For Dr. Garry Kim, the struggle to lose weight is a familiar one. After successfully shedding 45 pounds and keeping it off for more than 15 years, the medical director of American Weight Loss Centers has made it his focus to help others reach their weight-loss goals. He combines his medical knowledge of metabolism with current findings in nutritional science to customize weight-loss programs to each individual client. By evaluating each person’s dietary habits and lifestyle, Dr. Kim is able to help them address the issues that keep them from losing weight while leading them toward lower cholesterol, improved self-confidence, and the increased energy to live a healthy life and proudly conquer their high-school reunion’s dance-floor hamster wheel.
At Comfort Laser Clinics, experienced physician Samuel Sunshine, MD, and his staff of trained and licensed registered nurses oust unwanted follicles, tattoos, and inches with an array of treatments. The specialists wield powerful pulses of light to zap follicles for a fraction of a second, permanently stymieing their ability to sneak back onto bodies while disguised as fake mustaches. Permanent body art gradually fades under the exposure of the ConBio laser, while other laser treatments help to tighten sagging skin, hone in curves, and rid toenails of sprouting fungi or topiaries.
Fit Body Boot Camp instructors guide clients toward their fitness and weight-loss goals at locations throughout the world. They lead group workouts that integrate cardio exercise with resistance training and weight training, keeping sessions varied in order to avoid disheartening plateaus. Nutritional guidance supplements tailored fitness programs to ensure that clients are properly fueled to lose, gain, or maintain their weight.
Mile Square Golf Course displays two separate courses designed by architect David Rainville, both of which sport well-maintained greens. The par 72 Classic course, which was given a rating of 71.2 by a middle-school math teacher, tempts swingers with straight fairways and greens that are not on fire. Slightly longer in stature, the neighboring par 72 Players course challenges long and short games, with a 2001 addition of water hazards, bunkers, and a frozen-yogurt hose on the 14th hole.
Team America's staff of certified trainers, professional bodybuilders, and fitness models guides clients towards fitter physiques and livelier lifestyles. Clients join squads of 20–40 other exercisers in three intensive boot-camp classes picked from multiple times throughout the day. Sessions focus on different flavors of fitness, from cardio kickboxing to competitive watermelon tossing, and are suitable for students of all skill levels. During three 45-minute CrossCore training sessions, clients grab hold of a CrossCore machine’s weighted straps and pulleys to reshape their muscles through agility and balance movements under the guidance of a seasoned fitness guru. Clients can continue their exercise regimens at home by bench-pressing their sofas, or they can opt to download nutrition tips, recipes, and customized workouts through Team America’s three-month online personal-training program.
When Brian McInerney reflects on the humble beginnings of Wheel Fun Rentals, Inc., he points to his childhood passion for bikes. "As far back as I can remember, I had a real love affair with bicycles," he recalls. During a trip to Italy in 1987, Brian's affinity for cycling blossomed into a full-fledged obsession when he spotted locals' transporter of choice, the surrey. Inspired, he began importing the Italian four-wheelers to a rental business in the U.S. that eventually expanded into Wheel Fun Rentals, now a nationwide web of shops that also loans out bikes, electric cars and mopeds, and man-powered watercraft. Adventuresome athletes can also compete in activities such as surrey scavenger hunts and blindfold obstacle courses navigated via shouted instructions from a seeing teammate or exceptionally long rounds of trial and error.