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.
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.
BFitCor was founded by powerlifter Mike and karate black belt Julie Baker, and pits clients against lethargy and excess weight during 50- to 60-minute boot-camp sessions. Trained instructors rally physiques of every fitness level for a combination of cardio, strength, and core work, encouraging up to 25 attendees with supportive words and a full-body foam bullhorn costume. Body-weight exercises, such as pushups and pull-ups, tone triceps and bolster bellies, and weightlifting incorporates objects humans have designed specifically for fitness purposes. To further supplement rounds of interval training, a complimentary nutritional consultation steers stomachs toward wholesome edibles and away from swedish fish guilty of protein fraud.
Stone Creek Spa and Salon's dedicated aestheticians, stylists, and massage therapists devote their energy to bodywide beautification. Their skin tamers lavish hides with nutrient-rich Baltic black-mud wraps, citrus facials, and pumpkin-enzyme chemical peels to naturally usher in youthful looks. They also harness the therapeutic electric microcurrents of nonsurgical liposuction, courtesy of Biogénie, to pep up slackened skin and reduce winkles, cellulite, and other forms of epidermal turbulence.
With an all-access pass to a full class schedule and all exercise components in the Just for Ladies facility, gentlewomen will glisten and gleam as they sculpt their upper and lower bodies using the Shapemaster toning system. These silently motorized toning tables use repetitive isokinetic motion to flatten abdominals, improve posture, and increase one's range of motion—working both sides of the body equally rather than just the one used to dangle perilously from cliffs. Otherwise, sweat it out on a variety of cardio machines, including stair climbers, stationary bikes, treadmills, yackety saxes, and ellipticals—all equipped with TVs to keep boredom at bay. To keep sweat donations social, Just for Ladies' expert instructors blast groups of bodies with classes in aerobics, Pilates, yoga, and Zumba (classes vary by location).