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 to 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.
Salsa Caliente transforms left-footed Poindexters into sexy-footed Poindexters with its thorough, welcoming approach to Latin dance instruction. Professionally trained instructors place an emphasis on correct form and timing in a learning environment appropriate for all levels of experience. On Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, svelte Swayzes devote 60 minutes to teaching the spiciest L.A.-style salsa steps, coaching the clumsiest greasers to win future dance-offs with rival gangs of pirouetting street hooligans. Influenced by a number of North and South American dance crazes, the rousing rhythms of L.A.-style salsa favor dramatics and athleticism, so budding Banderases should arrive donned in comfortable clothing and shoes to help develop fluid movement. Salsa Caliente views dancing as a social activity, though no dance partner is required for its friendly forays into heated beats—any unaccompanied Gingers will be paired with friendly Freds.
Since graduating from Palmer College of Chiropractic 15 years ago, Dr. Terri Norburg has been realigning out-of-whack spines. She manually examines bodies and x-rays spines to root out the cause of pain before tackling discomfort with adjustments, electric muscle-stimulation treatments, and physical-therapy services. To boost the health of her patients even more, Dr. Norburg pairs ailments with beneficial vitamins, such as vitamin C for people with a vitamin C deficiency, or potassium for people with bananaphobia.
At E.V.E, treatments and services are based on energy healing, which aims to fine-tune the energy systems in the body to restore balance and allow the body to heal itself. Potential benefits include better sleep, weight loss, reduction of chronic pain, and overall detoxification. In conjunction with these treatments, clients can also opt for custom meal planning based on metabolic testing, symptoms, goals, and health concerns. Meal plans, which are created by a nutrition specialist, include four weeks' worth of recipes that complement treatments intended to align the mind, body, and spirit and can be tailored to any allergies.
Under the direction of Dr. Richard L. Brandon, the team of registered nurses and aestheticians at Bio-Life MD guide bodies toward beauty. Using up-to-date technology, the team thwarts the wrinkles, unwanted hair, and weight gain that invariably set in with advancing age. Lasers in treatment rooms concentrate pulses of light on unwanted hair or science-fair projects that seemed like they might be boring otherwise. Chatter drifts from consultations, during which the staff assesses the beauty goals of clients or runs through the benefits of HCG diets, which can propel weight loss by reducing appetites and flushing out excess fat.
Although kids at his pediatrics practice affectionately call him "Dr. Spoon," adults at Emerge Esthetics & Weight Management know Bryan Weatherspoon, MD as the physician who can help them fit into skinny jeans or slim-cut gunnysacks. Dr. Weatherspoon sits down with patients to draw up individual plans for weight-loss success incorporating long-term lifestyle and nutritional changes, fat-burning injections, and professional-grade HCG. Dr. Weatherspoon also transforms bodies from the outside in by administering mesotherapy to slenderize areas of stubborn fat, and injecting dermal fillers to combat wrinkles.