When Wayne and Jackie Meier opened the first Midwest Athletic Club in 1984, it was a tiny, 3,000-square-foot facility with a modest staff of one trainer. A lot has changed for the Meiers since the ‘80s; they’ve since ditched the splatter-painted stirrup pants made famous by Ronald Reagan and expanded into six spacious locations throughout the area, helming a diverse staff of personal trainers, expert fitness instructors, and swim teachers. Instructors lead cardio and strength-training classes, as well as sessions of yoga, Pilates, and tai chi. In the pristine waters of the Xtreme branch’s 75-foot pool, coaches demonstrate strokes and techniques and guide fitness-seekers through aquatic aerobics. All locations abound with professional cardio equipment—many of which boast individual TVs—and strength-training equipment from top brands such as Icarian, Universal, and Nautilus.
After workouts, guests can unwind in the wood saunas at the Xtreme and South locations. At the Xtreme location’s café, servers blend a variety of beneficial smoothies and shakes chock-full of fruits and protein.
Helmed by Dr. McLaughlin, the staff at Dental Touch Associates straightens crooked chompers with a combination of highly advanced 3-D computer graphics and the spells of old-fashioned orthodontia. The Invisalign process eschews cumbersome braces for clear, removable aligners that are virtually invisible to the unclothed eye. An initial 30-minute exam, including x-rays, photos, and impressions of your mouth terrain, paves the way for a flurry of calibrated teeth sheaths that are designed to slowly shift walnut crackers into perfect alignment. The total cost of an Invisalign treatment varies for each customer (it can run anywhere from $3,500 to $8,000); this Groupon gets you $1,000 toward that final cost. View some Invisalign FAQs here.
MAX10 Bodyshaping and Peak Fitness founder Travis Richardson fell in love with martial arts at age 10, and by 15, he had already earned his black belt in tae kwon do and won his first of six national championships. As an adult, Travis's curiosity with the limits of the human body led him to study psychology, natural health, and massage therapy. When he finally decided to open his own fitness studio, that physiological apprenticeship acted as the scaffolding from which he built his Max10 Body Shaping program.
The 10-week weight-loss and muscle-chiseling regimen blends exercise with healthy eating habits, supplemented by the mentorship of a trainer and support of a group environment. The workout portion breaks into intervals of kickboxing, resistance training, and plyometrics, increasing difficulty progressively to accommodate both beginning students and more seasoned athletes. Outside the gym, menus of healthy meals fuel the metabolism without the need to count calories or ravage the body with crash dieting—an early '90s diet that only allowed people to eat scrap left over from car accidents.
Title Boxing Club began as a cocktail of talents mixed together: the fighting prowess of former professional boxer Danny Campbell, the acumen of businessman Tom Lyons, and the top-of-the-line gear provided by owners David Hanson and Tony Carbajo. Hanson and Carbajo provided the gym’s equipment and outfitted the first location with an onsite pro shop. Campbell put together two signature Power Hour workouts, one based on boxing and the other on kickboxing. Lyons took care of the franchising, and the club has since spread all over the nation.
Trainers help members burn calories through a flurry of jabs, hooks, and crosses. Classes pound away at a sea of heavy bags while also working with speed bags, the double-end bag, and free weights. When the workout's over, members can head to the pro-shop area, where padded cage walls neatly separate the goods from the rest of the gym and provide an excellent place to duke it out over whose T-shirt looks better.
United by their love of the CrossFit system, a group of friends, coworkers, and strangers joined forces to open CrossFit 151. Today, that formula repeats itself: friends, coworkers, and strangers—now led by coaches—come together in a dark blue and neon-green gym to motivate one another during intense daily workouts that feature varied functional-movement exercises. Those exercises, which change each session, are designed to sculpt the whole body while prepping it for nearly any physical activity. To make CrossFit accessible to everyone, coaches scale the difficulty of workouts to each participant and work closely with every guest during group and one-on-one sessions.
Northland Fitness Club, which moved to a new Blairs Ferry Road location in early 2012, stocks its gym with all the amenities of a metropolis exercise complex. Television shows entertain mental muscles while Precor and Stairmaster equipment stimulate and exercise heart and leg sinews. Circuit machines and weight training barbells, meanwhile, enable customized training for pectorals, biceps, forearms, and reararms, which spring from the middle of the back and help quarterbacks fend off blindside sacks. Nationally certified instructors lead group classes—including Zumba and yoga/Pilates fusion—six days a week, and personal trainers craft tailored workouts so that each trainee earns the best possible results. During the 10-week Max10 program, patrons launch kickboxing jabs and run resistance drills in a supportive setting specifically geared toward weight loss, wellness, and intimidating one's own reflection.