The multiple YMCA locations in metropolitan Chattanooga serve more than 37,000 members a year and fulfill the mission of uniting guests regardless of gender, age, faith, background, abilities, or income. Founded in London in 1844, the YMCA spread to its Chattanooga home in 1871 and continues to operate with help from local community volunteers as stalwart as I Love Lucy syndicators. Each location caters to the needs of children, teens, seniors, and families with afterschool programs and fitness-based activities. Cardio machines pump hearts, racquetball courts host fun competitions, and pools allow goggles to fulfill their original purpose: snapping the face with their elastic band to make a diver jump off the blocks faster. A sauna and steam room heat clients up after they cool down in the pools, and parents can drop their young children off at the nursery before participating in group fitness classes.
US Elite Training was established to create a clear pathway of athletic development, to positively impact performance while providing an avenue for the underprivileged athlete to be discovered. US Elite Training Vision is two-fold: to provide year-round, non-sport specific, strength and conditioning training programs.
The weight-loss experts at Venus Med Spa dedicate themselves to supplementing body-slimming efforts with personal coaching and noninvasive treatments. Staff members operate under the no-frills philosophy that dieters and exercisers can maintain their weight with a healthy lifestyle and sensible eating. But they also recognize that sticking to a healthy lifestyle can be harder than landing a helicopter on a doghouse roof, so the team works one-on-one with clients to educate them on such weight-loss methods as HCG diets, laser-assisted liposuction procedures, and body sculpting with Venus Freeze radio-frequency treatments. To supplement new shapes, Venus Med Spa smoothes wrinkles and plumps up skin with Botox and Juvéderm injections.
Featuring five levels of tanning beds, Fusion Tanning bronzes even the blanchiest of epidermises with its premium equipment and wide variety of pigmenting methods. Sunned-skin seekers may take the month to bask and bathe in the generous glow of Fusion's Basic beds, which use ultraviolet rich U's and V's to provide beach-worthy color. Choices of beds include the SunVision Elite or the FTS 7000, a 360-degree, stand-up tanning bed that features an 18 mph fan for comfortable, sweat-free gilding.
As its name implies, My Massage Inc. focuses on customizing massages to treat the individual, with a staff of therapists well trained in a range of modalities. Therapists may utilize the broad, relaxing strokes of Swedish massage to relax musculature, or deep-tissue and trigger-point methods to target kinked up muscles. Sports massages and orthopedic therapy also help therapists lessen client discomfort—specifically injuries sustained while playing sports or chasing away kids who are treating decorative lawn flamingos like an ad-hoc hurdling course. Alternatively, during cupping-therapy sessions, therapists utilize gentle suction to facilitate lymphatic drainage and detoxification.
At Movement Arts Collective, co-directors Tara Phillips and Stacey Nolan spread their love of dance and movement to visitors of all ages through yoga classes, belly-dancing lessons, and creative movement classes for toddlers and children. Specialized yoga conditioning for belly dancers classes blend Phillips and Nolan's two specialties, through yoga lessons that focus on the hips, core, and spine. Conventional Vinyasa yoga classes introduce participants to various postures and breathing exercises. In creative movement classes, kids explore dance using hoops, balls, and ribbons.