2011 Hot List: Self
100+ things in St. Louis we can’t live without.
If there’s one thing that gyms, spas and salons of our fair city have in common, it’s this—a customized approach that makes you feel like their one and only customer. From made-for-you workout routines and diet plans (sans the steep trainer costs) to personalized hair care and one-of-a-kind spa treatments, we’ve got your fitness and pampering covered. Just don’t blame us when your look-good-feel-good routine gets to the point of total addiction.
Best Gym: Wellbridge Athletic Club and Spa
With a gym this diverse, you’ll never want to go home. Whether you’re looking for cardio, dodge ball, a lap pool, weight and stress management or anything in between, you’ll find it at Wellbridge. (No wonder Lady Gaga was spotted getting a quick session in here with trainer Abby Cohen during her last visit to town.) This state-of-the-art gym caters to every lifestyle by combining fitness and wellness for an overall healthier you. Plus, with monthly training programs and nutrition services, swimsuit season will never look better. Clayton, 314.746.1500.
Best New Workout Space: The Bar Method
Work out like a celebrity with the trendiest of trendy full-body workouts: The Bar Method. Used by Drew Barrymore and Zooey Deschanel, this workout style is quickly getting a leg up in St. Louis and will easily become your favorite new routine. The low-impact approach is a cross between Pilates and ballet training. Translation? You can reshape your bod without spending hours on a treadmill. Town and Country, 636.527.9797.
Best Yoga/Pilates Instruction: Pilates + Yoga Studio
Work stress? Not anymore. Relationship stress? Hey, it’s a work in progress. Get your head back in the game with focused and calming exercise at the Pilates + Yoga Studio. Intimate classes and nationally certified instructors help members ditch their stressors and focus on finding a mind-body connection. With no membership fees, the “pay as you play” model allows you to pick up the tab on what you actually use—nothing more. We just got less stressed talking about it. Hi-Pointe, 314.781.5050.
Best Personal Training: Fitness Edge
Even if you haven’t gotten around to shaping up for the swimsuit season that’s now upon us, the Fitness Edge personal trainers will make sure that keeping fit becomes part of your lifestyle. Featured on “Men’s Journal’s” “Top 100 Trainers in America,” you can be sure that this one-on-one program will whip you into shape and keep you that way—no excuses! Creve Coeur, 314.993.3343.
Luxe Spa Options: The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel
Celebs have always taken extreme measures to get red-carpet ready, but lately they’ve taken pampering to a whole new level with luxurious services beyond our wildest dreams: caviar facials, cashmere hair treatments, 24-karat-gold face masks, the works. Luckily, you can get the celeb spa experience without a trip to Rodeo Drive at the Spa at Four Seasons Hotel. From caviar serum facials to divine wine body wraps, There’s no doubt you’ll leave feeling like a million bucks. Downtown, 314.881.5800.
Best Day Spa: A True Spa
Beat the hustle and bustle of your busy schedule and seek real serenity at A True Spa. Whether you’re stopping by for a mani-pedi or taking a day to relax and enjoy a seaweed wrap, facial and massage, you can relish in knowing the highly trained staff will design a skincare regimen customized just for you. Personalized tranquility; it really doesn’t get any better than that. Chesterfield, 636.537.3227.
Best Group Workouts: Sweat Pound 4 Pound
Ditch the boring treadmill workouts and trade them in for a pair of boxing gloves. At Sweat, you can grab a group of friends and hit it, literally, with boxing, kickboxing and resistance training classes that keep your energy up and your muscles sore, in a good way. Plus, instructors go the extra mile by sending personal daily emails and texts to keep motivation high. Now that’s dedication. Clayton, 314.725.2714.
Best Boot Camp: Rock Workout
Sign up for Rock Workout’s boot camp classes, and stepping on a scale won’t be the traumatic experience you remember. By combining high-intensity cardio workouts with resistance and flexibility training, instructors make it their business to put your entire body to work. Plus, every class burns up to 1,000 calories. Need we say more? Downtown, 314.531.7625.
Best Nutrition Experts: PerforMax
Lost in the diet maze? The nutrition experts at PerforMax will help you get out—and stay out—so you never have to utter the word “Dukan” again. They’ll coach you on how to choose healthy foods and eliminate hidden dietary obstacles. And, with the help of “The Body Bugg” calorie management device (the same web-based program used on “The Biggest Loser”), you’ll find the numbers on the scale drop as your confidence climbs. Town and Country, 636.220.8818.
Best mani-pedi: Ladue Nails and Spa
One step into this mani-pedi oasis, and you know they’re serious about the business of pampering. The sheer number of stations keeps waiting at a minimum and happy customers coming back for more of the professional and reliable nail, facial and waxing services. With reasonable prices and enough space for a girls gab session, we give it a manicured thumbs up. Ladue, 314.727.1119.
Best Massage Therapy: Massage Luxe
Summer is the perfect time to get away; but if you don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on a fancy vacation, you can still find a soothing environment at an affordable price. At Massage Luxe, you can spend time relaxing and relieving tension with the help of 30- to 120-minute massages. Plus, because they’re open until 10pm, you can release stress on your schedule. Multiple locations, massageluxe.com.
Best Salon: Dominic Michael Salon
After 25 years of performing hair transformations, Dominic Michael and his staff deserve bragging rights when it comes to the craft of cutting hair. Thanks to its team of seasoned professionals, the salon has been recognized worldwide, winning “Salon Today’s” “Salon of the Year Award” and a special distinction in the Global Salon Awards. Clayton, 314.721.4230.
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Because if you’re going to have your smartphone glued to your digits, you may as well be putting it to good use.
Totally Addicted: Shoes.com by Brown Shoe Company
Coco Chanel once said “A woman with good shoes is never ugly.” If that’s the case, then Shoes.com is making “pretty” much easier to come by. The site is filled with shoes from hundreds of designers and even has a “Shoe University” to help shoppers because better learned in the ways of footwear. Shoe aficionados can spend hours perusing the site’s selections, and bag anything from fashionable stilettos to the latest and greatest in athletics. All this with free shipping; need we say more? Shoes.com.
Best Local App: The Club Shopping Mall Guide for Saint Louis Galleria
Need to find the closest hydration station during a marathon shopping session at the Galleria? There’s an app for that. From the developers who brought us the Saint Louis Galleria comes the ultimate shopping app for the iPhone and Android. The Club Shopping Mall Guide is a shopper’s personal concierge, with access to exclusive promotions, sales info and store locations all in the palm of your hand. iTunes.com or market.android.com.
Best Place to Check in on Facebook: Helen Fitzgerald’s
Because who doesn’t like photo booths…and Facebook? All the more reason to put them together with Helen Fitzgerald’s new kiosk, where bar goers can snap pics of themselves to share on Helen’s Facebook wall with the option to “like” the page in exchange for a free shot–all the while checking into the bar and sharing their whereabouts with their many Facebook friends. Sunset Hills, 314.984.0026.
2011 Hot List: Self
Best Day Spa: A True Spa
2011 Hot List: Self
Photo credit: By Attilio D’Agostino