The owners of Ghost Town Fitness believe that being comfortable in your gym is a necessary step toward having an effective workout. In this spirit, they've decked out their fitness facility with clean amenities ranging from a cardio center and weight rooms to racquetball courts and a steamy sauna. Meanwhile, the gym's instructors draw on the communal power that comes from working out in a group during their fitness classes. In private studios, they lead students pedaling through indoor-cycling workouts, blend martial arts and boxing moves in GroupKick, and orchestrate yoga and Pilates sequences in Group Centergy.
Snap Fitness, bustling with cardio and strength-training gear, throws open the doors to its facilities 24/7. Before exercisers put sneakers to treadmills or lift their first weights, staff meet with them to talk about their fitness goals before suggesting personalized fitness plans based on clients' strength, cardio condition, and bionic-limb manufacturers. The gym keeps members motivated with regular check-in calls and demystifies healthful eating with custom online meal plans designed by nutritionists. Staff also forestall exercise-routine boredom by working individually with clients on a routine basis.
Novice calorie burners and ripped Michelangelo models alike can take advantage of Anytime Fitness’s one-month membership ($49), which equips bodies with enough treadmills, cycles, elliptical machines, and weights to make them fit enough to run a marathon inside of a swimming pool filled with mud. A personal training orientation familiarizes sheepish biceps with their new, confidence-boosting dumbbell friends. Highlight the results of this fat-frying and muscle-mass-magnifying program with one month of unlimited tanning ($20 value) to paint new, ripply physiques a brilliant shade of bronze. As an added bonus, this Groupon waives the $99 enrollment fee.
Melissa Kelly isn’t afraid of feet; she’s spent more than 5,000 hours practicing reflexology rendered on sets of stompers. At her wellness center, she offers multiple services, including ionic footbaths, ear coning, and reflexology. By targeting particular points on the feet, soles, and heels, she’s able to help bring balance to bodies that have been thrown off by suffering from illness or hanging out in a cement mixer—specifically, she helps them achieve homeostasis through acupressure. Her reflexology sessions also help increase circulation throughout the body, and can even be a relaxing experience thanks to a soft, leather chair. Beyond the comfortable furniture, Melissa’s center imparts a cozy vibe with warm reddish-orange walls, plush rugs, green plants, curtains, and colorful artwork that separate it from a sterile corporate spa.
At Ellipse Fitness, the only pieces of machinery that you operate are the levers, pulleys, and ball-and-socket mechanisms of your own skeleton. The gyms abstain from treadmills and bikes in favor of a full class schedule and a cooperative group atmosphere. With 35 or more lessons scheduled per week, certified instructors guide students of all experience levels through an ever-changing line-up of strength and cardio drills. These routines incorporate tools such as resistance bands, TRX suspension cords, kettle bells, battling ropes, and kickboxing equipment, though the primary instrument is always the human physique.
In addition to their standard classes, the staff also hosts boot-camp sessions and seminars on mastering your metabolism. Their weight-loss programs encompass weekly check-ins, during which clients receive nutritional resources and gauge their progress by taking measurements instead of stockpiling all the food they didn't eat in a jar. Regardless of its ultimate goal, each Ellipse Fitness regimen involves personal attention and a holistic, full-body approach to wellness.
Dr. Jolanta Pajek opened Modern Touch Dentistry after heading up dental practices in Toronto, Canada, and London, England. At her Appleton practice, she approaches dentistry with technologies such as low-radiation digital x-rays and air abrasion, which treats minor cavities with a blast of air rather than a drill. For patients with anxieties about dental work or wearing paper bibs, Dr. Pajek offers free sedation consultations to discuss whether the clinic's conscious-sedation options would make their appointments more pleasant.
Experienced yoga guru Crystal Rohde guides bodies and minds to limberness with a friendly, encouraging instructional approach. Every Wednesday night, Thursday morning, and Saturday morning, Room No. 10 at the St. Therese School transforms into a yoga studio, welcoming yogis of all ages and abilities with Vinyasa-style techniques. Invigorate uptight torsos with a power Vinyasa yoga class, which combines classic yoga postures and breathing exercises for a challenging, flow-based workout. Yoga for Fighters uses the basic structure and forms of Vinyasa, which include core work and stretches, but with additional shoulder and hip stretches designed specifically for people who practice martial arts such as jujitsu, tae kwon do, and punchy fisticuffs.