Maine Optometry’s skilled optometrists determine prescriptions for contacts, such as Acuvue Oasys, and glasses, such as the eye boutique's more than 750 frames including brands such as Oakley, Kate Spade, and Banana Republic. These frames encircle everything from simple single-vision lenses to specialty lenses that cater to athletes or clients who stare at a computer monitor all day waiting for it to blink. Clients interested in throwing off the yoke of eyewear entirely can discuss refractive surgery with the doctors.
Maine Optometry also outfits clients in designer sunglasses and concerns itself with the environment, working with an e-prescribing system that eliminates paperwork, which trees hate to fill out.
At Jade Integrated Health's brand-new Fore Street location, John and Nancy Charlebois mix the old with the new. Inside the renovated space, this duo combines practices that range from traditional Chinese herbology to advanced physical therapy. John and Nancy tend to divvy up the work based on their own particular interests. John is a licensed acupuncturist and the resident herbalist who creates formulations from Jade Integrated Health's herbal pharmacy. A licensed physical therapist, Nancy takes a particular interest in helping women through pregnancy-related issues. She offers therapy for those who have undergone cesarean sections, leads pool therapy exercises for pregnant and postpartum individuals at the Portland YMCA, and can help women deal with pain associated with carrying a child.
Equipment: 2600 squaree feet of space equipped with kettlebells, free weights, TRX, bands, med balls, and more
Students should bring: A water bottle, sneakers, gym clothing, and a "ready-to-work-hard" attitude
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
Short and long term goal setting, modifications for any age or fitness level, regular evaluations and progress assessments, a lot of fun, and creative and challenging training that will never be repetitive.
What is the biggest mistake you see people make when trying to get fit on their own?
No motivation, incorrect form, no accountability, too much routine, lack of variety in training, unrealistic goal-setting, not fun or interesting, no spotter, ignorance, or no outside encourage and/or coaching.
What is a typical session of your program or class like for a student?
Fun, challenging, full-body training relevant to their specific goals. It is not unlike being hit by a mac truck.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Bring a barf bag and come hydrated.
Out in the park, its not uncommon to see dozens of people swinging their hips, hooping and laughing. They're not going for a Guinness Book record or even competing: they're burning calories in a fun way. It's what Hardcore Hooping is all about—getting people together for energetic, healthy activities that shed pounds. The hooping experts design their multi-colored hoops specifically for the task, weighting them perfectly with water. That water swooshes around while hooping, creating a rhythmic sound that fosters a trance-like focus. Besides burning calories, hoop exercises build core strength and improve balance and flexibility. Hardcore Hooping also offers rental packages for events and leads high-energy fitness classes.
At ZUJA Wellness, instructors help students of all levels strengthen their body, mind, and spirit with a diverse medley of fitness and wellness classes and personal training sessions. Each of their group classes focuses on core strengthening, stabilization, and balance biomechanics—with instructors on hand to make modifications to better suit students’ abilities. They turn the focus to quieting the mind during yoga sessions, which are performed on mats or suspended in fabric hammocks. In addition to hosting a variety of wellness workshops, the center helps reduce tension and stress through massage therapy and reflexology services.
Within their cozy brick studio situated along the Royal River, yoga instructors Tori Norton and Cathleen Wasielewski infuse their students with the same sense of serenity that pervades their surroundings. The pair specializes in power vinyasa yoga, which builds core muscles, increases flexibility, and busts deep-seated tension through a flowing series of poses linked by concentrated breathing exercises. Each vigorous one-hour session targets many of the body's key muscle groups, leaving practitioners cleansed, energized, and able to levitate for up to 15 minutes after class.