In 1927, Jack Cohen began selling eyeglasses from a pushcart in New York City with a novel goal: to match each wearer with a pair that fit their style as well as their prescription. Today, specialists carry on his philosophy with prescription specs from American and European labels such as Prada, Valentino, and Coach. After a visitor sits down for a fitting, a trained style professional handpicks the eyeglasses or sunglasses that best complement their face shape, eye color, and tattoo of four eyeballs. Frames come in a variety of colors and materials, and each can be customized with polarized and optical-quality lenses to ward off glare and UV rays. Meanwhile, a team of eye doctors reside onsite to assess the pupils during eye exams.
At each of its five locations, Vision Center helps clients achieve clear, focused fields of vision and an impeccable sense of personal style with eyewear from brands such as Ray-Ban, Versace, Prada, and Dior. Optometrists zero in on vision prescriptions or eye diseases with high-tech exam equipment, and friendly, knowledgeable opticians and in-house frame stylists craft looks that suit each client's one-of-a-kind eyes and face.
The yoga instructors at The Family Yoga Center Inc. help practitioners of all ages and skills center their minds and relax their bodies. Directed by Jennifer Orobello, who specializes in alignment-based yoga, classes involve mastering one pose at a time. First, students achieve the pose, and then they hold it in order to foster deeper mind-body connections and increase strength and flexibility. Confident that yoga is accessible to everyone, the instructors encourage using yoga wedges, blocks, or walls in order to help with holding poses.
Red mats cover the floors at Vitale's Karate Academy, softening falls and protecting joints as students spar with each other or attack invisible foes. Seasoned instructors impart their knowledge of martial arts to kids, which can foster a lifelong practice that builds discipline and encourages positive attitudes while keeping them active. Adults who study martial arts also grow in discipline and confidence as they lose weight and gain self-defense skills. Similarly, cardio-kickboxing classes combine martial arts, boxing, and aerobics to burn calories and tone muscles. When they aren't teaching classes, instructors facilitate karate-themed birthday parties that add educational drills and games to the festivities.
TryKickboxingNow.com's self-defense classes are more than just kickboxing sessions. Their courses blend traditional kickboxing, muay thai, boxing, karate, and interval training to burn fat and build muscle. In order to make it easy for exercisers to learn the kicks and punches of the sport, sessions take place at affiliate gyms across the country.
CrossFit Kryptonite trainer Scott DeTore proves his skill in the gym every day, but it wasn't until 2011 that he proved it on a national stage. He won the 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games in the master's division and came in second in 2012. He and his fellow trainers—both competitors in the Reebok CrossFit Games themselves—teach students the art of CrossFit, a functional yet high-intensity fitness program that scales its workouts to participants of all skill levels. Their facility houses all of the equipment necessary for these ever-rotating workouts, which incorporate pull-ups, squats, kettlebells, climbing ropes, and gymnastics rings.