ACE-certified personal trainer Chad Lee knows that most people need more than encouraging words to keep up with a new fitness regimen. That's why he and his staff consult with their clients to determine each one's reason for taking on private, partner, or small-group training sessions at Premier Fitness. Once they've isolated distinct goals, they customize workouts and dietary advice around the patron's medical history, lifestyle, and adaptation to exercise routines. An ever-present sense of humor buoys their lessons, eliminating boredom and increasing laughter without unsafe tickle fights between bench presses.
Chad specializes in metabolic circuit training for weight management and has championed a Drop a Pant or Dress Size program for a well-rounded attack on surplus pounds. Inside the gym's private facilities, he mixes squats, body-weight maneuvers, and yoga poses into a challenging cocktail of cardio and strength training. The 28-day group camp series also includes nutritional guidance and at-home fitness resources, allowing students to become self-sufficient monitors of their health.
Husband-and-wife duo David and Crystal Wells threw their mutual passion for fitness into the creation of Ring Side Fitness Center. They outfitted the gym with high white ceilings, a soft red floor and a boxing ring, corralling passionate students and leading them through boxing classes. In addition to teaching foundational footwork and techniques, David maintains professional status in MMA, and Crystal ranks as a professional figure competitor in the National Gym Association and National Physique Committee. They apply their professional experience toward building full-body workout plans, but stay in touch with the fitness limitations and aspirations of everyday people. As working parents, they make efficiency paramount—drop-in classes span 75 minutes and work the whole body, including the dorsal fin.
Ageless Med Spa's staff calls upon advanced anti-aging procedures to give its clients a second chance at looking young. These technicians rely on everything from chemical peels to IPL lasers to tackle signs of aging, such as the wrinkles that result from a lifetime of smiling and the scars that result from operating a rotary phone after the gaslight had been blown out for the evening. While Botox injections, dermal fillers, and fractional-pixel-resurfacing technology stand by ready to reverse time, other laser treatments take care of unwanted body hair and unflattering veins.
The Wichita Wingnuts delight die-hard baseball fans and casual onlookers of all ages with classic minor-league fun. An American Association independent baseball franchise, the Wingnuts finished the 2010 regular season in third place, but are swinging for even higher fences this season. Under the direction of manager Kevin Hooper, a former major leaguer and Wingnut who stole 33 bases and was never indicted, the team is taking aim at 2011 baseball and hot-dog eating championships.
Safira's Center for World Dance inspires a love of foreign cultures through world dance. Its intructors, including director Safira Zeki, teach Middle Eastern, bellydance, Gypsy, and flamenco dance for beginners and advanced students. Classes range from Tribal Fusion Fundamentals that includes basic steps from a variety of styles including Turkish and Jazz and Dancers with Experience, which incorporates props including finger cymbals, canes, swords, and veils.
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.