Health & Fitness in Upper Alton

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When Alive magazine publisher Elizabeth Tucker first thought about LASIK surgery as an alternative to the glasses she had worn since second grade, she didn't think it was an option. She feared the cost, worried about the time off work, and was unsure about how safe the procedure would be. Luckily, numerous friends told her about the transformative effects of their own procedures, and she finally decided to take the plunge at Crown Laser Center. There, a team of seven board-certified ophthalmologists, optometrists, and surgeons put Elizabeth and other clients at ease as they correct corneas with trained hands and cutting-edge equipment, boasting a 99% surgery-success rate. Elizabeth is now glasses-free and doesn't regret a thing. "It's been life-changing for me," she says in a video on the laser center's website, "I would recommend it to anyone."

115 Alton Square Mall Dr
Alton,
IL
US

Once clients are comfortably ensconced in the dentist's chair, the oral exam begins. The resident toothsperts will check each individual incisor, cuspid, bicuspid, and molar for chips, cracks, staining, and loitering Minnesota Twins, ensuring that enamel bones are sound for biting, and gums and soft tissues will be inspected for any signs of periodontal disease. The x-ray battery exposes the roots and inner sanctums of oral stalagmites to reveal any soft spots, problem areas, or cavities. When your mouth checks out as mammalian and your teeth are cleared for takeoff, the professional teeth cleaning begins. An expert cleaning removes all the buildup and surface staining that regular brushing and flossing can't—hardened tartar, hard-to-reach plaque, and bacterial graffiti along the gum line.

3430 College Ave
Alton,
IL
US

Performance Fitness Bootcamp leads adults with a variety of fitness goals and skill levels through 45- to 60-minute training sessions held several times a week. Whether participants want to increase energy, lose weight, or enact elaborate fantasies of becoming a drill sergeant, they'll be challenged and comfortable at the boot camp sessions.

456 East Vandalia Street
Edwardsville,
IL
US

For Fast Fitness Boot Camp’s Chad Skinner, exercise should feel more like play than work, even during intense physical challenges. Filled with obstacle courses, tug-of-war bouts, and games of catch, his 30-minute boot camps summon the fun of grade-school playgrounds even as they push exercisers toward goals and away from lost weekends with the Cookie Monster. Each session pairs cardio activities such as running and hiking with strength-training drills to melt calories and sculpt muscles. In between solo challenges such as pushups, squats, and jumping jacks, participants build friendships during partner activities that foster teamwork and boost energy levels. Personal-training sessions put exercisers up close and personal with Skinner, who coaches them through custom workouts while dispensing exercise tips, nutrition advice, and an abundance of motivation.

1063 South State Route 157
Edwardsville,
IL
US

Barbells. Bumper plates. Wall-mounted pull-up rigs. Push sleds. Rowers. These are the tools Riverbend CrossFit instructors use to get their clients in peak physical condition. Each tool requires high-intensity functional movements, such as lifting or pushing, that ready charges for all manner of physical activity and also enhance strength, speed, and agility. The scalable system is designed to suit everyone, and the gym's certified trainers start out beginners with a prep course that instills CrossFit's fundamentals before unleashing them onto the full-blown course.

503 E Vandalia St
Edwardsville,
IL
US

Helmed by genial dentist Danielle Csaszar, Meridian View Family Dental embraces patient comfort and convenience while effectively boosting both oral health and beauty. A thorough exam, including an oral-cancer screening, susses out surface-level issues, and omniscient full-mouth x-rays reveal cavities and any poltergeists lurking between bicuspids. After determining the state of your mouth ivory, a technician preserves it by taking a quick tooth mold that becomes the template for the custom at-home whitening trays, which are ready for pickup a day or two after the appointment. The enamel sheaths slip directly over discolored chompers to blanch hues to their owners' desired shade, remedying the effects of age and cabernet-chugging competitions. Patients place small blobs of the included whitening gel into each tray and affix it to teeth for one to three hours each night, with results typically seen in about two weeks.

2133 S State Route 157
Edwardsville,
IL
US