Trey and Mamie Herron of Skinny's Nutrition Studio—which was given a shout-out by Well-Being] magazine—work to make fitness something that touches each part of daily life. They host healthy happy hours, lead excursions into the outdoors, and fuel it all with protein-based meals and wellness plans. In the shop, glasses line the counters beneath verdigris walls, brimming with 41 smoothie flavors, aloe shots, and energy-boosting teas, and patrons discuss fitness goals after wellness assessments. Weight-loss challenges harness the healthy powers of competition, unlike a friend who claims to be able to swallow more Legos.
AmeriThin Inc’s physicians welcome clients into their offices to customize effective pound-shedding regimens and combat stubborn pounds with an arsenal of tools and the tutelage of a healthcare professional. Physicians prescribe a regimen that includes medical aids, behavioral changes, nutritional advice, and fitness plans designed to create a comprehensive plan for boosting health and losing weight. AmeriThin’s methods aim to leave patients more energetic and with fewer cravings, helping them to emerge from each session ready to arm-wrestle impertinent park statues.
Licensed massage therapist Rashawna Reichard, also known as Shawna, sends soothing ripples across muscle ponds out of her private Mana Massage studio. Mana, which is the Hawaiian word for serenity, is indicative of Shawn's expertise with lomi lomi bodywork. Clients may also solicit her muscle-melting prowess for flowing Swedish strokes or more focused deep-tissue pressure.
James Rothery served as a military policeman for 10 years, serving two tours of duty in Iraq and training other military personnel in hand-to-hand combat. It was telling, then, that after investigating many styles of martial arts, he chose to stick with wu zu quan kung fu. The name of his chosen art translates as "Five Ancestor Fist," describing its history as a combination of styles. James breaks those styles into digestible chunks for his students, arming them slowly with more advanced skills or simply focusing on fitness and self-defense for those interested in purely practical applications.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas?its more than 250 locations blanket 36 states and eight countries?Planet Beach Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. The range of services include total skincare, wellness, weight management, relaxation and renewal treatments. Other machines whiten teeth, spray-tan skin, and massage muscles. Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
It was 2007 when event planner Desmone Black bought her first dance pole. She realized that a pole's presence, like an elf in a bustier, could add just the right mix of sauciness and whimsy to a party. When she brought dance polls to her events, the women loved it. That got the cogs in Desmone's head turning. Pole dancing could make for a really fun workout. And that's how Sway Dance and Fitness was created. At the studio, Desmone teaches students the fundamentals of pole dancing in beginner, intermediate, and advanced classes.