Backed by two medical degrees in botanical and naturopathic medicine as well as the expertise that comes with administering more than 300 hours of acupuncture treatments, Dr. Tommy Ray Thompson knows how to protect patients against a slew of maladies. During sessions that incorporate ancient acupuncture therapy, the steady-handed doc carefully places hair-thin needles along specific corporeal points or “channels.” Keen to the subtle pricks, these bodily highways transform into intravenous postmen, sending signals to internal organs to dissolve chronic pain and stress. Chiropractic care realigns spines to correct years of built-up muscular stress from poor posture or sleeping in the headstand position. Adjustments further alleviate soreness when coupled with massage therapy and applied kinesiology sessions. Other services include nutrition consultation and detoxifying footbaths.
Tri County Golf Ranch's 9-hole, par 3 course challenges golfers of all skill levels with its undulating bentgrass greens, uphill and downhill shots, and multiple tee options. Before rounds, golfers can practice drives and mulligan excuses on the ranch's manicured short-game area and the sizable driving range?which houses 18 heated and covered bays?before hitting the links.
Having amassed almost 30 years' worth of fitness expertise, Linda Mitchell doesn't believe in age as a limiting factor. The AFAA-certified personal trainer, Ms. Fitness USA competitor, and regular contributor to Ms. Fitness magazine teaches clients how to woman-handle their exercise goals regardless of their backgrounds. She founded ChickFit as a studio where women could work out among friends and nonintimidating teachers. There, her signature sessions?which range from boot-camp classes to cardio-kickboxing rounds?tone physiques, tap into wellsprings of confidence, and ready bodies for beach season. She weaves a common thread of compassion and skill through heated yoga sessions, jogging seminars, and dance-fueled aerobics classes, encouraging guests to "embrace their age" as they bypass fitness milestones, such as pole-vaulting through a ring aflame with birthday candles.
At the crack of dawn, Ryan Vaught barks orders across a misty high-school track field. During his four years in the United States Marine Corps, Vaught led daily physical training for his fellow soldiers—experience he now lends to his fellow civilians at Tri State Adventure Boot Camp. A certified personal trainer and member of a local jujitsu academy, Vaught blends different fitness styles into challenging combinations, which helps his charges become well-rounded enough to use each other as medicine balls.
Boot-camp sessions cycle through fitness instruction, motivational training, and nutrition counseling, and participants take on everything from weight training and jump ropes to obstacle-course runs—workouts designed to tone the core, abdomen, butt, and legs. Though sessions gradually increase in intensity, each is designed to accommodate all fitness levels.
Though its name may conjure fantasies about sprinting down crowded streets or bench-pressing buses stalled in traffic, Urban Active Fitness grants its members abundant space in which to spread out and follow their workout proclivities. At dozens of locations across the Midwest and South, members can sculpt their bodies in whichever manner they choose—from personal training with resistance machines and free weights to group classes in cycling, Zumba, and Pilates. A number of group classes draw on the gym’s urban theme for inspiration. Urban Iron, for example, focuses on building muscles that resemble the cast-iron beams of skyscrapers, and Urban Yoga closely imitates the poses necessary to squeeze onto a subway train at rush hour.
Four doctors of chiropractic oversee the operation at Elite Chiropractic, including the husband-and-wife team of Drs. Nicholas and Delphine Deignan. Together, the quartet and their staff tackle an array of pain-alleviating services, including spinal adjustments, massage therapy, sports chiropractic, and nutritional therapy.