Instead of treadmills, you run on the floor. Instead of step machines, you climb or hop atop plyometric boxes. Instead of complicated equipment, you pull yourself up on the rack of bars built into the wall. These are a few of the ways CrossFit My Town differs from run-of-the-mill gyms. They teach CrossFit, which requires functional movements, and they don't want fancy machines and gear getting in the way of that. The staff constantly varies those functional movements and asks their charges to perform routines with speed and intensity. Their purpose is to prep everyone for any physical activity they may engage in, including running marathons or hoisting a bag of dog food. With all the rope-climbing, lunges, weightlifting, and more, they also want to ensure safety. To do that, they lead CrossFit Concepts classes that introduce fundamentals and teach proper technique.
Before switching on lasers or breaking out the chemical peels, the certified laser technicians and nurses at Gr8Skin MedSpa take a close look at their clients’ skin and work to figure out the best correct treatment plan. Visia complexion analysis relies on digital photography to evaluate pores, pigmentation, wrinkles, and patches of skin that turn out to be CGI. Following the complimentary consultation, experts get to work fading wrinkles with Botox injectables, reducing rosacea using elos technology, and disappearing unruly hairs with a laser. Additionally, the staff shows its support of breast-cancer research by offering patients and survivors a complimentary facial.
Studio owner Tina Dunlap helms a small team of certified instructors, leading BarreAmped classes in a sun-filled studio. Neutrally hued walls and polished hardwood floors create an airy and peaceful setting for the studio’s classes. The practice space, flanked on one side by a wall-spanning mirror, boasts a ballet barre to support fitness-minded guests and aspiring music-box dwellers during the dance-infused barre workouts that utilize small, isolated movements to sculpt lean physiques.
Gordon Franks and Pat Worley are more than black belts. They’re ninth-degree black belts who share their chosen martial art with youngsters and adults alike through USA Karate, the school they cofounded. The school - which opened in 1973 and has been operating for more than 40 years - was featured on the local CBS station and teaches self-defense techniques that help students graduate to higher-level belts and translate into increased agility, coordination, and self-confidence.
CorePower Yoga founder Trevor Tice knows yoga is much more than a tool for increasing physical strength. "We've seen first hand emotional breakthroughs, physical improvements, and most of all, a new found confidence and balance our students carry from the studio into their daily lives," says Trevor. To further their holistic efforts, CorePower provides additional services and programs across various locations. Some outposts house spas where visitors can quiet their minds with a massage or facial, while others host Karma Yoga events wherein teachers lead free classes for cancer survivors, and students share home-cooked food with homeless youths.
But yoga resides at the heart of CorePower's mission to inspire as many people as possible, so each studio boasts a range of classes that accommodates all experience levels. Truly serious students can conjure pensive expressions as they enroll in a yoga-teacher-training program, and all patrons can take comfort in knowing their studio was built from recycled materials and equipped with energy-efficient fixtures.
Radiating at a balmy 104 degrees with 35% humidity, Heat Yoga Studio is an ideal place to sweat out toxins or thaw TV dinners. The studio plays host to one-hour classes that begin with seated positions and flow into standing poses, backbends, and other asana that challenge students to find a balance between effort and ease. As instructors coach students through sequences, they emphasize pranayama, or breathing, in order to optimize circulation and focus. The classes are suitable for students of all levels.