Cyclic Variations in Altitude Conditioning (CVAC) simulates a cycling of changes in pressure, temperature, and oxygen, boosting blood’s oxygen-carrying and adaptation capacity to help improve stamina. At Complete Clinics, CVAC explorers step into a pod and spend their 20-minute session listening to music, talking on the phone, or thinking about dinosaurs while the atmospheric changes around them simulate going up and down a mountain somewhere between 200 and 500 times. High-altitude hijinks have always been a favorite way for cyclists, pro athletes, and cowboys to boost their endurance and polish their performance, but it’s being found to have benefits for ordinary folks too. Stanford University recently studied CVAC’s effect on insulin resistance and metabolism, two key factors in obesity. And CVAC users say it helps them sleep better, be more alert, and stop losing their car keys. Click here to see CBS News Chicago’s coverage of how CVAC works and its benefits.
A joint venture between a professional boxer and a team of successful kickboxing-equipment tycoons, Title Boxing Club maintains a network of dozens of studios spread across 19 different states, winning over a devoted clientele with its invigorating and engaging boxing- and kickboxing-themed classes. Each workout uses the heart-healthy exercise of cardio training to satisfy people’s innate desire to punch and kick something other than a broken jukebox. Participants build lithe, strong muscle tissue by delivering powerful blows to punching bags, and build flexibility and agility by practicing roundhouse kicks and hooks. Students can build their core strength and endurance with medicine balls and burpees, enlist a qualified personal trainer to practice their newfound skills in the ring, or just torch calories during intense full-body Power Hour workouts.
Dr. Alma Lombardo believes that a trip to the dentist should be unintimidating and anxiety-free. To accomplish this, she adopts a compassionate attitude with patients of any age and she stocks her practice with cutting-edge medical technology. Digital x-rays give the practitioners a clearer look at a patients’ mouth, televisions in every room help patients relax, and the office’s computerized system allows the staff to keep detailed records without wasting paper or hand-chiseled stone tablets. In addition to the technology, Dr. Lombardo and her practitioners draw on their vast experience to provide comprehensive general as well as cosmetic dental care, preventing the spread of disease and keeping smiles bright.
For 18 years, the skilled and professional staff members of Vein Care Specialists have cleared exteriors of unsightly or painful varicose and spider veins. Board-certified Drs. Salvador Yunez and Alvaro Montoya rely on extensive training and years of experience to scrutinize and diagnose veins and decide on the appropriate treatment. The doctors choose from an arsenal of treatments—including sclerotherapy injections, endovenous laser treatments, and ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy—to make veins vanish forever like chameleons thrown into a black hole.
Fitness 19 welcomes exercisers into its pristine workout facilities lined with Life Fitness cardio machines, free weights, and fully staffed childcare rooms. A personal trainer works with fitness seekers to create motivating custom workouts, helping members set goals and chase them down with the precision of a saint bernard leading a search-and-rescue mission in an inflatable-ball pit. Heart rates rise and calories evaporate during jogs on treadmills and pedaling sessions on stationary bikes. Dumbbells and barbells encourage lifting and curling, and Smith machines help bodies perform squats safely and effectively. Make muscles ripple with plate-loaded strength-training equipment, an eight-station crossover cable, or high-intensity deadlifts with a complimentary water bottle.