Started as a single Newport Beach clinic in 1971, Lindora was the brainchild of Dr. Marshall Stamper, who was motivated by the unfortunate loss of his mother due to weight-related complications. Now, more than 40 years later, Lindora's weight-loss programs continue to bestow humanoids with a plethora of personalized nutrition plans and private one-on-one health consultations. At more than 40 Southern California locations, medically trained teams of health-care professionals guide patients through lab work, health assessments, and exams to discern the most efficient trajectory into better health. Patients receive encouragement to adjust their lifestyle and behavior, and bellies stay buoyed by nutrition support and menu plans that spotlight fresh, balanced meals.
Long-term weight maintenance is the goal of the clinic's medically-based programs, which means patients needn't worry about extra pounds boomeranging back into their lives like a persistent pet chinchilla. Check the FAQs page here for more information about Lindora's approach to weight loss.
Linxian Guo stands before a roaring audience at the 1988 Olympic Games, barely dropping a sweat as he prepares to take on the parallel bars. The brawny athlete pulls himself up and launches his body into the air, flipping upside-down, somersaulting elegantly, and transforming into a swan and back as the audience erupts into gasps and applause.
Linxian isn't the only champion gymnast at World Elite Gymnastics, where the staff is made up of former Olympians, Olympic coaches, and members of the Gymnastics Hall of Fame. The seasoned coaches conduct classes, host camps, and captain teams, teaching students of all ages and experience levels gymnastic form and technique while emphasizing the importance of discipline and confidence. In addition to traditional gymnastic, tumbling, and trampolining courses, they offer an innovative Urban Acrobatics class that combines acrobatics with parkour-style obstacle course training. They hold all of these classes in a sprawling gym, complete with professional balancing beams, trampolines, and mats.
In between work by Edward Steichen and Ansel Adams, Mark Jordan's photographic reproduction of Georges Seurat's "Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jette" hangs on permanent display in the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum. Being showcased beside such luminaries is only one of many honors bestowed on Mark throughout his career—he's also received 11 Loan Collection Awards and was a three time honoree at Epcot Center’s World’s Greatest Photographers exhibit.
Since 1981, he's honed his photographic talents at Mark Jordan Photography, where he crafts traditional and storytelling portraits of families, high school seniors, kids, and couples as well as capturing headshots for business and the arts. Whether in his studio or on location at beaches, parks, and homes, Mark and his wife Kari arrange subjects into unlimited groupings, capture the moment and come away with ample exposures that they later enhance with touch-ups. Businesses such as Tiffany's and Toyota have also commissioned Mark for his headshots, which he retouches with minimal edits or in-depth strokes by whitening teeth, reducing jowls, or enhancing jowls on Nixon impersonators.
Total Training Boot Camp shares several key attributes with military-style training, the most obvious of which is an amped-up level of intensity. The differences, however, are just as notable. Trainers never attempt to motivate their students with harsh words and yelling, instead opting to inundate them with positive support. Students need every ounce of encouragement they can get as they struggle through workouts designed to achieve a three-pronged objective: burn fat, sculpt muscles, and improve the quality of daily life.
Each punishing boot-camp session engages the legs, abs, arms, shoulders, and internal hard drive to slenderize the body in as short a time as possible. Total Training Boot Camp's workouts challenge athletes of all levels; their scalable nature and wide appeal helped the company place as a finalist for CityVoter's Best Boot Camp in 2011. Aside from the flagship boot camps, trainers offer personal-training sessions that customize workouts to specific body types and goals.
As she struggled to surmount issues with her own weight, Boogie Box Fitness creator Dede Barbanti drew from her professional dance background, martial-arts training, and enthusiasm for exercise to pioneer the gym's rigorous yet fun workout routine. The calorie-flaming moves, which have been featured by Dr. Oz and publications such as Dance magazine, have since spawned BBX Kids and the more vigorous BBX Hardcore. Behind the regimens' popularity lie easy-to-follow steps culled from kickboxing, strength training, plyometrics, and Latin and hip-hop dance. In addition to motivating patrons to shimmy into fitter physiques, Dede channels her expertise as a certified personal trainer and sports nutritionist into the BBX Body membership site. Here, visitors can peruse custom menu plans, exercise tutorials, and life-coaching advice given by the world's smartest biceps.
Juicy tidbits of chocolate-dunked fruit arrive on the doorsteps of family and friends, done up in colorful bouquets and candy boxes by the skilled fruit arrangers at Edible Arrangements' more than 1,100 franchises worldwide. The company's in-house chocolatiers drizzle albion strawberries and daisy pineapples in a trio of chocolate flavors. Once properly chocolated, the workers organize the preservative-free sweets into lush arrangements that resemble flowers in bloom. Customers can choose to plop their bouquets in a variety of vessels, including vases, mugs, and sports- or holiday-themed containers that add a personal touch to the edible gifts. Alternatively, customers can opt to adorn gifts with the cheery, red lids of candy boxes, nestling 12 chocolate-dipped morsels inside to build anticipation and determine if loved ones have x-ray vision as they guess whether fruit will come dusted in shredded coconut or drizzled in white chocolate.