Internationally exhibited mixed-media artist Ember Cheney mans the artistic fires at SoulShine Arts. Inside her studio, she sculpts colorful molten glass into lighting, jewelry, and vases—sold in an attached gallery and retail space—and teaches students of all skill levels to do the same during glassblowing classes.
Snap Fitness, bustling with cardio and strength-training gear, throws open the doors to its facilities 24/7. Before exercisers put sneakers to treadmills or lift their first weights, staff meet with them to talk about their fitness goals before suggesting personalized fitness plans based on clients' strength, cardio condition, and bionic-limb manufacturers. The gym keeps members motivated with regular check-in calls and demystifies healthful eating with custom online meal plans designed by nutritionists. Staff also forestall exercise-routine boredom by working individually with clients on a routine basis.
Dr. Alexandra Solano, physician and founder of Dr. Solano’s Ageless & Wellness Medical Center, helps patients to realize their health and weight goals by implementing the Ultra Lite program, which promotes weight loss through nutrition, fitness, and dietary supplements. During an initial consultation, a physician or medical assistant performs a comprehensive medical screening and reviews trends from a four-page online questionnaire that can identify food allergies, biochemical imbalances, or lead-plated organs that can hinder weight loss. A medley of lab tests supplies data on thyroid functioning, cholesterol levels, and metabolism, which Dr. Solano uses to generate a custom diet plan that boosts fat burning with a balance of proteins and carbohydrates spread across three daily meals.
Anytime Fitness, which boasts 2,398 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio and Hammer Strength machines and hoist Iron Grip free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they’re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness’s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or hop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.
Elite Sports Club started as an all-tennis facility, but over the years has netted a larger variety of fitness activities and services to create multi-purpose, family-oriented clubs. Elite's large facilities house high-end cardio and weight equipment such as LifeFitness, Cybex, Paramount, Matrix, Star Trac, and Precor machines, basketball/sport courts, and Pilates and GRAVITY studios (GRAVITY training encourages organic movement and exercise by using the body’s own weight as resistance). Elite's classes and group training vary by club location, but include Pilates, Body Blitz Boot Camp, Women on Weights, triathlon training, and a miscellany of junior fitness classes to teach youngsters the importance of health, nutrition, and not acting their shoe size. All locations grant their members free tennis-court time from June through August, and all can provide daycare services.