Beginner, intermediate, and advanced exercisers will all find a challenge at Exhale! Pilates & Yoga. Instructors with high-level certifications lead sessions that include cardio karate, slow-flow yoga, and TRX, a class in which dangling straps hold students’ limbs or suctioned tentacles in order to increase the level of resistance training. The instructors also specialize in Pilates lessons, which they provide to solo students, duos, and groups. Pilates has been known to boost energy and coordination, straighten posture, and calm the mind.
Bally Total Fitness enshrines exercise classes, calorie-burning equipment, and a fitness-focused staff within its sanctuaries of health. A 30-day guest pass includes access to a spread of group exercise classes, including Pilates, Reaction Cycling, Step Fitness, and High-Impact Hopscotch (class offerings vary by location). For self-guided worker-outers, cardio equipment such as treadmills, elliptical machines, cross-trainers, and stair climbers torch calories while entertaining the brain with video entertainment and integrated music systems that occasionally whisper quotes from Charles Atlas. Bally also boasts a bulk-building army of strength machines, free weights, and small-apparatus equipment, and grants gym-goers access to on-site locker rooms, showers, and, at some locations, a pool and steam room. Visit each location's webpage for a list of specific amenities and the lineup of classes.
Dr. Rebecca Long didn’t always want to be a doctor, but family ties drew her into the profession. At her sister Dr. Lara Long’s graduation, her father delivered an inspiring commencement address that included a story about how chiropractic helped to heal an infant. In that moment, Rebecca realized that she could help just as many kids by becoming a chiropractor, and, three weeks later, moved to California to start at Life Chiropractic College West.
Today, along with colleague Dr. Michael Groves, the Long sisters practice chiropractic medicine out of their eponymous clinic. Their services range from spinal correction to nutritional counseling. They perform these services for patients of all ages who suffer from sports, auto, or pogo-stick injuries. All three doctors share a passion for volunteering and bringing chiropractic to foreign countries, and together they hope to one day open a clinic in Africa to help children suffering from AIDS.
The 8th-degree black belt that Grandmaster Pierce uses to tie his dobok together is anything but a fashion accessory—it is a powerful symbol that represents more than 40 years of martial arts training. At Pierce's taekwondo studio, he shares this experience and expertise with kids, teens, adults, and dogs who can stand on their hind legs for 60-minutes straight.