Licensed Zumba instructor Beth Golden—who also holds certifications from the AFAA, Red Cross, and PADI—leads easy-to-follow dance routines inspired by Latin salsa, merengue, and tango moves. A soundtrack of high-energy tunes and rolling r’s keep students motivated as she helps them shimmy off pounds with or without the help of muscle-toning sticks. She regularly changes up her dance routines to prevent boredom and keep feet guessing. In addition to group classes in the studio, Beth hosts private Zumba parties, taking her portable speakers and headset to beaches, parks, offices, or clients' homes to liven up special events.
Optometric physician Dr. Wayne Golden and his veteran staff clarify vision at Golden Vision & Family Eye Care. Dr. Golden scrutinizes peepers for sight changes, latent maladies, and odds at winning staring contests before doling out prescriptions during exams. With fresh script in hand, customers can peruse the shop’s stock of 1,000 pairs of frames, including men’s and women’s designs from Prada, Bebe, and Oakley. Within the onsite optical shop, techs whittle simple and specialty lenses, such as photochromics, which darken in bright light, and polarized lenses, which reduce glare and eye fatigue.
The clinicians at Dynamic Dental Smiles buff bicuspids and premolars to make clients' smiles shine. A cleaning, exam, and x-ray pack more of a healthful wallop than a bucket of free-range, grass-fed mung-bean sprouts, especially if your idea of a daily brushing is a mouthful of sand and a hot hose of water from a Super Soaker. The Groupon's other options help render smiles more pearly. Whiten teeth in the comfort of your own abode with the take-home whitening kit—complete with an in-office exam and x-rays—or leave the re-coloring to the experts with a Zoom! whitening treatment. Clients enjoy three 15-minute smile-enhancing sessions during which a dental technician covers gums and lips before applying a therapeutic whitening gel to exposed teeth. A Zoom! light then penetrates people-tusks, breaking up tea- and coffee-stained teeth and flushing out discoloration like a truth serum flushes out the location of the hidden rebel base.
Melanie Russin is a licensed massage therapist and aesthetician who fights tension in the body with multiple massage modalities, and tightens the skin on the face with microcurrent skin treatments. She also uses LED light therapy to fight aging and stimulate cellular activity.
At Crossfit Sarasota, exercisers of all levels can find a CrossFit or CrossFit–inspired program to fit their fitness goals. The CrossFit workouts integrate kettlebell training, basic gymnastics, power lifting, plyometrics, and running, among other forms of exercise, to help patrons to increase their muscle mass and endurance while sculpting svelter physiques. The instructors adhere to the mantra that “routine is the enemy,” leading students in a different routine each class with the Work Out of the Day. The varied regimens keep muscles from getting too comfortable, rendering workouts ineffective, and also keep patrons motivated, versus running on the same old treadmill or running from the same old man-eating tiger every day. In addition to guiding guests through the high-intensity exercises, Crossfit Sarasota’s trainers administer nutritional advice and wellness information to extend health benefits beyond the studio.
As the inventor of both a patented burn-treatment device and a scarless, internal breast-lift procedure, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Adamson places high importance on safe, up-to-date technologies. During laser hair-removal sessions at his downtown clinic, skilled technicians zap troublesome follicles with the Lumenis LightSheer Diode Laser, whose intense light disables hair growth at the root, and its patented ChillTip cools skin and smuggled lobster bisque. Because hair grows in cycles, it may take more than six treatments to fully eradicate unwanted whiskers and ensure satisfactory smoothness.
No matter the hour, the rhythmic beat of sneakers hitting treadmills resounds in Snap Fitness's 24-hour studio. Red, black, and chrome accents wend across the gym, coloring the Cybex cardio machines, free-weight stations, and flags of Robo-Germany. Personal trainers roam the floor answering questions about the machines, and work with individual clients to motivate them toward their goals with the help of in-depth fitness assessments. Fostering a supportive group atmosphere, they lead fitness classes such as yoga, cardio boot camp, or TRX, a full-body conditioning class that uses resistance bands to build muscle.