Before Art Stone was head of Total Woman Gym & Spa, he ran a chain of salons. His female clientele loved their custom cuts, but California had no shortage of stylists—what they really struggled to find was day-spa pampering and weight-loss assistance, all in one spot. Stone listened, and in 1965, created precisely the sanctuary they were looking for.
The therapists at Irvine Chiropractic & Holistic Health Center - Leisure Offers help clients find their inner balance and treat discomforts such as neck pain, arthritis, and gout. To accomplish this, they use techniques that include deep-tissue massages and classes that combine tai chi and yoga moves.
No one is an island at Koflex Sports and Fitness Studios, which stresses the importance of community in helping participants reach their goals. Though the studio brims with slick one-person weight machines, guests don't just work independently. Rather, they also get fit with the help of coaches and classes. Every type of membership package includes both group and personal training, and the Koflex staff is serious about helping people get results. Two proprietary group fitness programs, Koflex Bodysculpt and Koflex Boot Camp, round out a schedule that also includes yoga classes and kettlebell yo-yo training. Supplementary services, such as massage therapy and nutritional counseling, are available to move clients even closer to their goals.
My Gym, which currently has more than 200 international locations, began more than 30 years ago as a structured place for children to safely play, acquire new skills, and romp off a sugar buzz. All classes are organized according to age level?starting as young as 6 months and skewing up to 3 years and 3 months?and designed to incorporate the latest physiological and psychological research. Tiny Tykes, Waddlers, Gymsters, and Terrific Tots classes get children age 3 months to 3 years moving with parent participation, Mighty Mites/Whiz Kids, Super Tumblers, and Sports are independent classes for kids age 3 to 7. My Gym's energetic instructors are experts at using music, dance, and gymnastics to build youngsters' strength and self-esteem while stimulating their giggle-plexes. The noncompetitive environment fosters creativity, and hands-on activities boost children's learning retention and fun quotient.
Named one of Parents magazine's Top 10 Birthday Chains in 2010, Color Me Mine's international franchise of DIY ceramics studios cater to an older crowd as well. Hundreds of unadorned ceramic pieces?including vases, mugs, and mermaids?await the attentions of muses of kids and their keepers alike, as do glazes in earthy tones and bright crimsons to frighten bulls away from china cabinets. Guests follow simple step-by-step instructions that leave plenty of room for creative expression. When painters are satisfied with their work, the professional kiln-workers help glaze and fire it for them before customers retrieve the finished piece a few days later.
At first glance, wooden boxes, ropes, tires, and weighted balls may seem like materials pulled from an abandoned factory. But each piece was carefully chosen for its ability to mimic functional movements, which is the cornerstone of the CrossFit workout. And no one needs to go into a workout wondering what to do; certified coaches lead people through every exercise, adjusting weight and resistance along to way to make sure everyone gets the proper workout. Daily-changing routines keep muscles guessing, in addition to improving strength and metabolic conditioning.