Skin Embrace Medical Spa & Laser Center's medical director, Dr. Ladd Atkins, gleaned his aesthetic expertise from a cosmetic-surgery fellowship at Tulsa Surgical Arts and a surgical residency at the Medical Center of Independence. In his ongoing quest to transform bodies with noninvasive cosmetic treatments and surgical procedures, Dr. Atkins leads a highly trained staff that includes a licensed aesthetician, a certified laser specialist, and no robots. Relying largely on the beauty-restoring properties of laser light, Dr. Atkins's cosmic cosmeticians extend their expertise to tackle everything from unwanted hair to unwanted pounds and offer microdermabrasion and facials to freshen façades from the neck northward.
Safety comes first at New Heights Rock Climbing Gym. Before strapping in at the gym’s top-rope climbing course, all guests have to complete a training lesson that teaches them the skills needed to safely surmount the gym’s walls. Students learn how to tie weight-bearing knots, help friends safely ascend and descend the walls using belaying techniques, and recognize the difference between rocks and Styrofoam coolers that just look like rocks. Once instructors deem them ready, students can then latch onto the colorful rocks sprinkled throughout the climbing space, using their upper-arm strength and path-finding skills to surmount the vertical obstacle course. The angled bouldering course rises over padded mats, allowing guests to safely climb the inclines while working against gravity pulling down their own body weight. The gym opens its doors to parties of all sizes, with one designated instructor for every eight partygoers to ensure climbers stay safe and agile.
Equipment: Free weights, plyometric boxes, battle ropes, suspension ropes
Students should bring: Bottle of water, a towel, and a smile.
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Average class length: 30?60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Call and schedule for an orientation before your first workout.
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
The encouragement of the certified personal trainer leading every class keeps the clients motivated, and so does the group setting. Participants motivate and encourage each other. And of course, the results that each client will see are motivating, as well.
Do you believe in the maxim, "No pain, no gain?? Why or why not?
Not all pain is a good sign that means it's working. You have to listen to your body. If it hurts, it may be a sign you are using the wrong form. But there will be muscle tightness. As you exercise, you are tearing down the muscle to build it up again, shape it, and make it stronger. This muscle in turn burns fat.
When and how did you first develop a passion for fitness?
I have always enjoyed being physically active, but I really became passionate about it after having children and discovering the struggle of getting my "before baby" body back.
Students at Dance Dynamics, a registered member of the Canadian Dance Federation, may recognize the director, Herb Clarke. The veteran dance teacher and Dance Saskatchewan board of directors member has starred in his own teaching series on Shaw Cable and has appeared alongside Juliet Prowse on PBS’s Championship Ballroom Dancing. He harnesses his fleet-footed expertise and choreography experience to lead students of all skill levels through lessons in a variety of dance styles, such as rumba, salsa, swing, and waltz. In doing so, Clarke and his teaching staff help students reap the benefits of dance, such as stress relief, weight loss, and the ability to summon Fred Astaire by whispering his name into a candlelit mirror.
At Ideal CrossFit, trainers know that the ideal way to meet fitness goals is to have a great support system. They create that with an environment where members inspire each other and trainers motivate and offer personalized attention. The CrossFit system does the rest of the work. It’s based off of Olympic-style lifting, mixed with a variety of cardio training and equipment. All the exercises use functional movements, which readies charges for all varieties of physical activities, from the athletic to the quotidian. Since Ideal CrossFit changes the workouts daily, they also keep everyone on track by avoiding the boredom of repetition.
Deadlifting equipment, squat machines, and barbells up to 200 pounds are just a few of the things you’ll spot in The HUB Gym’s renovated, multi-roomed loft space. Here, trainers help clients shape up with boot camp and prep for 5K races with an eight-week program, and blend a customized selection of exercises as they helm personalized one-on-one training sessions. In the facility's two classrooms, instructors lead a challenging combination of yoga and Pilates, as well as variations on Zumba that incorporate maraca-like toning sticks and chairs. Guests can also cool down by perusing the local art hanging in The HUB Gym's gallery.