When the Douglas J Aveda Institute opened in Knoxville in 2011, it joined a family of institutes and salons that Douglas Weaver started in the 1960s. Here, Aveda students pursue certification in cosmetology and esthiology while practicing their craft on real clients under the supervision of licensed educators. And because students perform the services, the rates are lower than at traditional salons. The Knoxville treatment menu includes hair design—cuts, color, retexturizing—as well as Aveda’s Elemental Nature facials, pedicures, and manicures.
The Institute is inside the historic S&W Grand building, a handsome art-deco landmark that, like a compassionate fairy-tale prince, is equally handsome on the inside. The spa rooms have a rustic balance of exposed brick and wood paneling, and the salon’s geometric light fixtures gleam upon checkerboard tile floors and industrial shelving lined with Aveda’s signature products.
Arbor Fit Club’s menagerie of equipment lives inside a spacious, sunlit environment that resembles a hybrid between gym and health club. Life Fitness and Hammer Strength machines help build up bodies, and personal TVs affixed to cardio gear permit guests to zone out as they slim down. Group fitness classes scheduled seven days a week include Les Mills weight-training routines and yoga. Away from the workout action, sophisticated amenities await members, including a plush living-room entry lounge and keypad lockers with a holographic doberman guard system. Patrons can sip protein-enriched shakes from the juice bar as whippersnappers enjoy the supervision of professional childcare staff.
What began in 1975 as one inner-city gym in Highland Park, Michigan, has since evolved into a global health-club organization with locations in 17 different countries. Powerhouse Gym equips weightlifters and cardio bunnies alike with all they’ll ever need to keep—or create—a tight and toned physique. The gym offers equipment outfitted with personal TVs as well as a cast of certified and knowledgeable personal trainers. Depending on location, members will also have access to group fitness classes, such as yoga, Zumba, and Les Mills BodyPump, as well as 24-7 turnkey access to the facility.
Jump City's indoor play land works hard to live up to its name. The vibrantly colored metropolis surrounds visitors with enough inflated slides, obstacle courses, and bounce houses to make any balloon animal regret its decision to move to the suburbs.
The certified muscle tutors at Fitness Together help students to determine training goals and develop a custom workout plan designed to target self-selected fitness metrics. Shape up for intramural debuts with sport-specific training, sizzle away calories as part of custom weight-loss programs, or bulk up before no-holds-barred dissertation defenses. In addition to workouts, trainers also share nutrition advice, aiding exercisers with healthy grocery guides and access to a library of body-friendly recipes. Workouts unfold in Fitness Together’s full gym replete with cardio equipment, strength-building weights, and communal and private training bays. Stow personal effects in the gym’s well-appointed locker room, which offers temporary shelter to bags, changes of clothes, and inspirational cutouts of Charles Atlas.
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. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage participants’ machine maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use your own body weight, fitness level, and aerodynamic water bottle to create resistance that matches abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.