As they enter the training circuit 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. Thirty seconds 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.
When Alive magazine publisher Elizabeth Tucker first thought about LASIK surgery as an alternative to the glasses she had worn since second grade, she didn't think it was an option. She feared the cost, worried about the time off work, and was unsure about how safe the procedure would be. Luckily, numerous friends told her about the transformative effects of their own procedures, and she finally decided to take the plunge at Crown Laser Center. There, a team of seven board-certified ophthalmologists, optometrists, and surgeons put Elizabeth and other clients at ease as they correct corneas with trained hands and cutting-edge equipment, boasting a 99% surgery-success rate. Elizabeth is now glasses-free and doesn't regret a thing. "It's been life-changing for me," she says in a video on the laser center's website, "I would recommend it to anyone."
The Boxing Gym's unfussy facility is abuzz with energy as patrons from all walks of life sweat their way to sculpted physiques in group fitness classes and personal-training sessions. A staff of amateur and professional boxers provides equal parts encouragement and tricks of the bag-tackling trade to help clients reach their weight-loss and fitness goals. For well-rounded fitness regimens, patrons may partake in the gym's group exercise classes, such as yoga, core-bolstering Pilates mat sessions, or Zumba dance fitness. Instructor and MMA fighter Dan Shafferkoetter helps his students hone varied martial-arts fighting skills while conditioning their bodies through jujitsu sparring, MMA training, and sandbag debating.
Boain Dental Care boasts not one, not two, but three Drs. Boain. It's not the result of a cloning experiment; John, Jenn, and Joseph are three distinct teeth experts, and they point to credentials that include memberships in several professional dental organizations to underscore their readiness for their clients. When they're not going to great lengths to ensure guests are comfortable during exams, x-rays, and cleanings, the team engages in continuing education to keep up on the latest in dentistry. That kind of effort has helped the practice last 30 years, or, to put it another way, 30 orbits around the sun or 30 million episodes of the Today Show.
In 2000, Doctor of Chiropractic William A. Straughn moved his self-named practice to Florissant, the place where he was born and raised and where his grandmother still lives. This move enabled him to serve the people of his hometown who suffer from chronic lower-back and neck pain or who need to regain their footing after an accident or injury. Dr. Straughn and his staff also teach patients how they can improve their diets and how to incorporate healthy habits into their workdays, such as doing jumping jacks in a crowded elevator or sprinting full speed to the restroom.
The certified and experienced instructors at No Excuses have one goal: to help their clients achieve more than they thought possible. To get them there, the trainers offer high-energy, focused workouts along with meal planning, grocery lists, weigh-ins, and a team-like atmosphere. Held in a no-frills indoor/outdoor gym, the Zumba, boot-camp, and Kangoo classes help participants burn fat and build muscle.