At The Body Mechanic, trainer Jeff Wooten offers a fitness regime intended to prevent breakdowns in the body through vigorous exercise and therapeutic massage. Classes integrate deep breathing and elements of kung fu, power yoga, and dynamic stretching to help heat up the body and increase one's range of mobility. Jeff also offers detailed "tune-ups" in the form of therapeutic chair massage, using rhythmic compression and Chinese acupressure to relieve tension, promote wellness, and repair broken camshafts in your chakras.
Raleigh Barbell's intimate 864-square-foot training facility is home to Jackson Williams, who has more than a decade of experience coaching everyone from pro athletes to average joes. A former Division I athlete, Mr. Williams brings a passion for health and exercise to his group training sessions, and also works one-on-one with clients.
Together, Triangle Rock Club's state-of-the-art facilities in Morrisville and Raleigh house a combined 22,000 square feet of expertly crafted terrain with upward of 174 routes. During small-size classes, drop-in sessions, and rock-climbing camps, novice and seasoned climbers of all ages and skill levels scale freestanding boulders, dodging manmade obstacles while gripping the wall's slanted surface. Founded by two former Marines, Triangle Rock Club was also awarded the 2013 Pinnacle Business Award.
Although the art of taekwondo may have origins thousands of years into Korea's past, Master Michael Wegmann and his wife Julia inject a modern approach at Vision Martial Arts. Together, they teach effective techniques to kids, women, and men, imparting equally valuable lessons in self-defense, exercise, and mental discipline. They run their six academies with help from a team of trained instructors, who all focus on developing mentor-like relationships with their students through personal attention and powerful speeches delivered atop school desks. At select locations, they also teach a form of kickboxing similar to krav maga.
The interior of Carolina Dental Arts' Morrisville location looks like a dentist's office from the future. Neon track lighting splashes the dimly lit office's ceiling and walls, an aesthetic that extends to the other four office locations. Overseeing the operation is Dr. Kyle Roth and his seasoned dental staff. Their procedures range from routine cleanings to more complex treatments such as Invisalign and glueing baby teeth back into place.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing With the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily participants won't need her dance moves to get the most out of each class. Those prone to first-class jitters, though, can review the basic moves online before attending. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.
A personalized fitness assessment determines which areas of the gymnastic sciences you need the most help in, allowing you to focus on problem subjects during your month of no-holds-barred gym access. O2's facilities play host to a variety of playground equipment for the adult-child at heart. Burn your calories in style on more than 100 pieces of individual cardio equipment. Each apparatus is decked out with a personal entertainment screen that doubles as a futuristic magazine tray or vertical forehead-rest. In addition, a full selection of free weights and strength machines allows you to tone and sculpt with Michelangelic precision.