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. One minute is 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.
In 2014, Curves partnered with celebrity fitness expert Jillian Michaels to design a new take on its traditional circuit. These workouts incorporate functional bodyweight exercises?each with modifications?into the existing sequence, providing a slightly more intense gym experience intended to jump-start metabolisms while still forging lean, toned muscles.
Snap Fitness, bustling with cardio and strength-training gear, throws open the doors to its facilities 24/7. Before exercisers put sneakers to treadmills or lift their first weights, staff meet with them to talk about their fitness goals before suggesting personalized fitness plans based on clients' strength, cardio condition, and bionic-limb manufacturers. The gym keeps members motivated with regular check-in calls and demystifies healthful eating with custom online meal plans designed by nutritionists. Staff also forestall exercise-routine boredom by working individually with clients on a routine basis.
At Touch of Sol, a licensed massage therapist relaxes mortal coils during massages and five different naturally derived body wraps. Inside a cozy room draped with a floral rug, the relaxation massage deploys nimble fingers over epidermal canvases, unfurling light to moderate pressure for overall stress relief. The therapeutic massage employs greater pressure to reach muscles deep beneath the skin’s surface, relieving tension and pain caused by somersaulting to and from work. Alternatively, clients may opt for a choice of five 75-minute body wraps. The Dead Sea mud formula is designed to decrease inflammation, and the sea-algae mud treatment is designed to purge toxins, stimulate circulation, and improve skin elasticity. After the mud concoction is slathered over the body, a layer of hot towels helps hides to soak up the vitamins while disguising them from lovelorn swamp things. A quick shower rinses clients clean before the therapist lavishes skin with lotion for extra hydration.
Visits to Cabana Tan Spa often begin in conversation. The expertly trained staff here can answer virtually any tanning question, recommend lotions, and help clients figure out which of the five levels of tanning beds they need. Depending on factors such as skin tone and the desired glow, sessions might wind up in either stand-up or lie-down beds. The tanning experts also direct clients to the airbrush rooms, where technicians gild bodies with organic tanning solutions, using the airbrush machine to contour bodies and add subtle muscle definition.
The 3,400-square-foot facility encompasses rooms for laser teeth whitening and massage, too. For the latter, massage therapist Paula Ranchel uses modalities such as Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports massage to address issues such as arthritis, carpal tunnel, and really wanting a massage.
Owned and operated by the Cantwell family since 1982, Twin Lakes Country Club boasts an 18-hole golf course with five par 5s, six par 3s and seven par 4s. Their golf program includes private lessons as well as the Twin Lakes Junior Golf Academy, a seven-week program led by a PGA professional and three assistants. After long days on the course, golfers can relax in the Club House—formerly known as Red Barn Restaurant—for a prime-rib dinner or their all-you-can-eat fish fry.
Beneath the line of Hollywood-style bulbs that light her styling station’s mirror, stylist Rebeca evaluates clients' hair before clipping and coloring locks at Julie’s Unique Salon. She has honed her skills over 10 years in the beauty industry and aims to create looks that are easy to recreate at home within a comfortable, relaxing setting. Despite her lengthy career, Rebeca keeps up with industry trends and techniques in order to deliver the styles her clients desire.