As a 23-year-old junior, Tom Hatten didn’t spend his evenings at the raucous parties or ice-cream socials associated with college life. Instead, he’d spend the waning hours of his evenings waiting by the dryer for the last batch of towels before collapsing into bed. In the morning, he would lug them to Mountainside Fitness, the gym he opened as a student that he has thrown all his energy into maintaining ever since.
Today, the humble 4,800-square-foot space has bloomed into nine gyms that average a sweeping 41,000 square feet. Tom’s vision of creating a friendly neighborhood gym that greets each guest with a warm towel underscores every decision he makes for the different locations, from the colorful kid-care spaces to the entertaining group fitness classes. Personal trainers plan regimens tailored to each client, helping them lose weight, build muscle, or target the muscles that will help build a better golf game. Clients can create their own routines with the help of cardio and weight machines, or explore the different amenities at each location, such as saunas, rock-climbing walls, and indoor basketball courts.
Andrew Clark started his career at Performance Executive Fitness as a front-desk clerk. He put in the work, getting a personal-training certification and honing his rehabilitation skills as a trainer—dedication that resulted in his current position as gym owner. Andrew now leads a staff of trainers and consultants that help him chart custom fitness and nutrition services ranging from private workout sessions and sport camps to small-group conditioning programs. Each program focuses on helping clients achieve sound physical functioning, including functional-movement screenings and oiling joints with Powerade. Multiple media sources have highlighted the efficacy of Andrew's regimens, which took The Morning Blend's reporter Alex Miranda from a 125-pound bench press to 165 pounds in three months. Clients can enjoy the benefit of this expertise without disappearing into the crowd, since the gym has a member cap of 200 to prevent overcrowding and cultivate an atmosphere of community support and camaraderie.
At Ultimate Tan, a team of Smart Tan-certified professionals help clients obtain rich tans suited to their skin type and individual needs. They start by discussing the benefits of their eight U.S.-manufactured UV beds, each replete with surround sound and body fans. Those beds provide four varying levels of bronzing, with tan times ranging between nine and 20 minutes. Those seeking sunless options, on the other hand, will be walked through the use of an automated Versa Spa spray booths. Versa Spa mists clients in golden clouds, providing three tanning levels and a choice of immediate bronzers or clear solutions, along with moisturizing treatments, which can be included to prolong the life of the tan.
Dedicated to enhancing natural beauty, the team at Ultimate Tan also offers teeth whitening, lash extensions, and body wraps designed to shed five to 15 inches per treatment. Speaking of weight loss, the staff can also administer ultrasonic-cavitation treatments. A non-invasive procedure, ultrasonic-cavitation breaks down fatty cells, which then escape the body via natural processes or the nearest window.
Mind, Body & Flow was voted one of the best new businesses in the East Valley Tribune's Best of the East Valley 2011 awards for harnessing the body?s innate ability to bring itself into balance. As you step into their 1,700-square-foot facility, the deep-red walls of the reception area and clean, spa-like treatment rooms invite rejuvenating relaxation.
The crew also combats stress and physical maladies with a repertoire of holistically minded treatments, including infrared-sauna sessions, nutritional programs, and body wraps, whose infrared rays can help clients relax, reduce fat, and alleviate pain and joint stiffness. Deft massage therapists deploy various forms of massage to calm the autonomic nervous system, enabling clients to play Operation for hours without flinching. Recently, Mind, Body, & Flow has expanded its service scope to include chiropractic care and functional medicine, which work in tandem to align the body, detoxify it, and promote healing. By integrating such treatments, clients achieve inner balance while combating underlying obstacles blocking their path to total wellness.
With years of training in everything from physiology and immunology to endocrinology and neurology, the licensed naturopathic physicians at RejuveNature Medical design treatment regimens intended to restore balance to all of the body's systems. This sense of balance helps jump start the body's natural healing processes that can help patients overcome the chronic pains or general discomfort that affects them. By targeting the underlying causes of the symptoms as well as the symptoms themselves, this holistic approach promotes optimal health while avoiding overly invasive procedures, prescription medications, and clinical-strength chicken noodle soup whenever possible.
The staff wholeheartedly embraces this approach by offering a range of natural therapies as well as elements of modern medical care. Nutritional guidance, botanical medicine, and homeopathic remedies form the backbone of the therapists' approach, although they also offer a host of time-honored treatments that aim to address the root of the problem instead of merely masking the symptoms. This is evident in the center's acupuncture and reiki treatments, which work to restore balance to the flow of the body's natural energies. The staff's holistic approach also places an equal amount of emphasis on prevention, striving to bolster the body's capability to resist the negative effects of future traumas.
Created by renowned fitness expert Jaime Brenkus, the man behind the 8 Minute Abs workout videos, the Slim & Fit approach to wellness is much more than a diet. Certified Slim Coaches and Fit Trainers helm weekly weigh-ins and exercise sessions, slinging encouragement that’s grounded in their commitment to cultivating permanent behavioral change. Fueled by a passion to help others achieve their goals, Cathy Lombardo, along with her husband Chris, decided to bring Brenkus’s philosophy to their community. After cutting the ribbon, a ceremony that Brenkus himself attended, Cathy got busy putting her experience as an all-American track-and-field athlete to use guiding others toward overall well-being.
In addition to the hunger-curbing six meals a day that participants enjoy on the 4-2 Slim Plan, exercisers burn calories during Brenkus's Fitness Fusion workout via resistance, cardio, and strength training. The system's patented portion-control plate demonstrates the appropriate amount of food to eat or store in second stomachs for the approaching winter months.