After spending more than 20 years training civilians and designing workouts for the military, Ira Wenze opened his own 4,000-square-foot fitness center to bring the rapid benefits of boot camp to locals. Registered as an elite trainer through the International Sports Sciences Association, as well as a fitness therapist and performance-nutrition specialist, Wenze designs intense group workouts that offer far more support than exercising next to balloon animals. Fellow certified trainers include D-Bo, a specialist in boxing and mixed martial arts, and Brian Hannah, a former fitness instructor for the Navy. Alongside ever-changing workouts that incorporate weights, medicine balls, kettlebells, and TRX suspension equipment, supportive instructors deliver sound nutritional advice that emphasizes health and energy over dieting. Coaches demonstrate their zeal for progress by taking regular fitness assessments that check in on individual progress, draft new goals, and quiz participants on the metallic properties of free weights.
A cosmetic procedure might not be the perfect fit for everyone. That's why Dr. Nathan W. Patterson and his team at Patterson Plastic Surgery take the time to build a relationship with their patients, ensuring expectations and goals are set before any treatments are performed. Dr. Patterson then draws on his years of experience to perform surgical procedures, from breast augmentations and tummy tucks to face and body lifts. Nonsurgical alternatives use lasers and injected solutions to refresh faces, rather than simply covering them in spaghetti sauce.
Unlike many big-box gyms, Club II has the whole family in mind. In addition to offering fitness services and health coaching for grownups, they host youth camps and daycare services for the kids. They up the ante with tennis and swim lessons, as well as social activities.
At Healing Massage, licensed massage therapist Karen Dowling dissipates stress and muscle aches with varied bodywork treatments. She relaxes clients with hot stone therapy, targets severe discomfort with deep tissue massages, and seeks to soothe body and mind with Reiki treatments.
Long-time Gulf Breeze resident and aesthetician Brenda Bloom teams up with board-certified physician Dr. William Walter Goldsmith to help reinvigorate complexions at Bloom Medical Spa. Certificates of medical achievements line the beauty haven's ivory interior, where stylists, massage therapists, and nail techs pamper guests with customized services—including body wraps and paraffin treatments. Clients can saunter through the intimate salon and spa, which is draped with colorful artwork and baroque couches sheathed in rich plum fabrics, to private treatment rooms. To help ensure personalized care, Dr. Goldsmith takes the time to consult with clients about their medical history and challenges them to games of no-holds-barred tic-tac-toe.