Body Renew Fitness's boot camps ($149) keep clients engaged and bodies guessing with a slate of workouts that vary from session to session. Boot campers will partake in the latest strength and conditioning exercises in the camps—held Mondays through Fridays—as they grow under the guidance of Body Renew's certified trainers, skilled in the ways of the push-up and the worth of positive thinking. In addition to fat-searing workouts, boot-camp members will learn all about the basics of nutrition with Body Renew's Solutions program. Get educated in the scientifics of body-fat percentage, body-mass index, calories, basal metabolic rate, and more—everything you need to grill the fat out and transform your body into a sizzling-hot specimen of leanness. And unlike many other outdoor boot camps, Body Renew Fitness gives its students access to indoor gym amenities ($40) and state-of-the-art exercise machines, allowing you to add new colors to the Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly that is your fitness regimen.
Each of the three licensed chiropractors at Better Life Chiropractic became chiropractors as a direct result of their own positive experiences with chiropractic treatments. Doctor of Chiropractic Roy Strickland’s chiropractor helped him overcome inexplicable pains when he lived in Japan. Dr. Nathan Olsen’s mother cleared her migraines with chiropractic adjustments, and Dr. Jed Badders recovered from a fractured vertebra and broken pelvic bone due to a car accident with chiropractic care. The doctors now devote themselves to the arts of fostering health from the inside out with holistic, drug-free massages and spinal-decompression techniques.
The team emphasizes communication with patients. Before adjusting spines, the doctors explain everything in advance, answering questions and quizzical eyebrow raises to ensure patients stay privy to the goals of each technique and are able to participate in their own wellness regime and give feedback to the doctors.
Jennifer Parker knows what it’s like to suffer through chronic pain. When she found relief through massage therapy, she felt inspired to study at the Apollo College massage-therapy program. There, she honed the skills that she practices while presiding at Body Harmony Massage. As a clinic rather than a spa, Body Harmony Massage focuses on massage as a path to health less tedious than eating an apple a day. Its licensed practitioners treat a wide array of conditions, such as headaches, sciatica, and back pain. They tackle these complaints with massage modalities including the gliding effleurage of Swedish kneading and the resistive stretching of PNF—proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation—which can rehabilitate weakened muscles.
At Warrior Fit Body Boot Camp, nationally certified trainer Darrin Walton uses metabolic-training techniques to help clients get fit and svelte as quickly as possible. His classes revolve around high-intensity intervals and circuits, which often include kickboxing moves, bodyweight exercises, and battling-rope drills. Many workouts emphasize Tabata training, in which participants rest briefly between intervals to rev up their metabolisms for up to 48 hours. During each class, Darrin exudes enthusiasm and cultivates a supportive vibe among students of all skill levels. He also charts students' body composition to keep them motivated as they watch their fat levels drop, their muscles bulk, and their pecs lay eggs and multiply. A collection of online tools—including a goal tracker, a meal planner, and a nutrition learning center—helps students cultivate healthy habits outside the classroom.
There is no typical climb at Urban Ascent. With the help of a belaying partner to safeguard their ropes, visitors can scale up to 43 feet of weathered rockface on endurance climbs, or they can stick closer to the ground in the ropes-free bouldering area. Urban Ascent’s team challenges climbers by regularly revamping the 14,000-square-foot gym’s routes, rearranging footholds and installing pop-out boxing-glove gags to add an element of unpredictability to climbs. During private climbing lessons, instructors fine-tune veteran climbers’ techniques or teach newbies basic fundamentals. The staff also imparts climbing-safety basics to first-time belayers in 20-minute tutorials. Urban Ascent hosts summer camps, afterschool climbing activities for students, and corporate team-building workshops.
At Signature Dental, Dr. Matt Kooyman and his staff strive for utmost patient comfort during the full range of general, restorative, and cosmetic dental treatments. He uses soft-tissue lasers to recontour gum lines, reducing the bleeding and recovery time of metal blades, and Diagnodent lasers to reveal tooth decay, which, like a middle child’s birthday, can be easily overlooked.
In order to help minimize patient discomfort and set patients at ease, Dr. Kooyman’s quiet electric handpieces reduce much of the whir and buzz of air-driven dental equipment. A television and headphones in the operatory further block out ambient dental noises while the operatory’s massaging dental chair kneads out muscle kinks.