Like a teenager who seems to have a smart-aleck answer for everything, Raintree Swim & Racquet Club seems to have a court for any situation. Tennis players can seek refuge from the wind or rain on four recently resurfaced indoor courts, play late into the night on one of eight lighted outdoor courts, or etch portraits of Pete Sampras's dog, Tennis Dog, into the dust of two outdoor clay courts. Throughout the summer, USPTA- and USPTR-certified tennis instructors offer private lessons, summer camps, and clinics for juniors and adults. When players aren’t practicing their backhands, they can work out on the fitness center’s cardiovascular equipment or show up for one of 13 different fitness classes. Guests can also splash away the summer heat at Raintree's Olympic-size outdoor pool, which features a low and high dive, six swimming lanes, and a 3-foot wading area for people whose heads are allergic to water. It’s here that the club holds swimming lessons for preschoolers and competitive swimmers alike.
The class rows in unison, guiding a raft across the pond and back. Upon landing, the group splits into teams of two, each hoisting up a log and pressing it overhead. Through such group training, the instructors behind SEAL Team Physical Training, Inc. demonstrate their philosophy that teamwork brings out the best in people. Greeting everyone with a hearty “Hoo yah!” they lead a fitness program designed by Navy SEAL John McGuire that never repeats the same workout. Training begins with the two-week basic-fitness class, which prepares clients of all fitness levels to enter ongoing membership training. There are also specialized programs for youth, marathon runners, and wile e. coyotes. SEAL Team PT’s results have earned recognition in publications such as Sports Illustrated as well as on Dr. Oz for a client who lost 160 pounds.
Helmed by Doctor of Chiropractic Stephen Ambrose, who has been featured as a chiropractic expert on WTVR-6, WRIC-8, and WWBT-12, Completely Natural Chiropractic sets spines straight with comprehensive treatment plans customized to each individual’s needs. Ambrose, a second-generation chiropractor, practices a philosophy that centers on conservative hands-on care, and Richmond-area physicians regularly refer patients to him for gentle, targeted spinal adjustments. Along with adjustments, he also uses massage therapy and prescribed stretches to assist clients with pain relief and recovery—especially if the recovery is from a limbo tournament and you’re 11 feet tall.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Reflexology and Raindrop Therapy
Brands Used: Young Living Oils
Pro Tip: Feel refreshed, renewed, and revitalized as you feel good on the inside and shine through on the outside.
At Fit4Mom Richmond, moms can exercise without worrying about using a daycare facility or babysitter. That’s because babies are allowed to join in the classes, nestling in their strollers as moms work out with exercises such as power walking, strength and body toning, ab work, and stretching. The fitness instructors are all certified in pre- and postnatal fitness, and sometimes they lead specialty classes such as running clubs.
Patricia Edwards helms The Optical Gallery Shoppe, channeling her 27 years of experience into meticulous custom fittings of high-end and casual eyewear. Edwards takes a thorough, old-fashioned approach to customer service, taking measurements of clients’ faces and archiving the info with parchment and quill. Browse the storefront’s array of frames, in conservative and trendy styles alike, with brands such as Calvin Klein, ProDesign, and Helium (about $40–$230). After shoppers select their design of choice, Edwards can skillfully shape lenses to correctly match a prescription. Single-vision (about $70–$100) and progressive lenses ($100–$400) can brandish an antireflective coating ($95–$100), which improves the lenses’ effectiveness and defends against laser-eye attacks from rival superheroes. Depending on clients’ preferences, fittings can last anywhere from 5 minutes during one visit to 90 minutes across multiple visits.