Within each noncompetitive Curves facility, female fitness seekers are invited to move through a 30-minute circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that are designed to promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. Shunning cumbersome weight stacks, the hydraulic gadgets adapt to each exerciser's body weight and fitness level to complement her individual abilities, subsequently decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. And because traditional lift-and-lower motions tend to create bulky muscles, the machines promote push-and-pull movements to sculpt toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing unsuspecting grapefruit. Experienced trainers are always nearby to help clients manage their machine maneuvering, and a soundtrack of fun, upbeat music includes cues to let women know when it's time to move on to the next station or break for an air viola solo.
It might come as no surprise that a professional bodybuilder-turned-personal-trainer would name his fitness venture More Pain Please, but Michael Harris doesn't just mean physical pain. He believes that a truly effective fitness regimen addresses the mind as well as the body. To achieve this, he custom molds fitness regimens to an array of body types and lifestyles, always keeping the client's fitness goals in mind. He implements these plans inside the Las Vegas Athletic Club's modern facilities—but if clients prefer a more natural environment, he can also schedule sessions amid the greenery of local parks. Michael Harris is also certified in First Aid and CPR, ensuring he can get clients safely through their workouts.
Strength, power, endurance, and agility. These are just four of the 10 components of fitness that the instructors of Commando Fitness promises to help its students improve. This was the dream of US Army vet Mark Daniels, to draw together his talent for personal training and his military experience to help others get fit. Virtually all of his trainers bear a military background, made evident by the workouts that use military techniques that helped soldiers the world over prepare for battle. Contrary to expectations, these instructors keep students motivated without screaming, yelling, or the use of fire. No two workouts are exactly alike, which helps students stay interested, and they take place in almost any kind of weather.
Amilcar "Mica" Cipili, head instructor of Gracie Jiu Jitsu Las Vegas, knows what works for self defense and when placed in a real life fight. Raised in southern Brazil, Mica was already mastering the martial arts of kung fu, capoeira, and judo until he saw a Brazilian jiu-jitsu match that changed his life. Mica became obsessed with the "gentle art," which eschews brute force for more effective strategies of balance, leverage, and debate skills to use mid-grapple. Mica soon perfected the grips, flips, and submissive holds of jiu-jitsu with help from the Machado brothers–progeny of jiu-jitsu pioneer George Gracie. With his new-found fighting savvy, Mica earned a third-degree black belt, a mantle-busting array of over 90 champion titles, and even trained MMA greats such as UFC owner Lorenzo Fertitta. At his Gracie Jiu Jitsu Las Vegas institute, Mica trains fighters of all levels in classes six days a week. In addition to Brazilan jiu-jitsu and judo for adults and kids, the training center features courses in judo, MMA, wrestling, and boxing.
Composed of an MD, registered nurse, and two licensed aestheticians, the team at DermaBella Medical Spa provides complete visage revitalization inside their elegantly appointed facility. Facials and chemical peels share an array of treatments, ranging from age-defying elixirs and acne solutions to specialized formulas for sensitive skin. The staff also smoothes out wrinkles with Botox and Juvéderm treatments, and turns the volume on lashes' boom boxes up to 11 with Latisse. A consultation precedes each treatment, allowing skin techs to evaluate specific trouble areas and make informed recommendations.