Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines.
Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
Aromatic oils lie next to mats as yogis stretch toward the ceiling, inhaling the fragrances that work to relax and rejuvenate. Aroma Yoga is one of Be Unlimited Yoga’s signature styles, which include the hot flow Ashtanga-inspired class, the slow-moving Vinyasa-based integral yoga, and the heart-opening Divine Flow classes. Taught by an assortment of seasoned instructors, each class aims to help students connect body and mind through intentional poses that emphasize strength, flexibility, focus, and x-ray vision.
Before stepping onto the ice or the baseball diamond, members of the Carolina Hurricanes and the Durham Bulls pay a visit to Eye Care Associates, who have provided top-notch eyeglasses, contact lenses, and eye exams for nearly 35 years. Founded by Dr. Stephen Bolick, the team of vision specialists at the center help rid blurriness from pucks, balls, and signs held by adoring fans. When they?re not gazing into the eyes of athletes, they and their fellow doctors at a network of clinics stay busy correcting the vision of seniors, children, and adults. The company topped Indy Week's 2012 Readers? Choice poll for best optometrists in the area and received a Standing Ovation award as the best eyecare center in the Triangle in 2012 from readers of Metro Magazine.
Echo Farms Golf & Country Club evokes the links-style courses of Scotland on its 18-hole championship golf course. That’s because renowned British architect Ian Scott Taylor worked his magic on the original design, improving everything from landscape to length. Tiff-eagle bermuda grass greens provide a challenge for players of all stripes, and the adjacent Cape Fear River adds a natural obstacle throughout play. Elsewhere, the country club offers five tennis courts and a competitive-sized swimming pool.
Wilmington Hypnosis specializes in helping people overcome their challenges by placing them in a subconscious state. Once patients are suggestible, the hypnotist encourages them to cease any bad habits that are taking a toll on their lives, such as overeating, stress, and smoking. Sessions work around clients' schedules, and after completing a multi-visit program, clients receive a free reinforcement session per month that can help prevent regression as needed.