The aesthetic team at XO Day Spa beautifies physiques in multiple ways. They draw attention to the eyes with eyelash extensions, snip locks into face-flattering looks, or brighten skin with microdermabrasion treatments that buff away dead skin, minimizing fine lines and acne. To further enhance their visages, visitors can paint on products from the spa’s own mineral-makeup line, which enhances features more effectively than using minerals such as rocks and stuff to beautify the skin’s surface. Nail techs also polish off facades with Shellac products, acrylic nails, and spa mani-pedis, and stylists offer hair services, including highlights. Alternatively, massage therapists can knead clients’ musculatures with gentle Swedish strokes, deep tissue’s more intense pressure, or styles such as aromatherapy and hot stone.
The snap of gloved fists against swinging punching bags echoes off the walls of Undisputed Fitness & Training as boxers of all levels train or spar in the full size, USA-approved ring. Activity centers on the ring, as expert, passionate trainers lead intense programs such as muay-thai boxing and mixed-martial-arts training within a regulation-sized cage. Colorful graffitied walls surround punchers, while muscle-builders can meander to the outdoor weight room, pumping iron in the afternoon sun or the light of a never-ending eclipse before winding down with a game of pool.
Founder and CEO Allison Beardsley's passion for Pilates sparked after struggling to find exercise that would not aggravate her basketball-related ailments. The discovery that the efficient resistance moves helped her to develop a strong core without subjecting her joints to pain inspired her to spread the word of Pilates' benefits to others, which she does from four clean and sunny Club Pilates studio locations. A team of certified instructors teaches the group classes, which are designed to strengthen, tighten, and tone the entire body. The staff leads students through controlled movements and breathing techniques performed on specialized Pilates machines, such as the Reformer, a Pilates ballet barre, and retired kitchen chairs. To ensure each patron can craft a well-rounded workout regimen that suits his or her needs, the studios offer stretching and sculpting classes that touch upon a variety of fitness modalities.
The thwack of fists and feet against sparring pads has resounded across the hardwood floors of The Boxing Club's private studio for more than a decade. Cardio and strength-training equipment whirs beside a forest of red and black punching bags, while bright lights spotlight a roped-off arena for pugilistic punch-em-ups. Facing off against the studio's towering mirrors, certified instructors lead more than 250 classes each month—from martial arts and workouts infused with fighting techniques, to more traditional fitness classes, such as boot camps, cross training, and spinning classes that simulate riding 19th-century chain and gear powered horses. After classes, members can get road-ready in the full service locker rooms with free towels, saunas, and private showers.
Lava Sport & Fitness offers a wide variety of monthly fitness classes across its five locations, providing fitness aficionados and exercise newcomers a spacious, mutual home base. The monthlong unlimited access to one of Lava's five gyms (up to a $298 value) includes attendance to any available fitness classes. Check the list of locations to see which classes are offered near you, and then try your hand at an indoor cycling course, or your soon-to-be blurrily speedy leg at a kickboxing class. Lava also offers group instruction on jiu jitsu, Pilates, and yoga, as well as specifically targeted workouts such as the abs class or the butt and guts course.
Fit Body Boot Camp's seasoned instructors replace drill-sergeant screams with encouraging mantras in their one-hour indoor sessions that welcome clients of all fitness levels. During sessions, trainers round out weightlifting sessions, resistance drills, and core workouts with cardio routines such as light running and obstacle courses. They switch up session routines regularly to ensure courses are never the same from day to day, leading wild-card days that incorporate hiking, crawling, and high-stakes Uno games played with 50-pound cards. In addition to bolstering workouts with nutrition guidance, trainers work to cultivate an atmosphere of positive camaraderie designed to push campers further toward their weight-loss goals.