Started in 1961 by Dr. Stanley Pearle, the nationally recognized and trusted franchise now operates in nearly 800 company and franchise locations nationwide. The master visionaries at Pearle are well-trained in assisting all bespectacled beings, from casual librarians to picky, temperamental Cyclopes. Equip a corrective pair of Essentials frames ($99.95+), or slip on a pair of designer eye enhancers, such as those by Anne Klein and DKNY ($149.95+) or Versace ($205+). Single-vision lenses adjust a singular field of vision, and although prices and availability may vary by location, they usually start at around $120, whereas specialty PearleThin complete lenses ($315+) are lightweight heavyweights.
The husband-and-wife duo at Affordable Medical Clinic of Wellington represent two sides of the medical spectrum: while David is a board-certified family physician, Tonya is a pharmacist. He has more than 15 years of experience in medicine, specializing in muscular pain, weight-loss programs, hormone-replacement therapy, and, of course, primary care. Affordable programs for hormone replacement and anti-aging are also available.
Pounding the pavement feels more like walking on air when you're wearing Kangoo Jumps. The gym-sneaker alternatives sport pliable ovals beneath each shoe's sole, which ease impact on joints and makes wearers as buoyant as as a politician full of hot air. At Just Bounce Inc., every class attendee dons a pair before diving into a high-intensity, low-impact fitness class that can include arm work with hand weights.
At Vibe Fitness Studio, instructors lead a broad range of fitness classes that use TRX suspension training, RealRyder cycling bikes, and Power Plate equipment to help clients melt away pounds. The studio's schedule includes a number of classes for beginners and advanced exercisers alike, ranging from energetic Zumba and Jazzercise to more tranquil yoga sessions.
Camp Gladiator founder Ally Davidson?s childhood obsession with the outdoors and sports led her to pursue a degree in exercise physiology. After her 2008 win on the TV show American Gladiators, Ally decided to share her love of fitness with the world at large. Camp Gladiator reflects Ally's passion for fitness in its mission, which espouses their desire "to positively impact the physical fitness and ultimately the lives of as many people as possible." During Camp Gladiator Total Transformation, participants lose weight and gain energy in a friendly, positive environment. Over four-weeks, trainers focus on accountability, competition, motivation, and fun at multiple locations. Results are tracked during fitness assessments, body composition tests, and a fitness calendar, while nutrition counseling helps to maximize those results. Click here to view before and after images.
Davidson also leads boot camps in 13 U.S. cities, with each hosting multiple training locales. The upbeat staff of certified trainers lead patrons of all ages and fitness levels through four-week outdoor boot camps, earning Camp Gladiator a Hot Spot title from Women's Health magazine's Fitness Awards in 2013, Best Boot Camp from Rare magazine in 2010, Best of Big D 2010?2013 from D magazine, and Best Outdoor Boot Camp 2012 from Austin Fit magazine.
In one, fluid motion, an advanced student of Batto slashes his sword through the air. Gracefully, the live blade slices through a bundle of saturated straw—a dense target meant to simulate the resistance of a body or a stack of unpaid credit card bills. At Genbu-Kai Karate, Batto is one of two specialty programs that utilizes weapons in its training. But the facility doesn't rely solely on weapons to teach martial arts. While seasoned students may eventually choose to pick up a sword, instructors emphasize mental focus and discipline in Japan Karate-Do. In karate, students learn to kicks, punches, chops, and other self-defense moves that incorporate all parts of the body including hands, feet, elbows, and fingers.
Discipline is a theme that carries through all of the facility's programs, starting with the Little Ninja program for kids aged 4–6. They offer junior karate, adult karate, and Okinawan weapon. As a family owned and operated business, primary instructors Shihan Fumio Demura and Sensei Keith Moore alongside their crew of dedicated teachers, attend weekly sessions to perfect their practice.