At Eclipse Fitness Sports and Wellness, working out and watching an all-day Real Housewives marathon are not mutually exclusive pursuits. With high-definition 15-inch screens on every cardio machine—which are also outfitted with integrated iPod connectivity and USB ports—the gym's treadmills, elliptical machines, and Expresso bikes double as media centers. The gym complements its cardio machines with more than 100 pieces of strength equipment from makers such as Cybex, Life Fitness, and FreeMotion, rather than forcing patrons to bench press each other. Clients who want a high-energy group workout can join the gym's group classes, which accommodate participants of all fitness levels. The sessions use all kinds of exercises and equipment, including kettlebells, suspension training, and slam balls. Spinning sessions motivate cyclists with a soundtrack of high-octane music, rather than the recordings of Lance Armstrong sweating that are popular in other gyms. Patrons can also hit the onsite racquetball and basketball courts and sip on the juice bar's nutritious shakes during breaks in their games.
One of Dr. Len Siskin’s first experiences in medicine was as a social worker in a hospital, where he was struck by how patients were forced to fight their way through a labyrinth of hospital administrators, attorneys, and pharmaceutical companies instead of just being able to focus on getting well. This experience—coupled with his desire to treat and prevent disease with minimal medication—led him to attend Life University Chiropractic School. Today, Dr. Siskin helps pained patients to resume the activities they enjoy through an array of adjusting techniques, such as the Thompson technique, which employs a terminal-point table to adjust the entire spine.
Additionally, Dr. Siskin helps spines to assume more competent relationships with gravity through the clinical biomechanics of good posture and sleeping on piles of physics homework.
Knowing the future sounds like a fictional superhero’s power, but the professionals at Dental Care Somerset can do it in real life—albeit only for mouths. They achieve this by using advanced-projection software that forecasts patient-specific results for dental treatments such as whitening or straightening. The high-tech dental practice also captures images of teeth with low-radiation x-rays, and uses digital charts that minimize paper waste and any desires to experiment with origami dentures.
The staffers’ more than 1,000 hours of continuing education keep them abreast of new technology and industry practices. Their cutting edge expertise is evident everywhere, from their deft general cleanings and exams to more elaborate work, such as root canals and veneers. Nervous patients can relax with laughing gas if needed, and for added comfort, the waiting area hosts a children’s play area, WiFi, and complimentary coffee.
When he's not writing articles in celebrated medical journals, appearing on radio and television, or delivering lectures across the globe, Dr. Ayman El-Attar treats faces and bodies with his natural-looking cosmetic surgeries. At Derma Laser Centers, which he founded in 2002, Dr. El-Attar performs numerous nonsurgical procedures that rid skin of acne, remove tattoos, and eliminate unwanted hair and veins. Alternatively, his surgical procedures transplant hair, transfer fat to different body regions, and reduce breasts without scarring.
In addition to cosmetic surgeries, Derma Laser Centers' personnel pamper guests with facials that incorporate elements such as an antioxidant vitamin C firming mask, which exfoliates skin more effectively than daily orange-juice baths. He also smoothes skin with microdermabrasion and reinvigorates clients with body treatments that include lavender and an antioxidant grape-seed scrub.
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates-inspired workouts, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial-arts sessions, and amp up heart rates to the pulsating soundtracks of Zumba routines. The gyms stockpile futuristic amenities such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated. In addition to spacious cardio and strength-training areas, the Green Brook branch of Gold's Gym boasts an innovative cardio cinema room, where ellipticals, treadmills, and stationary cycles line up before a widescreen playing an ever-changing schedule of popular flicks. The gym's advanced facilities and comprehensive fitness services have been lauded in local publications such as Inside Jersey and Courier News.
The Hybrid Academy of Mixed Martial Arts curriculum caters not just to young and adult martial-arts students, but also to those simply looking for a new approach to get in shape. Instructors teach discipline and self-confidence to kids through martial arts; the same goes for teens, who set goals and learn to be leaders in upper-level classes. There are martial-arts sessions for adults, too, as well as calorie-torching kickboxing classes and boot camp, which combines cardio with strength training, interval training, and cross-training for a full-body workout.