Even before he founded PowerFit Bootcamp, JR Spear always felt a calling to transform people into fitness machines. A fourth-degree black belt and studied martial artist, Spear spent years training future Marine Corps officers and Iraqi soldiers in self-defense and combat skills. Later, Spear taught his own MMA fitness and cardio-kickboxing classes, along with personal and group training sessions. At PowerFit Bootcamp, he and his staff of fitness instructors encourage each student to persevere by leading motivational and high-energy classes. At 14 indoor and outdoor locations, students undergo full-body workouts designed to jettison fat and tone muscle. Trainers welcome students of all stripes, giving them a period of time to complete each move, rather than a number of repetitions, encouraging each student to do as much as he or she can without feeling uncomfortable, overexerting, or resorting to time travel. Along the way, coaches track progress and motivate students by noting benchmarks during physical fitness tests on the first Monday and Tuesday of each month.
Sarah Knol crafts keratinized sculptures for women, men, and children with inspiration stemming from the natural beauty of mountainous terrain, classic styles, and a bohemian twist developed during her countrywide travels. After a quick wash, Sarah's sure-handed shears trim and style hair to customer specifications. A blow-dry session then bestows hair with voluminous body only achievable with Bella Capelli's signature high-speed wind tunnel. During this time, a deep-conditioning treatment wields the might of a L'Oreal power dose sealant—a product designed to target the mane's cuticles, leaving strands buffed to a lustrous shine normally reserved for mint-condition coins and chrome-dipped wigs.
Lisa Dolan traverses the greater Webster Groves area in search of eye-catching ways to photograph couples and families. Dolan uses a photojournalistic, natural style, often relying on the sun for lighting and flapping moths’ wings to produce dramatic wind-blown effects. For one hour, up to six amateur models gather at their location of choice to strike a series of lifelike poses; after the shoot, clients can review a proof sheet to choose the photos they want on CD. A total of 15 images arrive on disc, edited to nix red-eye, soften harsh shadows, and copy-paste a favorite family member so that she appears twice.
Rolling Ridge Nursery contains an audio-nasal explosion of azaleas ($26.95), lilacs ($36.95), and forsythia plants ($36.95), all of which are waiting with cute little stamens pressed to the window in hopes that you'll take them home to your garden. Off-season gardeners, meanwhile, can get the jump on spring with an ambush of oxygen-rich houseplants (starting at $3.99). Options more practical than organic include hand-tuned wind chimes (starting at $25), planters, patio furniture, and essential gardening utensils like pruning shears and dynamite.
Completing the schooling necessary to become a hairstylist wasn't the end of Jamie Raup's training. Instead, she continually enlists in educational courses in order to stay abreast of hair's latest trends. At True Colours Salon, she draws upon this extensive training as she styles hair with fresh cuts, brushes on color, or nourishes strands with deep-conditioning treatments.
Club Fitness makes exercise accessible, offering dozens of group classes to participants of all fitness levels at more than 20 locations throughout the St. Louis area. Teams of instructors lead lessons in activities such as cycling, ab-focused exercises, kickboxing, Pilates, yoga, and Zumba aerobics.