The Hot List 2013: Fitness and Beauty
Best Personal Training: The Fitness Edge
Having a trainer show you how to target specific muscle groups is one thingÛÓgetting a fully customized health plan is quite another. At The Fitness Edge, trainers work with clients to develop holistic, individualized programs to target their specific health goals, then stick with them every step of the way. Whether you’re interested in a general health and fitness program, or one designed to help you develop and excel in a specific sport, these trainers take a holistic approach to helping you reach your goals. Better yet, signing up with a trainer gets you full access to the facility without any added cost. Creve Coeur, 314.993.3343.
Best Spa: The Spa at The Four Seasons
The Four Seasons left no stone unturned when it designed its spa oasis. Complete with a phototherapy lighting system that transitions from soothing shades to energizing hues, The Spa at The Four Seasons guarantees a tranquil escape in the most luxurious of settings. The spa’s treatment offerings are just as lavishÛÓtake, for instance, the Fresh Honey Lavender Seasonal Treatment that renews winter skin to prepare it for the summer sun. Or indulge in unique massage treatments like the Royal Celebration of Love, in which you and your special someone are treated to warm foot baths, champagne and your choice of massageÛÓnot to mention private use of the steam room and shower in the Couples’ Suite afterward. Downtown, 314.881.5800.
Best Gym: Wellbridge Athletic Club and Spa
Wellbridge takes the concept of “gym” and elevates it to a complete mind and body experience, with chic fitness studios and otherworldly spa facilities. Boasting an offering of more than 100 classes per week, the club showcases the hottest fitness trends, including TabataÛÓan Ì_ber-intense workout that alternates fast-paced anaerobic exercise with short rest periods. For those who prefer more traditional workouts, several yoga, Pilates and basic cardio sessions are offered each week, as well. Rejuvenate with a post-workout swim or a soak in the whirlpool, or schedule a blissful massage to relax those hard-worked muscles. 7620 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, 314.746.1500.
Best New Workout Spot: Crush Cycle Studio
Only at Crush Cycle Studio does a workout on a stationary bike feel like a ride on an actual road bike. The studio’s RealRyder equipment allows riders to feel the bikes turn, tilt and lean as they engage in intense sweat-inducing spin classesÛÓcomplete with rhythmic music to help keep the pace. What we love most about this new hotspot is that no membership is requiredÛÓjust sign up online before class, and come ready to work hard. Choose from a variety of intensity levels, from CRUSHZen rejuvenation rides to the CRUSHEndurance 60-minute ride marked with intense climbs and sprints, or try classes like CRUSHFit, which follows a 35-minute cycle session with boot camp drills for a fullbody workout. Chesterfield, 636.536.6224.
Photo credit: Jennifer Silverberg