Though Pilates apparatus seem to take center stage within the Ann Magee Fitness studio, it's not uncommon to see someone jump rope atop a Bosu ball or hook up TRX cords to the reformer. That's because the instructors espouse Pilates principles—core strength, body alignment, and breath work—without limiting their guests to a specific movement repertoire. Helming workouts that never repeat routines, they blend traditional Pilates stretches with kettlebell swings, hula-hoop shimmies, and trampoline leaps. To ensure that advanced students don't have to relearn the 50 components of a perfect jumping jack, the staff sorts patrons into different lessons based on their experience levels. They also offer a purely aerobic approach to fitness during their group stationary-cycling classes.
At ProActive Health & Wellness, a skilled staff revitalizes worn-down or overstressed bodies through chiropractic care, nutritional guidance, and massage therapy. The expert hands and trained eye of a licensed therapist perform customized massages and chiropractic exams, helping to identify sources of discomfort and pinpointing your coccyx’s reading comprehension level.
PGA pros Alex Macko and Alex "Breezy" Koskos propagate sound pin-hunting form from their post at Jawor's Golf Center, which fosters year-round practice with indoor and outdoor training areas. The duo can demystify the subtle mechanics of the golf swing at the center's 44-tee driving range, which features 14 covered, heated stalls that enable practice sessions during inclement weather. With clubs and apparel from brands such as Callaway, TaylorMade, and Titleist, the full-service pro shop offers equipment upgrades as well as repair services for club shafts snapped by players who mistakenly teed up a bocce ball. Two outdoor, 18-hole mini-golf courses buttress the facility, inviting players to work on their putting form as life-size cartoon characters break the tension after a missed gimme or a dispute about whether or not an abandoned shoe is an acceptable ball marker.
Staffed by a highly trained team of physicians, registered nurses, and medical aestheticians, Eastside Skin Care & Laser Center works to keep faces and physiques youthful with a suite of aesthetic services. Each visit kicks off with a personalized consultation before technicians perform Botox injections, spider-vein treatments, and skits about the discovery of laser hair removal by a clumsy CD-drive technician.
Snap Fitness is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Because this deal includes the all-access key card, you don't have to let the strictures of "time" dictate when you can avail yourself of cardio and strength benefits. Arrive at Snap super late and pretend you're working out in an Edward Hopper painting, or pound the treadmill at 5 a.m. and get pumped for 6 a.m. Even if you exercise during conventional hours, Snap's friendly, unintimidating atmosphere will provide a refreshing change of pace from any meat-market gym or tough elementary schoolyard you've experienced.
Pointe Fitness cobbles bodies into sturdy, muscle machines with 21,000 square feet teeming with free weights, cardio equipment, and one half of a basketball court. Skilled instructors guide students through cardio workouts, yoga sessions, and Zumba dance-offs, while specialized women's fitness programs promote healthy lifestyles with one-on-one teaching and inspiring group support. During breaks from chiseling physiques in the circuit training space, or building up enough core strength on the rowing machines to start a transatlantic canoe club, Moe⎯the business's canine mascot⎯frolics with guests to keep spirits high.