as its clientele and their needs grew, so did the merchandise on its walls and racks.
Today, Kyle's Bikes caters to more than just cyclists?it also accommodates runners and triathletes. In addition to cycles bearing brand names such as Jamis and Specialized, you'll also find Brooks, Asics, and Altra Zero Drop running shoes. Plus, technicians will also care for ailing bikes with tune-up and repair services if they're riding unsteadily or refusing to eat.
Since 1993, the family-owned EyeMart Optical Outlet's goal has been to furnish central Iowans with affordable eyewear. The eye boutique spans nine locations and its inventory of basic and designer frames presents stylish options for all face structures. Optometrists at each location furnish their patients with prescriptions that can be quickly traded for single-vision or progressive lenses with protective coatings and lasers.
Lifepoint Dental Partners is a dental practice that uses minimally invasive techniques, which include composite resin fillings that blend in with enamel. Invisalign braces keep metal out of mouths as they guide teeth into more aesthetically pleasing positions. And the team probes mouthscapes with digital x-rays that emit up to 80% less radiation than traditional x-rays.
The instructors at băl•ance yoga lounge align bodies and minds to increase total body flexibility and fitness. Fledgling yogis can slip comfortably into posture practice with the Hatha yoga class, which features gentle stretching and basic poses to relieve stress and prepare bodies for advanced ventures into Vinyasa. Certified teachers aim to strike a crucial balance between the physical, spiritual, and ethereal aspects of yoga, ultimately creating brains and bodies that are in harmony with each other and with waterskiing squirrels. Though this Groupon is only valid for the Hatha style at the designated times, băl•ance yoga lounge also offers a variety of stretching styles for continued study, including Ashtanga, Vinyasa, hot yoga, and Yogilates. The studio is also home to the only Yoga Alliance–approved yoga-teacher-training program in central Iowa.
Fitness World West has been trimming Iowa's waistlines since 1986. Its three modern, fully equipped facilities hold more than 75 weekly fitness classes, an aquatic program accredited by the Arthritis Foundation, and advanced strength equipment from Hammer, Cybex, and Paramount. During the diverse lineup of fitness classes, the gym's trainers pump up their students' motivation with rigorous, varying workouts that include Zumba, yoga, cross training, and Greco-Roman spelling bees. For one-on-one instruction, personal trainers work with clients to design fitness plans that optimize results, taking advantage of the center’s cushioned track and the cardio theater's elliptical machines, cross trainers, bikes, and treadmills. When working out solo, clients can set brainwaves to one of 80 channels broadcasting from the cardio machines' personal flat-screen TVs, jogging or biking along to motivational music videos, athletic competitions, or home-shopping auctions. The gym’s selection of Olympic free weights stands ready to fatigue muscles before the whirlpool, sauna, or steam room relieves and relaxes deep-rooted aches.
In addition to increasing clients’ physical prowess, Fitness World West's knowledgeable staff help overhaul the unhealthy habits of their clients through computerized fitness assessments and personalized nutrition consultations. And, during workouts, they welcome parents to entrust their children to the kids' gym and nursery, where an eagle-eyed staff member watches over little ones as they romp around or lead troops of G.I. Joe figurines in taxing pushup regimens.
Whether explaining long division to grade-schoolers or demonstrating sit-ups for grown-ups, Amber Cahill loves to teach. In addition to sporting national certifications in personal training and group fitness instruction, she draws upon two degrees in elementary education to propel adult exercisers toward optimal health and happiness. Instead of taking place in a constricting bubble-hockey rink, her boot camps venture into the great outdoors, where participants can soak up sunshine and fill their lungs with fresh, clean air. Amber measures each participant's fitness level at the start of the program then again at the end, which helps highlight progress toward wellness goals. Calories melt during a 10-minute warm-up jog, and muscles ripple during bodyweight exercises such as planks and pushups. To cultivate a team-like atmosphere, Amber peppers her ever-changing workouts with fun, partner-based fitness games. When they're not sculpting their muscles, participants complete a nutrition log to see how many calories are coming in and how many are going out or hanging around the water cooler for a juicy morsel of gossip.