Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing with the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.
Full-time moms and certified trainers host each Mommy And Me Time session in the spirit of camaraderie, building a supportive environment that encourages patrons to share their fitness goals with one another. The classes obviate the need for moms to find a sitter when they work out, as children are a part of each session and absorb the importance of physical wellbeing by participating or serving as cuddly free-weights in a regimen of cardio and strength routines. Core-refining ab training complements tension-unwinding stretch sessions to work out limbs, and the staff excuses any tots that don't develop six-packs or the ability to bench press their own bassinet. They also accommodate wee ones with a play area for exploring once they decide they are finished with the regular workout.
The clinical and licensed staff at Skin Wellness Center of Alabama, helmed by Dr. Corey L. Hartman, render rejuvenating skin treatments in a state-of-the-art facility. The SilkPeel microdermabrasion machine exfoliates the outermost layer of skin, brightening, clarifying, moisturizing, and delivering vitamins and antioxidants into the dermis. The session concludes in about 30 minutes after evening tone and reducing fine lines. Before a chemical peel, Dr. Hartman consults in detail with each patient to tailor the treatment to skin tone, texture, and cosmic aura. The staff then applies a formula to the face that stimulates quick cellular turnover in an exfoliating process that continues for several days. Peels are ideal for treating sun damage, hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and acne.
At a young age, Dr. James E. McMinn accompanied his army father across the world—a journey that gained the attention of Birmingham Medical News. This early exposure to other cultures introduced Dr. McMinn to a panoply of cultures, but most importantly, it taught him to find common ground between his beliefs and those of others. Now, as an established Western-trained doctor with more than two decades of experience, Dr. McMinn has found a balance between healing patients with science-based treatments and holistic therapies. And it is back in his hometown of Birmingham that he provides these integrative medical.
Dr. McMinn leads a dedicated team, working from the belief that health issues, including fatigue, hair loss, and low libido, can be prevented. He’s even formulated foundations of wellness, which label "nutrition, hydration, exercise, and sleep" as the basic building blocks of healthy living. From that foundation, the staff—which includes a doctor of Chinese medicine, registered nurse, professional counselor, and medical assistants—aims to attack maladies at the root with a variety of treatments, such as acupuncture, hormone therapy, and FDA breast-cancer screenings with thermography.
For more cosmetic concerns, an onsite aesthetician wards off signs of aging with antioxidant-rich Glo Therapeutic and Environ products. She augments that with a slew of advanced treatments, such as skin-tightening Thermage sessions and exfoliating chemical peels, both of which leave complexions glowing brighter than the glitter waterfalls that dot Candy Land.
In the heated water of the Lakeshore Foundation's two pools, the staff at Swimmers United allot time for both learning and playing. Skill development is the top priority during group swimming lessons, where instructors maintain a 7:1 student-to-teacher ratio. Fun takes center stage at kids' pool parties, which can accommodate more than 25 kids or roughly one class president's security detail.
During Lakeshore Tennis Academy's clinics, tennis-loving tykes aged 4–10 clamber around courts and batter balls customized to their diminutive limbs. The QuickStart program introduces gripping and swinging techniques with the aid of engaging visual props and emphasizes a positive attitude, the vital trait that makes tennis players the smiliest athletes on Earth. The Future Stars clinic, for beginning and intermediate wallopers bound for tournament play, focuses on mechanics, court positioning, and game-based drills. Call to consult with Lakeshore Tennis Academy about which clinic is right for your tiny racketeer's skill level and age, and then schedule his or her swing sessions.