The master yogis at Yoga Dynamics propel their disciples toward physical fitness and spiritual enlightenment with a schedule of yoga classes and TRX suspension-training workouts. More than 12 weekly sessions explore the Hatha, Yin, and Vinyasa traditions, all of which provide a great way to stay toned and limber while temporarily storing worldly worries in a drawer with knickknacks, spare change, and shrunken heads. In addition to sharing personalized tips with students of all skill levels, Hatha teachers modify poses to help beginners develop strong muscles and proper form. Flexible Strength workouts build lithe bodies with asanas that stretch and tone the sinews, while OM Gym Yoga’s TRX suspension straps bolster core muscles to improve posture and balance. Vinyasa classes flow from pose to pose with more grace than a swan driving a zamboni, fostering flexibility and sending strength and cardiovascular endurance soaring as the instructor shares mind-focusing exercises and words of encouragement during practice and answers questions before and after each class.
GNC's opulent aisles display a wide variety of vitamin and mineral and herbal supplements, as well as sports nutrition, diet, energy, bodycare, and other health products. The Mega Men Sport multivitamin ($19.99 for 90 caplets) supports muscle recovery and energy levels while aiding speedy male metabolisms without dangling steaks in front of their treadmills. Fuel feats of female strength with the Women's Ultra Mega Active multivitamin ($19.99 for 90 caplets), ideal for vigorous women. Two pounds of Pro Performance 100% whey protein ($35.99) distract taste buds with the flavor of chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry while smuggling 20 grams of high-quality protein into the body in each scoop. Promote healthy bones with a calcium supplement, such as coral calcium, sustainably harvested from the Okinawan Sea to provide a healthy 2-to-1 ratio of calcium and magnesium.
Crave Fitness's founder, Yaniv Rosenberg, applies a lifelong enthusiasm for fitness and martial arts to boot camp, Krav maga, kickboxing, and jiujitsu classes for all ages and ability levels. During boot-camp classes based on training regimens from the U.S. military and Israeli Defense Force, experienced instructors wring every ounce of effort from students of all skill levels, fueling the all-out workouts with words of encouragement and regular trips through a rift in the time-space continuum to get glimpses of their svelte future selves. Sessions change on a daily basis to test muscles with a combination of cardiovascular exercises, abdominal work, agility drills, obstacle-course challenges, and blindfolded Sudoku puzzles.
Though there are 130 For Eyes Optical stores around the United States, the company still has the heart of a small start-up. Owned and operated since 1972, when a small group of friends started it in Philadelphia, aiming for quality eyewear manufacturing as well as customer service. These same friends, aided by a few family members, still lead the franchise today. They ensure that each location adheres to their original principles and mandates for mustard-colored shag carpets.
In each store, expert independent doctors test clients' visual acuity and general eye health with comprehensive exams. Then, a store associate helps each person outfit their eyes with designer frames by brands such as Ray-Ban, Prada, D&G, and Versace. For Eyes Optical has its own advanced 40,000-square foot optical lab in in Hialeah, Florida, where technicians shape, surface, and coat the lenses to fit each person's exact prescription. After creating the lenses?whether plastic, polycarbonate, or trivex Toughlites?they inspect and fit each into its corresponding frame by hand, a process that ensures quality control and guards against the robots, whose first objective is to hinder our eyesight.
Total Life Medical Center, run by board-certified doctors, combats the effects of time with a variety of age-reversal services. Botox and facial-filler injections help to reverse wrinkles, and bioidentical hormone therapy infuses waning body chemicals with natural replacement hormones to strengthen the immune system, improve skin tone, and make patients feel more energized than a toddler on a sugar high. Radio-frequency sculpting can both contour bodies and level wrinkles with low-frequency ultrasound technology that disrupts fat cells and stimulates collagen. Those unsure of which anti-aging scientific procedure to undertake can sit down for a chat with the center's knowledgeable staff, who happily walk patients through the treatment process, offer post-session advice and knock-knock jokes, and address any side-effect concerns.
Instructor Antonio Silva started swimming competitively in high school and has been teaching the technique ever since. First as an assistant coach and now as the owner of Delphi Swim, he teaches swimmers how to float, paddle, and butterfly stroke their way through the water. Classes cater to kids of all ages, with survival skills for small children and freestyle, breast stroke, and underwater swimming for kids who have mastered basic aquatic movements. He can also coach kids who want to swim competitively or chase the Loch Ness monster on family vacation.