Snap Fitness's around-the-clock gyms enable members to work on their physical well-being with a cornucopia of fitness equipment. With 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man tell them when to help themselves to Snap's strength and cardio equipment, which features built-in TVs and other media diversions. For those who exercise during conventional hours, Snap's friendly, unintimidating atmosphere welcomes patrons of all ability levels, unlike schoolyard dodge-ball squads. Members also enjoy nationwide access to all Snap Fitness locations, ideal for working out while traveling. For a dose of custom advice, patrons can seek out a personal-training session with a certified coach, who helps them assess and address their fitness goals. Clients reap the benefit of individual attention as a personal trainer helps them tackle weight loss, prepare for an arm-wrestling competition, or unveil the mysteries of arcane cable-weight machines.
As they enter the training circuit at Curves, female guests of every fitness level come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. Workout participants share the experiences of those nearby, trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. 30 seconds are spent alternating between hydraulic machines and recovery stations to maintain an elevated heart rate. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity. Workouts are designed to boost metabolism and build lean muscle, and there's always a coach to push and motivate students and help them maintain proper form. Nutrition guidance is also available.
The instructors and practitioners at TendingShen devote themselves to spreading the word of acupuncture from its roots in Eastern Asia to Western shores. They believe that five-element acupuncture—a descendant of traditional Japanese and Korean styles—makes a versatile complement to Western medicine, augmenting treatments that address ailments metabolically with holistic methods designed to stimulate the body’s own natural healing.
Jeff Castle came to rolfing out of necessity?nothing else was working. Physical therapy was offering no relief from his herniated disc, and surgery loomed on the horizon. Lucky for him, yoga class led him to rolfing. Now a certified rolfer and owner of Castle Rolfing, Jeff uses the method's blend of myofascial release and bodywork to ease pain in his clients. He's specially trained to deal with internal scar tissues after abdominal surgery, and aftereffects of brain or spinal trauma. For the latter, he employs Monica Canducci's technique Move in Mind, which relies on imagery to normalize the brain's processes.
Erie Weight Loss Center exists to nudge people toward healthier lifestyles. To do this, the staff offers services such as weight-loss programs, Lipo-Light treatments, and whole-body vibration. However, the center's approach isn't strictly traditional. The staff also prescribes ZenFrames, which use light and audio to nix unhealthy habits such as smoking and playing fetch with lions.