Angie Acosta, founder of Queen City DanceOut, has a simple motto for her students: "If you're moving, you're doing it right." This encouraging, low-pressure attitude attracts people of all ages to her dance-inspired fitness classes, which meet at 18 public locations. Angie and her instructors aim to make exercise feel like a celebration and a refreshing break rather than a dreaded routine. To this end, their classes incorporate intuitive dance moves and invigorating music. DanceOut, the signature course, blends genres as diverse as swing, hip-hop, and reggae into a workout, relying on repetition and basic choreography to keep everyone grooving. Other highlights of the curriculum include the Latin rhythms of Zumba; the Dance Impact class, which fuses dance and kickboxing; and JamStrong, a mixture of core-conditioning, dance, and fun.
Community is a central aspect of every DanceOut class. As pupils practice their twirls, they can follow both the teacher and the Jam Crew—a team of regulars who help make the steps easy to follow and can assist fellow dancers. In addition to group workouts, instructors host skill workshops such as Booty Bootcamp, where attendees learn rump-shaking techniques and how to turn any chair into a rocking chair. They also put on performances and lead private classes for special events and parties.
Dr. David A. Croland doesn't overlook any weapon in the fight against fat. Since 1995, the bariatric medicine physician has been designing and supervising medical weight-loss programs that can include lipotropic injections to boost metabolism and prescription appetite suppressants to cut cravings. The exact course each patient follows is determined by an initial visit, during which a staff member may run a computerized body-composition analysis, perform an EKG to check the patient's heart health, and take pictures so the patient has an alibi in case he or she is later wrongfully accused of pickpocketing the governor.
But though weight loss is the clinic's focus, it's not its only function. It's also equipped to test for food sensitivities and provide bioidentical hormone replacement to offset the effects of menopause. Dr. Croland even offers aesthetic services, and, unlike at some medical offices, the doctor performs all of them himself. These treatments range from smoothing skin with Botox, Dysport, Restylane, and Juvederm to erasing fine lines with chemical peels.
Space Kidets’ indoor facility fuses a bounce-house playground with a video-game arcade for a combination that pleases every kid who walks through the door. Inside the main room, numerous inflated houses, slides, bouncing pads, and obstacle courses host jump sessions free of bumps, scrapes, and dive-bombing pigeons. A short walk leads customers to the video arcade, where racing machines and carnival-style games sate kids’ thirst for electronic entertainment. Select attractions are token-free, including five video games, skee-ball, and more. Additionally, the center’s six-hole mini-golf, air-hockey, and basketball areas welcome those who have a craving for physical fun without the bounce.
Like many good ideas, the one for this business came from Dan Rather. A group of friends interested in starting a business venture together were watching CBS Evening News one night when a report on the high costs of dry cleaning drew their attention to the profession. With an entrepreneurial spirit, the founders scoped out local dry cleaners and developed a business model that allowed them to clean all garments for a fee that’s as flat as the planet we walk on. Today they clean more than 1,200 items each day and continue to grow, thanks to their onsite, environmentally friendly equipment that cleans consciences as well as garments.
Led by certified chiropractor Dr. Philip A. Arnone, The Balanced Body Center blends chiropractic techniques with modern treatments for holistic health with a focus on client comfort, including a no-wait policy that ensures visitors quickly see the inside of the center's spacious, inviting private treatment rooms. Massage therapists guide muscles through one of three massage missions to eradicate stress and pain. The deep-tissue massage utilizes slow strokes and pressure to dig into muscles and flush out formidable tension strongholds. Swedish massage, deep tissue’s gentler, blonder cousin, promotes increased blood flow and relaxation with gliding strokes, kneading, and rhythmic tapping, and a medical massage manipulates the body's soft tissues to increase cell metabolism, speed up injury recovery, and increase range of motion in stiff joints and backs wrenched from competitive piggyback riding.
Renew Natural Weight Loss Center’s staff not only empowers clients with the knowledge they need to achieve and sustain weight loss, but does so with a detailed plan. A weight-loss coach meets with clients every week to evaluate progress, offer encouragement, and keep clients accountable as they progress through their program. The bedrock program that the center revolves around includes recenter, which starts with a one-hour health assessment before a month or more spent learning to eat a balanced diet of real food; and renew, which aims to keep weight off permanently and explore naturopathic pathways to better health. To ensure that their physician-guided plan is working effectively, the coaches have clients take at-home tests that determine if their bodies are correctly converting fat into energy or incorrectly converting it into Jet-Puffed Marshmallows. They don't tailor each plan simply around shedding pounds—they also design it to boost overall health and keep metabolisms up and running consistently.
At all of Monkey Joe’s colorfully decorated locations, youngsters aged 2–12 can literally bounce off the walls in a well-lit indoor playground that abides by a Safety Access Child Control System. Exercise disguises itself as fun as sock-clad kids rocket down slides, scale climbable obstacles, and jump across springy surfaces surrounded by safety mats. Toddlers aged 3 or younger tucker themselves out in their own play area with smaller obstacles, thoroughly sanitized inflatable surfaces, toys, and games. Parties, which can include pizza and ice cream, reach a fever pitch with visits from Monkey Joe himself. While kids vent all their excess energy on the playground, parents can watch flat-screen televisions, drink refreshments, and use the WiFi to surf the Internet in the adult area.