Run by a dedicated husband-and-wife team, 731 Fitness prides itself on being an alternative to mega gyms. This intimate fitness center offers small-group classes—including hatha yoga, P90X Full Body Cardio classes, and Zumba—all led by experienced instructors. With upbeat, calorie-burning classes and no attitude, 731 Fitness provides a quiet, community-based place to shed fat and build muscle while having a good time.
A joint venture between a professional boxer and a team of successful kickboxing-equipment tycoons, Title Boxing Club maintains a network of dozens of studios spread across 27 different states, winning over a devoted clientele with its invigorating and engaging boxing- and kickboxing-themed classes. Each workout uses the heart-healthy exercise of cardio training to satisfy people’s innate desire to punch and kick something other than a broken jukebox. Participants build lithe, strong muscle tissue by delivering powerful blows to punching bags and build flexibility and agility by practicing roundhouse kicks and hooks. Students can build their core strength and endurance with medicine balls and burpees, enlist a qualified personal trainer to practice their newfound skills in the ring, or just torch calories during intense full-body Power Hour workouts.
A PGA member since 1986, Chuck Mayhew employs a fundamentals-first teaching methodology, thoroughly familiarizing students with the basics of swing mechanics before moving on to more complicated tweaks. Though certain golf tenets are universal, Mayhew knows that any single teaching method won't work for every player. Some are visual learners, some learn by repetition, and still others can only learn when a cast of singing hand puppets teaches them. Private lessons begin with an assessment of each player's current ball positioning, alignment, and swing posture—key components that must be corrected before beginning any backswing. Mayhew conducts lessons at Four Seasons Golf & Fitness Center, a full-service indoor golf-instruction facility that can stay open despite rain or bunker sandstorms.
HealthFirst Chiropractic seeks to stealthily track and pin down bodily pain, instilling patients with a sense of wellbeing and relief through a panoply of techniques. A chiropractic exam determines each patient's skeletal state, such as mild scoliosis or bones that are actually plaster-filled paper-towel tubes. Skittish skeletons are captured on camera by x-rays, exposing the potentially painful secrets obscured beneath flesh. Finally, the deepest of tissues are prodded into submission by kneading hands in a massage designed to relieve stress and increase joint flexibility; alternatively, pressure points play pincushion during a targeted acupuncture session.
Since 1990, Power Shack Fitness Centers have fostered a casual, low-stress ambiance at its four locations, eschewing the large crowds and intimidating vibes of many mainstream gyms. A retinue of nationally certified personal trainers is on hand to craft custom workout plans for members, acquainting them with the gym’s array of free weights, cardio machines, and functional training equipment. Group fitness classes are also led by nationally certified instructors. Offerings include barbell conditioning, yoga, spinning, dance, and power grunting. Depending on the location, you can also take advantage of tanning amenities or pick up nutritional supplements.
With two locations in Battle Creek, Vision Center At Meijer's eye mavens outfit more than 700 frames with lenses carefully crafted in their own laboratory to specifically suit the eyes and face of each patient. Professionally administered eye exams determine the prescription strength required to correct eyeball anomalies, and the laboratory can upgrade any lens with tints, Transitions, or antireflective coatings that save one from endless staring contests with one's own eyes.
When licensed massage therapist Eric McFerin isn’t teaching massage therapy at Heritage College, he’s performing it at Massage Therapy by Eric McFerin. At his practice, he specializes in multiple modalities that range from Swedish and deep-tissue massage to trigger point therapy, neuromuscular therapy, and reiki—a Japanese form of energy healing. Also a former NCAA swimmer, Eric draws on his extensive athletic knowledge to perform sports massage and help increase performance through rock tape application.
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