At Wellness Centers of America, the hands of licensed massage therapists glide over backs in Swedish massages that relax and refresh bodies. During the 60-minute massage, individuals relax in a softly lit room as trained hands traverse bodyscapes, sweeping over epidermal terrain to uproot sources of stress growing in rocky crevices between muscles. Wellness Centers of America espouses the five pillars of wellness in treatments, aiming to strengthen mind, body, and body-double for an all-over health makeover.
Started 14 years ago, Knuckle Up Fitness has grown into one of the largest fitness and mixed martial arts clubs in the Southeast. And there?s a reason for this gym?s popularity?KnuckleUp welcomes everybody, from professional fighters to absolute beginners, and employs top-notch instructors who?ve competed in hundreds of bouts. They also have a mission to inspire members who may be bored by tradition fitness regimes to commit to exercising and achieve their fitness goals by offering alternative fitness options.
Each of KnuckleUp?s three locations have more than 1,000 square feet of grappling mats, a regulation-size boxing ring, and plenty of heavy, speed, and uppercut bags for pummeling. There are also free weight areas, equipped with Life Fitness and Hammer Strength Nautilus machines, where clients can strength-train at their own pace. Skilled instructors lead classes in group cycling, wrestling, boxing and kickboxing, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Kali, and MMA, to help members get into and stay into fighting form, as well as learn to compete for titles and gain self-confidence. They also offer personal training and programs for kids, to start youth on a path toward self-discipline, physical fitness, and a role in The Karate Kid, Part III.
Anytime Fitness, which boasts more than 1,800 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio and Hammer Strength machines and hoist Iron Grip free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they’re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness’s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or hop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.
The clientele at 24hr Tan stay thoroughly bronzed with a range of tanning beds and custom spray-tanning services. The shop's beds are available in three different intensity levels that gradually coax skin shades from pale to gold, whereas resident airbrush artists use a natural formula to impart spray tans that last up to one week.
At The International Fencing Center, students lunge and parry under the tutelage of head coach Walid Mahran, a master of fencing who thrice qualified for the Egyptian Olympic team. He and his similarly decorated coaching staff pass on the skills that carried them to the pinnacle of the sport, starting with fundamentals, then building up to more advanced techniques. As students learn to handle their foil or epee weapon, they enjoy use of a facility built with grounded fencing strips and sprung wooden floors.
At Lotus Fencing Academy, swords clang as competitors and recreational fencers face off in sparring matches. Here, their moves are well-honed, as the academy's coaches have achieved fencing success in the Olympics and in national clubs in Egypt and Colombia. The instructors draw on this experience as they lead both kids and adults in the basics of defending and attacking.
Their private lessons help fencers improve their footwork and specific techniques, while fitness-focused classes help them build strength and stamina. New fencers are welcome to use the club's equipment.