After years of working as physical therapists in the Boston area, Joint Ventures co-owners Dan Brownridge and Dave Larson noticed one major aspect missing from in most clinics?a personal relationship between the healer and patient. The duo created Joint Ventures in an effort to bring those strong relationships to their community through advanced integrated healthcare clinics where each patient gets optimal one-on-one time with their physical therapists. At all seven locations, Dan and Dave?s more than 55 practitioners craft detailed treatment plans using the facility's four-lane pools and cardio and weight machines, including therapies ranging from acupuncture to massage, yoga, or personal training. Throughout each patient?s therapy, the team of practitioners keeps their interpersonal skills on point with regular meaningful patient-therapist conversations that end with the pair weaving BFF bracelets from each others? hair.
Mitchell Wachtel, a doctor of podiatric medicine, has devoted his practice to treating medical and cosmetic imperfections of the foot. Dr. Wachtel's areas of expertise include diabetic and pediatric care, addressing foot issues that arise from poor circulation or improper biomechanics with custom orthotics that prevent long-term damage. Heel pain, whether it arises from plantar fasciitis, arthritis, or stress fractures, is another of Dr. Wachtel's specialties, and he relieves pain by prescribing specialized shoes, performing laser therapy, or imbuing patients with the power of flight. He also uses advanced lasers to treat heel pain and pain caused by Achilles tendonitis.
Power Yoga Chicago's resident mat maven and certified instructor, Judd Albring, teaches students of all skill levels how to twist torsos and realign postures during 60-minute power Vinyasa yoga classes. Students in classes up to 16 people, or three elephants, improve strength, flexibility, and balance within a cozy studio space heated between 80 and 90 degrees. Power Yoga Chicago only accepts online registration.
For more than 20 years, Propark America has been providing parking spaces at more than 400 locations across the country. Propark's self-serve and full-service airport parking facilities store autos during journeys and allow customers to check the status of their flights with real-time flight-schedule screens. Partnering with hotels, restaurants, and entertainment and sports venues, Propark also offers prompt and courteous valet services—often hiring college track athletes for their dependable, disciplined, and speedy legs—and supplying drivers with safe car storage should football-touchdown dances get entirely out of hand.
Part of Propark's mission includes a commitment to sustainability, as seen through its Canopy Airport Parking site at the Denver International Airport. The energy-efficient location utilizes charging stations for electrical vehicles, LED lighting, a solar-panel farm, and wind turbines. Propark is also a founding partner of the Green Parking Council, which helps convert parking facilities into environmentally-responsible operations, and offers free loaner bikes at participating hotels.
Equipment: Benches, weights, bands, equalizers, steps, ropes
Students Should Bring: mats, water, towels
Average Class Length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5?10 people
Class Location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration Required: No
Good for Beginners: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Josette Puig, co-owner of GetJosette Fitness Studio, admits that hitting the gym for an hour is not what makes a difference when it comes to losing weight?it's really what you eat, when you eat, and how often you eat. That's why her fitness studio's members get access to nutrition education, including nutrition plans, clean-eating recipes, and simple rules to follow, including picking out two days a week when you get to make yourself a dessert or sneak a bite from your co-worker's ice cream cone. Josette believes that healthy food is the key to burning fat, building muscle, enhancing energy, and improving sleep.
Once patrons properly fuel their bodies, they can blast calories in fitness classes such as Insanity, which relies on long bursts of maximum-intensity exercises and short periods of rest to chisel bodies, and Body Barre classes, which use ballet barre moves and heart-pumping music to sculpt muscles.
For 40 years of her life, Lisa Lavoie went without a single urge to perform muscle-toning spins on every chrome pole she came across. Now, she can't imagine a life where she doesn't artfully maneuver around a smooth metallic post on a regular basis. Once she discovered the intense yet fun exercise form in 2009, she fell in love with it and opened her own studio less than four years later. Today, Lavoie dedicates herself to eliminating pole dancing's negative stigma and exposing it as the artistic strength-training workout that it truly is. With help from a team of certified instructors, she leads rigorous, one-hour classes that aim to build confidence levels, upper-body strength, and core muscles. In addition to leading pole fitness classes, instructors helm other out-of-the-box fitness classes, including aerial silks and belly-dancing classes.