Mixed martial arts are brought to pupils in diverse forms at 300 MMA Fitness. Boxing, kickboxing, and tae kwon do heighten adrenaline. But women’s self-defense focuses on arming practitioners against attackers as much as sculpting bodies. The gym also holds camps for ages 4–6 and 7–15 and classes for the whole family.
Chris Sutton’s vast knowledge of self-defense and fitness stems from his extensive martial arts training, as well as a law enforcement career that pitted him against ruthless criminals. At two locations, Chris and his fellow instructors teach students how to combat both attackers and stale fitness routines, including with C.O.B.R.A., a 10-week reality self-defense course designed by Chris. They also offer classes in kickboxing, mixed martial arts, and after-school karate for kids.
Anytime Fitness, as the name suggests, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Novice calorie burners and ripped Michelangelo models alike can take advantage of the gym's accommodating calendar of classes, attending 10 targeted drop-in sessions over the course of six months. Latin beats inspire aspiring Zumbalinas to shimmy free of up to 600 extra calories per one-hour session. The C.H.I.S.E.L. class blends aerobics, strength training, and Pilates to build bodies fit enough to run a marathon inside a swimming pool filled with mud. The six-pack abs and stretching class offers patrons a one-two-punch of increased flexibility and core strength. Traditional Pilates sessions reinforce the mind-body connection by celebrating control, balance, and turtleneck sweaters.
When Joanna Mazurek calls relaxation an "art," she knows what she's talking about. The Green Peace Art of Relaxation founder is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, though today she's more likely to be dripping massage oil on a tense back than paint on a canvas. Her massage credentials include certification in the stretching techniques of Thai massage as well as mastery of reiki, an energy-based Eastern healing method.
As an advocate of aromatherapy, Mazurek sells scents made from sage, lavender, and other organic ingredients, which together are meant to relax the muscles and moisturize the skin. That's not to say she's averse to more high-tech methods, though. During face- and body-sculpting sessions, she uses microcurrent electrical impulses to make skin produce more collagen, just as electricity shocked Ben Franklin into producing better screenplays.
Each Eye Doctor’s Optical Outlets location is doctor-owned, uniting the staff with a common vision to sharpen sight and boost eye health. Eye examinations reveal prescriptions and uncover any other ocular problems. After patients choose a new set of lenses, the in-house technicians get to work crafting them in the shop’s own lab rather than sending them off to be made during a summer camp’s arts and crafts day. Sundry designer frames border eyes in looks from Giorgio Armani and Marc Jacobs to Nike and Harley Davidson, and there is usually a trio of technicians in the shop, enabling multiple clients to summon help with a single pigeon call. Doctors can also help patients select the right contact lenses from brands such as Acuvue and Bausch & Lomb.
Surrounded by Yoga Shakti’s cheerful orange walls, yogis lift their hands toward the ceiling, root the balls of their bare feet into the wood floor, and stretch toward the sunlight that streams in through the window. During classes, instructors lead practitioners through their customized series of postures, which draw from several yoga styles to vary the routine and address specific goals. Classes range from gentle yoga, which focuses on meditation and breathing; to more rigorous Vinyasa flow, which links challenging postures to one another through the breath; to hot yoga, whose elevated temperature challenges students, allows for deeper stretches, and detoxes the body. The instructors also offer yoga-for-back-pain classes, which aim to increase mobility in stiff backs caused by injury, stress, or walking under the limbo stick in your doorway.
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