Judging by the name, it's easy to assume Look Great Today Inc. only focuses on the outside. The beautifying hot spot does receive rave reviews for its work in body contouring and skin rejuvenation, including treatments such as the acne facial, which helps unclog pores and control breakouts, and the young skin facial, which promotes a more youthful appearance for all skin types. However, the staff pay just as much attention to their clients' health and wellness. To do so, they carry botanical-rich Arbonne products that include protein shakes, healthy chocolates, and herbal detox teas, helping clients match their inner glow with their outer radiance.
Today, she's an athlete and nutrition guru strong enough to lift a full-grown, muscular man over her shoulders. But in 2007, Coach Lisa suffered from a variety of health ailments, including obesity. Left "being prodded, poked, tested, [and] re-tested" in the hospital after complications ended a pregnancy, Lisa, then 36, knew that something had to change. "My instinct told me that if food could make us sick," she explains, "then it stood to reason that food could heal us too," so she set out on a wellness journey in honor of the family she loves.
Along with her husband Coach Bob and Katie "Danger" Schmitz, Lisa helps clients of Access Life Fitness make life changes of their own. The team's methods are comprehensive and varied, ranging from fitness classes and in-school programs to nutrition counseling and personal training. Lisa even bakes treats and whips up condiments with Paleo-friendly ingredients, helping to stock home pantries with healthy comestibles.
Trent Meyer and Derek Bergman are committed members of the United Methodist Church, and sometimes choose to practice their faith through tree climbing, zip lining, swimming, and laser tag. They direct the Methodist-run Camp Fontanelle, a year-round outdoor camp sprawled across more than 180 wooded acres of donated land. Both Trent and Derek draw from backgrounds as campers—and Trent from six years as a teacher—to lead summer camps for preschool through high-school students. They lead a team of camp counselors who coordinate harnessed-rope tree climbing, activities on low-ropes courses, archery lessons, and outdoor laser-tag matches.
They also draw visitors at different times of year with water slides, a 35'x65' jumping pillow and bounce houses, a petting barn filled with alpacas and goats, and pony rides. During the autumn-harvest season, they unveil the annual theme of a 10-acre corn maze filled with 5 miles of trails. A 3-acre pumpkin patch contains small and large carving pumpkins, gourds, mums, and Indian corn, which visitors can harvest and stuff into a large, horn-shaped wicker basket.
The training staff at X-Treme Nutrition includes Steve Zaracki, who has persevered through his own paralysis in order to help others get fit. Whether with Steve or with another certified trainer, clients enlist in a training session that fits their schedule, joining up to seven other exercisers. Groups work out under the supervision of a single coach, with each member sweating through a routine personalized to their fitness goals by a kettlebell that has evolved a mouth. Staffers prescribe a healthy diet plan during a nutrition consultation, and they establish a baseline against which to measure progress during a body-measurement session. The three parts of the one-month program combine to boost strength, flexibility, and endurance, which aids clients who get jobs as human ottomans.