As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby, trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. Thirty seconds are spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
At Smart Skin Spa and Salon, skilled stylists and aestheticians transform scalps and faces into stunning works of art with an extensive selection of treatments and services. Visitors melt away the cares of the workday with a soothing massage, techs zap age spots with high-tech photofacials, and unwanted follicles disappear with laser hair-removal procedures. Once skin and body procedures are done, clients can turn to the style team for hair-straightening treatments, highlights, and chic cuts.
With a lineage that traces back more than 30 years to its founders' respective schools, Tiger Rock Martial Arts has grown to more than 200 locations nationwide. Tiger Rock's primary focus is tae kwon do, through which certified trainers teach youngsters the skills to defend themselves, as well as confidence and discipline. Adults can learn tae kwon do as well or encounter martial-arts moves in a calorie-torching aerobic workout. Tiger Rock also partners with sports teams to bolster their training or with corporations to get their employees up, moving, and healthy.
Express Fitness 24/7 helps lads and ladies of all fitness levels reach new heights of health with a smorgasbord of machines and free weights that members can access 24 hours a day. Clients can engage every muscle group on Cybex weight and cardio equipment or enlist the help of a personal trainer, who can devise a custom-tailored fitness and nutrition program for each individual. In addition to exercise, Express invites guests to get their exteriors glowing with onsite tanning equipment or replenish their stores of protein and vitamins at the smoothie bar.
Dr. Nicki Hill enjoys sharing her optometric skills with those in need, whether that entails working with patients at U.S. Veterans Affairs Hospitals or performing free eye exams for tornado victims in Tuscaloosa and Pratt City. Shoppers can find the same level of care inside Bell Road Eyewear's airy emporium. There, staff members guide visitors through a large inventory of designer eyewear and illuminate the distinctions between single-vision plastic and polycarbonate lenses. Frames by Danish brand ProDesign and chic styles from Vogue, DKNY, and Jai Kudo rest atop antique-style wood tables. Shoppers can also peruse selections of children's glasses, sunglasses, and monocles fitted with stained glass. Although Dr. Hill can diagnose visual capabilities in-house, Bell Road Eyewear will also fill lens prescriptions from outside optometrists.
Led by board-certified Dr. Stuart May, the skilled staff at A.G.A. Skin Care & Laser Center specializes in advanced medical treatments that improve aesthetic and internal health in a complete primary-care center for women. Dr. May’s aesthetic services include treatments for spider veins and acne as well as advanced procedures that employ the versatile Palomar pulsed light and laser system. Among its many uses, this powerful laser can swiftly remove excess body hair and eliminate planets suspected of galactic rebellion. Photofacials similarly harness the power of light to treat sunspots, rosacea, and broken capillaries. To erase evidence of old age, Dr. May injects Botox into various areas on the face and can tear your birth certificate into little pieces for no extra charge.