From Boston to Duluth to Idaho, Dr. Justin Sparhawk has spanned the continent to strengthen his optometry prowess. Now firmly ensconced at Icare Optical, he oversees eye exams that assess visual fuzziness and scope for glaucoma and intermittent twinkles. His staff offers sage advice as patients try on designer frames from Coach, Jones New York, and Adidas, ensuring everyone walks out with the most face-flattering eyewear.
Fitness Xpressions founder Anita-Nell shares her NASM-certified instruction in group kettlebell classes and personal-training sessions. Anita-Nell’s personal fitness journey led her to shed 350 pounds and participate in more than 40 marathons. Her training programs blend strength and cardio routines with basic nutrition education, and hold students accountable for achieving their fitness goals. Group kettlebell workshops and personal-training sessions strive to push participants past their normal comfort levels; Saturday run/walk clubs turn exercise into social galas, but without the tuxedos and tension, unless participants deem their tuxes insufficiently sweaty.
There's no doubt that you are a real adult when you have been an aerospace engineer for over 10 years. So for Kent Gold, it was a momentous life change when in 2001 he rediscovered his inner child and founded SoccerTots—a soccer-based program that helps 18-month to 10-year-old kids develop their motor skills and build their confidence through fun and athletic games. Now, a decade later, the program is offered at more than 150 locations, including Canada and Peru, and has expanded to include HoopsterTots and PartyTots.
Each SoccerTots program is helmed by a team of skilled instructors who engage little ones with fun activities, such as dribbling balls and playing scrimmages, that fuel their motivation to learn and challenge their athletic abilities. To ensure a supportive learning environment, classes are broken down by age and use only soft, child-size equipment. SoccerTot instructors also get kids ready to learn by sending them into super-concentration mode, which encourages little ones to concentrate and try their hardest at a task to help strengthen their muscle memory and their ability to levitate other players on the field.
Founded in 2009 by mother-daughter duo Cate Tedeski and Clarisa Knepprath, Yoga Babes welcomes female yogis of any age and skill level. The cozy studio accommodates smaller classes that facilitate personal interaction and thumb wars with the instructor. During warm yoga classes, the temperature summits at 85 degrees to promote detoxification and circulation. Mommy & Me classes synchronize moms and kids in poses that tone the body, whereas fitness-hooping classes evoke the childlike spirit within grown women. The studio supplies custom, handmade hoops for hooping classes, sparing students the trouble of haggling one from the nearest Girl Scout troop. Visit the studio’s schedule for a full list of classes and times.
The term ?progressive overloading? could mean a lot of things. At Cutting Edge Pilates, progressive overloading is the facet of their training that centers around the idea that muscles can only become stronger once they?ve been broken down, and trainers do so by increasing the intensity of a workout as it goes on. Six days a week, Cutting Edge Pilates? inspirational trainers lead these classes, pushing students to improve their strength, flexibility, and stamina, while helping to also reduce stress and time that could potentially be spent eating sticks of butter.
The team at Yoga 430 approaches health from a variety of different angles. South Nampa's Yoga 430 founder Erika Putnam and her staff address muscular issues before they can become problematic, and yoga classes at the center also help patrons stay well proactively. The center focuses on whole-body wellness, with the intent to balance both the body and the spirit. Through classes geared for guests of all experience levels, the team of instructors helps people build the flexibility and range of motion that will keep them active, increase strength, flexibility, and stabilize the core. A naturally lit studio creates a harmonious and inviting setting, ideal for meditating everyday woes away. The schedule includes hatha and vinyasa yoga classes. And for those who have health issues in their past, the team leads physical rehabilitation sessions in addition to their dance, yoga, and meditation classes, all while drawing on training from centers around the world.