HealthRidge Fitness Center is all about options. From more than 80 weekly group exercise classes to sprawling facilities that include a 1/8-mile indoor track, racquetball courts, and cardio machines with personal TVs, both beginning and advanced exercisers can find an activity that moves at their preferred pace. Guests get pumped up in boot-camp sessions taught by instructors who have been certified in a military-instructor training course led by Army National Guard master fitness trainer and staff sergeant Ken Weichert. To calm the mind, a yoga or Pilates class reduces stress while strengthening core muscles. The center also features a workout area and classes designed specifically for kids.
In warm weather, an outdoor pool decorated with a natural-looking rock formation invites swimmers to splash about a tranquil waterfall. Exercisers can unwind after a workout with a pedicure, a massage, or a facial at the Spa at HealthRidge, which has been named one of America’s Top 100 Spas by SpAwards. The café and lounge area offers nutritious meals and a cozy fireplace that is ideal for soothing achy muscles or burning cheat-day pages torn from food journals.
Planet Beach Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
The staff at Legacy Fitness never yells, berates, or curses at their patrons during Legacy Fitness boot camps. Instead, they motivate them with a sense of humor and positive encouragement. To keep them engaged and prevent them from suffering workout burnout, they lead them in a new routine every day. This ever-varying approach prevents bodies from adapting to the workouts, so muscles must always work their hardest, burning more calories and building strength more quickly. They conduct the camps at multiple indoor and outdoor locations, drawing from the surroundings to guide the workouts. On any given day, students might flip oversize tires end over end and work as a team to push a car down an empty street or do sprints and heave medicine balls in a gym. These functional workouts help patrons tone their entire bodies more safely and effectively than swimming laps in a quicksand pit.
Starz Spa's skincare experts embrace professional body treatments as an integral facet of daily skincare and works to keep corporeal complaints at bay with services designed to rejuvenate the body whenever it needs a lift. All types of skin perk up under a deluge of Bioelements products, custom masks, and moisturizers as aestheticians concoct individualized treatments for the face and body. On the other side of the spa, massage therapists loosen muscle knots with a repertoire of nine modalities. Energy-balancing reflexology treats the whole body through reflex areas in the feet, aromatherapy draws on volatile plant materials and other fragrant compounds to soothe the senses, and Swedish-style sports massages help muscles recover from sprinting toward finish lines or slouching in huddles.
Owner Lesli Grabill leads the talented team at Flhair in crafting ’dos that draw influence from contemporary styles. During haircuts for both men and women, experienced hands—including those of an American Crew–certified stylist—snip strands and build them into stylish new structures that match clients' mental blueprints. Colorists can imbue hair with a brand-new hue or add dimension with a smattering of highlights. Flhair also lightens facial burdens with waxing services in an effort to smooth out skin and effectively reduce drag before important headbanging competitions.
Zen Massage's team of licensed estheticians customize facials to clients' needs, administering add-ons that target eyes, lips, and hands. LED light therapy is also available. Additionally, certified massage therapists take kinks and knots to task with a wide range of massage modalities designed to address all manner of physical and emotional distress. They offer Swedish, sports, and deep-tissue massages, to name a few.