Zip Fitness's staff strives to keep intimidation from creeping in to each of the five gyms. To welcome all exercisers—even those who have never had gym memberships before—Gym Geniuses stroll through each location donning bright-red shirts that signal their availability to help guests operate the various machines and guide them in drafting fitness goals and coming up with routines for the day. They've stocked each location with strength equipment from brands such as Precor and Life Fitness, and a guided strength circuit's 30-minute full-body workout takes the guesswork out of toning physiques. Rows of cardio equipment include treadmills, ellipticals, and upright and recumbent bikes, along with rowing machines and StairMaster step mills. For stretching and ab work, bands, balls, and body bars abound, and free weights include dumbbells, barbells, and tamed school bells.
Gold memberships unlock additional perks, such as unlimited access to Hex II tanning booths and the ActivTrax online fitness and nutrition coach, which plots out workouts and offers nutrition tools tailored to each user's goals, from slimming down to having the flexibility to comb your hair with your feet.
A plush sectional couch, flat-screen TV, and fish tank give Soleil Tanning Salon’s reception area the comforting touches of a family room. The same welcoming attention is offered by the attentive staff members, who give each client a piggyback ride to their private treatment room and offer helpful instructions on using the tanning beds and standup booth. A slate of tanning products, including Australian Gold and Swedish Beauty, are available for clients’ bronzing experiences.
Since opening in the early 1990s with just four stores, L.A. Tan has expanded into a national brand that counts more than 180 locations in six states. Members can tan at any location they wish, selecting from services that range from at least five levels of high-end UV beds to spray-tan booths from top brands such as Mystic Tan and VersaSpa. Anyone unsure of how to navigate all the options can seek advice from one of L.A. Tan's certified tanning professionals, who know each tanning bed on a first-name basis. They also give consultations, build custom packages based on individual skin type, and offer take-home products that help tans last longer. Dependent on the location, spray tanning systems will vary; call desired location for further details.
Tropic Image Tan bronzes bodies seven days a week using a Norvell airbrush unit or high-wattage tanning beds. A pair of spray tans gilds epidermal terrain sans UV rays, with each sunless tan lasting up to a week. The tanning solution reacts with a naturally occurring protein to darken the skin, a process significantly less messy than bathing in pried-open ink cartridges. Alternatively, clients can opt for a month of tanning on four levels of beds, extending their sun-kissed look without risking singed lips. The tanning emporium offers free goggles to first-time customers and sells them to repeat visitors. The month-long unlimited package also includes a free spray tan. Tropic Image Tan cultivates information as well as browner bodies. Browse their FAQ page to soak up their high-wattage knowledge rays.
Stocked with five tanning beds and a seasoned staff of technicians, Toucan Tan bequeaths skin with a flawless and natural-looking glow, be it from UV light or sunless spray. Pristinely clean wooden floors and a hoard of pre- and posttan lotions lead the way from the lobby into private tanning rooms, where aqua-drenched walls set a beach-like scene. Here, color-thirsty skin can bask in a Level 1 Solaris bed—fortified with three face tanners for an extrabronze visage—or drink up an even tone in the standup SunScape 756. Alternatively, tanning techs, who come armed with up to seven years of spritzing experience, can mist bodies by hand with a UV- and chemical-free blend of açaí berries, sugar, beets, and aloe vera. In as little as five minutes, this custom tan infuses skin with a streak-free glow that lasts for up to seven days and eschews the fake orange tinge rendered by the antiquated sunless-tanning method of making out with a bag of cheetos.
In 1963, Dick Ruffolo opened Ruffolo's Hair Studio & Tanning Salon with the help of his brother Gabe, who he hired as an employee. Within the Redken Elite Salon, the current staff of beauty pros snip hair, add color, and create texture as they shape locks and arm-wrestle ponytails into submission. Turning their attention to the rest of the body, aestheticians can administer spa services that range from facials to mani-pedis to makeup application.