As they enter the training circuit at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
Snap Fitness, bustling with cardio and strength-training gear, throws open the doors to its facilities 24/7. Before exercisers put sneakers to treadmills or lift their first weights, staff meet with them to talk about their fitness goals before suggesting personalized fitness plans based on clients' strength, cardio condition, and bionic-limb manufacturers. The gym keeps members motivated with regular check-in calls and demystifies healthful eating with custom online meal plans designed by nutritionists. Staff also forestall exercise-routine boredom by working individually with clients on a routine basis.
Brothers Lev and George Krasnopolskiy see chess not so much as a game, but as a tool for rousing kids' minds. Since 2006, their academy has tutored more than 2,000 children in the timeless game, benefitting their decision-making skills, concentration, and self-control. In addition to chess rules and strategy, classes incorporate games, music, and physical activities to create well-rounded stimulation. The brothers also curate an online collection of lessons, chess puzzles, and binary hate mail from Deep Blue.
Helping customers improve their vision is the main concern of the optometrists and eye-care professionals at Eye Boutique, who provide preventive screenings and help choosing from their more than 1,800 frames at each location. In each shop, licensed doctors of optometry scan eyes with comprehensive exams before diagnosing issues or prescribing high-definition Zeiss lenses and contact lenses from Optix and Acuvue. Designer frames from Guess, Nike, and Kenneth Cole house lenses fashionably, and Teflon protective layers help guard lenses from scratches and reduce glare. Sunglasses from brands such as Ray-Ban and Coach also protect eyes from harmful UV rays, creating an accessory that is both stylish and useful, like a diamond with a job.
Led by owner and fitness enthusiast Sandi Vande Berg, the expert personal instructors of T3 Fitness focus on customizing workout routines to suit individual needs. They lead small groups through FIT Club sessions designed to increase strength and endurance, as well as Pilates classes that promote strong cores and flexibility.
A therapist with seven years of ache-taming experience, Tracie Nichols has the know-how necessary to help people manage pain, say sayonara to stress, boost energy, and prolong their muscles’ health. During a deep-tissue massage, her fingers will spelunk into muscles’ deeper recesses to ferret out tension and mollify recent damage or recurring hurts. The exfoliating full-body scrub then strips dermal terrain of rough patches, revealing skin that’s as soft as a baby’s knee-pit. Complimentary aromatherapy then begins to invigorate nasal passages while hands or feet dip into paraffin to soak up moisture and gain appreciation for wax-museum pieces’ unflagging patience.