Judging by the name, it's easy to assume Look Great Today Inc. only focuses on the outside. The beautifying hot spot does receive rave reviews for its work in body contouring and skin rejuvenation, including treatments such as the acne facial, which helps unclog pores and control breakouts, and the young skin facial, which promotes a more youthful appearance for all skin types. However, the staff pay just as much attention to their clients' health and wellness. To do so, they carry botanical-rich Arbonne products that include protein shakes, healthy chocolates, and herbal detox teas, helping clients match their inner glow with their outer radiance.
Today, she's an athlete and nutrition guru strong enough to lift a full-grown, muscular man over her shoulders. But in 2007, Coach Lisa suffered from a variety of health ailments, including obesity. Left "being prodded, poked, tested, [and] re-tested" in the hospital after complications ended a pregnancy, Lisa, then 36, knew that something had to change. "My instinct told me that if food could make us sick," she explains, "then it stood to reason that food could heal us too," so she set out on a wellness journey in honor of the family she loves.
Along with her husband Coach Bob and Katie "Danger" Schmitz, Lisa helps clients of Access Life Fitness make life changes of their own. The team's methods are comprehensive and varied, ranging from fitness classes and in-school programs to nutrition counseling and personal training. Lisa even bakes treats and whips up condiments with Paleo-friendly ingredients, helping to stock home pantries with healthy comestibles.
Trent Meyer and Derek Bergman are committed members of the United Methodist Church, and sometimes choose to practice their faith through tree climbing, zip lining, swimming, and laser tag. They direct the Methodist-run Camp Fontanelle, a year-round outdoor camp sprawled across more than 180 wooded acres of donated land. Both Trent and Derek draw from backgrounds as campers—and Trent from six years as a teacher—to lead summer camps for preschool through high-school students. They lead a team of camp counselors who coordinate harnessed-rope tree climbing, activities on low-ropes courses, archery lessons, and outdoor laser-tag matches.
They also draw visitors at different times of year with water slides, a 35'x65' jumping pillow and bounce houses, a petting barn filled with alpacas and goats, and pony rides. During the autumn-harvest season, they unveil the annual theme of a 10-acre corn maze filled with 5 miles of trails. A 3-acre pumpkin patch contains small and large carving pumpkins, gourds, mums, and Indian corn, which visitors can harvest and stuff into a large, horn-shaped wicker basket.
At BryanLGH LifePointe, cutting-edge technology and holistic healing go hand-in-hand in a quest to make each client feel healthy, rejuvenated, and confident in their appearance. A skincare expert and certified physician for 14 years, Dr. Julie Waddell oversees the medical spa, where nonsurgical and minimally invasive services such as dermal fillers and Fraxel laser treatments help correct acne and premature aging. Dr. Waddell and her aestheticians also offer a free VISIA complexion analysis, which uses multispectral imaging to create a printed report that details your skin's defining characteristics, including its texture, tone, and level of sun damage compared to other faces in your age group. Those looking for a softer approach to aesthetic upkeep can shed dulling skin with body scrubs made from Hawaiian brown sugar or sea salts infused with lavender essential oil. Massage therapists employ smooth, heated basalt stones or aromatherapy heat-packs to melt aches from muscles, or enjoy as stress surrenders itself in the soothing waters of whirlpools and saunas, peacefully tucked away inside the main locker rooms.
Owned by certified personal trainer and elite martial artist Mike Bevard, Capital City Fitness Boot Camps combines intense interval-training workouts and nutritional wisdom to lean out physiques. During each of his boot-camp programs, he fortifies muscles with three weeks of 45-minute classes before letting them take some time off from working out and surreptitiously flexing in the mirror during a one-week rest period. The classes—grouped into themes that include strength training, core work, and kickboxing—channel positive reinforcement to drive home the advice of expert instructors.
Along with metabolism-boosting drills, custom meal plans steer clients toward more healthful eating habits. The camps' overarching goal is long-term wellness, and to that end, its staff has organized online resources, such as home exercises, to help prevent patrons from regaining lost weight. Specialty services can also augment fitness regimens, and include bridal-party boot camps, boot-camp charity fundraisers, and semiprivate personal-training sessions.