When Rick Rugg and Bob Schiffhauer founded the first of their gyms in 1980, they chartered their gym around three values: service, cleanliness, and having owners operate their own facilities. True to the founders' original vision, each location's employees strive to keep their cardio and resistance equipment spic and span as they care for facilities. In addition to personal training, instructors lead a schedule of more than 400 group fitness classes?including cycling, Kardio Kick, and Zumba?offered each week across their eight locations. At the clubs, trainers also help guests master CrossFit functional equipment and use TRX suspension training systems to help them connect with their vine-savvy pet orangutans.
Sprawling across a combined 50,000 square feet, Buffalo’s revamped House of Horrors and Haunted Catacombs delivers fright after fright for those brave enough to enter their doors. Foggy hidden passageways cradled in darkness give way to a menagerie of monsters, from zombie soldiers wielding sledgehammers to demonic surgeons hungry for the under insured. An occasional strobe light illuminates secret passageways and a maze of doors designed to befuddle visitors as the house’s demons circle ever closer. Once through the labyrinthine hallways of the House of Horrors and Haunted Catacombs, thrill-seekers can tread carefully through additional attractions including Hellhouse: Possession, Bodyharvesters: Bloodfeast, Wicked Freakshow in 3D, and Killer Theater.
A coalition of 15 experienced dentists forms Stellar Dental Care, whose practices offer oral care six days a week. These 15 strive to see their patients have a lifetime of good dental health, offering services that prevent decay and keep teeth in working order with a slate of cleanings, exams, and x-rays. They also boast a virtually paperless office—rather than filling out multiple paper forms, patients enter their information into a computer terminal.
Members at Curves, a fitness center designed exclusively for women, rotate around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with female bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage participants’ machine maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use your own body weight, fitness level, and aerodynamic water bottle to create resistance that matches 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.
In 1998, Larissa Mychaskiw arrived at work to discover a locked door and that her boss had gone AWOL. Passionate about Pilates and the fitness center's clients, she decided to step in and take over the business herself. Today, she holds on to that passion and sense of commitment when organizing a schedule of mat- and equipment-based Pilates classes for individuals or groups of up to 20. She and her team of certified trainers focus on posture, core strength, and balance using Reformers and other Pilates equipment. Pairing motivational instruction with individualized attention and the Pilates method, they work together to lengthen muscles and tone full physiques. They also aim to improve heart health by lowering cholesterol, strengthening the heart, and protecting it from roaming baby angels with arrows.
Kim Brillon earned her license as a practical nurse in 1981, and in the ensuing decades she gained a comprehensive understanding of physical injuries and their symptoms. This understanding gradually led her to eschew pharmaceuticals in favor of holistic massage therapy. Today, as a licensed massage therapist, reiki healer, and integrated energy therapist, Brillon kneads out stresses and aches with techniques tailored to her individual clients. With gentle strokes, firm pressures, and stones that melt tension faster than the sun’s indistinguishable supply of wax candles, she encourages clients to better communicate with their bodies.