Dolphin Fitness Clubs' forest of humming and clanking exercise equipment is overseen by knowledgeable staff who are eager to dole out instruction on playing nicely with the machines and to pass along workout tips. Professional cardio- and strength-training equipment, from top manufacturers such as Cybex, Streamline, and Hammer, abounds as the certified trainers lead clients through customized workouts that are supplemented by nutritional counseling. The trainers also conduct group fitness classes—such as Zumba—in their expansive studios. Hordes of flat-screens line the gym walls, regaling fitness-seekers with distractions in the form of TV shows and movies such as Babe, a pig in the city who overcame all odds to run his first marathon.
Since 1973, archers have lined up to hone their shots at the front of Victory Archers' 12 regulation-size lanes. The arrow-slingers who line up there aren’t just a random collection of archers––though the indoor range does hold open shooting on Wednesday nights––but a community of archers drawn from leagues, lessons, and a group of members who team up not only to shoot, but also to maintain the facility. The real-world results from the community-based lessons and sans-leotard practice sessions have been impressive, as evidenced by the 17-point buck and other wild trophies that have been felled by club members.
The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studio, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the cha-cha. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba.
Grandmaster Dennis Tosten founded the first Amerikick in 1967 and has since taught several champion fighters, police officers, and everyday students karate and self-defense. Today, the lauded chain teaches fitness classes inspired by martial arts, including cardio kickboxing in six states. Each location upholds a curriculum that blends Chinese and Japanese martial-arts styles?including kenpo and tae kwon do?with modern self-defense strategies, further updating traditional practices by eschewing uniforms and belts for casual workout gear. Having attained certification in teaching kickboxing from the National Association of Professional Martial Artists, Amerikick?s seasoned instructors also each possess black belts in karate, a rank as difficult to attain as the snake charmer?s belt of live cobras.
Thomas A Law, MD, has made a name for himself with his steady, precise hands. The honorably discharged major in the US Army Medical Corps and former piano player entered the Army Reserve in 1980 and later went on to become a flight surgeon and an emergency-room physician with the Army. He even earned the expert-marksman award at the pistol range on his first attempt. Now, Dr. Law uses his nimble fingers to transplant hair.
He has developed an international reputation for his meticulous and creative approach to hair transplantation. Using either one of two methods depending on the client's needs. Dr. Law can harvest individual follicles with the follicular-unit-extraction technique or surgically remove and divide thin strips of hair with the follicular-unit-transplantation process. Both methods take advantage of a horseshoe-shaped donor area at the back of the head where an abundance of "lifelong" hair follicles are typically found. Much like a BFF necklace from his best friend, these follicles are always there on virtually every man.
Having earned multiple certifications as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor, Samantha LaPella took the next step toward empowering her clients: she opened a studio that specializes in women-friendly workouts. There, she and her all-female staff approach exercise with moves from a wide variety of disciplines. They helm group classes that range from yoga to boxing to boot camp, augmenting their workouts with nutritional pointers. In an effort to boost coordination and confidence, they also plan dance-based sessions, including Zumba and the salsa-powered moves of Shake It Up. Embodying the vibrant, stylish spirit of its staff and students, the gym flaunts hot-pink walls and shimmering chandeliers, which double as retrievable trophies for the most advanced pole-dancing students.