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, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
The Downtown Dog Resort & Spa's diverse 10,000-square-foot facility helps its canine guests sleep, exercise, and stay healthy all in one spot. During daycare sessions, pups are matched with friends of similar sizes and temperaments before they clamber over jungle gyms and dive into pools. Doggie treadmills help pooches jog off extra pounds, and obedience training teaches them to avoid the temptation of biting on a check-raise bluff during a game of poker. At night, boarding pups settle into small and large suites replete with heated floors, elevated beds, and overhead air-conditioning. In addition to creature comforts, the hotel also keeps vets from the adjoining Swan Harbor Animal Hospital close to dole out health screenings and respond to any issues that might arise.
Drs. Philip Qi, Vikash Patel, and Kuljeet Bhangra work alongside a staff of specialists—including a periodontist and an oral and maxillofacial surgeon—at three dental locations. The dentists strengthen their abilities by routinely participating in advanced training in cosmetic, restorative, implant, and sedation dentistry. Whether a patient needs a routine checkup, a dental implant, a smile makeover, or an Invisalign consultation, they can take advantage of appointments in the early morning or late evening, on weekends, or on James Buchanan’s half birthday.
The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 5 or 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
A skilled staff of massage therapists and acupuncturists boosts clients' bodily morale with a slew of holistic services at The Healing Path. The repertoire of massage, acupuncture, nutritional-coaching, and counseling services work together to improve clients' total well-being. Before massage sessions, therapists interview clients to better understand their health before deciding on which of the massage modalities at their disposal will best ease physical pain and unwind mental stress. The long, flowing strokes of traditional Swedish massage form a blissful foundation for therapeutic sessions, which aim to release knotted soft tissue, dispel stress, and improve circulation. Hands carefully knead away deep aches during prenatal massage to help make mother, unborn child, and the unborn child's weekend houseguests comfortable during pregnancy.
Before acupuncture sessions, acupuncturists make a comprehensive evaluation of clients' concerns before inserting fine needles into specific points along the body to help boost the immune system and increase circulatory flow. The Healing Path also facilitates mental healing with psychotherapy sessions to help develop coping skills, work through issues, or provide a safe space to unspool stress.
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