Unlike conventional medicine, which focuses on attempting to treat disease once it occurs, McCarley Chiropractic: A Creating Wellness Center emphasizes improving your health in an effort to reduce the risk of pain and illness in the first place. Most people would rather be healthy and avoid illness, if they could.
The fluid motions of Pilates Plus' workouts release muscular tension, improve posture and flexibility as they tone physiques. Within the intimate studio—characterized by warm earth tones and soft lighting—Pilates equipment abounds, including foam support blocks and Reformer machines. The studio's classes range from traditional Pilates classes to yoga sessions and barre workouts, which mix Pilates and yoga with calisthenics and dance. Trainers oversee each workout, ensuring students strengthen their cores with proper form, rather than developing six-packs on their faces. Athletes seeking more one-on-one attention, however, can opt for private training sessions.
Koko FitClub’s automated personal-training system rockets both men and women toward fitness goals with 30-minute custom workouts that incorporate cardio and strength training. An initial consultation determines fitness level and baseline measurements, which Koko’s computerized equipment uses to design a tailored workout plan that precisely measures the weight, pace, and rest time appropriate for each exerciser.
The Koko machines guide exercisers through each workout and adapt as the user’s fitness needs change, to constantly challenge the body. Designed by professional trainers, workouts maximize the body’s lean-muscle mass, which can boost metabolism and help fight off disease by challenging viruses to kickboxing matches. Exercisers can track their shrinking waistlines and swelling muscles online by analyzing workout scores and comparing individual fitness levels to the Koko FitClub community.
As a fifth grader, Dan Brown went out to his garage and started lifting his dad’s old sand-filled weights. He returned to the garage to lift regularly, spurred on by the inspiring figures he saw in ESPN2’s World’s Strongest Man competitions. Over time, strength training improved his play in baseball and football and instilled in him a newfound confidence.
Now, with years of experience and a kinesiology degree from Purdue University, Dan imparts that confidence to each of his students at Force Barbell. His conditioning classes, rooted in sports science, help participants of all skill levels build strength through an innovative mix of traditional power lifting and the use of atlas stones, tractor tires, and weight sleds.
You might not have guessed it if you saw the trim, muscular, and infectiously energetic Zumba instructor today, but there was a time when Granita Young was overweight. She enrolled in Zumba classes hoping to get into shape and was immediately grabbed by the lively music and the spirit-lifting dance routines. It wasn’t long before Granita had shed her excess pounds, earned her instructor certification, and began leading Zumba classes of her own.
Nowadays, at NZ Fitness, the seasoned instructor and her staff guide students of all abilities through Zumba and other energy-infused dance fitness classes. To supplement their skills, the team draws on a range of gear that includes maraca-like hand weights and Ripstix to build strength and sculpt muscles. Equally important to Granita and company is maintaining a non-judgmental environment and keeping class sizes personal and not overly crowded.
Though Shannon Belcher and Gina Bardach were raised by two different families in two different parts of Indiana, you'd think they were sisters. The spirited girls seem like they were born to be in the spotlight, devoting their days to cheerleading, dancing, and performance from adolescence to adulthood. Their paths crossed during an NFL-NBA cheerleader-alumni reunion, when they decided to combine their talents to create their own fitness studio—VibeOlogy. There, the duo, along with a team of fellow teachers, leads students of all ages through a variety of high-energy classes including yoga, modern dance, and boot camp. Many of the classes focus on refining a specific area of the body, from toning stomachs to exercising that muscle of the brain that remembers the birthdays of coworkers.