The certified and licensed aestheticians at Maral Day Spa defy aging and environmental forces with facials, body treatments, and microdermabrasion. The staffers are also tech-savvy and licensed in both the anti-cellulite lipo-massage system and the hydrafacial, a new technology that balances uneven skin tone and shrinks pores. Waxing treatments remove unwanted hair and shape comely arches above the eyes, which can also be enhanced by eyebrow and eyelash tinting or by super-gluing a bedazzled monocle to the bridge of the nose.
In 1959 German dancer Lotte Berk turned a back injury into the beginnings of a fitness phenomenon. Whether it was clairvoyant foresight, a prophesy spelled out in alphabet soup, or just plain stubbornness to dance her way through an injury no one knows, but her combination of ballet training and rehabilitative therapy formed the foundation of The Lotte Berk Method exercise studio. In 2001, after decades of running her own Lotte Berk studio, journalist and entrepreneur Burr Leonard teamed with a physical therapist to refine the movements of this workout to target specific muscles while reducing the impact on joints. The result became known as the Bar Method. Since the opening of Burr’s first studio, The Bar Method franchise has grown to 65 locations in 18 states across the United States and British Columbia, Canada. More than 80,000 students take these classes per month including celebrities Drew Barrymore, Ricki Lake and Anna Paquin.
Founder and CEO Allison Beardsley's passion for Pilates sparked after struggling to find exercise that would not aggravate her basketball-related ailments. The discovery that the efficient resistance moves helped her to develop a strong core without subjecting her joints to pain inspired her to spread the word of Pilates's benefits to others, which she does from 23 clean and sunny Club Pilates?studio locations. A team of certified instructors teaches the group classes, which are designed to strengthen, tighten, and tone the entire body. The staff leads students through controlled movements and breathing techniques performed on specialized Pilates machines, such as the Reformer, a Pilates ballet barre, and retired kitchen chairs. To ensure each patron can craft a well-rounded workout regimen that suits his or her needs, the studios offer stretching and sculpting classes that touch upon a variety of fitness modalities.
The FERZa CrossFit story, like the American story, began more than 10 years ago when Francisco Zambrano decided to get in shape. At his then 245 pounds, it would take years of training, proper nutrition, and determination to sculpt him into the lean and brawny CrossFit trainer he is today. Eager to share the fitness expertise he cultivated on that journey with others, Francisco began holding CrossFit sessions with a few friends within a small garage. Amid handmade dumbbells, custom pull-up bars, and boxes, the group would practice CrossFit workouts each day. As interest in the sessions grew, Francisco began leading three or four workouts each day, and CrossFit FERZa was born.
Today, Francisco and his team of certified trainers continue to guide students of all ages and experience levels through CrossFit?s high-intensity workouts of functional movements, while striving to create a supportive community among all participants. The trainers also supply students with nutritional advice, promoting diets of garden vegetables and lean meats from livestock and poultry with little to no history of cigar smoking.