Begun in 2001 as a small fitness operation in the basement of an office building, Pure Barre has since blossomed into a widely acclaimed, widely publicized approach to exercise with a nationwide following. Dancer, choreographer, and fitness buff Carrie Rezabek Dorr founded Pure Barre more than a decade ago in Birmingham, MI. Much like angering a wizard, performing the Pure Barre technique can be a fast and effective way to transform your body. Motivating music plays during the 60-minute workouts, each of which uses a ballet barre and small isometric movements designed to burn fat and tone muscles.
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Trainer Chelsea Rupp warns all her potential students that CrossFit might become an addiction. When she first started training five years ago, she was astounded and enthralled by its challenging and effective workouts, and was instantly hooked. After receiving her Level 1 CrossFit certification, Chelsea and her partners founded her own CrossFit gym—CrossFit GSL—where she and a team of enthusiastic trainers lead students of all levels in the high-intensity, ever-changing routines. Surrounded by the colorful flags and bright walls of their studio, the trainers guide students through warm-ups and functional workouts, scaling the drills' intensity to accommodate varying fitness levels. They encourage each student to push past their previously set boundaries as they heave barbells and kettlebells, jump rope, hop on large wood blocks, and toss medicine balls. The supportive instructors dole out nutritional guidance as well as postworkout recovery tips, such as techniques for therapeutic stretches and tips for mending shirts torn apart by bulging muscles.
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines.
Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
After graduating high school at 15 and getting a first-hand glimpse of chiropractics through a family friend, the future Doctor of Chiropractic Gordon LeSueur II noted, "It was then that I realized the importance of taking care of my body so I could prevent all the health problems my mother’s family has gone through." Now one of the two chiropractors at Corner Canyon Health and Wellness, Dr. Gordon helps others to be good custodians of their bodies with spinal adjustments, detox treatments, massages, and weight-loss strategies. Alongside internal care, the clinic's aesthetic microcurrent services tighten skin and contour physiques better than a kiss from an electric eel.
Hypnotherapist Paul W. Smith, CCHt, proves the efficacy of hypnotherapy each time he helps clients to quit smoking, lose weight, or remember where they left the remote. Using only his words, Smith guides patients into a deep state of concentrated relaxation—hypnosis—where the mind becomes hyper responsive to ideas or images. As Smith taps into the unconscious mind, patients retain full control; they can withhold information, respond yes or no, and recall everything they recount. With repeated sessions, patients can gain mastery over their state of awareness and thereby correct behaviors that undermine healthy living.
Dr. Nathan C. Holt believes the best dentistry is the kind that stays a secret. In filling cavities, he ensures his handiwork stays on the down low by using tooth-colored resins that mimic natural teeth in both color and texture. When straightening crooked teeth, he fits patients with Invisalign braces that guide teeth into healthier positions while remaining virtually undetectable. Dr. Holt also affixes customized veneers that blend in seamlessly with natural teeth and cover up discoloring and damage.