CrossFit's experienced Leander and Austin staff of fitness pros whip members into shape via versatile and “old school” methods—eschewing the predominant model of most gyms, which focuses on weightlifting through machine use and isolating muscles. Instead of solely nurturing your refrigerator-tossing abilities, the CrossFit program offers a practical fitness smorgasbord of increased endurance, stamina, speed, agility, power, and cardio fitness.
Black-and-white portraits pop against walls of silver damask. An antique love seat sidles up to a zebra-printed chest. A chandelier's light glints against a table's gilded filigree. Although The Beauty Dive's historic-cottage setting radiates all things vintage, there is nothing dated about the pampering that occurs at the able hands of owner Yvette Reese and her staff. Yvette suffuses her studio with an atmosphere of creativity, encouraging her stylists and aestheticians to heed their own artistic inspiration as they forge modern hairstyles, eye-catching nails, and captivating cosmetic applications. To keep the image artisans up-to-date on the latest techniques, industry experts arrive every few months to lavish the staff with hands-on training and lessons in split-end psychology.
As stylists sculpt coifs to flatter individual faces, pedicure clients melt into oversize armchairs and bask in the skills of a master Shellac nail technician, who dips feet in fresh bowls of lavender-infused water before refining nails with sterile implements, unused files and buffers, and Opi and CND polishes. The beauty experts wield serums by Eminence Organics, Rusk, and Kevin Murphy, each of which are available for purchase to aid at-home primping. Between services, clients sip on wine, champagne, and martinis as they browse the boutique's collection of accessories and apparel from Johnny Was and 4 Love and Liberty, savoring a better union of sparkles and spirits than the wedding-ring speakeasies of the 1920 diamond prohibition.
Any Lab Test Now is a health-care facility that conducts thorough lab and medical tests oriented around genetics and nutrition. During B12 shots, certified lab technicians inject a spoonful of vitamins that can boost memory, energy levels, and mood as well, as increase metabolism for more effective workouts and attempts to outrun small rabbits. A blood-pressure screening may test vascular pipelines for adequate elasticity or detect potential health issues before they arise. Those in need of comprehensive looking-into can opt for a basic checkup, in which a thorough blood examination reveals the body’s most critical goings-on, from organ function, to levels of cholesterol, triglyceride, and funk. A urinalysis reveals metabolic problems, and a thyroid-stimulating hormone helps assess current thyroid health.
At TKO Nutrition, staffers direct health-conscious customers toward supplements and vitamins to match their fitness goals. Combat Complete fortifies the system with a full-spectrum multivitamin for men, and Ring Girl accomplishes the same for women (both $15.99). Acting as a sleep aid, Sandman ($49.99) naturally increases testosterone production and stimulates REM, guiding sleepers to the land of nod before they get lost and end up in the less tranquil land of Oz. TKO Nutrition's smoothies come in six categories, including the low-carb, high-protein Burner concoction and the workout-augmenting Performance concoction. These body boosters come in muscular flavors such as chocolate dipped strawberry and mochaccino, with optional supplements such as fiber, creatine, and distilled aphrodisiac.
At Austin Weight Loss & Wellness Clinic, family nurse practitioner Sharmin Khan draws on nearly a decade of experience in women's health, internal medicine, and family practice as she helps clients improve their looks and their health. She is certified to perform advanced skincare treatments such as chemical peels and microdermabrasion, and has honed her weight-loss expertise via training through a national bariatric association. Khan and her staff specialize in helping people slim down with prescription appetite suppressants, energy-boosting injections, and recommendations for a healthier lifestyle, such as parking far away from a building and then crawling to the entrance.