At Ellipse Fitness, the only pieces of machinery that you operate are the levers, pulleys, and ball-and-socket mechanisms of your own skeleton. The gyms abstain from treadmills and bikes in favor of a full class schedule and a cooperative group atmosphere. With 35 or more lessons scheduled per week, certified instructors guide students of all experience levels through an ever-changing line-up of strength and cardio drills. These routines incorporate tools such as resistance bands, TRX suspension cords, kettle bells, battling ropes, and kickboxing equipment, though the primary instrument is always the human physique.
In addition to their standard classes, the staff also hosts boot-camp sessions and seminars on mastering your metabolism. Their weight-loss programs encompass weekly check-ins, during which clients receive nutritional resources and gauge their progress by taking measurements instead of stockpiling all the food they didn't eat in a jar. Regardless of its ultimate goal, each Ellipse Fitness regimen involves personal attention and a holistic, full-body approach to wellness.
The programs at Advanced Medical Weight Loss Centers of Wisconsin allow clients to drop pounds for good. A consultation helps customize weight-loss tracks with such aspects as hormone-therapy injections to increase metabolism, appetite-control medications, and thyroid testing. A nutritional counselor aids patients in adopting healthier eating habits such as including more fiber in the diet and chewing each piece of food 100 times before swallowing.
Sheena Hall, owner of Ionique Wellness Spa, touts the healing benefits of the BioMat, an innovative invention that emits far infrared rays and negative ions. Many rely on these forces to treat aches, as well as stress and fatigue, while others turn to them for an immunity boost or metabolism kick. Those looking to slim their silhouettes may find a nonsurgical solution in the clinic’s laser-lipo treatments, which target fat cells with the power of light.
Complete Nutrition provides a variety of nutritional supplements for weight loss, sports nutrition, and healthy aging. For those who have accidentally stored too much water for the winter hibernation, the Complete Essentials Water Pill is a diuretic that removes up to 10 lbs. of the excess body water that can cause puffiness and bloating ($39.99). A top selling product is the TONE body toner, which effectively attacks fat cells while maintaining lean muscles and allowing you to catch all afternoon reruns of Jeopardy ($49.99). No bodily system is overlooked in the product array, including the hair, skin, and nails, which can recharge and flourish via Complete Essentials proprietary growth formula ($39.99).
Owned by master supple-mentor Ray Yingling, Vita Source operates under a philosophy of giving only the highest-quality vitamins to its clients. Feel the strength of 30 miniature Minotaurs with the Life Force multivitamin ($42.99 for three-month supply), or lube up your brain functions with omega-3 fish oil ($34.99 for four-month supply). For bodybuilders looking to expedite the expansion of muscles legally, Vita Source slings whey isolate ($34.99 for two-month supply). The vitamin shop also offers local residents a variety of herbs and sports supplements.
The stone accent wall and cherry-wood counter in Agea Spa's lobby form a barrier against the stresses of the outside world. Upon entering, clients are encouraged to cast aside their cell phones and laptops before enjoying a relaxing shower in one of the private changing areas. This is only the first step, though—within the spa proper, a team of aestheticians and stylists stands ready to pamper visitors from crown to ankle.
The aestheticians' facial treatments incorporate organically sourced skincare ingredients—including anti-inflammatory plant extracts, natural fruit acids, and aromatic steam—formulated to hydrate the skin and imbue it with a healthy glow. The massage therapists target knotted muscles with Swedish, deep-tissue, or hot-stone modalities, and they can also use reflexology or reiki techniques to promote holistic balance. The stylists pamper clients' tresses, designing flattering new looks with a combination of well-placed snips, coloring products, and texturizing treatments.