In 1976, busy California mother Joan Barnes wanted nothing more than to find a play place where she and her kids could enjoy age-appropriate, educational activities. Finding none, she developed her own innovative play environment within a developmental-based program structure now known as Gymboree Play & Music. Today, kids tumble and learn in locations around the world, engaging in open play and classes designed to build cognitive and motor skills. As parents participate in their child?s development, their child learns to paint, play music, and interact socially outside of preschool knitting circles.
At Great Play, kids are encouraged to break bottles—virtual ones, arranged on virtual shelves—in the center’s Interactive Arena. They are part of a hand-eye coordination game for kids, in which sensors track their “throws” and the computer-generated bottles projected onto the walls fall accordingly. Another version sees kids honing their throwing arms by aiming for an animated strike zone while a simulated crowd cheers.
But regardless of the specific games kids play on any given day in the 3,000-square-foot arena, each activity hews to the play center’s overall goal: to build kids’ motor skills and athletic abilities from an early age. Programs for younger kids focus on fundamentals, such as running, skipping, dodging, and tumbling. Meanwhile, athletic camps for older kids build skillsets that come in handy during pick-up games on the playground or at their first Olympic trials at age 3.
Fitness Together is all about synergy. Specialized in one-on-one training, the center’s certified trainers design fitness programs that unite strength training, cardio routines, and nutrition plans that work together to catalyze weight loss. The plans’ strength-training component, dubbed Aspire 8, fuses resistance training and cross training to build solid core muscles without ever having to tear a phonebook in half. During Cardio Together regimens, the trainers get patrons’ heart rates pumping with a mix of aerobic workouts. Finally, the education-oriented Nutrition Together programs teach patrons how to make more healthy food choices, leading to a lifetime of nutritious eating habits.
Reveal Laser Spa's treatments do what exercise has trouble doing?spot-treat the fat in problem areas. Noninvasive treatments tighten skin and reduce stretch marks with a combination of radio frequency and magnetic pulses. Other treatments, such as ultrasonic-cavitation treatments, shrink fat cells with localized ultrasonic waves while firming skin to ward off cellulite. The noninvasive lasers used in Reveal's i-Lipo treatments do the same. To complement the surgery-free weight-loss treatments, the center beautifies clients with luxurious facials and waxing.
Led by owner René Serrate, the team of trainers at U First Fitness emphasizes natural toning techniques that leave clients feeling as good as they look. Certified by national accrediting bodies and well-versed in the intricacies of numerous exercise disciplines, these trainers don't just talk the talk—many of them used the workouts they now teach to get in shape themselves. They specialize in creating custom weight-loss regimens and meal plans centered clean eating and tailored to each client’s personal goals. The plans are comprised of activities such as group and one-on-one fitness training, nutrition counseling, and online coaching, a more effective source of moral support than a trophy etched with “You Tried.”
True Fitness Boot Camp's owner and instructor, Matthew McMillan, develops high-intensity boot-camp workouts designed to efficiently slim down bodies. A Dragon Door–certified hard-style kettlebell instructor, Matthew also leads students through exercises such as slow-motion pushups, lunges, burpees, and tuck jumps.