ACE-certified personal trainer Chad Lee knows that most people need more than encouraging words to keep up with a new fitness regimen. That's why he and his staff consult with their clients to determine each one's reason for taking on private, partner, or small-group training sessions at Premier Fitness. Once they've isolated distinct goals, they customize workouts and dietary advice around the patron's medical history, lifestyle, and adaptation to exercise routines. An ever-present sense of humor buoys their lessons, eliminating boredom and increasing laughter without unsafe tickle fights between bench presses.
Chad specializes in metabolic circuit training for weight management and has championed a Drop a Pant or Dress Size program for a well-rounded attack on surplus pounds. Inside the gym's private facilities, he mixes squats, body-weight maneuvers, and yoga poses into a challenging cocktail of cardio and strength training. The 28-day group camp series also includes nutritional guidance and at-home fitness resources, allowing students to become self-sufficient monitors of their health.
Growing up in Benton, Kansas, fourth-grade pals Monte Ysidro and Jason Bell were probably more focused on seeing the chalkboard clearly than opening a collection of high-end fashion optical boutiques. And yet, beginning in 2002, that's just what they did, starting out humbly in a 10'x10' kiosk at a local mall. Today, friendly eyewear experts at each Specs location point guests in the direction of designer frames and prescription sunglasses by brands such as Gucci and Versace. The crew also employs advanced technology to create lenses with high-performance coatings, custom-fit curves, and high definition, which allow wearers to make out the moon's facial expression.
At each of its 12 locations in Kansas, the staff of Genesis Health Club strive to create a one-stop health-and-fitness center for the entire family. Supervised childcare programs entertain kids with arts and crafts, and Muay Thai classes help youngsters improve coordination and strength under the tutelage of a fifth-degree black belt. Adults can head over to yoga, Pilates, cycling, or MMA cardio classes, which are all led by nationally certified instructors. Guests can also take advantage of the rows of cardio and strength-training machines, or work one-on-one with an instructor to learn correct form and the best way to walk on your hands on a moving treadmill.
In order to get a group photo with every student from their weekly classes, the instructors at Danceintime have to use a panoramic lens. Numerous excited pairs and singles fill the dance floor at the Wichita Moose Lodge on Monday evenings, moving along to lively music that shifts between blues, country, oldies, rock ‘n’ roll, and swing. Partners are not required for the classes, and there are sessions geared toward beginners and more advanced students. The scene grows extra festive around holidays, such as Halloween (when students are encouraged to come in costume) and Christmas (when students must perform all moves inside of a chimney).
At Titan Chiropractic and Acupuncture, Doctor of Chiropractic Adam L. Pfannenstiel—Dr. Adam—seeks to free bodies of all ages from discomfort and chronic pain by focusing on nerves and spines. The board-certified chiropractor and board-certified acupuncturist is intent on dissolving energy blockages and restoring vertebrae to their naturally aligned states with acupuncture and light-force manipulation. In addition to traditional acupuncture, he employs electrical acupuncture, and he helps de-stress clients with a spectrum of holistic relaxation techniques, such as naps on pile of alpacas.
Although Shawn Strickland is a certified trainer with a masters of education in exercise science, it didn't take a genius to see the benefits of smaller workout groups. Rather than leading large boot-camp classes where some students can fall behind, mishear instructions, or simply feel isolated, he has designed his boot camps for groups of no more than five at a time. This way, he can afford to guide clients through more intricate training regimens, employing kettle bells, resistance bands, and floor routines while observing the correct form and progress of each individual.