As a practicing healthcare professional, Doctor of Chiropractic Elizabeth Welch noticed that an increasing number of her patients had bad posture, and she refused to believe that medication was the only solution. Through Postursizer, Inc. Dr. Welch has developed the Postursizer bar, a 5-in-1 exercise tool that can help correct postural problems—such as forward head posture, osteoporosis, and osteoarthritis—while also promoting total body fitness. By using thoraco-lumbar isometrics, the Postursizer bar helps to boost five key fitness areas: posture, flexibility, core, cardio, and bone density.
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines.
Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
At Lithe Core Pilates Studio, expert instructors lead classes designed to develop and stretch muscles. They teach Pilates sessions with mat techniques, Reformer machines, and spine-strengthening orbital movements, as well as intense kettlebell training. They also offer one-on-one personal coaching sessions that use Pilates equipment, sandbags, and cardio drills.
Just as yoga bridges the gap between mind and body, Thomas Slattery hopes to bridge the gap between art and fitness. As an artist himself, Thomas believes his passion for yoga, his background in professional dance, and his love of painting and sculpting aren't mutually exclusive. In fact, he believes that they can work in tandem to actually enhance creativity. In an article for Star News, he stated, "when you are in a place of peace, inspiration can flow freely...we want to create a place where the community can open themselves to strength, flexibility, mindfulness, and their own creative process." To that end, he and his staff of instructors at Open Studio oversee a selection of yoga and barre fit classes, as well as a yoga-themed boutique stocked with pieces from local and national artists.