Planet Fitness embodies a judgment-free zone where guests of all ages and fitness levels can sculpt their physiques with myriad aerobic and strength-training options within a friendly, down-to-earth atmosphere. Patrons may tone and strengthen muscles by pushing and pulling the extensive selection of brand-name equipment and free weights. With the help of an instructor, guests can design a custom workout program based on exercise history to help them achieve their varying fitness goals. Thirty-minute small-group classes concentrate on strengthening and toning specific body parts, and full-body circuit workouts.
Bikram Yoga Monroe's heated studio has a special cushioned floor that protects against slippage during the traditional 26 poses students execute in each class. Complimentary filtered water keeps clients hydrated, and locker rooms come equipped with showers, storage cubes, hair dryers.
Dental Associate Group has eight doctors on staff, so patients can usually find the specialist they need. Dr. Sheikh M. Ilyas, for example, is a fellow of the International Congress of Implantology, whereas Dr. Hamed Vaziri is an orthodontist, and Dr. Daniela Marinescu is an endodontist. Together, the experienced team performs a wide variety of dental services, ranging from routine treatments like checkups and cleanings to more advanced procedures such as root canals. For cosmetic needs, they also whiten teeth, replace cavities with tooth-colored fillings, and replace damaged pearly whites with implants instead of weirdly shaped pearls.
Motivate, but don't intimidate. That may as well be engraved into the business card of Sam Baldwin, a certified personal trainer of more than eight years. Soft-spoken, Sam trades traditional scare tactics such as screaming and wearing a Freddy Krueger mask for intangibles: he's inspirational, attentive, and motivating. Oh, and he's basically an encyclopedia of exercise techniques. At Team Sam Inc., Sam engineers one-on-one training programs built around every client's individual goals. To keep workout routines interesting, Sam consistently switches up the exercise selection—a theme that carries over to weekly backyard boot camp sessions, which get hearts pumping with squats, pushups, and other calorie-burning exercises.
Chris Sansonetti, a fourth-degree black belt in Cheezic tang soo do, has gathered a team of 15 black-belt-level instructors to teach karate. Students start learning the craft as young as age 4 with a Little Ninjas karate class, where they focus not only on fitness and martial arts, but also on character-building lessons such as the word of the month. The more advanced students become, the greater variety of classes available to them. Well-practiced students not only have the opportunity to train, but can also attend sparring sessions or learn traditional weapon skills with swords or bo staffs.
Backed by a degree from Tufts University School of Dentistry and more than 15 years of clinical experience, Dr. Brian Vaughn keeps teeth clean and orderly with a range of preventative and cosmetic services. His spacious, sun-lit office is equipped with digital x-rays, intra-oral cameras, and conscious sedation equipment to ensure checkups and cleanings are thorough and comfortable.