Zip Fitness's staff strives to keep intimidation from creeping in to each of the five gyms. To welcome all exercisers—even those who have never had gym memberships before—Gym Geniuses stroll through each location donning bright-red shirts that signal their availability to help guests operate the various machines and guide them in drafting fitness goals and coming up with routines for the day. They've stocked each location with strength equipment from brands such as Precor and Life Fitness, and a guided strength circuit's 30-minute full-body workout takes the guesswork out of toning physiques. Rows of cardio equipment include treadmills, ellipticals, and upright and recumbent bikes, along with rowing machines and StairMaster step mills. For stretching and ab work, bands, balls, and body bars abound, and free weights include dumbbells, barbells, and tamed school bells.
Gold memberships unlock additional perks, such as unlimited access to Hex II tanning booths and the ActivTrax online fitness and nutrition coach, which plots out workouts and offers nutrition tools tailored to each user's goals, from slimming down to having the flexibility to comb your hair with your feet.
Envious Tanning Salon & Spa is more like a luxurious day spa than a traditional tanning studio. While it does offer classic beds and spray tanning, that's only the tip of the iceberg. Guests might have their teeth whitened and muscles massaged in one visit. Or, they might try to tone muscles on a vibrating FIT Machine or via infrared heat. This is because the spa has harnessed several forms of cutting-edge technology, which allows clients to customize their beautifying experiences in private beds and chambers.
From the sunlight filtering through the window to the highlights radiating from newly styled dos, the interior of Karma Salon & Spa is filled with the brightness that only beauty brings. There, a team of stylists trained in systems by Redken and Pureology beautify hair with ammonia-free color and the Coppola Keratin System. Staffers also rejuvenate skin with Dermalogica facials, resurface faces with exfoliating Jessner peels, and ease muscles with a relaxing hot stone massage.
Although the retro cutting chairs and eclectic, recycled furnishings between its exposed-brick walls exude a vintage vibe, Alwin Anthony Salon maintains a modern edge, thanks to owner Sara Bott. Thestaff uses only the latest coloring, manicure, and body-waxing techniques and high-end products from Onesta and LuLu Blossom?decisions that helped earn the shop the Reader's Choice for Best Hair Salon 2012 award from the Daily Herald.
While Sara is out on the floor educating stylists and clients about organic Surface Hair Health Art products, staff can be found at the vintage manicure station expertly filing, buffing, and painting nails with a rainbow of CND and OPI polishes. The team?s eco-consciousness reaches beyond recycled furniture to encompass a petite menu of organic and vegan services ranging from coconut oil-based Framesi hair colors to vegan mani-pedis using SPArituals polishes freshly plucked from their homegrown nail-polish tree.
Stocked with five tanning beds and a seasoned staff of technicians, Toucan Tan bequeaths skin with a flawless and natural-looking glow, be it from UV light or sunless spray. Pristinely clean wooden floors and a hoard of pre- and posttan lotions lead the way from the lobby into private tanning rooms, where aqua-drenched walls set a beach-like scene. Here, color-thirsty skin can bask in a Level 1 Solaris bed—fortified with three face tanners for an extrabronze visage—or drink up an even tone in the standup SunScape 756. Alternatively, tanning techs, who come armed with up to seven years of spritzing experience, can mist bodies by hand with a UV- and chemical-free blend of açaí berries, sugar, beets, and aloe vera. In as little as five minutes, this custom tan infuses skin with a streak-free glow that lasts for up to seven days and eschews the fake orange tinge rendered by the antiquated sunless-tanning method of making out with a bag of cheetos.