With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
At GPP Fitness, instructors guide exercisers through tough yet simple workouts that transform bodies and burn away extra weight. Kettlebells, crunches, and runs may leave muscles sore, but they combine for an efficient training program that helps exercisers quickly achieve their fitness goals.
Dr. John Peterson, a board-certified dermatologist, calls upon more than 40 years of hair-restoration and dermatological experience to help rejuvenate thinning hair with advanced laser technology. Dr. Peterson helps clients achieve verdant head foliage according to his Natural Look Method, which redistributes hair grafts from bounteous head regions to receding hairlines, leaving a thicker, natural-looking head of hair. Dr. Peterson and his staff treat patients at his clinic with the Revage 670 laser, but also provide iGrow systems and hair-restoration products for clients who want to treat themselves at home or while picketing the local toupee shop.
In 1911, when he opened Standard Optical, Henry Schubach could not have guessed that his successors would be providing LASIK treatments and contact lenses in 18 clinics. Each office fills with chatter as doctors check prescriptions and work to identify common optical issues, such as glaucoma or weeping when an onion dies. Light skips off ranks of designer frames from Coach, Maui Jim, Guess, Lacoste, and Dior, and transitional lenses darken as newly keen-eyed patrons mosey from the shop. The staff at Standard Optical has also performed more than 15,000 LASIK procedures, and offers a free consultation for those seeking to ditch frames.
• For $40, you get 18 holes of golf for two with cart rental (up to a $76 value) and two small buckets of range balls (a $6 value), valid on weekdays and after 1 p.m. on weekends (up to an $82 total value). • For $80, you get 18 holes of golf for four with cart rental (up to a $152 value) and four small buckets of range balls (a $12 value), valid on weekdays and after 1 p.m. on weekends (up to a $164 total value).