[[m:####Thorndale Fitness & Tanning
A giant yellow barbell spans the wall above the Bar Bell Café, where protein muffins and smoothies await those seeking a boost post-workout. During the facility's more than 20 years in business, the staff at Thorndale has learned that these little extras keep customers enthused about fitness. Certified trainers helm one-on-one sessions on the same sprawling gym floor that houses ellipticals, treadmills, and weightlifting equipment. They also lead group-fitness classes in such disciplines as strength training and aerobics. The facilities round out with standup and horizontal tanning booths tucked into private treatment rooms.:m]]
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
Tan Works' seasoned professionals, adding pop to pigment seven days a week, shepherd patrons toward sun-kissed glows with a state-of-the-art Sunvision Elite Level 1 tanning bed. The sleek divan's 32 lamps distribute an even bronze to your epidermal sheath, and the Superflow internal cooling system keeps your chassis at a comfortable temperature while you infuse skin with vitamin D and prepare for an ample summer of sunny afternoons. Clients can shift their skin's spectrum for up to 16 minutes per session, which takes considerably less time than coloring the entire body with crayons or soaking in a washing machine brimming with red shirts.
From airbrush to mystic spray tans, 202 Tanning offers options for clients of different preferences. Get a golden glow however you like—sprayed-on or from a high-quality tanning bed, which is most effective while counting under your breath the number of beds that are on the sun. Airbrush and mystic tanning, meanwhile, provide UV-free alternatives without sacrificing the bronze look.
Customers of OrTanic Sun Spa emerge from private rooms with skin glowing like the sun's lips. The staff consults with clients ahead of time, taking stock of skin type, current skin color, and target shade, then guides them to the level of tanning that will fit their needs. UV-tanning sessions take place in stand-up or lie-down chambers—available in four different intensity levels—which tan skin more effectively than a nap on a giant spotlight. For UV-free tanning, the staff mists skin with the Bronze Biologic airbrush solution, made from purified water and tanning elements derived from plant sources.
Sunset Tans provides body bronzers with an oasis of pigment-enhancing options. Feel free to kick back and recount your favorite credit-card numbers in the tanning beds from Sunvision and Sunstar with the 30-day unlimited tanning package ($35), or perfect flamingo poses in the Hex II and Sundome stand-up booths ($7 for single session), each equipped with the best bulbs recommended to help tanners reach their tonal potential. Ray-resistant tanners, meanwhile, can find an alternate colored coat thanks to the Norvell-system airbrush tanning ($25), professionally applied for a streak-free, spot-free epidermal renewal. Skin owners can protect their copper pelt from defecting to the U.S. Mint thanks to a variety of products from brands such as Supre Tan, Australian Gold, and ProTan.