Dr. Charles Nguyen knows that losing weight is as much a mental process as it is a physical one. As a psychiatrist, he partners his clinic’s weight-loss programs with behavioral therapy, medication management, and motivational techniques. He and the rest of the center’s staff focus on real-world diet programs, eschewing fad diets in support of maintainable practices, such as limiting carbs or filing a restraining order against bacon. They build their programs with realistic parameters in order to produce long-term results.
With hands gripped to the wheels of karts capable of cresting 45 miles per hour, up to 12 racers hum around the hairpin turns and straightaways of K1 Speed's indoor track during adrenaline-spiking sprints toward the podium. This brand of excitement can be found at all 18 locations, where racers eschew the fumes and inflammatory skywriting of gas kart exhaust for European, eco-friendly electric karts designed to instantly accelerate out of curves, which are bordered by safety barriers that absorb impacts.
Known for being quick and convenient, The UPS Store is a three-headed office chimera belching forth flame-free shipping, printing, and office necessities. Hand-knit blankets and bronze sculptures of knitted blankets, snuggly nestled in packing peanuts ($4.99–$5.99/cubicle foot) or wrapped with bubble wrap ($5.99/50 ft.), fit comfortably inside a 12"x12"x12" cardboard box ($3.99–$6.49). Customers can cast their bundles off in whatever time frame works best, using one of the full range of UPS shipping options, including next-day air, ground, and international shipping. Shipping and packaging costs vary by location.
Arthur Murray Dance Studio has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and the Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, the Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Clients who arrive to lessons partnerless will be paired up with an instructor as the teachers assess their current skill level and make recommendations on the most appropriate program. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.
No men, no makeup, no mirrors. It’s a pretty stringent philosophy, but it’s one that’s helped members of the Curves community since 1992. Part fitness center, part support group, Curves is a women-only club that takes a streamlined approach to health, fitness, and weight loss. Full-body, 30-minute workouts combine strength training, cardiovascular exercises, and stretching into calorie-torching sessions, which are enhanced by the Curves Complete program. The program, available at an extra fee, supplements efforts at the gym with personalized meal plans and weekly one-on-one meetings with a certified Curves coach. Outside the facility, members and nonmembers alike can purchase a variety of Curves products, from workout apparel and accessories to the protein powders and vitamins used to build strength or distract people from all of the caterpillars in medicine cabinets.
A decade of practice has strengthened the skills of Joshua Stockton, the namesake therapist behind Rejuvenation Massage Therapy by Joshua. He customizes his Swedish and deep-tissue treatments to each client in packages that last 60, 70, or 90 minutes. To make the experience both restorative and pleasant, Joshua strives to make the setting for his massages as relaxing as a nap on a boat in the middle of Lake Tranquility.