Energetic music pumps bodies into motion on treadmills, stationary bicycles, and elliptical trainers. Meanwhile, patrons heave dumbbells and heft weighted balls. And in the group fitness studio, classes punch and kick their way through high-intensity kickboxing routines or breathe steadily as they bend into yoga poses. Such scenes play out daily at each of Better Bodies' three locations. In addition to group training, the gyms also offer one-on-one training from personal trainers with years of experience in the fitness industry, including former Cleveland Indians and Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Mike McGuire. The trainers also boast masters degrees in fitness-related disciplines, including physical therapy and flaming bowling-pin juggling.
The aestheticians at Pamper Me Services help clients look and feel their best with treatments for the face, toes, and just about everything in between. Table lamps splash warm lighting across the spa’s walls, illuminating paintings that calm clients’ nerves even before they reach their private treatment rooms. In these rooms, technicians buff nails and scrub feet during pedicures with names such as “Petite” and “Give Me All You Got.” Five different massage modalities dissipate stress and tension in muscles, which may come in handy after posing for hours in a bronze-sculpture garden after a body polish and airbrush tan.
The certified hair-loss consultants at Hair Loss Control Specialists Indiana wield the weapons of laser therapy and treatment products in their ongoing battle against bare scalps. The outfit’s signature laser hair therapy prevents scalp issues and thinning hair with low-level lasers that stimulate cells' metabolisms and help damaged cells self-repair.
Latin Expressions Dance Company imparts dancers of all skill levels with sensuous Latin styles such as salsa, bachata, merengue, and cha-cha, but it's especially keen on introducing beginners to the benefits of boogieing. Under the graceful guidance of founders Kyle Culmann and Nadia Alvarado, the company’s classes pound out rhythms on 2,150 square feet of hardwood dance floor at its new location, Riolo Dance Studio. When not teaching official classes, the instructors contribute to offsite events, spearheading solo or group performances, spicing up parties with dance lessons for beginners, or choreographing routines for events such as quinceañeras, weddings, and Supreme Court rulings.
For this 5k race, a normally tame park is transformed into Mean Streets, an urban- and movie-themed obstacle course.
In the Construction Zone, participants navigate over and under traffic barriers of different heights followed by a dive into a trash-filled dumpster. After bypassing the dumpster zone, runners test their stamina as cat burglars, scrambling through first-floor windows and trespassing through backyards. They barely touch ground before scaling upward once again on the Time-to-Climb portion of the course, which features a Jason Bourne-esque run across the rooftops. Finally, contestants climb out a window and onto the fire escape, swinging across an 8-foot ladder to reach the finish.
Kicking off from White River State Park’s Celebration Plaza, the Santa Hustle 5K sends sprinters through a seasonal landscape donned in the trappings of tender St. Nick. After snagging their free Santa hat, beard, and T-shirt at check-in, runners will set off through a course sprinkled with live reindeer, candy stations, giant inflatable Santas, and mile markers built out of last year’s fruitcake. The day's race will culminate in a bustling after party, and benefits Back on My Feet, a nonprofit that combats homelessness using running as a way to build confidence, strength, and self-esteem. Along with medals for the top three finishers in each age category, judges will award prizes for the best individual and group Santa costume. All 5K runners will also be recorded through disposable ChampionChip timing chips, which report back both a runner’s split times and if they’ve been stealing pudding packs from their little brother's lunch box.
Fitness Now's founder Tiffany Wheatley draws from more than 12 years of professional fitness experience and extensive certification to customize each workout and regimen to each customer's individual needs. Sophisticated cardio and strength equipment hone and tone muscles, while certified personal trainers and nutritionists fashion individual exercise and diet packages. Guests sweat to glory in the supportive atmosphere of group classes such as spin sessions or Pilates and yoga courses, which aim to unite mind and body during core-boosting workouts, like doing sit-ups in a sensory-depravation tank.
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