Health & Fitness in Pleasant Grove

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When not outfitting mouths with dental implants, Dr. Michael McCracken dons his professor’s cap at the University of Alabama School of Dentistry and lectures around the world on implant dentistry. Dr. McCracken, who holds a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering, also teaches other dentists how to perform dental implants at Alabama Implant Education LLC. Sessions include live patient surgeries and post-operative treatment plans acted out with sock puppets.

1700 6th Ave N
Bessemer,
AL
US

Devised by Pure Barre founder Carrie Rezabek, these fusion classes balance the grace of dance with the exertion of lifting and the soothing stretch of stretching. Each 55-minute session loosens, strengthens, and lengthens the body through a smooth blend of the ballet barre, weight training, and limbering Pilates. In the process, you'll tone your tush, thighs, hips, arms, and abs; burn fat efficiently; and block out the invasive anxieties of the real world, such as the lingering dread that squirrels are evolving faster than us and will soon top the food chain. Because the Pure Barre workout shuns any jumping or bouncing movement, already overworked and somewhat disgruntled joints will be spared any further stress. Classes are scheduled in the morning and evenings most days of the week.

2826 18th St
Homewood,
AL
US

Full-time moms and certified trainers host each Mommy And Me Time session in the spirit of camaraderie, building a supportive environment that encourages patrons to share their fitness goals with one another. Fitness classes obviate the need for moms to find a sitter when they work out, as children are a part of each session and absorb the importance of physical wellbeing by participating or serving as cuddly free-weights in a regimen of cardio and strength routines. Core-refining ab training complements tension-unwinding stretch sessions to work out limbs, and the staff excuses any tots that don't develop six-packs or the ability to bench press their own bassinet. They also accommodate wee ones with a play area for exploring once they decide they are finished with the regular workout.

During Mommy and Me Play Time classes moms and their young ones band together for a stimulating play date. As moms meet other moms and kids learn to socialize with other children, the whole group joins in sing-alongs and parachute play. Obstacle courses and games like "Simon Says" and "Red Light Green Light" also serve to boost confidence and promote kinesthetic learning?using one's body to challenge one's mind.

1728 Oxmoor Road
Homewood,
AL
US

The formula behind Sweat & Gears is as simple as the name suggests. The instructors at this indoor cycling studio schedule only two classes: GEARS and SWEAT. The former is a non-competitive cycling workout that burns calories and builds stamina. The latter pits students against each other in a virtual race, complete with a leader board and a referee to make sure nobody's actually using a car.

2809 Central Avenue
Homewood,
AL
US

Tide Wellness's team of physicians and weight-loss experts knows how important it is for clients to stay motivated to lose weight. That's why it encourages clients to eat real food and never charges for weekly weigh-ins. The team also gives clients a little extra help with B12 liptropic injections, which may help boost metabolism and energy, and craving-curbing protein bars, chips, and drinks.

709 Memorial Drive
Bessemer,
AL
US

At Advanced Eye Care, Dr. Alexia C. Vaughn and her staff assess eye health and vision and outfit patients with frames from brands such as Michael Kors or bebe. Though Dr. Vaughn tackles existing ocular issues, she also works to prevent eye disease by recommending that her patients take vitamins, wear sunglasses, and subsist on diets of snowman noses. With prescription in hand and a staff of professionals on hand to offer advice, patients can select lenses enhanced with antiglare or scratch-resistant coatings and a pair of frames that flatter their face shapes.

833 Green Springs Hwy
Birmingham,
AL
US