Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates with INSANITY routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
Ryan McDonald's background in personal fitness informs much of his massage-therapy practice, which specializes in sports- and repetitive-motion-related complaints. Trained in several massage disciplines, including integrated structural therapy, Ryan applies a wide variety of techniques to address the causes, not just the symptoms, of his clients' discomfort. After a thorough evaluation, he may incorporate methods such as strain/counter-strain or myofascial release into his sessions, which take place within the soothing confines of Anew Massage and Wellness.
Valerie Pellegrino’s skills as an aesthetician and makeup artist work well together when revamping clients’ visages. Customized facials zone in on gently combating everything from stubborn pimples to excess oil to dry and flaky skin. Once problematic skin is vanquished, Valerie paints blank canvases with airbrush makeup and fake eyelashes long enough to braid.
At Lindsey's Treatment Room at The Hair Studio at Four Corners, licensed aesthetician Lindsey Flanagan dispenses sage skincare advice and revitalizes visages with 30- to 60-minute facials. A classic facial begins with a skin analysis, during which Lindsey identifies each face's skin type and astrological sign. Steam helps to open pores as a deep cleanse and exfoliation infuse skin with invigorating Bioelements products. A pumice-peel facial helps to diminish wrinkles, fade acne scars, and discourage dead skin cells from writing tell-all autobiographies, and an acne-clearing facial helps to unclog pores. Patrons can opt to smooth eye areas with a cooling eye-treatment upgrade ($5 extra) or moisturize dry hands with a paraffin hand treatment ($10 extra).
The friendly Smart Tan-certified staffers at My Tan Factory point patrons in the direction of UV beds that build tans in 10- to 15-minute sessions. My Tan Factory offers relaxing horizontal beds with amenities such as misters and air conditioning for comfort, and vertical booths for individuals who prefer to tan while practicing the yoga tree pose. The salon's resident airbrush expert has spray-tanned more than 1,000 people over the course of four years, and accelerates drying times with a standup drying booth.
Luminous Glow, Inc. owner Barbara Clark dismisses the sun’s harmful UV rays and orange tanning products in favor of using organic products from Lavish Tan. Developed by a Neutrogena chemist, Lavish Tan’s patent-pending solution is made from natural ingredients, including a brown-sugar base that’s derived from apples. The natural formula eschews the usual beet- or carrot-fermented extracts of other blends, thus avoiding the unpleasant aroma and tangerine undertones of other spray tans. Luminous Glow, Inc.’s bronzing artists custom-spray limbs with coppery mist during 20- to 30-minute sessions, leaving bodies as expertly shaded as a elm tree in a da Vinci painting.