At Fit4Mom Richmond, moms can exercise without worrying about using a daycare facility or babysitter. That’s because babies are allowed to join in the classes, nestling in their strollers as moms work out with exercises such as power walking, strength and body toning, ab work, and stretching. The fitness instructors are all certified in pre- and postnatal fitness, and sometimes they lead specialty classes such as running clubs.
Inside of Innsbrook boutique studio, TidalWheel's instructors guide participants through constantly changing workout routines atop state-of-the-art cycling equipment. Each 45-minute class combines upbeat music with exercises that burn calories and sculpt physiques. The result is a high-energy cardio and strength-training workout that works the core and upper body.
As they enter the training circuit at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. Thirty seconds is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
Dr. John J. Andre draws on training in general dentistry, Invisalign systems, and laser treatments while heading a team of doctors and dental hygienists. They perform treatments that range from routine cleanings to implants or extractions, leaving smiles that are beautiful even when directed eerily at the only other person in a life raft. The dentists also specialize in pediatric dentistry, striving to put children at ease during cleanings and to educate them about oral hygiene.
Golf balls trace high arcs over the driving range or roll toward mini-golf holes at Hanover Sports Park, where guests hone power and finesse as they work on their game. Waterfalls cascade into tiny ponds on the edges of the mini-golf course, where twisting greens provide a venue for families and friends to haggle over who gets to hold the scorecard. Sixty-three artificial hitting mats line the subtly curved, two-tiered driving range, which includes 28 heated and covered hitting areas and seven natural-grass tees.
The chime of sharp line drives resonates from the center's seven batting cages, where hitters swat at everything from high-arching softballs to baseballs zipped at up to 80 miles per hour. Hanover Sports Park's staff helps guests manage their activities and special events by creating group and party packages for birthdays and corporate gatherings.
Dr. Soltanian and his team help teeth realize their potential with services as basic as cleanings or as advanced as complete smile makeovers. Restorations and orthodontics fix gapped and uneven smiles, and take-home whitening systems with custom-fit trays intensively erase stains. Lumineers—porcelain veneers that are as thin as a contact lens—fit over existing teeth to correct chips and discoloration, and sedation dentistry quells the anxiety of nervous patients more effectively than a hug from a grandmother.