The YMCA of Coastal Georgia promotes healthy living, youth development, and social responsibility through a variety of fitness and wellness classes. Membership includes access to gymnasiums, pools, strength and cardio equipment, and group exercise classes such as Contoured Bodies at the Effingham branch, in which simple deep-muscle movements tone the body to improve posture, balance, flexibility, and the likelihood of causing nearby coworkers to sit up straighter in their chairs. Various locations host traditional yoga and flexibility-technique classes, and Zumba classes fuse energetic music with calorie-burning dance moves for a lively workout experience. Groupon buyers also receive $25 to use toward classes, programs, and benefits not included in the monthly membership, such as a 30-minute massage from a licensed massage therapist ($25 for members), or a fall youth soccer session ($50+ for members) that teaches good sportsmanship, the value of exercise, and the importance of being able to manipulate a large object with one's forehead.
Lord Eye Center's showroom currently boasts thousands of frames from over 30 designer lines. Its refracted selection has expanded over the past 30 years under the direction of Lord Eye's founder, Dr. R. Whitman Lord, who is vice president of the Georgia State Board of Examiners in Optometry. His staff of certified optometrists can straighten a distorted reality typically within an hour, using the on-site optical lab and privileged access to the Matrix's source code. Bringing some panache to impaired pupils, the Lord Eye Center carries a plethora of frames from designer brands such as Candies ($128+), Harley Davidson ($128+), Guess ($168+), and Nike ($198+). Single lenses ($69+) discipline myopic peepers into long-distance focus and bifocals ($99+) render both newspapers and stop signs comprehensible.
FitnessWitness's experienced instructors invoke the power of group exercise through an eclectic schedule of cardio and strength-training classes in a supportive setting. Rev up the heart during 55-minute coed cardio stompers such as Step H.E.A.T., which combines Zumba-esque choreography with step aerobics, and Cardio Drums, in which students grab a pair of drumsticks and pound along to upbeat music, working out the upper body and hard-to-reach inner teenager. Exercisers brandish dumbbells and stretch resistance tubes tailored to their comfort level in the Strength & Balance circuit-training class. To lengthen and strengthen muscles, a FitWit Flow session fuses yoga, Pilates, and balancing exercises popularized by oak trees swaying gently in the autumn wind. FitnessWitness students sweat in a clean, spacious studio framed by lime-green walls and sleek wooden floors.
Each one of Anytime Fitness’s more than 2,000 coed fitness clubs grant 24-hour secured access to weight and cardio equipment and sessions of group fitness. The locations in Savannah and Pooler showcase exercise machines from manufacturers such as Precor, with treadmills and ellipticals sporting monitors for watching TV. The fitness emporium's staff of certified trainers lead group fitness classes or personal training sessions customized to the results of body-composition analyses and the moisture capacities of sweatbands. The staff are always friendly, making Anytime an inviting place to train.
Eric Thomas learned quite a bit about massage while attending school in Savannah, but one lesson stands out from the rest: no two bodies are the same. Once he discovered this, he set out to master a range of massage modalities that would allow him to untie any knotted muscle and break up any adhesion. Now that he is armed with knowledge in Swedish, deep-tissue, hot-stone, and neuromuscular therapies, Eric rarely comes across a stress-induced ailment that he can’t treat. In addition to easing chronic pain and tension, his massages benefit the body by stimulating blood flow, strengthening the immune system, and working out jams in the metal gears responsible for swiveling the head.