The coaching staff at D1?which is co-owned by professional athletes such as NFL player Peyton Manning, MLB player Chipper Jones, and NFL player Philip Rivers?refuses to discriminate between professional athletes and everyday exercisers. They scale the strength-and-cardio workouts of their group boot-camp classes and one-on-one intensive courses to individual abilities, bringing out the best in each student regardless of his or her workout history.
The typical D1 gym houses modern indoor turf fields with adjoining weight rooms, giving instructors the space to invent expansive obstacle courses that may require students to lift tires or tug 747s. In the boot-camp program, coaches meet with students one-on-one to discuss progress and find ways to improve. Each facility also houses a sports-therapy clinic, where expert therapists ease muscle injuries through rehabilitation programs and strength-restoring exercises.
In 2004, board-certified doctor Thaer A. Joudeh realized his vision of a medical practice run by physicians who consider patient care, not corporate interests, their main priority. Alongside a considerate staff, he oversees the Southside Medical Center's health and cosmetic services. The team's individual specialties coalesce to form a support network for entire families. They treat ailments from headaches to allergies to conditions requiring minor surgery and strive to regard their guests as they would their own relatives. Their hair-, wrinkle-, and spider-vein-removal treatments enlist the help of a gentle Candela laser, which treats all skin types with its cryogen cooling system to minimize discomfort and maximize games of connect-the-goosebumps.
Within its 55,000-square foot facility, Life Center boasts the amenities that many health clubs offer—indoor and outdoor tracks, a 25-meter indoor pool, cardio and strength training equipment, and a cadre of personal trainers. It's association with the Greenville Hospital System, however, allows Life Center to offer more support for overall healthy living and medically-based assistance than any typical club. Health education classes equip attendees with practical skills, such as stress management or healthy cooking, and certified massage therapists perform both medical and therapeutic massage modalities, including fibromyalgia therapy, hot stone therapy, and acupressure. Nutritional counseling programs help clients work toward a healthier diet and address specific nutritional needs.
Within a 2,500-square foot aerobics studio, instructors lead group fitness classes including Cardio Pump stepping with light weights and Turbo Kick, a kickboxing-based workout that builds in intensity as weeks progress. There are separate yoga and group cycling studios, and after a swimming or arthritis aquatics class, members can unwind in the dry sauna and take advantage of free towel service. To ensure everyone's on track, the staff welcomes each new member with a personal exercise orientation, then follows up every six weeks to see how they're doing.
Greenville Holistic Massage aims to help clients revive both body and mind during massages dispensed by LMBT Tetiana Moise. She creates a relaxing experience by applying gliding strokes, heavier kneading, hot stones, and aromatherapy depending on whether clients need to relax or work out more serious muscle maladies. The spa experience doesn't end with massages; anti-aging skin treatments ease the signs of wrinkles and waxing services remove unwanted hair.
Back to 30’s rejuvenating treatments noninvasively reignite aging clients’ youthful glows. The center's laser liposuction shapes frames without forcing patients to live in a human-size hourglass, and doctors administer two injectables—Botox and Restylane—to smooth away wrinkles. For a more rigorous overhaul, clients can opt for physician-assisted weight loss, or hormone-replacement therapy, which bolsters hormone levels back to their youthful heights.
Armed with skills honed during his residency at Yale, Dr. Michael Traurig, a board-certified phlebologist, treats varicose and spider veins as well as restless-leg syndrome at Vein Centers for Excellence of Greenville. Lasers allow him to quickly collapse veins and slice carrots, and sclerotherapy injections allow him to target varicose veins without any anesthesia or sedation.