Snap Fitness's around-the-clock gyms enable visitors to fortify their physical well-being with a cornucopia of advanced fitness equipment and certified personal trainers. With 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man or one of his many secretaries tell them when to help themselves to Snap's strength-training gear or top-of-the-line cardio machines, which feature televisions and other media diversions. A friendly, unintimidating atmosphere provides a refreshing change of pace from aloof gym employees and ear-splitting pump-up jams. Members also enjoy nationwide access to all Snap Fitness locations, ideal for working out while traveling.
Minister Edgar J. Helms founded Goodwill at the turn of the 20th century to support the unemployed immigrant population of Boston. He gathered unwanted household items and hired the immigrants to refurbish them for resale. Over time, the operation grew into a comprehensive job-skills training and placement program.
In the past 90 years, Goodwill Industries has played an integral role in communities nationwide by placing nearly 90,000 individuals into jobs. Each purchase helps fund programs that help people with barriers to employment find work, and the stores themselves serve as a training site for participants to gain work experience.
From malt extract to fermenters and cappers, the art of home brewing involves lots of ingredients and tools to wrap one's head around. That's why Ben, Nick, and Andrew, the three resident experts at O'Connor's Home Brew Supply, offer their expertise to customers crafting their first batches. The trio happily walks beginners through every step of the process and even hosts a seminar that reviews the fundamentals of home brewing. O'Connor's stock of starter beer- and winemaking kits likewise caters to first-timers. Once they're ready to graduate to more advanced equipment, brewers can browse O'Connor's extensive selection of products, which ranges from yeast and hops to bottling equipment and corks.
Amira Spa Hair & Body Therapy's HyperVibe exercise machine increases muscle strength, improves circulation, and tones bodies with multiple 10-minute jiggle sessions. The rapidly vacillating platform's benefits stem from its ability to increase the gravitational load on clients' bodies, ramping up the muscular tension from one to 17Gs. The extra g-forces may strengthen bones and increase blood flow as the semi-intense vibrations encourage muscular contractions. The shimmying pedestal aims to stir up circulation, loosen toxins clogging the lymphatic system, and clean up immune systems more effectively than Roomba in a time-release capsule. Because the contrivance coddles bodies with a low-impact workout, users can shy away from the hard labor or barbell jousting of traditional gyms as four 10-minute sessions a week provide ample muscle fortification. Though results may vary from person to person, the HyperVibe feasts on calories and clients' eyes feast on Amira Spa's industrial décor and its chic black-and-white color scheme.
Fitness enthusiasts Jenny Quinn and Trista Parisian founded FLEXcity Fitness after realizing they shared a passion for helping others get into shape. Their innovative FLEX classes combine strength and cardio work by using TRX, treadmills, indoor cycling, barre, BOSU and more. The studio boasts that a FLEX56 class burns a minimum of 500 calories per session. See their FAQ page for more information.