Taylor Andrews Academy's beauticians-in-training brandish Pureology and Redken products and execute a menu of professional hair services. In a session of up to 90 minutes, clients can choose to soothe split ends with a deep-conditioning treatment ($8) before a complementary haircut relaxes the scalp with a calming shampoo and massage ($12). A coif crafter in training will then snip and style follicles into a fashionable 'do ready for your nightly slow-motion hair flips.
Square 1 Fitness' around-the-clock gyms enable members to work on their physical well-being with a cornucopia of fitness equipment. With 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man tell them when to help themselves to Square's strength and cardio equipment, which features built-in TVs and other media diversions. For those who exercise during conventional hours, Square's friendly, un-intimidating atmosphere welcomes patrons of all ability levels, unlike schoolyard dodge-ball squads. Members also enjoy nationwide access to all Snap Fitness locations, ideal for working out while traveling. For a dose of custom advice, patrons can seek out a personal-training session with a certified coach, who helps them assess and address their fitness goals. Clients reap the benefit of individual attention as a personal trainer helps them tackle weight loss, prepare for an arm-wrestling competition, or unveil the mysteries of arcane cable-weight machines.
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines.
Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
Laila Hardman and Annie Gilbert came up with a singular vision for a culinary boutique, where shelves lined with gourmet coffees, cookbooks, and European cookware and gadgets open up into a demonstration kitchen that accommodates groups of up to 20 people. There, experienced instructors take culinary influences from around the globe and show students how to whip them up with healthy and fresh ingredients. In addition to a running packed schedule of specialty classes, they also cater to private groups for date nights or bachelorette parties.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
On Saturday nights, the asphalt, three-eighths-of-a-mile oval track at Rocky Mountain Raceways plays host to roaring rounds of high-speed racing, with heats of sprint cars, hornets, and modified mavericks zooming around the track. Cheer on the Ford Focus midgets as they circle low to the ground, or hold your breath at each and every intersection pass of the Super Stock cars as they careen into the crossing of the figure eight. Your Groupon is good for general-seating sections of the open-air grandstand, as well as two popcorns (a $4 value) to keep your face’s other two senses placated while your eyes get to have all the fun.