Hot desert air churns in from the distant dusty hills, but it’s given no quarter at Destination Academy Cosmetology School. Here, turquoise walls and porthole-shaped mirrors evoke the feel of a vessel bobbing in the water of a cool oasis. Though the spa-salon’s windows reveal sweeping views of the mountains, its private treatment rooms shield clients from the desert sun with candlelight, tubs big enough for two, and a choice of seven kinds of aromatherapy including french lavender and new handbag. On the second floor, expert stylists—some of whom may be alumni of Destination Academy, the salon’s nationally accredited training program—use Moroccanoil and Pureology to shape cuts to individual faces and style preferences.
Bikram Yoga Westside's 14 instructors all have athletic or artistic backgrounds, which they use to inform hot-yoga classes taught for the studio's students of all skill levels. During each 90-minute session, instructors guide the class through Bikram yoga's 26 poses in a heated studio kept toasty warm at 105 degrees to help detoxify, increase circulation, and improve flexibility. After class, patrons can wash away their sweat in the studio's men's and women's locker rooms, which are outfitted with showers, electronic lockers, and hair dryers. The studio provides towel and mat rentals for students who prefer to use theirs as tasteful home furnishings. For safety and purity, the studio also runs double-filtered water through its showers and sinks.
Certified trainers and coaches Chris Lewis and Mike Alexander of Summerlin CrossFit like to mix up their workout routines. They're passionately driven to help their students lead healthier lifestyles, and work toward that goal by developing a regimen of workouts that change daily. On any given day, they might push participants to lift weights, toss medicine balls back and forth, or conquer exercises inspired by gymnastics or track-and-field routines. They modify the workouts to be challenging yet achievable for exercisers of all ability levels, making CrossFit ideal for those committed to getting in shape for the first time and elite athletes alike. To help new CrossFitters acclimate to the workouts' functional movements and basic exercises, Chris and Mike coach them through an introductory series of On-Ramp classes, after which they can safely join regular sessions already knowing the top-secret handshakes.
It’s typically said that two heads are better than one, so four must represent an improvement of exponential proportions. The theory certainly holds true in the case of Ultimate Training Center’s four founders, whose heads are chock full of exercise information gleaned from years in the fitness industry and owning their own fitness businesses. They decided to join forces, bringing their many disciplines under one roof. Sue Harragan and Tawnya Christian focus on the ballet-inspire barre fitness classes. Fifteen-year personal training veteran Mike Alexander teaches Schwinn spinning and TRX suspension techniques to build muscle and endurance. CrossFit guru Chris Lewis rounds out the lineup, brining intense cross training and kettlebell classes to the gym.
At Elevé Training Studios, head instructor Alfredo Brandt, along with an experienced staff, leads participants in specialized cardio and core-fitness workouts designed to elevate body and mind. The studio's signature Elevé Tramp classes use trampolines to raise heart rates, putting less harmful stress on joints than many conventional workouts.
Within each noncompetitive Curves facility, female fitness seekers are invited to move through a 30-minute circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that are designed to promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. Shunning cumbersome weight stacks, the hydraulic gadgets adapt to each exerciser's body weight and fitness level to complement her individual abilities, subsequently decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. And because traditional lift-and-lower motions tend to create bulky muscles, the machines promote push-and-pull movements to sculpt toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing unsuspecting grapefruit. Experienced trainers are always nearby to help clients manage their machine maneuvering, and a soundtrack of fun, upbeat music includes cues to let women know when it's time to move on to the next station or break for an air viola solo.