Weight loss can be a challenge in many people's lives—including that of Dr. Eric Spencer. After shedding 40 of his own unwanted pounds, he founded Monarch Medical Weight Loss with a team of fellow doctors and now serves as chief medical advisor of the nonsurgical clinic system. Many of the practitioners and staffers have triumphed at their own slimming efforts, serving as both inspiration and role models to their patients. The diet programs at Monarch Medical Weight Loss range from quick jump-start plans to full, lifelong memberships, all incorporating healthy, educated eating and sensible behavior modification. Pound-dropping success stories can be found on the website, as told by firefighters, grandmothers, couples, and retired dumbbells.
Led by semblance-savvy husband-and-wife team Dr. Daniel Kort and nurse practitioner JoAnne Engel Kort, Renew Clinic and Spa restores bodily beauty with medical expertise and cutting-edge laser technology. Light years beyond dated light bulb hair removal, laser hair removal gently coaxes rogue follicles from their derma dens and permanently eviscerates them after an average of six to ten treatments. A numbing cream thickens skin against the laser's subtle sarcasm, with most patients reporting only a mild tingling sensation, increasing with the darkness and thickness of the hair.
Nivens Northwest Personal Training, helmed by lifelong athlete Brody Nivens, helps clients look and feel their best with sport-centric training, boot camps, weight-loss regimens, and nutritional counseling. With backgrounds that include varsity college football and fitness competitions, the passionate trainers draw from personal experience as they help clients develop rippling cores, toned biceps, and formidable thumbs. Eschewing the unfriendly environs of corporate megagyms, Nivens Northwest's sleek, tidy space—filled with flat-screen TVs and battleship-gray walls—hosts a encouraging staff of trainers who interact one-on-one with clients to help them exceed personal goals. Whether building balance with boxing, endurance with kettlebell routines, or shoe-untying acumen with boot-camp workouts, instructors work hand-in-hand with students to coach and motivate them toward svelteness.
You won't hear percussive snaps and pops coming out of the treatment rooms at Vitality: A Creating Wellness Center. That's because Doctor of Chiropractic Jeff Mitchell doesn't crack spines; he specializes in gentle adjustments that use vibration to release locked-up vertebrae. The computerized Pro-Adjuster system knows precisely how much vibration to dole out and for how long. Dr. Mitchell uses these treatments to ease his clients' chronic headaches and help them lead pain-free lives.
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 by 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.
The National Association for Fitness Certification (NAFC) is on a mission to create a dynamic community of educated fitness specialists. To this end, NAFC offers a variety of accredited trainer-certification programs online, allowing aspiring fitness professionals the luxury of earning their credentials from the comfort of their own home or extra-large gym locker. The courses teach students how to lead nutrition programs, group fitness classes, Pilates lessons, and personal training sessions, opening the door to a variety of careers in health and wellness. Onsite workshops scheduled on a regular basis supplement virtual classroom learning with practical skills.