At Wyndhurst Medical Aesthetics, senior medical aesthetician Victoria Lunsford and Dr. Craig Petry combine medical- and pharmaceutical-grade products with their professional know-how to help correct damaged or aging skin. Obagi, SkinMedica, and Latisse are just a few of the top-of-the-line brands incorporated into the company's aesthetic services. Fraxel laser treatments replace damaged skin cells with a fresh new crop, thereby correcting problems such as sun spots, acne scars, and stretch marks; chemical peels and microdermabrasion treatments help rejuvenate fading facial skin; and intense pulsed light eliminates acne, hair, and spider veins by compelling them to disco dance until they fall over dead.
From the racks of kettlebells and iron-laden Cybex machines in the weight room to the sleek stationary bikes and treadmills in the cardio area, Lifestyle Fitness has the programs and equipment to meet the needs of every type of exerciser. Certified personal trainers also guide members through one-on-one or couples training sessions, designed to enhance general athletic performance, kick weight loss into gear, or keep students one step ahead of the city’s wild dogs. Meanwhile, music streams forth from the fitness studio, where groups engross themselves in the steps and slides of Zumba fitness, or mellow out during yoga sessions.
Snap Fitness's around-the-clock gyms enable members to work on physical well-being with a cornucopia of equipment. With 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man or a random street man tell them when to help themselves to Snap's strength equipment or top-of-the-line cardio equipment, which features televisions and other media diversions. Even if you exercise during conventional hours, Snap's friendly, unintimidating atmosphere will provide a refreshing change of pace from any meat-market gym or tough elementary-schoolyard workout. Members also enjoy nationwide access to all Snap Fitness locations, ideal for working out while traveling.
Three cyclists cruise the calm banks of the James River; one rides a brand new Gary Fisher, one sits atop a tuned-up fixed gear, and the other tests out a Trek rental bike—all thanks to Bikes Unlimited. The store’s downtown location, housed inside a historical brick building constructed in 1897, is stocked with mountain, road, and BMX bikes along with gear such as cycling computers, trainers, and jerseys. Mechanics at the downtown and Wyndhurst locations are on hand to perform necessary tune-ups and repairs, but the shop’s support for the cycling community doesn’t end there; the staff leads regular group rides, helps to build and maintain local mountain-bike trails, and sends cheetahs in pursuit of racers as a motivational tool.
Dr. Darlene Nigro, a doctor of osteopathic medicine and former chief medical resident at Mountainside Hospital in Montclair, New Jersey, founded Bedford Medical with the vision of modernizing traditional family doctors. For nearly 20 years, the clinic has worked toward that mission by building relationships with patients and learning their medical history in order to recommend the most appropriate services. Clients and practitioners work together to beat back or preempt the pernicious armies of infirmity, including diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and skin cancer. Dr. Nigro also enhances exteriors with aesthetic procedures, including laser hair removal, Botox, and sclerotherapy and laser treatments that eradicate spider veins that embarrass patrons with their poorly acted productions of Charlotte's Web.
Helen Maxwell, owner of Bedford Yoga Center, has been practicing yoga for more than 17 years. As a registered yoga teacher, she helps her students strengthen their bodies, develop coordination, and cultivate self-awareness during private and group classes. In addition to certifications in Vinyasa flow, yin, therapeutic, and restorative yoga, Helen also has a degree from Duke Integrative Medicine and cultivates good karma by offering free gentle-chair yoga to cancer patients and their caregivers.
When Helen isn't teaching adults, she puts her ChildLight Yoga certification to good use during her children's yoga classes. These whimsical sessions incorporate storytelling, games, music, and art to foster personal growth, connectedness, and peace.