Helping customers improve their vision is the main concern of the optometrists and eye-care professionals at Eye Boutique, who provide preventive screenings and help choosing from their more than 1,800 frames at each location. In each shop, licensed doctors of optometry scan eyes with comprehensive exams before diagnosing issues or prescribing high-definition Zeiss lenses and contact lenses from Optix and Acuvue. Designer frames from Guess, Nike, and Kenneth Cole house lenses fashionably, and Teflon protective layers help guard lenses from scratches and reduce glare. Sunglasses from brands such as Ray-Ban and Coach also protect eyes from harmful UV rays, creating an accessory that is both stylish and useful, like a diamond with a job.
Though Perfekt Fit is an intimate studio, it houses an impressive and diverse selection of fitness classes. Sunlight pours through its lofty windows as trainers motivate students to pedal furiously atop stationary cycles. During other classes, students twist into yoga poses, dance to energetic Latin-inspired Zumba routines, or work their abs in pilates atop the glossy hardwood floor. Groups line up along ballet barres during innovative barre classes, practicing traditional ballet exercises to strengthen muscles and improve coordination. The studio's expert trainers also offer private training sessions, where they work with students individually to accommodate unique fitness goals and overcome restrictive issues, from recovering from injuries to coaxing a stubborn tarantula out of their gym sneakers.
After four years spent playing football at the University of Illinois, and three years in the Canadian league, Morris Virgil circled back around to become a fitness coach. “Each client is a direct reflection of me,” he says. “Not in their physique, but in form, effort level, and dedication.”
He springboards off that philosophy during his 45-minute sports-inspired workouts, challenging patrons through functional training methods designed to improve overall health rather than just build washboard vanity abs or butter-churn biceps. Each workout divides time equally between cardiovascular routines, strength-training that leverages body weight, and muscle-sculpting exercises with free weights. The focus of each session alternates by the day of the week, so students can arrive daily for an all-around fit-‘em-up routine or drop in on specified slots to focus on slimming down, toning muscles, or building strength.
At Yoga Monkey + Fitness, Aleasha Sholes and Angie Howard want all of their staff and students to behave like monkeys. The co-owners covet the animal's playful spirit, physical poise, and social nature, encouraging guests to embrace these qualities with a variety of classes. Whether they are leading Vinyasa yoga sequences or kickboxing jabs in their two workout studios, their constructive attitudes boost both moods and heart rates. They continuously strive to redefine each student's limits, though they never lose sight of the ideal balance among work, play, and meditation dream duels. Their health-care backgrounds—Aleasha was a nurse, and Angie devises wellness programs for independent and assisted-living facilities—give them the anatomical know-how to customize their programs based on different strength levels.
Another class is winding down at Indy Boot Camps and owner Tod Esquivel informs the group that they are going to finish with group sit-ups. Some people groan, others laugh, but everyone ultimately squeezes together, locks arms, and begins doing sit-ups in unison. This exercise exemplifies the challenging but fun exercises at Indy Boot Camps. Esquivel is a fan of bodyweight exercises, interval training, partner exercises, and the aforementioned group exercises, and amplifies their results with physio balls, heavy ropes, and BOSU balls. His facility stages indoor and outdoor boot camps and features a children’s play area that is in sight of the workout area, so parents can keep an eye on their kids and kids can keep on eye on their parent’s alarmingly expanding biceps.
An outspoken advocate and preeminent researcher of medical laser technology, Dr. Gregory Chernoff brings his vast experience in the field to his cosmetic practice. Together with Dr. Khoa Lai and Dr. Montegut, he spearheads the charge against unwanted bodily imperfections such as obesity, unwanted hair, and varicose veins with both surgical and nonsurgical procedures. Outside of his practice, Dr. Chernoff has appeared on Dateline and BBC World News to promote the proliferation of lasers in medical procedures and the declaration of a national laser day.
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