Saratoga Fit's Kim McGuire knows that the pull of the refrigerator can be strong. The AFAA-certified group fitness instructor spent her childhood battling chubbiness, low self-esteem, and the barbs of mean-spirited classmates. As a teen, she resolved to rebuild her life by reshaping her body and eating habits. Bolstered by support from her family, she lost the extra weight and resolved to help others do the same. Since then, she's spent more than a decade working in the fitness industry, earning personal-training certification and a tae kwon do black belt, leaving fat too scared to think about ever coming back.
These days, Kim specializes in boot camps, which melt calories and fortify muscles with a blend of cardio, strength training, and core-sculpting exercises. Here, exercisers of all levels challenge themselves in an atmosphere filled with motivation, accountability, and the encouragement from up to 14 others who share their desire to succeed and love of culottes. Free weights tone muscles in the arms, shoulders, and back, and BOSU balls facilitate body-weight exercises that chisel the abs. Using tools such as the USDA and ACSM nutrition guidelines, Kim also teaches the group how to eat smart and requires each participant to submit a log of their daily food and exercise choices to ensure they stay on track.:m]]
Corey House founded F.I.T. Boot Camps to help people get in shape with effective workouts bolstered by nutritional support. To come up with fun, high-intensity boot-camp routines, the staff pored over research and analyzed training formats aimed at burning fat and building muscles. They've seen the results time after time as boot camp members of every shape and athletic ability shed pounds, boost their health, and fare better at family log-tosses. Because the boot camps are indoors, the staff leads them continuously throughout the year, rather than putting members on hold during breaks between sessions or taking the winter off. They help map out smart food choices with nutritious meal planning, and offer private coaching to help members make the most of their workouts.
Dr. Steven Yarinsky spruces up facial façades with an array of high-tech surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures. After a five-year general-surgery residency, Dr. Yarinsky devoted two years to intensive study in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Every three years, he returns for 150 hours of additional schooling to brush up on the latest treatments. Whether he's working on the face, breasts, tummy, or antlers, the doctor strives to keep final results natural in an effort to bolster patients' confidence in their own beauty. Dr. Yarinsky performs all Botox and filler treatments. Alongside the doctor, a team of highly trained nurses, techs, and licensed massage therapists perform med-spa treatments such as laser procedures, BioMedic peels, and microdermabrasion.
LB never stopped smiling. That’s how Michelle and Louis Butts remember their son, who succumbed to MPS I, or Hurler syndrome, just before his first birthday. To celebrate his life and help others with MPS, they started the 5 for fiVe, a 5K race that builds a contribution for the National MPS Society, a group that sponsors research projects for this currently incurable disease. The race begins at the warming hut in historic Saratoga Spa State Park, winding through trails lined with trees, classical architecture, and water stations to keep athletes hydrated. Participants can run or walk the 5K or register for a 1-mile walk. Kids 12 and younger can run in the 50-yard dash—which is free with any adult registration in the 5K—and sit for face painting in a booth sponsored by Saratoga Paint & Sip Studio. After the race, awards will be given to the top three runners in each division, and prizes from local merchants will be raffled off to the person with the highest bid or the best puppy-dog eyes.
Floor-to-ceiling windows and tall white columns stretch up and across The Yoga Spa’s storefront. Peeking inside, you can see mini chandeliers, artwork hanging on exposed brick walls, and people posing in unison on the wooden floor. A lot of the time, they’re practicing owner Jennilee Toner’s personal creation Hot Warrior yoga, which is an 81-minute journey through more than 50 different Hatha and Vinyasa yoga poses with a thermostat set to 90 degrees. In addition to this signature class and other more traditional classes, Toner and her staff tweak the practice of yoga whenever they can. For instance, the Warm Candlelight flow class is lit by candles, the Studio 54 class features 54 different sun salutations set to disco music, and the Spa yoga class has guests perform slow Vinyasa-flow movements while they are massaged. The studio also offers fitness boot camps and belly-dancing classes.
On the bamboo floors of Bloom: A Movement Space, instructors embrace dynamic workouts at a range of speeds. They draw from extensive backgrounds in yoga, Pilates, and dance as they boost each student's bodily awareness. Studio owner Audrey Mangini demonstrates the rapid kickboxing strikes of Turbo Kick, expert belly dancer Laura Barokas leads hypnotizing undulations, and certified Black Belt Nia teacher Katie Capelli blends martial arts with expressive choreography. The teachers always encourage guests to move at their own pace, lest they overexert themselves and slip in a pool of sweat or tears.