Dr. Steve P. Milios of Smiles by Design straightens crooked chompers with Invisalign, a system that utilizes highly advanced, 3-D computer graphics and the spells of old-fashioned orthodontia. The Invisalign process eschews cumbersome braces for clear, removable aligners that are virtually invisible to the unclothed eye. An initial exam, including x-rays, photos, and impressions of your mouth terrain, paves the way for a flurry of calibrated teeth sheaths that are designed to slowly shift walnut crackers into perfect alignment. Patients visit with Dr. Milios every six to eight weeks for routine check-ups to ensure teeth continue to adjust accordingly, and typically complete their orthodontic journey within 15 months. View some Invisalign FAQs here.
More like a clubhouse for the fitness-minded than a gym, Nutri Danzé invites patrons of all shapes and sizes to hone healthy lifestyles through invigorating, dance-infused classes. Punchy wall colors and music from around the globe make the space buzz with contagious energy as participants shake, dip, and hip roll their way to stronger bodies. Among many class offerings, Latin-inspired Zumba sweat sessions offer an intense aerobic workout, while indian belly dance helps make students’ body language bilingual.
At Altamonte Springs Body Contouring, technicians overseen by the medical director, Doctor of Chiropractic Ken Ross, firm and tighten faces and bodies without resorting to surgery. First, clients undergo an in-depth one-on-one consultation that determines how to custom tailor their treatments. They might qualify for a face-lifting microcurrent facial, a skin-sloughing microdermabrasion, or a collagen-boosting and tightening ultrasound or radio-frequency facial. Clients might also get an ultrasonic fat-reduction treatment designed to help clients to lose weight without dieting excessively or pushing their car to work every morning. The technicians track each client's progress throughout their treatments. The treatments are noninvasive and require no downtime.
The gym looks like equal parts Olympic training facility and old warehouse—here, exercisers hoist themselves up rows of pull-up bars, grunt around a collection of kettlebells, and hop through jump-rope routines. On a power-lifting platform, a lifter explodes from a squat, hoisting a plate-loaded bar up to his shoulders and then dropping under it to catch the weight over his head. Elsewhere, athletes do dips on gymnast rings and build a sweat on rowing machines.
This low-tech setting is typical of all true CrossFit gyms. Though the equipment may be basic, the results are not: CrossFit workouts develop all measures of physical fitness—from power to cardiovascular endurance—through workouts that are broad, general, and inclusive. This approach is often described as specializing in not specializing: it develops physical fitness in ways equally beneficial to everyone, from professional mixed martial artists and police officers to weekend softball players.
CrossFit gyms typically start clients in a foundational program where trainers teach the basic movements, such as the squat, dead lift, and pull-up. Every exercise is scalable to a version that clients can complete—a pull-up, for example, can be scaled back to a negative pull-up, a static hang, or body-weight row with gymnast rings. It can also be scaled to a more challenging version, such as the kipped pull-up. After students learn CrossFit's basic movements, they move on to open group classes, which follow the ever-changing WOD, or Workout of the Day. These workouts are short and intense, and they foster camaraderie through frequent team circuits. In addition to supervising WOD class, trainers coach members on nutrition, advocating a caveman-style diet of low-glycemic carbohydrates, monounsaturated fats, and lean proteins such as raptor meat.
Husband and wife duo, Jeremy and Diane Thomas, fold their 25 years of combined personal training experience into Fitness Partners Workout Center. Along with a cadre of trainers and instructors the team whips clients into peak physical shape, enlisting the help of specialized machinery and old-fashioned physiology. They sculpt cores with the aid of Pilates reformer machines and TRX suspension harnesses, and blast calories during indoor cycling sessions as students struggle up virtual hills or plunge sticks into the imaginary spokes of imaginary Lance Armstrongs. Mirrored classrooms help exercisers strike pitch-perfect poses or dance moves during yoga and Zumba classes. Although classes cap off at eight students, giving instructors ample face time with each guest, personal trainers kick the customization up one full notch with plans designed around specific goals, such as managing weight, building muscle, or living a healthier lifestyle.
At Power Box Fitness, certified CrossFit trainer Shawn Albrecht and certified personal trainer Virginia Albrecht motivate guests of all fitness levels to improve their physical condition through an exercise regimen that varies frequently. Workouts are tailored such that each participant does the same exercises, but scaled to their ability level. Power Box's green-floored gym houses free weights, barbells, and tires, equipped with whatever may be required for a given day's workout.
The Links at 434 snakes a par 3 course over open fields dotted with sand traps and towering lights that provide an illuminated course as late as 10 p.m. Before taking the course, golfers can warm up by chipping onto a practice green and rifling off range balls from natural-grass tees or one of 10 covered hitting bays that shield players from the pressure-inducing gaze of the moon. From the first tee, golfers' short- to midrange games are tested by narrow fairways and difficult approach shots onto greens reminiscent of Mother Earth's curiously shaped amoebas. The longest hole stretches to 185 yards, putting added pressure on short-iron play, and three sets of tees help to make the course playable for golfers of all abilities.