Lead by Dr. Daniel Bannard, a national lecturer and holistic expert with 25 years of experience to his name, the team at The Bannard Center uses a range of treatments to promote full-body wellness. The staff specializes in holistic chiropractic work, augmenting healing with sauna sessions and acupuncture treatments. During massage work, a certified specialist rubs clients' muscles to release pent-up stress and loosen the gnarled knots of shoulder anxiety and misplanted back saplings. All visits take place in a professional office space, recently renovated with hardwood floors and warm colors.
Jan Wellendorf’s passion for karate began in 1963, when he first studied techniques from Japan, China, and Korea. Now a 10th-degree black belt, Jan has molded these experiences into his own style of karate—sanshinkai. At Karate International, more than 70 black belts teach Jan’s methods at five locations, where they help students use Eastern-inspired skills to control themselves mentally, physically, and spiritually. Geared toward pupils of all ages, Karate International’s programs also emphasize cross-training, which can incorporate everything from judo’s throwing techniques to the pizza-eating regimen of ninja turtles.
At My Favorite Cardio Place, award-winning Instructor and fifth-degree black belt David Aquino teaches tae kwon do, cardio kickboxing, and martial-arts classes that are therapeutically targeted to children with autism, ADD, or Tourette’s syndrome. With more than 27 years of experience, Aquino offers a wide range of private, semi-private, and group classes all geared toward various skill sets. Limited class size ensures that participants reach their training goals quickly.
As evident by its fox mascot, Downtown Fitness & Wellness is all about fun. That doesn’t mean, however, the instructors don’t take exercise seriously. The 3,380-square-foot facility boasts joint-friendly sprung floors, which jostle beneath the energetic kicks, dance steps, and aerobic movements made by students during regular classes.
Sam Carlson, a sixth-degree black belt with more than 20 years of studying karate, leads the staff at The Karate Dojo - Apex. Together with Yuni Carlson—Sam's coowner and a second-degree black belt herself—he aims to instill positive social interaction and a love for physical fitness into each student. Discipline, self-confidence, and leadership are woven into each class for kids and adults.
The certified coaches at CrossFit Invoke believe that achieving physical fitness does not need to entail repetitive sessions on a treadmill day after day. Focused on preventing workout burnout, they consider their high-intensity routines play time for adults. In the gym or great outdoors, they lead ever-changing one-hour CrossFit classes that begin with warm-ups before blasting through functional exercise drills, such as holding handstands against the wall, lifting barbells, or pulling reps on the row machine. Throughout these challenging, yet manageable, total-body workouts, they motivate exercisers to build their endurance, stamina, and agility, which can come in handy in everyday-life scenarios.
In addition to CrossFit, their programs include a women-only outdoor boot camp in which gals play catch with medicine balls or swing kettlebells before hopping onto plyometric boxes from a standstill. Coaches motivate attendees into bolstering core strength and agility through power Vinyasa flows during yoga sessions, and martial-arts instruction incorporates the sweat-inducing kicks and punches of practices such as brazilian jujitsu, kickboxing, and muay thai. They tailor each class to each student and offer personal training for those not partial to group classes, in addition to CrossFit for kids, which helps youngsters enhance their coordination and milk-carton-crushing abilities.