In 1911, when he opened Standard Optical, Henry Schubach could not have guessed that his successors would be providing LASIK treatments and contact lenses in 18 clinics. Each office fills with chatter as doctors check prescriptions and work to identify common optical issues, such as glaucoma or weeping when an onion dies. Light skips off ranks of designer frames from Coach, Maui Jim, Guess, Lacoste, and Dior, and transitional lenses darken as newly keen-eyed patrons mosey from the shop. The staff at Standard Optical has also performed more than 15,000 LASIK procedures, and offers a free consultation for those seeking to ditch frames.
At each of Crossroads Fitness' four locations throughout the Wastach Front, members of all ages build strong, healthy bodies through a regimen of group classes, personal training, and extensive wellness evaluations and health assessments. Registered dietitians and fitness experts help clients manage their fitness goals, while a schedule of BodyPump, Zumba, yoga, and resistance training burn away unwanted fat while building lean muscle. After leveling up their endurance and speed with sports-performance training or flexing their legs in a cycling class, members relax and rehabilitate muscles with on-site massage therapy.
The instructors at Higher Ground Hot Yoga help students achieve a soothing state of calmness through heated yoga sessions. They guide guests through 26 poses in a studio heated to improve muscle elasticity, which reduces the threat of injury. The heat also encourages detoxification and elevates heart rates. Instructors stay positive and supportive throughout their classes, which help build strength and flexibility and elongate ligaments, joints, and facial hair. The staff also uses these poses to teach students the valuable skill of controlling their breath.
Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a martial art based on self-defense that teaches wrestling-like grappling and ground-fighting skills to manipulate opponents into submission. Taught by black-belt native Brazilian fighters, Link's jiu-jitsu classes impart expert submission techniques with an emphasis on traditional Brazilian instruction and student safety when smothering unruly mailboxes in a triangle leg choke. In addition to absorbing rituals in the art of self-defense as jiu-jitsu Jedis, students also boost self-confidence and develop neglected muscles during intense full-body workouts. Link specializes in jiu-jitsu instruction, but classes in mixed martial arts and muay thai fighting provide disciplined cross-training challenges. Classes for beginners, experts, and all levels of students run Monday through Friday with enough flexibility to accommodate busy professionals, school-age children, and undercover heroes traveling on speeding passenger trains.
Swan Lakes Golf's majestic green turf and adrenaline-pumping batting cages provide a verdant playground of orb-pulverizing family fun. Championize chipping skills on the 18-hole putting greens (a $7 value per person), or show off big talent on the vibrant 18-hole miniature golf course (up to a $5 value a person), populated by pint-sized alligators perching on golf-club handles and hat brims. Professional flyswatters can practice air-slicing assaults in the batting cages (a $2 value per person), with heavy hitters taking their best swings at 25 pitches propelled from baseball-belching machines with varying difficulty levels.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.