Healthy living has not always been a top priority for Alexander Simmons. But after watching his father battle cancer that was too advanced to respond to alternative treatments, Alexander knew he needed to change and take a preventive view toward health. Since adopting this outlook on wellness, Alexander has gone on to establish Wholebody Systems, where he helps everyone from athletes in their prime to senior citizens strengthen their muscles while minimizing stress on joints and ligaments with low-impact bioDensity and whole-body vibration machines.
Allison Stone, a former Wall Street executive, traded in her power suit for a yoga mat and the deed to The Core, A Pilates Studio. She helms a fleet of seasoned instructors who help students tighten cores and build flexibility during intimate classes, including yoga, Pilates, and kettlebell sessions. They’ll teach students how to use specialized equipment, including reformer machines and Exo chairs, to target different muscle groups during Pilates apparatus sessions. Instructors draw moves from Pilates, yoga, and ballet to create a full-body workout in BarSculpt classes. Because of the cozy class sizes, instructors can roam the studio, helping each student perfect poses while answering questions about technique or how to say "yoga" in Sanskrit.
Sensei Matt White, owner and chief instructor at Crabapple Martial Arts Academy, trains adults and kids in the martial arts of karate and jujitsu. To enhance these lessons, he draws on modern techniques to build students' fitness and self-confidence. He also characterizes the moves in practical self defense terms, so students can successfully distinguish between art and application.
Anytime Fitness, which boasts 2,245 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open for members 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fit seekers challenge themselves on cardio and strength machines by brands such as Precor and Life Fitness and hoist free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they’re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness’s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or bop into one of the onsite tanning booths.
The team at Resolution Wellness focuses on making patients more comfortable in their own bodies. Often, that means surrounding them in positivity and guiding them through a regimen of personalized exercise. Cyclical patterns of back pain, for instance, meet their match in a blend of posture training, therapeutic Pilates classes, and body-mechanics instruction. Because at Resolution Wellness, the therapies are rooted in what comes natural to the human body: movement. That means that instead of high-tech therapies that rely on lasers and replacing muscle tissue with hydraulic cables, the team draws upon stretching and strengthening movements, and even the tried-and-true method of massage.
At CrossFit Silos, trainers trade the flatscreen TVs and saunas found in most sterile globo-gyms for kettlebells, pull-up bars, and barbells, helping members get into strong, sleek shape with high-powered strength and conditioning workouts. The certified CrossFit coaches hail from a wide variety of health and fitness backgrounds, from a rugged expedition racing enthusiast to a certified Doctor of Chiropractic. Armed with the positive motivation and know-how of these committed coaches––as well as the support of a team of like-minded classmates––clients push their bodies to the limit with daily-changing, high-intensity workouts, otherwise known as WODs (or workouts of the day). These short bursts of varied activity fit easily into any work schedule, and are paired with supplemental nutritional guidance to ensure the body burns fat efficiently and maximizes its flexing potential.