As the vibrant, swirling skirts of belly dancers entrance patrons' eyes, Skewers' chefs slice up lamb, filet mignon, chicken, and salmon for the restaurant’s namesake kebabs. To sate carnivorous cravings, their flavorful meats—which are marinated for 48 to 72 hours in tangy Mediterranean spices and oils—are roasted over the open flame of a stove or a snoring baby dragon. Bartenders craft potent martinis and pour international wines that complement both the punchy flavors of the kebabs and the plumes of sweet, aromatic smoke that dance through the hookah garden. On select nights, the kebab house brims with the catchy beats of live jazz bands, late-night DJs, and brave karaoke performers, and belly dancers take center stage with their sensuous dance moves on Saturday evenings.
At Modesto Self Defense & Fitness, it's a family affair. Hardworking and energetic, the trainers from the Bucheli-Choate clan motivate their trainees with daily-changing CrossFit workouts that may include overhead squats, pull-ups, and lifting your grandmother over your head. They also help students tone and strengthen their bodies in boot camp, or dispense hard-hitting self-defense martial-arts skills in krav maga.
"We don’t just want to get you there, we want to keep you there." Trainers at Elite Health Club Production say this to emphasize the comprehensive nature of their fitness plans, which not only include guided workouts but nutritional counseling and meal plans. Fueled by healthy food, groups and individuals wrestle heavy ropes and zip across treadmills in the club's blue, orange, and lime facility.
Nurse Practitioner Lydia Grant helps clients write the start of their own health stories. With a combination of prescription appetite suppressants, one-on-one counseling, and tips on calorie counting, she helps visitors achieve weight-loss goals and take back their health.
As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
From ultrasonic cavitation to energetic biofeedback, the experts at Renew You help clients look and feel leaner and healthier. Ultimately, the staff understands that physical issues or concerns are largely connected to people's emotional states, which is why emotional-release therapy is offered alongside infrared-sauna sessions, skin-rejuvenation treatments, and colon-hydrotherapy sessions. Renew You also offers a fully-structured diet program in their family weight loss center.