Dr. Nicki Hill enjoys sharing her optometric skills with those in need, whether that entails working with patients at U.S. Veterans Affairs Hospitals or performing free eye exams for tornado victims in Tuscaloosa and Pratt City. Shoppers can find the same level of care inside Bell Road Eyewear's airy emporium. There, staff members guide visitors through a large inventory of designer eyewear and illuminate the distinctions between single-vision plastic and polycarbonate lenses. Frames by Danish brand ProDesign and chic styles from Vogue, DKNY, and Jai Kudo rest atop antique-style wood tables. Shoppers can also peruse selections of children's glasses, sunglasses, and monocles fitted with stained glass. Although Dr. Hill can diagnose visual capabilities in-house, Bell Road Eyewear will also fill lens prescriptions from outside optometrists.
Led by board-certified Dr. Stuart May, the skilled staff at A.G.A. Skin Care & Laser Center specializes in advanced medical treatments that improve aesthetic and internal health in a complete primary-care center for women. Dr. May’s aesthetic services include treatments for spider veins and acne as well as advanced procedures that employ the versatile Palomar pulsed light and laser system. Among its many uses, this powerful laser can swiftly remove excess body hair and eliminate planets suspected of galactic rebellion. Photofacials similarly harness the power of light to treat sunspots, rosacea, and broken capillaries. To erase evidence of old age, Dr. May injects Botox into various areas on the face and can tear your birth certificate into little pieces for no extra charge.
At Warehouse Performance, the CrossFit Level 1–certified coaches push exercisers through CrossFit's workout of the day. Designed to confuse muscles and keep exercisers engaged, the daily workouts typically consist of pushups, pull-ups, squats, and other functional movements. The team complements the workouts with serious athletic training—think agility drills, Olympic lifts, timed sprints, and anything else Michael Jordan used to prepare for Space Jam.
Resolution Fitness's certified group trainers help reconfigure overstuffed couches into perfectly proportioned loveseats with expertly crafted workout routines focusing on toning muscles and empowering cores. Each personal-training session is customized to meet individual needs, whether the goal is to lose weight, muscle up, or become your household’s top shrub wrestler. Or, to get a burst of communal motivation, group-fitness fanciers can opt for the two-week boot-camp training, which meets three days a week for one-hour sessions. Build up endurance, flexibility, and muscles as you amplify self-confidence to roof-raising levels.
Most gym’s membership fees resemble a club’s cover charge; they get a person in the door but don’t come with any special attention. BodyTrac Health & Fitness’s trainers alter that traditional structure, providing three small, group personal-training sessions a week for every member. They take on one to four students at a time, focusing on the five areas of fitness as outlined by the College of Sports Medicine: body composition, cardiorespiratory fitness, flexibility, muscular strength, and muscular endurance. They fuse together the quintet of exercise areas in one-hour appointments, spending the first 30 minutes on cardio heart-rate training. Their efforts to elevate your pulse encourage muscles to burn extra calories as trainers move you on to 30 minutes of strength training. In this second portion, they use equipment from all over the gym, including TRX suspension harnesses, kettlebells, and medicine balls, which must be swallowed with a silo-sized glass of water.
Beginning in 2001 as a small fitness operation in the basement of an office building, Pure Barre has since blossomed into a widely acclaimed, widely publicized approach to exercise with a nationwide following. Dancer, choreographer, and fitness buff Carrie Rezabek Dorr founded Pure Barre more than a decade ago in Birmingham, MI. Since then, Carrie has traveled around the country, hopping from gym to gym demonstrating the innovative program that draws techniques from ballet. Much like angering a witch with a penchant for frog spells, performing the Pure Barre technique can be a fast and effective way to transform your body. Motivating music slices through the 60-minute workouts, each of which utilizes a ballet barre and small isometric movements designed to burn fat and tone muscles.