Back when it opened its first location, Crunch gym had no air conditioning or locker rooms, so staffers had to invent novel tactics to attract members, such as enlisting a live rapper to accompany hip-hop aerobics sessions. Bereft of fancy trimmings, the staff relied on imaginative classes that combined exercise with fun to build a base of loyal fandom and positive buzz. Their judgment-free attitudes and creativity eventually paid off, giving them enough steam to accrue new equipment, several franchise locations, and a reputation for turning boring workouts on their heads.
Today, Crunch locations have all the expected amenities. They boast brand-name machinery and certified trainers, as well as involvement with dotFIT, an online fitness and nutrition resource for members. They also host a range of group fitness classes, covering disciplines such as Zumba, yoga, Pilates, and TRX.
Each of Seattle Sun Tan's 39 locations spans between 2,000 and 4,000 square feet of space dedicated solely to the art of un-sunbathing. Washington-state tanners strut down immaculate hallways dotted with framed original paintings and contemporary artwork before settling into private rooms where they may acquire their desired shade while enjoying the sounds of their own music or prerecorded subliminal messages piped in through the iPod dock perched near each bed. The Smart Tan–certified staff guides clients in selecting which of the five levels of UV bed best fits their tanning needs and whether they desire a short tan time, prefer to stand up or lie down, or wish to bask beneath high-pressure face lamps. Shop shelves offer home tanners quality products from Australian Gold and Swedish Beauty, whereas spray-tanning options from VersaSpa and SunFX both impart a natural-looking faux glow that takes mere minutes to apply and lasts for days.
Within its sparkling suites, Desert Sun Tanning Salon wields top technologies that bronze and freshen figures. After entering the soothing spa atmosphere, complete with golden walls and a mirage of a fishing village filled with sparkling merpeople, patrons can attract elastic double-takes with firmer, younger-looking skin from the red-light-therapy treatment. Quarter-hour sessions help stimulate the production of collagen and capillaries, plumping sunken cells, increasing circulation, and helping heal cuts or scars incurred by activities such as paper stacking or armed thumb wars.
Since opening in 1982, Tropical Tan has become a go-to bronzing spot with a wide range of state-of-the-art tanning beds and UV-free spray-tanning booths housed in clean, private rooms. Level 1 or 2 tanning grants access to lower-watt bed options, ideal for novices building base tans or wilted plants seeking a fortifying light source. Level 3, 4, and 5 beds imbue skin with a deeper burnish. UV-free Mystic Tanning spritzes skin with a DHA-infused tanning mist that covers limbs with an even, natural-looking glow.
Noninvasive spa treatments such as red-light therapy diminish signs of aging and improve skin tone with UV-free rays. Formostar body wraps also harness the power of light, sending infrared energy harvested from a fireworks farm into thighs, hips, abdomen, and arms in the hopes of boosting metabolism, contouring curves, and ousting cellulite.
Senza Sole Tan’s airbrush artists bronze bodies with an organic tanning solution swirling with essential oils, antioxidants, and vitamins. During 30-minute appointments, gilders mist frames clad in bikinis, birthday suits, or empty pickle barrels with Senza’s signature spray, whose hydrating blend of aloe vera, white-tea complex, and vitamin E works to extend the lifespan of golden sheens. Handheld airbrush nozzles help to ensure an even coat, and technicians select colors to complement the skin’s indigenous tones. Although tans begin to materialize immediately, they will continue to deepen over time, so patrons should avoid showers, excessive perspiration, and clowns armed with super soakers for 8–12 hours after the session. Check out Senza Sole Tan’s host of tips to prep for appointments.