Before he studied fitness at Purdue, Chris Tedesco learned the subtle art of inspiring others during a trek through the dessert. As a Marine squad leader, he needed to keep up morale while getting his troops to march across 36 miles of arid wilderness with him. This same determination saw him straight through to three Ironman Platoon championships. Today, as owner and founder of BodyQuest Personal Training, he brings those heat-honed lessons with him to each session, just as he did when he helped a snowboarder recover from near total-lower-body paralysis.
He and his team of four dedicated trainers partner up with clients, getting to know them, their eating habits, and their fitness goals to help them lead healthier lives. They constantly vary exercises via a circuit designed to keep bodies burning fat long after the workout and even tailor training-session soundtracks to suit clients' whims, so long as those whims don't include whale songs as covered by an eccentric theremin player. The exposed brick walls of his gym feature wooden sculpture and wall hangings that capture the feeling of motion, perhaps subliminally inspiring patrons to push themselves.
No amount of time spent researching can replicate experience. So, when it comes to its weight-loss supervisors, Ageless Center gives its clients both?the staff members have lost more than 1,200 pounds collectively. So when they teach, they're drawing from memory as well as their studies. They utilize six programs to help people drop unwanted pounds, recalling their own struggles as they monitor each client's progress at weekly meetings. They've even written their own cookbook with healthy recipes and tips.
In the interest of boosting confidence even further, the center has its own medical spa onsite. There, visitors can treat their complexions to facials, fade wrinkles with injectables such as Botox, and clear away bothersome body hair or skin imperfections with laser procedures.
The long strokes of a therapeutic massage. A diamond-tipped wand that sloughs off depleted skin cells. Carefully targeted cosmetic injections that help ease the signs of aging. Often a person seeking all of these services would have to visit a chiropractor, salon, and med spa to achieve their goals, but the team of medical professionals and aestheticians at Splendid Skin Medspa cater to a wide range of needs in one relaxing, spa-like destination. A fleet of high-powered lasers penetrate the skin to rejuvenate faces, ease or eliminate hair growth, and destroy strip-mines hidden beneath the toenails, and massage services and B12 injections help to increase energy and health.
Julie Keel first fell in love with yoga while practicing poses and overlooking the Pacific Ocean. This fusion of yoga and the outdoors, she felt, deepened her connection between the mindfulness of each breath and her body's movements. Since founding Rivers Edge Yoga, she has helped her clientele seek that same link through both outdoor and indoor yoga classes. With class types from Yin to Hatha, her instructors emphasize combinations of challenging poses, breathing exercises, chanting, and meditation. The studio's Yoga In The Park classes—which start in the fall—give yogis a chance to flirt with trees while in tree pose and heckle begrudged hares while in tortoise pose.
Made up of a nurse practitioner and experts on nutrition, anatomy, and aesthetics, Louisville Lifestyle Medicine's staff helps patients manage existing medical conditions or simply feel their best. The center's services cover a broad range of disciplines, and include everything from photorejuvenation and pixel skin resurfacing to pigmented lesion removal and hair removal. Staff members assess patients' health through physical exams and diagnostic tests, and fend off pneumonia, tetanus, and shingles with immunizations. Participants in the guided weight-management program benefit from the staff's varied skill sets to help shed pounds, whether through custom meal and exercise plans, expert guidance, or by emptying one's pockets of heavy change. Many patients also manage the effects of declining hormone levels with the center's bio identical hormone therapy, whose plant-derived medicines mitigate symptoms ranging from poor libido and weight gain to fatigue, depression, and mood swings. Cosmetic services include injectables such as Botox, Dysport, Restylane, and Juvederm.
According to Bob and Shari Smith, founders of Ideal Weight, losing weight is about taking ownership of your health. They believe that obesity is largely a self-imposed affliction that can be confronted and conquered through daily nutritional choices.
Prior to shepherding clients through the weight-loss process, the company's consultants educate clients on various topics: hydration, sleep, packaged and comfort foods, metabolic syndrome, macronutrition, and cravings, among others. With this knowledge established, they equip clients with guidelines for weight loss, emphasizing a low-sugar diet with high-value proteins. From there, they touch base on a weekly or daily basis, according to each client's needs.
Although the program emphasizes weight loss, it also secures a few ancillary benefits. An uptick in water intake improves skin health, an increase in protein helps to build muscle, and a better understanding of nutrition labels makes it easier to distinguish which side of the cereal box is a word search.