Psycho Gym founders Travis Williams and Russ Kimzey challenge the fitness status quo by trading in slick machines and the lackadaisical attitude that comes with them for strenuous workouts that yield results. The gym’s group workouts build strength in a motivational, no-frills setting, as like-minded exercisers put their weight behind kettlebells, sandbags, suspension trainers, and battling ropes. For one-on-one attention, the gym staff organizes personal-training sessions, which mix workouts with nutrition advice, as well as athlete-specific programs for marathon runners in training or underwater-kickball players looking for a new sport.
Even as a tyke, Jonathan Pharr couldn't be torn away from thrashing on his drum set. Later, he picked up guitar and bass, and from there it was off to the races. For him, teaching ranks pretty high on his ever-expanding list of musical passions. As owner and director of his eponymous music school, he oversees a staff of certified instructors, each of whom bring their own unique musical skills, experiences, and backstories to their teaching. The result is a welcoming environment where everyone from toddlers to toddlers who have aged significantly go wild on the drums, guitar, bass, piano, and violin or learn how to control their vocals and expand their singing range while reaping the lifelong benefits of exposure to music.
The instructors at Core Group Fitness understand that getting buff doesn't happen by simply visiting the gym; rather, they see it as a process inextricably linked to camaraderie and community. This team-based approach comes out in their group classes and boot camps, where cohorts of exercises grunt their way through TRX suspension training or build lean muscle and improve flexibility with functional workout regimens. They pair strength training with cardio work during their interval training sessions, which torch fat thanks to metabolism-boosting exercises. In addition to group classes, instructors also build rapports with individual students during personal training sessions, helping clients prep for their first marathon or last street fight with the meter man.
Aestheticians and barbers in the making populate Sol Salon & Spa Academy, putting classroom instruction to practical use on clients. Under the watchful eye of licensed professionals, the students-in-training administer a variety of spa treatments, including facial and body waxing, acne skin treatments and facials, and eyelash extensions. Committed to quality products, the crew draws upon an arsenal of top-shelf serums throughout each service, including doctor-formulated Murad skincare products and Satin Smooth wax, made from all-natural, bee-formulated beeswax.
Sure, most people smile in photos. But in Brian Hilson's portraiture work, his subjects' smiles are so natural and radiant that they don't look posed—it looks like he caught them in a moment of genuine happiness. This is likely in part to his mission to give each project "a fresh perspective instead of applying a formula," one that has led to his pictures being seen everywhere from local bars to Zagat.com. He's worked with food, street fashion, headshots, and bridal work and is currently focusing on LGBT weddings. He also leads classes in photography and software such as Photoshop.