Lance Farrell drew from his extensive background in tae kwon do to take down opponents in the ring for many years before he realized he could use his powers to help others combat obesity and health issues. He developed Farrell's Extreme Bodyshaping to provide patrons of all fitness levels with a comfortable place in which to undergo a mental and physical transformation, much like a crushed-velvet cocoon. He stripped away the sparring and contact drills from his fighter training, leaving just the components that burn fat and build muscle. When students sign up for a program, they're grouped into teams of peers who encourage one another through moments of weakness and provide a sense of accountability. The instructors and coaches guide these teams toward fitness on a 10-week quest based on four pillars—cardiovascular exercise to burn fat, strength training to build muscle, nutrition coaching to map out a healthy diet, and enthusiastic trainers to provide motivation. At the end of each session, each of Farrell's locations rewards a student with a $1,000 prize—or a year’s worth of high-fives—congratulating them on their dramatic physical transformation. Students who stick around and strive to get healthy over the course of a year get a shot at the $10,000 prize, though winners have reported that leading a healthier life is a greater reward than the money.
The trained staff at Ashley Lynn's Tanning welcomes first-time and returning clients to quality bronzing beds and UV-free VersaSpa tanning booths. The full-body and facial bulbs in tanning beds of various levels speed skin to all-over darkened shades in minutes without the hassle of canning sunbeams for the winter. Staff members swap out each lamp halfway through its lifetime, ensuring tanners won’t endure weakened wattage during their session. Alternatively, the studio's VersaSpa spray-tan booth comforts tanners with an open design and an air-filtration system as they customize their 10-minute sessions by selecting either clear spray-tanning or bronzer-tanning treatment. Each treatment achieves maximum color after 8 hours, and the booth also helps to moisturize skin.
Minor injuries and flu-like symptoms don't always give you advanced notice that they're going to show up. That's where Absolute Healthcare comes in. The office, which is staffed by a team that includes an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, delivers a wide spectrum of healthcare services, and always accommodates walk-ins from established patients. Pediatric patients, geriatric patients, and patients of all ages in between visit the clinic to feel their best, whether they need assistance with a chronic condition, an emergency, a school physical, or a book report on Gray's Anatomy of the Human Body. In addition to examining patients and giving vaccinations, the team at Absolute Heathcare can also perform cosmetic treatments like Botox, remove moles, and even help with weight management.
Doctors of Chiropractic Trevor Wagner and Julie Owen-Wagner—West Omaha Chiropractic's husband-and-wife duo—team up with Doctor of Chiropractic Ron Evans to help patients realize their health and wellness goals. In addition, Gina Brollier, LMT works to relieve muscle stresses and improve circulatory response. Dr. Owen-Wagner began professionally practicing acupuncture after receiving her fellowship in 1998. Together, the staff of professionals at West Omaha Chiropractic, a 2013 Best of Omaha Winner's Circle recipient, are dedicated to wellness inside the center's spacious private rooms, customizing their treatments to help alleviate clients' pains from daily stresses, while also trying to improve structural balances.
Trent Meyer and Derek Bergman are committed members of the United Methodist Church, and sometimes choose to practice their faith through tree climbing, zip lining, swimming, and laser tag. They direct the Methodist-run Camp Fontanelle, a year-round outdoor camp sprawled across more than 180 wooded acres of donated land. Both Trent and Derek draw from backgrounds as campers—and Trent from six years as a teacher—to lead summer camps for preschool through high-school students. They lead a team of camp counselors who coordinate harnessed-rope tree climbing, activities on low-ropes courses, archery lessons, and outdoor laser-tag matches.
They also draw visitors at different times of year with water slides, a 35'x65' jumping pillow and bounce houses, a petting barn filled with alpacas and goats, and pony rides. During the autumn-harvest season, they unveil the annual theme of a 10-acre corn maze filled with 5 miles of trails. A 3-acre pumpkin patch contains small and large carving pumpkins, gourds, mums, and Indian corn, which visitors can harvest and stuff into a large, horn-shaped wicker basket.