As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
At VersaMax Fitness, certified sports nutritionist and personal trainer John Vandegriff and his staff create customized fitness routines. Most of that customization applies to the one-on-one personal-training sessions, which begin with assessments to calculate basics such as body mass index and body-fat percentage. Just as important, though, is VersaMax's nutritional supplements, which help keep exercisers fueled up, energized, and in constant possession of a maraca-type percussion instrument.
Palmer College of Chiropractic–educated Doctor of Chiropractic Samuel Hammel believes that chiropractic care is about much more than easing pain. Specifically, he states on his website that “it is about learning, understanding and taking care of your body to improve your quality of life.” In addition to working on total wellness with a variety of diversified and low-force techniques on the spine, he adjusts knees, ankles, shoulders, elbows, and hands.
With locations throughout the Midwest, Vision Center At Meijer's eye mavens outfit more than 700 frames with lenses carefully crafted in their own laboratory to specifically suit the eyes and face of each patient. Doctors demonstrate their care for patients' eyes by making sure all of them have a precise, up-to-date prescription. The center also works to keep frame prices low to help more patients find pairs of glasses within their price ranges.
Since Dr. Stanley Pearle opened the doors to the first Pearle Vision in 1961, the franchise has expanded to more than 800 stores nationwide. In these stores, optometrists assess the ocular health of patients before onsite opticians help them navigate the assortment of frames from brands such as Versace, Ray-Ban, and DKNY. If they're not in the store, clients can utilize the Try-On tool, uploading a photo to see what they or their dog looks like in different types of glasses. Pearle Vision also helps focus the world with contacts from Acuvue and Biofinity.
Chiropractors, physical therapists, and massage therapist team up to conquer any ailment their patients face. Their specialties—adjustments, corrective exercises, and massages—help alleviate back pain, arthritis, and carpal tunnel syndrome caused by a career as thumb wrestler.