Not content to merely determine prescriptions, optometrists and staff members at the Brandywine Vision Associates also manage eye disease, conduct LASIK consultations, and procure high-end eyewear from brands such as Giorgio Armani, Michael Kors, Juicy Couture, and Prada. After an exam determines patients' prescriptions and algebra skills, they pick out frames furbished with lenses in ultrathin, scratch-resistant, polarized, or high-def varieties, or grab contacts. Customers can visit on weekdays, evenings, or weekends.
In 1975, MaxOut’s founder, Dr. Michael Mac Millan, began a study of muscle development that culminated in the invention of his proprietary MaxOut tower. Designed to increase weight training’s effectiveness, the system became the basis of the gym's trademark 60-minute, once-a-week workout. According to Mike Barwis—MaxOut’s head strength and conditioning trainer and a veteran college coach—the tower “allows us to put our bodies under stress safely … which can in turn increase our results in a short period of time.”
This dedication to achieving a measurable outcome is reflected in every aspect of MaxOut’s workout facility. Here, clients heft specially designed weights in the state-of-the-art strength studio or practice yoga, spinning, or Zumba during group fitness classes. Small-group and personal-training programs offer more individualized attention and motivation. Sprinter Matt Crowell teaches a specialty speed-training regimen, building athletes’ quickness with high-speed treadmills instead of migratory winged sneakers.
Jennifer Anello, BodyRide?s owner, is a certified spin instructor?and while BodyRide is a boutique spinning gym, Jennifer?s love for dance still shines through in her classes. During workouts, the pulse of music surrounds clients while they spin within a dark studio and let the ambiance lead them on the mental journey of their ride. Her workouts blend pedaling with her signature upper body moves such as lifting weights, pushups, and crunches so that, like dancing, her classes tone the full body.
These BodyRide classes, for which her studio is named, are just one of the many available spinning class styles. Other variations focus on intense calorie burning.
Exercise should be fun. It should never feel like something you have to do, like chores or constantly peering through the blinds to make sure the neighbors don't steal your pool. At least, that's the philosophy adopted by CycleZone of Collegeville. Here, owner Lisa Mattiola has created an environment in which fitness burns both calories and boredom. She's built a team of passionate instructors who run on the same credo. Together, Lisa and the rest of the CycleZone staff keep workouts fresh by varying the routines, whether during indoor cycling, TRX, or barre classes.
Like building a home, losing weight involves the interlocking of several pieces. The weight-loss architects at Physicians Weight Control build healthy physiques upon four pillars. Diet plans personalized to the client’s lifestyle control intake of nutrients and fat, fueling the clinic's aerobic-exercise plans. The last two pillars—appetite suppressants and vitamin supplements—combine to keep energy levels up and re-create the rush of swallowing a candy bar whole once the client starts eating smaller meals.
For more than 16 years, AT Wellness Center has served as an oasis for detoxifying and recharging. Staffed by a team of licensed massage therapists, acupuncturists, and yoga instructors, AT Wellness offers numerous means for clients to reach optimal health. Along with bodywork and nutritional counselors, the center also hosts yoga and tai chi classes and open meditation sessions, where guests are encouraged to clear their mind and tap into a deeper, calmer place.