Winner of the 2009 Nickelodeon Parents’ Pick award for Best Martial Arts Class, the trophy-hoarding instructors from Cheatwood’s Family Martial Arts enlighten pupils of all ages in the art of self-defense. With its smorgasbord of classes, the dojo specializes in everything from kids’ karate and anti-bullying to adults’ kickboxing and extreme body makeovers, all without the hassle of spirit possession. Between them, instructors Troy and Chris Cheatwood and Jim Butin have won world championships in kickboxing and continuous sparring. Cheatwood’s furnishes all necessary equipment for each class, and today's deal also includes either a uniform or gloves, tailored to the physical demands and psychic brainwaves of each class. Alongside lessons in throws and submission holds, children’s classes promote self-esteem by instilling young karate choppers with a sense of confidence and self-discipline.
Val's Sun & Shape is where bodies go to get fit, tan, and relaxed. In the women-only fitness center, cardio equipment and 42 robotic toning tables help reshape bodies and increase mobility. SaunaLite bike and Rollertables help complement the robotic workout. Both women and men are welcome in the 21 tanning units, which include levels 1 through 5 beds, booths, and leg tanners. And a red-light therapy bed stimulates collagen and elastin production.
Based on resistance, Robotics is a circuit of seven machines each designed to work a different part of a woman's body. The joint-friendly equipment is created to support each user's weight, allowing more repetitions and less pain than other forms of exercise. After your first 28-minute session of chest lifting, thigh firming, and ab tightening, Tan & Tone America guarantees you'll be on your way to losing weight and shedding sizes. Before, after, or completely separate from your workout, relax in your choice of tanning chamber. Spend 20 minutes in a unit with or without facial lamps, or opt for a quick glow in the 12-minute stand-up SunCapsule.
In the midst of earning her degree in exercise science, Meg Jones puts her studies to good use by leading fitness classes for kids. Her 45-minute, boot camp–style sessions strive to show youngsters the fun aspects of maintaining healthful habits. She leads jumping jacks, pushups, and burpees in an encouraging workout setting and also doles out useful nutrition tips.
Fit Body Boot Camp's nationally certified personal trainers replace drill-sergeant screams with encouraging mantras in their one-hour indoor classes that welcome clients of all fitness levels. During sessions, trainers round out weightlifting sessions, resistance drills, and core workouts with cardio routines such as light running and obstacle courses. They switch up class routines regularly to ensure courses are never the same from day to day, leading wildcard days that incorporate hiking, crawling, and high-stakes Uno games played with 50-pound cards. In addition to bolstering workouts with nutrition guidance, trainers cultivate an atmosphere of positive camaraderie designed to push campers further toward their weight-loss goals.
There's nothing manlier than a well-groomed physique. That's the view espoused by ManXScape Body Shop, which pampers clients in a guy-friendly sports-bar-inspired atmosphere. Beer signs and diamond-plate metal bedeck the walls, providing a rugged contrast to trays of nail files and footbaths that appear beside leather pedicure thrones. The temporary kings seated there are tended to by a team of aestheticians and nail technicians specially trained to meet males' skincare, waxing, and nail-grooming needs. The onsite bar, meanwhile, serves heady pours of draft beer, fostering friendly conversations about the strangely appropriate spelling of the word manicure.