Hot List 2014: Fitness & Beauty

By Jennifer Wells
In Guide, Style

 

Best Workout
THE DAILEY METHOD

Bellying up to the barre takes on a much healthier meaning when it applies to The Dailey Method, where you’ll find an intoxicating cocktail of Pilates, ballet and yoga, resulting in an exhilarating, total-body workout. Small-range, repetitive movements strengthen and lengthen muscles, while a steady mix of core-specific moves keep your abs looking fab. Newbies are not only welcomed but encouraged by way of timely instructor cues and helpful modifications. Ladue, 314.569.9073.

People’s Choice: Club Fitness, multiple locations, clubfitness.us.

Best New Workout
BURN 1000

As the name implies, burning 1,000 calories during the studio’s hour-long class is an attainable goal, and if owner Liane Levy’s client history is any indication (she worked with Rams Legend Isaac Bruce), you can expect stellar results. The new-to-STL concept incorporates specialized, high-incline treadmill action with short bursts of floor work guaranteed to leave you sweating. Town and Country, 636.220.1010.

Best Gym Membership
NUTRIFORMANCE

It’s versatility that makes the Nutriformance membership a must for anyone up for a good workout. Whether you’re the pop-in type (you’ll love the five- or 10-visit punch-card option) or someone who demands a workout on the daily (unlimited classes, anyone?), Nutriformance has a membership for you. Our personal favorite? The Gym + Massage Membership, which includes a set number of massages per month and unlimited small-group personal training, group fitness classes and facility access. Frontenac, 314.432.6103.

Best Salon
KINK HAIR SALON

KINK owner Josh Nichols has trained under the best in the business (including hairstylist and runway/editorial darling, Kevin Murphy), and the fashion influences are obvious. Case in point: the multitude of magazine covers KINK stylists have had a hand in, the revolutionary style labs hosted at its chic Clayton locale, and most important, the fashion-forward cuts and colors clients have come to expect. Clayton, 314.721.5465.

People’s Choice: Ginger Bay Salon and Spa, multiple locations, gingerbay.com.

Best Massage Therapy
GINGER BAY SALON AND SPA

With an impressive list of luxurious massage options, Ginger Bay hits all the right spots when it comes to relaxation. Sure, they offer the basics, like the ever popular deep tissue massage, but it’s almost as if they’ve peeked into our hectic lifestyles to craft the rest of theirmassage menu—the Stress Fix Body Massage, the Headache Massage and the Sports Massage all offer solutions to life’s everyday aches and pains, while treatments like the Tandem Massage (two therapists working in synchronicity) offer the ultimate indulgence. Multiple locations, gingerbay.com.

 

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Best Spa
THE SPA AT THE FOUR SEASONS

Lately, when we go to our “happy place,” we’ve noticed that it looks a whole lot like The Spa at The Four Seasons. With one of the most chic interiors in St. Louis, it’s easy to bask in the 11 beautifully appointed treatment rooms and endless list of high-end service options. We recommend the “Taste of Spa” package, a choice of three, 30-minute services from a list of spa favorites. Downtown, 314.881.5800.

People’s Choice: Ginger Bay Salon and Spa, multiple locations, gingerbay.com.

Best Yoga Studio
URBAN BREATH YOGA

Offering the most innovative methods for incorporating yoga into your everyday lifestyle, Urban Breath’s menu of classes takes aim at all the standard excuses. Five-dollar community classes (taught by students) make yoga affordable, while early-bird, lunchtime and happy hour sessions fit into nearly any schedule. Gentle yoga is a great option for the novice while Power Vinyasa offers a challenge for even the most practiced yogi. Multiple locations, urbanbreathyoga.com.

People’s Choice: Southtown Yoga, Lafayette Square, 314.353.1004.

Best Group Workouts
COMPLETE FITNESS RESULTS

Complete Fitness Results’ group training combines the perks of a personal trainer (you’ll get goal and fitness assessments, a quick-start nutrition plan and unlimited email support) with affordable rates and the camaraderie of a boot camp. You choose the number of training days that are right for you, and then pick from any one of their flexibly scheduled offerings. Brentwood, 314.402.2238.

Best Boot Camp
SHARK FITNESS

Shark Fitness is the real deal. Its trainers don’t promise an easy ride (each class consists of calisthenics, resistance training, short runs, drills and plenty of abdominal work), but hard work and a great attitude are rewarded with results. Perhaps the best testament is the longevity of program participation‰ÛÓ clients stay five-plus years on average. Sharkfitness.net.

Best Mani-Pedi
STONEWATER SPA & BOUTIQUE

Obviously Oprah Winfrey can buy any beauty product or treatment she desires, but if she were dropping by St. Louis for a mani-pedi, there’s a good chance she’d swing by Stonewater. Why? The spa uses the Farmhouse Fresh line (the scrubs made her famed “O-list”) in all of its featured mani-pedi services. It’s premium products like these that set Stonewater apart from the competition. Watch out, Oprah! We’re first in line. Plaza Frontenac, 314.569.2111.

Best Barbershop Services
V VEGAZ

A clean razor shave (complete with hot foam lather) appeals to just about every man‰ÛÓbut a hip and modern barbering space to have as your go-to? That’s a little tougher to find. Enter the new barbering corner at V Vegaz, the place for guys who dig good grooming. Make an appointment with barber William Carney, and feel right at home in the retro vibe, complete with classic cabinetry and all the right services. The Loop, 314.725.7900.

Best Personal Training
THE FITNESS EDGE

Peruse the credentials of the fitness professionals on staff at The Fitness Edge, and you’ll start to notice a trend: They’re exceptionally well-educated. A Bachelor of Science here, a laundry list of certifications there‰ÛÓand the accolades are endless. Owner Michael Jaudes is a first-degree black belt and former Mr. Missouri, and he’s trained a bevy of pro athletes‰ÛÓconfirming the notion that you’re in great hands here. Creve Coeur, 314.993.3343.

 

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