It’s not uncommon to see large, sweaty men pulling trucks across the asphalt of The Training Center Gym’s parking lot. The gym is not only the training facility for many aspiring strongmen, but also the host of occasional competitions. To prepare athletes of every variety for big events, the staff offers powerlifting, bodybuilding, and sports-training services, plus boxing and boot-camp classes. For exercisers who want to go it alone, the facility stocks a plentitude of free weights and fitness machines from Life Fitness, Precor, Cybex, and Hammer Strength.
Effective hair- and skincare requires two things: talented, well-trained beauty professionals and quality products. Elayne James Salon and Spa, named in Salon Today's list for 200 of the country’s fastest growing salons, thrives with a staff of Redken- and Wella-trained hairstylists who wield French-made herbal formulas from Privé as they cut, color, and style strands. They also lengthen short ‘dos with Italian SoCap hair extensions, block frizz with a keratin smoothing system, and scare strands straight with barks from a drill sergeant. The salon’s aestheticians use preservative-free A Natural Difference skincare products to cleanse and exfoliate skin during facials, microdermabrasion treatments, and red-light-therapy sessions. Beyond hair and skin, Elayne James’s service menu includes indulgent Swedish and deep-tissue massages, mani-pedis, and waxing.
Currie Hair Skin & Nails performs its ministrations in ultramodern, elegant spaces as clients settle into plush robes and slippers. Stylists guide patrons into sleek leather chairs to infuse 'dos with face-framing highlights or tame overgrown head ferns with a phalanx of scissors and a blow-dry for good measure. Visages in need of amelioration may opt for the recovery facial, which revitalizes with an arctic-berry-based antioxidant serum that neutralizes free radicals and protects the skin. During an aromatherapy massage, licensed massage therapists soothe away stress from demanding jobs and dishonest parking meters, and mani-pedi specialists deftly shape and polish nails, repair broken nail beds, and curb thrill-seeking hangnails.
Each of Hollywood Tans' 140-plus locations, scattered from coast to coast, houses UV tanning booths that allow patrons to tan while standing for 8–11 minutes. With an average of 15 hygienic booths per salon, patrons rarely encounter waiting times and can stop in without an appointment. Hollywood Tans also offers UV-free methods of adding color to one's skin, including Mystic Tan's DHA-infused spray tans, tanning lotions, and public readings of guests' teenage diary entries.
The image gurus at Body Images command a fleet of tanning beds in five different levels and the skills to artfully apply a custom, airbrushed glow. They stock their shelves with an array of lotions, balms, and gravies, including the entire MR International line of professional skincare products, such as iCandi and iTease, for a spectrum of desired results. To complement newly darkened skin tones, the team also offers slimming sauna capsules, teeth-whitening services, and a collagen bed, to encourage more youthful-looking skin.
At California Sun Tanporiums, nominated as one of the Top 250 Salons in the USA by Looking Fit magazine, bodies slip into a UV-free beach-bronze glow that lasts 4–7 days with Versa Spa sunless-tanning sessions. Clients step inside a private Versa Spa tanning booth, where a voice-activation system walks them through the three-step process that imparts a faux tan more natural looking than self-applied bronzers or wearing an oversize parking cone. Each session begins with a pH-balancing treatment to disperse natural oils, followed by an evenly applied mist of sunless tanner, a serum comprised of DHA, amino acids, and aloe that increases color depth and moisturizes skin without streaks. The machine-sprayed service finishes with a hydrating treatment of botanicals, soy proteins, and green-tea extracts to replenish vital nutrients, diminish fine lines, and wean skin off of its soda-pop bath addiction.