Thomas Volmer credits his wife, Rachel, for inspiring them to start helming boot camps. She wasn’t always a fitness guru, though. "She was a commercial banker and she was 70 pounds overweight," Volmer recalls. Once she started to reclaim her life, "she just fell in love with fitness," he says. She eventually dropped 80 pounds with proper exercise and nutrition, spurring her to earn her AFAA personal training certification and pursue a career as a full-time trainer.
Personal experience lends Rachel and the other trainers—including Sharon Monk, who lost more than 200 pounds by exercising and eating healthily—empathy and a motivating demeanor when working with campers. At each location, they get groups doing pushups, swinging kettlebells, and flipping tires in a positive environment that's focused on teamwork, rather than competition. "You start as a group, you finish as a group," says Thomas. "But the activities that you do in between might be different based on your abilities."
In addition to leading sessions, Rachel creates easy-to-use online meal plans (including a vegetarian plan), which campers can customize to help them stay on track. Options range from the simple, such as cereal with fruits, nuts, and flaxseeds, to the creative, including honey-sweetened oatmeal peanut-butter cookies. She also includes the calorie count for each recipe. Users can pick from simple meals made for one person or larger entrees designed with an entire family or pet elephant in mind.
Doctor of Chiropractic Jay Ferguson and his staff follow the guiding lights of compassion, personalization, and thoroughness as they assess and mend frames. Whether they're adjusting displaced vertebrae or treating bodily ailments through the ear stimulation of auriculotherapy, they take the time to get to know their patients. Ferguson and his staff also help to alleviate injuries with massage therapy, electrical muscle stimulation, and cryotherapy, in which a cooling gel works to reduce swelling and attract the massaging hugs of polar bears.
At The Skin Room, the products are as natural as they are effective. The center's earth-friendly skincare serums are blended from organic ingredients, often taking their power from the vitamins and nutrients found in fruits such as blueberries and cranberries. The Skin Room is draped in warm tones and soft light, making it a tranquil escape from the outside world for overworked 9–5ers and underappreciated professional sleepers.
Featuring 6,516 yards of impeccably manicured landscape, Oakridge Country Club is a par 71 golf course designed to challenge everyone from first-time clubbers to full-time swingers. Conquer tight fairways, emerald greens, and challenging roughage while roaming among the scenic terrain and picturesque Duck Creek during your 18 holes of golf ($50 on weekends, $40 on weekdays). Water comes into play on several holes, along with more than 50 strategically placed bunkers—use a golf cart to travel to and around the obstacles. Before hitting the links, golfers can practice their swing and take aim at target greens with a bucket of balls ($7) at the driving range. While not included in this deal, Oakridge Country Club also boasts an onsite restaurant, offering daily lunch specials and a fully stocked bar. You can reserve your space seven days in advance, so call ahead to schedule your tee time.
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During the exam at Jefferson Dental, which welcomes walk-ins, one of the dentists from the smile-savvy staff ventures into facial caves in search of tooth decay and gum disease. A skilled technician then snaps x-ray pictures, uncovering hidden problems to use as blackmail. Opting to add cleaning ensures that a whirlpool of floss and paste separates debris, plaque, and tartar from enamel and that fangs look more polished than a socialite dipped in wax.