Awarded the Best Fitness Club in The Capital's Reader's Choice 2011, Big Vanilla's modern facilities aim to make a healthy impression on bodies and minds. Both locations jam-pack weekly schedules with more than 60 fitness classes such as cycling, Pilates, Zumba, Cardio Combat, and yoga. Pasadena's Step-N-Abs intertwines intermediate cardio choreography with abdominal exercises to build lean muscle to the core without having to endure elective washboard implants. Dance-inspiration class also permeates into group groove sessions, which pump hit tunes as exercisers wiggle to urban, club, and Latin-inspired moves. The Arnold gym tones an anatomy's worth of muscles in TMC, which challenges physiques with 60 minutes of resistance training toughened by dumbbells, stability balls, and lead-based chocolate cakes.
Kicking, punching and jabbing are typically discouraged, but not at Transformations Fitness for Women. The women’s-only gym’s kickboxing-style workouts give athletes the moves they need to tone physiques and brush up on their fighting maneuvers, no matter their level of experience. The gym’s two locations boast eclectic class schedules, with classes ranging from Zumba dance fitness workouts, which burn calories with sultry Latin moves, to sessions that enhance strength and flexibility through a fusion of yoga and Pilates. While guests work out, they can drop kids off at the gym’s complimentary daycare, whose staffers stay in touch with each other via two-way talk radios, rather than by sending them regular flocks of carrier pigeons.
Dr. Ian Shuman helps teeth realize their whitest dreams with a combination of general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry, each performed by the master dentist himself. With the belief that dentistry should be gentle, effective, and minimally invasive, Dr. Shuman makes the most of advanced dental technology, such as digital x-rays and intraoral cameras that espy dental detriments before they become costly reconstruction jobs. The office’s tooth-colored, mercury-free fillings repair cavities with composite resins that, like snowman tattoos on a polar bear, are virtually invisible. Aside from the typical dental services, Dr. Shuman also spreads his tooth-preserving wisdom with other dentists during his Minimally Invasive Seminar Series.
With a mind for comfort and compassion, Dr. Shuman and the dental staff understand that visits to the dentist can often cause patients anxiety. The team helps assuage apprehension with thorough explanations of treatments. The office itself is designed to cosset patients, with pillows and blankets joining the office’s soft lighting and easy-listening music to help create a warm, relaxing ambiance.
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
All of Fitness Together’s trainers graduate from an in-house educational program, which supplements the staff's requisite degrees and certifications in fitness training. Customized fitness pursuits begin in the personal-training sessions with an analysis in which clients divulge desired results and secret dreams of body doubling for the Brawny man. Trainers then funnel goals into an individualized exercise plan prepared prior to a patron’s first workout.
At First Class Martial Arts, children may learn basic martial arts strikes. On the other hand, they could learn how to play dodge-ball like a ninja. The coaching studio enrolls students of all ages in structured programs, but also organizes camps and birthday parties around whimsical martial arts games. The age-appropriate classes draw elements from several disciplines, including tae kwon do, kickboxing, karate, and judo. In each, instructors introduce practical self-defense skills alongside core martial arts principles. Each class takes place in First Class's airy, well-lit studio, where padded floors provide ample room for learning new techniques and sparring with an imaginary though still impossible-to-beat Jackie Chan.
The trio of optometrists at Peepers of Severna Park restores optical clarity with a combination of traditional personal care, state-of-the-art digital machinery, and designer frames from brands including Oliver Peoples, National, Giorgio Armani, and Kate Spade. During eye exams, a trained doctor conducts a thorough vision history, performs a series of diagnostic exams, and runs computerized tests to determine eyes' ability to interpret poetry written in binary code. Following exams, calibrated lenses nestle between the grips of premium designer frames such as Oliver Peoples' Lance R frames ($339.95), Prada 22M ($299.95), or Candie’s Coco frames ($169.95).