The YMCA of Greater Des Moines has been promoting healthy living to families and individuals in the surrounding communities since 1868. One month of family membership (good for two adults and any dependants under the age of 23) entitles tribes to full usage of any of the area locations, including the brand new YMCA Healthy Living Center. Membership amenities encompass access to fitness equipment, lap and warm-water pools, more than 600 group fitness classes—such as kickboxing, yoga, tai chi, and water aerobics—reduced program rates, access to the childcare nursery, and many other programs and services, which vary according to location. Each family member will also get unlimited fitness classes, providing the opportunity for families to construct self-directed boot camps, sample workout styles, and transform into an entire tribe of variously sized Rocky Balboas.
Now in its 40th year, Medicap Pharmacy stocks its shelves with an array of healthcare products, specializing in a neighborhood-friendly atmosphere staffed by personable pharmacists. Guests are invited to peruse Medicap Pharmacy's thoroughfares lined with medicinal home goods, or stop by the pharmacy counter to fill a prescription or ask about seasonal flu shots. Customers can tenderly tend to wounded ankles with an ankle brace ($29.90), reward immune systems with reinforcing cold medicine ($1.59–$11.49), or keep the body stocked with the vital nutrients by picking up women’s vitamins ($8.90). Medicap Pharmacy also keeps customers in tip-top shape by offering preventative health screenings as well as at-home delivery.
Complete Nutrition provides a variety of nutritional supplements for weight loss, sports nutrition, and healthy aging. For those who have accidentally stored too much food for the winter, Tone softgel weight-loss supplements can help empty stuffed pouches and cheeks while keeping lean muscle intact ($49.99). An herbal cleanse aids in toxin cleansing and rejuvenation (59.95), and M.A.S.S. Project Buzzerk flows straight to the muscles, giving them the brawn necessary to finally overthrow the archaic skeletal system ($63.99). No bodily system is overlooked in the product array, including the immune system, which can recharge with Smart Smoothie formula made from whey protein and naturally occurring amino acids such as sun-sweat and rainbow juice ($39.99).
The Gladiator Assault Challenge confronts racers with a 5- to 7-mile course surrounded by scenic woodlands, cheering spectators, and up to 30 intense obstacles. Gladiators aged 18 and older go solo or join forces with other competitors to ford the waist-high waters of Mud Mayhem, rope-swing through Jungle Love, and use oversize novelty scissors to break the finish tape. Additional obstacles test physical stamina with 12-foot vertical walls, fallen trees, and cargo nets that act as moats blocking the finish line. After the Slideway ushers racers to a skidding finish, a complimentary beer and raucous after party lend ample time to scrawl "wash me" on opponents' backs.
United by their love of the CrossFit system, a group of friends, coworkers, and strangers joined forces to open CrossFit 151. Today, that formula repeats itself: friends, coworkers, and strangers—now led by coaches—come together in a dark blue and neon-green gym to motivate one another during intense daily workouts that feature varied functional-movement exercises. Those exercises, which change each session, are designed to sculpt the whole body while prepping it for nearly any physical activity. To make CrossFit accessible to everyone, coaches scale the difficulty of workouts to each participant and work closely with every guest during group and one-on-one sessions.
Acupuncture of Iowa's certified practitioners draw on their varied backgrounds in ancient Chinese medicine and athletic training to alleviate a cornucopia of modern ailments, such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, and back pain. After a presession assessment pinpoints the best pin points for your physical complaint—be it tennis elbow or a migraine from Iowa City's new "everything's fine" siren—Laura strategically places tiny ultra-thin needles in precise locations on the body, which stimulate a natural internal healing process. The relaxing treatment corrects any kinks in the body's energy flow, and Chinese herbs and traditional medicines help speed up the healing. The National Institutes of Health concluded in 1997 that acupuncture is an effective treatment for a variety of conditions, including asthma, allergies, and menstrual cramps.
Doctor of Chiropractic Logan Jenkins is on a mission at Jenkins Chiropractic and Wellness Center. He wants to help as many people as possible achieve optimal health, especially children. To do so, he uses the soft-tissue-focused Graston technique, the instrument-based Activator adjustment method, and kinesio taping, which can help athletes or windblown mummies recover from their injuries. Kids can wait for treatment in the "kids only" room, a cozy, yellow-walled space with alphabet-inspired artwork and a variety of toys.
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