Before he studied fitness at Purdue, Chris Tedesco learned the subtle art of inspiring others during a trek through the dessert. As a Marine squad leader, he needed to keep up morale while getting his troops to march across 36 miles of arid wilderness with him. This same determination saw him straight through to three Ironman Platoon championships. Today, as owner and founder of BodyQuest Personal Training, he brings those heat-honed lessons with him to each session, just as he did when he helped a snowboarder recover from near total-lower-body paralysis.
He and his team of four dedicated trainers partner up with clients, getting to know them, their eating habits, and their fitness goals to help them lead healthier lives. They constantly vary exercises via a circuit designed to keep bodies burning fat long after the workout and even tailor training-session soundtracks to suit clients' whims, so long as those whims don't include whale songs as covered by an eccentric theremin player. The exposed brick walls of his gym feature wooden sculpture and wall hangings that capture the feeling of motion, perhaps subliminally inspiring patrons to push themselves.
Owner Holly Elswick combines her experience as a personal trainer and her extensive knowledge of yoga and Pilates to put together Fierce Fitness By Design's eclectic schedule of fitness classes. Patrons can opt to gracefully increase strength and flexibility in barre and Pilates classes. After each sweat session, patrons may retire to the onsite spa, where massage therapists soothe soreness acquired from the day’s activity. Specialists go even further in one-hour Escape sessions, which aim to pacify the body and spirit with a mix of guided imagery, meditation, and naps on piles of freshly laundered socks.
With locales dappled throughout the Southeast and Midwest, the brains behind Workout Anytime funnel more than three decades of fitness-industry expertise into filling their gyms with positive vibes and state-of-the-art equipment. The fitness gurus spread Magnum-brand strength-training machines and cutting-edge treadmills—whose frames can support up to 500 pounds—throughout their hygienic antimicrobial floors. They also provide certified personal trainers, nutritional guidance, and weight-loss plans.
Workout Anytime's doors are open to members 24 hours a day every day of the year, permitting access to public exercise zones and areas that offer tanning and massage sessions. Each gym also strives to cultivate a familial atmosphere with staffers who memorize each guest's name and carve each one's Thanksgiving turkey.
No amount of time spent researching can replicate experience. So, when it comes to its weight-loss supervisors, Ageless Center gives its clients both?the staff members have lost more than 1,200 pounds collectively. So when they teach, they're drawing from memory as well as their studies. They utilize six programs to help people drop unwanted pounds, recalling their own struggles as they monitor each client's progress at weekly meetings. They've even written their own cookbook with healthy recipes and tips.
In the interest of boosting confidence even further, the center has its own medical spa onsite. There, visitors can treat their complexions to facials, fade wrinkles with injectables such as Botox, and clear away bothersome body hair or skin imperfections with laser procedures.
The long strokes of a therapeutic massage. A diamond-tipped wand that sloughs off depleted skin cells. Carefully targeted cosmetic injections that help ease the signs of aging. Often a person seeking all of these services would have to visit a chiropractor, salon, and med spa to achieve their goals, but the team of medical professionals and aestheticians at Splendid Skin Medspa cater to a wide range of needs in one relaxing, spa-like destination. A fleet of high-powered lasers penetrate the skin to rejuvenate faces, ease or eliminate hair growth, and destroy strip-mines hidden beneath the toenails, and massage services and B12 injections help to increase energy and health.
Julie Keel first fell in love with yoga while practicing poses and overlooking the Pacific Ocean. This fusion of yoga and the outdoors, she felt, deepened her connection between the mindfulness of each breath and her body's movements. Since founding Rivers Edge Yoga, she has helped her clientele seek that same link through both outdoor and indoor yoga classes. With class types from Yin to Hatha, her instructors emphasize combinations of challenging poses, breathing exercises, chanting, and meditation. The studio's Yoga In The Park classes—which start in the fall—give yogis a chance to flirt with trees while in tree pose and heckle begrudged hares while in tortoise pose.