Integrated Movement Xercize Pilates describes a fusion-fitness approach that blends the lengthening and muscle-toning action of Pilates with strength and cardio training for efficient body sculpting. The private introductory class (a $65 value) is designed to give novices familiarity with the Pilates reformer equipment, which pumps up endurance, muscle tone, and limberness, while strengthening the spine and abdominal core for Volkswagen-juggling contests. Under the individualized guidance of a highly certified trainer, Pilates pupils will perform a few baseline tests in the first session, allowing muscle doyens to evaluate body composition, strength, flexibility, and knowledge of sitcom theme songs, before developing a well-rounded fitness routine. Then select four of IM=X Pilate's Xercizer, reformer, hybrids, or TRX classes (a $40/class value, 25 options per week) to continue training and keep tickers pounding hard during demanding training montages. A robust schedule of classes offered throughout the week provides eager physiques with ample opportunity for calorie-blasting.
Although most gyms claim to be safety-conscious, few can say they have a chiropractor on-staff. Guilford CrossFit, however, counts two chiropractors—both of whom train at the gym—among their staff, helping CrossFit-certified trainers safely whip clients into shape. Trainers push clients to overcome their own perceived limitations through an intense strength-and-conditioning program that incinerates fat with the same techniques used by tactical operations teams, military special-operations units, and champion martial artists. Customized regimens of intense functional movements change daily, but often include weightlifting, plyometrics, and chasing passing police cars on foot.
With 25 years of experience in the corporate world behind her, Susan Catenaro channeled her human-resources training in founding Bien-Etre Wellness Centre. Equally as important to her business, though, are her certifications and training in life coaching, hypnotherapy, past-life-regression therapy, and aromatherapy. Today, she and her staff aim to help clients live more holistic lives, with everything from classes on essential oils to sessions in an infrared sauna.
Gina Ledwith, the certified holistic health coach who heads Holistically Well, has struggled with her weight and won. Her weight-loss success inspired her to earn certificates from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and The Raw Food Institute. With knowledge of over 100 dietary theories under her belt, she teaches the same strategies that helped her lose more than 80 pounds to students at her weight-loss clinic. There, she offers everything from one-on-one coaching to cooking demos and tours of health-food stores.
As a young man, Dr. Timothy Malton was a proud member of the Norwegian Professional Ski Instructors Demonstration Team. One day, while performing a backflip, Malton suffered a serious fall that landed him in the emergency room. Though doctors told him he hadn't broken any bones, Malton knew something was very wrong. He was unable to take a deep breath, had excruciating pain in his upper back, and could not sleep for more than a few hours at a time. He tried everything he could think of to relieve his discomfort, including painkillers, physical therapy, and acupuncture, but nothing worked. After several months of agony, someone suggested that Malton visit a chiropractor. Not only did the chiropractor diagnose and successfully treat the source of the pain within a matter of weeks, he also inspired Malton to pursue that path himself.
Today, Doctor of Chiropractic Malton extends that same healing and improved wellness to his patients at his own practice. He draws upon training in specialties such as fibromyalgia, sports injuries, and nutrition to address aches and overall health, and he adjusts spines with techniques including the Gonstead system and the Webster technique for expectant mothers. Dr. Malton also provides pediatric chiropractic care, which can improve kids' posture and help them release stress from pretending to work in an office.