During his 15 years in practice, board-certified podiatrist Dr. Bil Buksh has treated ailments of the feet and ankles with an eclectic treatment toolkit. The Hyperblue laser, for example, combats toenail fungus, whereas MLS laser therapy alleviates nerve conditions and tendonitis by causing damaged foot tissues to repair themselves. Steroid injections ease the pain of minor surgeries for warts, ingrown toenails, and parasitic sock puppets. To complement the foot-related procedures, Dr. Buksh?s clinic hosts a digital library of resources that help patients make informed healthcare decisions.
Ever a resilient warrior, Marybeth Davis chose to see the destruction of her New Orleans home by Hurricane Katrina as a direct challenge. Not only did she grit her teeth and rebuild, the mother of four also started her own boot camp. In her capacity as a certified personal trainer, she pulls from her years of experience in championship martial artistry to lead classes for fitness seekers of all abilities. Having overcome weight issues and injuries, Marybeth employs empathy to scale each of her high-intensity workouts to accommodate all fitness levels, from beginners to professional athletes. The coach also strives to create a motivational and non-intimidating community amongst her students, discouraging screaming, insults, or unprovoked outbreaks of water balloon fights.
Former OSU All-American track star and football player—and current NFL trainer—Marcus Bivines joins fitness model Tracy Winters at Hype Fitness Studios, where the co-owning duo puts special emphasis on motivating participants as they lead boot-camp classes. Designed specifically for indoor boot-camp sessions, the spacious black-walled studio echoes with huffs and puffs as the crew leads beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels through head-to-toe cardio and strength training. The staff also choreographs three separate sessions for kids (ages 7–15), teaching youngsters supportive teamwork and helping them increase their strength, speed, and ability to do long division while hopping through tires.
Tracy has been a certified personal trainer since 2005, and since then she has practiced what she preaches by successfully training for fitness and bikini competitions. Marcus has spent the better part of the last decade imparting his training wisdom to aspiring athletes from middle school to the NFL, and he has a knack for improving his clients' speed and power, the traits that most often get rocket boosters hired by NASA. The third pillar of Hype Fitness, TC Bread, brings his own impressive background to the table, having played strong-side linebacker at OU.
Taking its name from the classic Audrey Hepburn film, Yoga at Tiffany's blends modern pampering with time-honored calisthenic techniques at its elegant studios. Passionate teachers draw from diverse experiences?ranging from Catie Coon's years of Ashtanga study to Whitney Haney's background as a CrossFit and BodyFlow instructor?helping students tone their bodies, soothe their spirits, and calm their minds with posing and breathing techniques. Classes span a range of disciplines and skill levels, such as the cleansing and stamina-boosting of a Hot Hour of Power, or the stress-reducing balm of a gentle-flow session. After mastering backbends in a Flying Warrior class or toning muscles with deep, static stretches, guests can work away tension with massage therapy, or attract swarms of butterflies with body-sugaring treatments.
In Pilates Fitness Center Norman’s sleek environment of pistachio-green walls and blond-wood floors, instructors lead Pilates, barre classes, and personal-training sessions tailored to experience levels as well as fitness goals. For instance, Pilates for Golfers is designed to improve asymmetry and shoulder motion, which can add power to strokes and make it much easier to maneuver the stick-shift golf cart around the course. Alternatively, the center's Therapeutic Stretch class helps undo the damage done by daily repetitive motions, targeting the neck, shoulders, and spine. Classes might also incorporate equipment such as Exo Chairs and Reformers to build long, lean muscles.
Norman native Mark Russell calls upon his four years spent as a Special Forces operator in the US Marine Corps and 14 years as a professional trainer in the motocross industry to inspire the pupils of Rise Above Fit Camp. He challenges his students to push to new limits with constantly changing workouts that can involve everything from stadium runs to CrossFit-inspired exercises.