First a teacher, and then a stay-at-home mom, Melissa Spredemann turned to indoor cycling to help her get into shape. With 12 years of experience under her belt, she decided to become certified to teach others the exercise form she loved so much. Just one year into teaching, she knew she wanted to pursue her passion full-time, so she opened Velocity Cycling Studio to share stationary cycling's benefits with others. She handpicked a team of instructors, each chosen for their commitment, enthusiasm, and innate ability to bike while not covering any distance. Melissa made the conscious decision to open a niche gym, focusing on indoor cycling and only indoor cycling. In the studio, an army of Spinner NXT bikes with SPD clips seats students as they bike through poses, drills, and movements designed to mimic outdoor riding. Thumping tunes pump up pupils as they ride, keeping them motivated to pedal to the upbeat tempos. Unlike big-box gyms and arranged friendships, Velocity Cycling Studio never requires a contract—guests simply pay per ride.
From the tee box on the fourth hole, golfers might notice something familiar about the green at which they're aiming: it's in the shape of Wisconsin. The geographically-inspired green is just one of many novel features that make up Missing Links 9-hole, an award-winning par-three golf course, which was designed with the help of Jack Nicklaus. Ponds and berms splotched with native grasses characterize the terrain throughout the course. Before sticking their tee or railroad spike into the soil on the first hole, golfers can warm up at a practice facility with a grass tee driving range, putting greens, and practice bunkers.
Snap Fitness, bustling with cardio and strength-training gear, throws open the doors to its facilities 24/7. Before exercisers put sneakers to treadmills or lift their first weights, staff meet with them to talk about their fitness goals before suggesting personalized fitness plans based on clients' strength, cardio condition, and bionic-limb manufacturers. The gym keeps members motivated with regular check-in calls and demystifies healthful eating with custom online meal plans designed by nutritionists. Staff also forestall exercise-routine boredom by working individually with clients on a routine basis.
The chi masters at this trinity of acupuncture and health centers seamlessly weave Chinese medicine stretching back 3,000 years with modern medicine's focus on disease and pathology. Dr. Chuan Liu tends to patients with a parallel approach at Milwaukee Acupuncture & Health Center and Ozaukee Acupuncture & Health Center. Trained his native China, Dr. Liu helps patients manage pain and stress, restore energy, and obtain optimal health through therapies including the AcuRelief and AcuHealth systems, which he helped found.
The human body has been compared to many things—a machine, a temple, a work of art—but to licensed massage therapist Amanda Heintskill, it will forever be like an onion. The owner of Phoenix Rising Massage Therapy LLC likens her massage technique, which she refers to on her website as “the onion approach,” to peeling an onion. She begins with a very light touch and then gradually increases her pressure, working on or “peeling away" one layer of tension at a time. In this way, she gradually releases tension without causing her clients unnecessary discomfort that then has to be counteracted with comic relief from the funny bone. First off this is the feedback I got from this merchant "I have to commend the editorial team - please pass on my sincere thanks for putting in about the "onion approach" philosophy! That is the big thing that I try and explain to individuals - so they don't come in and expect deep tissue work right away :) So - please pass on my thanks!"
NSCA-certified personal trainer Sandi Blok believes the best exercise routines are the ones that you can actually commit to. That's why, through her training company Live and Be Fit Personal Training, she schedules one-on-one workouts at either Fit Nation, LLC, or the most convenient location: your home. If you're looking for a workout that's more social than personal training and less social than an Arnold Schwarzenegger birthday party, you can sign up for one of Blok's boot-camp, kickboxing, or Insanity classes.