Condo developers offer spa services catered specifically to male residents.
Times are changing and as we approach 2018, developers are increasingly creating on-site spa experiences that cater to male residents, just as much as their female counterparts. For discerning luxury buyers looking to decompress, there has rarely been a shortage of projects with full-service spas that give neighboring hotels a run for their money. However, these two Miami projects feature a unique take on resident wellness:
This ultra-luxury condo tower recently listed its stunning penthouse unit with Chad Carroll of The Carroll Group of Douglas Elliman. Carroll often refers to the unit’s master bath and spa as “king-worthy.” Commanding 1,500 square feet, this haven for relaxation features a hydrotherapy jacuzzi tub that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean, a steam room and sauna.
Everyone knows that boys love their toys, and this smart-home allows all amenities to be controlled remotely or even programmed to adapt to the residents behavior.
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At this residence, men can venture to the co-ed hammam Turkish steam bath that features hot and cold plunge pools, a steam and sauna. Key International’s recently-completed residence also offers aromatherapy rooms, which are designed to improve lung function and eliminate toxins.
For the fitness buff, muscular therapy treatments are available to speed up post-workout recovery, or for a more curated approach to wellness, personal training and health-conscious private chefs are also available.
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Also developed by Key International, this residence’s indoor-outdoor spa seamlessly blends nature and leisure. Male residents seeking a “woodsy” spa experience, can opt for a massage treatment in one of the outdoor cabanas, set with a view of waves crashing and sounds of birds chirping. Using essential oils infused with the restorative elements found at the project’s on-site aromatherapy trail, like lavender, eucalyptus and chamomile, stress melts away leaving a rejuvenated sense of body and mind.
The “Architect of Anatomy,” Mark Harigian trains and builds gyms, but stresses that “fitness should not be your life.”
By Alyssa Apuzzio
Photo courtesy Teresa Harigian-Nielson of HyeStyleshots Photograph
Ranked fourth in the nation for tennis, Mark Harigian was confident he would become a professional tennis player. However, Harigian’s dream took a hit when he blew out his knee and needed surgery, ending his sports career, but also forming a new career.
“During rehab, I became intrigued with the anatomy of the body. I saw the body like pulleys and cables,” Harigian remembers. “After this revelation, I changed my major to exercise psychology; I ended up becoming a strength and conditioning coach for the 1984 Olympics in L.A.”
This is how Harigian landed in Los Angeles with Roy E. Disney as his first client, among other corporate studios and celebrities.
“Going back, I never knew my background in engineering and physiology would merge together and that I would make crazy custom equipment,” Harigian says.
Today, Harigian is not only a successful workout trainer and gym builder, but he has created multiple patents over the years.
“I came up with a new system for aligning the pins in workout machines, and sold it to Live Fitness, making everything slide better with no noise or clang when using weight stack,” says Harigian. “K Bar is another patent, which was worked on for three years. K stands for Kinetic Energy, it’s a more dynamic workout.”
Harigian’s gyms have also been patented — Harigian Fitness — and have been in high demand from clients for Harigian’s personalized touch, from machines, to color schemes, to customized letters on machine pads.
“My first step with clients, aside from determining a deadline, is to be a psychologist and ask them if they have any injuries,” Harigian says. “I also ask what their short- and long-term goals are for fitness, and what their recreational activities are seasonally.”
After Harigian speaks with them, he will address the client’s injuries and find out what they want and what their strengths and weaknesses are. Ultimately, Harigian says the machines come down to what the clients will enjoy using.
“I take that space [where they want their gym] and fit it to their needs, making it appealing, just like their kitchen or theater room, so they want to go into it and be there,” Harigian says. “I design the equipment according to their goals, recreational activities and injuries. They will have a full-blown gym in a condensed version.”
Harigian adjusts the lighting and ambience of the gym with his design, using mainly natural ventilation, creating a stimulating environment. In addition, Harigian offers his clients two layouts, one that matches the client’s budget, and an over-the-top design if budget is obsolete.
“My product has become a selling point. When left in the home, the leather pads are changed and the names are re-personalized,” Harigian says. “Harigian Fitness became marketing in house listings.”
Harigian allows himself three months to complete custom work. “I don’t just make the gym, but the Harigian workout environment,” he says. “Harigian Fitness is a lifestyle, my motto is ‘fitness should not be your life, but make you fit to go live life!’”
Harigian’s work doesn’t consist solely of gyms; he has also been making “man caves” for clients and athletes.
“One has $3 million worth of baseball memorabilia, and another was built as a 1950s replica with a jukebox, and diner with parlor seats,” Harigian says. “I also build custom garages for collectible cars, as well as bowling alleys.”
At first, Harigian didn’t view his work as an accomplishment. He would ask his A-list clients why they were driving to Harigian, when he should be traveling to them.
Harigian created this multi-station for a contest at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. It incorporates every major upper and lower body part without ever needing to change a pulley or cable. It won for both its function and aesthetics.
“I’m just a normal American guy. I’ve only used American-made steel, everything is made in the U.S.; I’ve been doing that since the beginning,” Harigian says.
Over the past 25 years, Harigian believes he has become a better trainer each year of his life, with his product continuing to improve.
“The biggest change since I started Harigian Fitness would be the mind-set,” Harigian says. “People are more educated now about physical well-being and realize their health is more important than anything.”
Harigian’s future endeavors include Harigian Fitness suites in high-end hotels, where people won’t recognize celebrities and distract them from exercising.
“Your home is your castle, I want to make the gym the go-to resort destination in a home,” Harigian says.
Within the last decade, yoga — used both to stay fit and alleviate stress — has become a popular practice among individuals of all ages.
By Alyssa Gautieri
As homeowners begin to seek more unique amenities, yoga-inspired offerings have become more popular. Where better to achieve ultimate relaxation than in the comfort and exclusivity of your own home?
Offering one-of-a-kind yoga amenities, here are a few properties that are helping residents achieve a new state of Zen:
The project’s notable architecture firm, Marchetto Higgins Stieve Architects, drew inspiration from the Chinese Embassy to provide residents with Zen-inspired amenities. The property offers an expansive 2,000-square-foot yoga room to help owners achieve complete relaxation while taking in breathtaking views of New York City.
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This residences offers a 24-hour fitness center, which includes a state-of-the-art yoga room equipped with stretching equipment and virtual fitness classes.
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To gain maximum exercise benefits from their home pool and spa complexes, homeowners are seeking out powerful swim training systems.
Luxury swimming pool design and build company Aqua Platinum has began to research this trend’s growth.
“There’s been a huge increase in demand for counter current swimming technology in the past few months, as more and more people come to recognise the health benefits of these systems,” says Dominic Searle, the business development manager at Aqua Platinum.
Ideal for swimmers who want to build up their core strength and endurance, swimming training systems create powerful currents within pools, plus they can be installed in pools of almost any size.
By swimming against the current, individuals can benefit from an enhanced workout that is incredibly low-impact on the joints. Counter current swimming also speeds up the metabolism and elongates the muscles.
Celebrities including Natalie Portman, Julia Roberts and Jennifer Aniston swear by swimming when it comes to keeping their A-list bodies in shape.
“It’s not just celebrities who can achieving amazing muscle tone and overall fitness levels as a result of swimming,” says Searle. “Counter current systems mean that anyone can instantly improve the health benefits of their swimming pool, turning what is already a great form of exercise into something even more effective and enjoyable.”
Most of those with high-end pools tend to opt for swim training systems like the JetStream TriVa, which looks beautifully sleek and stylish. The system suits a wide range of swimming abilities and levels, from beginner to professional level training.
At Newlands Manor in Dorset, the counter current training system is suitable for athletic level swim training.
The JetStream TriVa appeals to a range of swimming abilities.
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Two young businesswomen have found a way to combine their passion for travel and healthy lifestyles through a brand-new venture, luxeFIT. The company offers week-long luxury fitness retreats to exotic destinations, arranging workout sessions and activities, nutritious cuisine prepared by a private chef and opportunities for socializing and fun – all in a luxurious private beachfront estate setting.
LuxeFIT blends fitness, adventure and nutrition with the opportunity to explore new and exciting destinations worldwide. The first retreat is slated for April 30 – May 6, in Barbados. Activities will include yoga, paddleboarding, snorkeling, surfing and water-skiing, with numerous social opportunities — as well as free time — throughout. Excursions will be available to explore Harrison’s Caves, tour Mt. Gay Rum Distillery, shop in Holetown and more.
“Our guests will work hard, sweat it out every day, meet like-minded people and have fun in some of the most beautiful places on earth!” said luxeFIT co-founder Loren Mayo. “Our retreats aim to be a place where guests feast on delicious, healthy cuisine, exercise in spirited and challenging sessions with top trainers, experience the sights and sounds of the area and, ultimately, return home looking and feeling better than when they left.”
Just as food typically plays a central role in any travel experience, healthy eating is at the core of a luxeFIT adventure. One of the founding principles of luxeFIT is to provide wholesome, delectable, locally produced meals for guests to enjoy. The accommodations feature a private chef, who will offer meals that meet guests’ nutritional needs, while taking great care to develop menus reflecting the culture of the destination. Every meal will have vegetarian/vegan, gluten-free and other options.
Business partners Loren Mayo of Sarasota and Holly Morris of New York City at the University of Central Florida. Mayo’s career is rooted in journalism and marketing. Morris worked in hospitality management before making a career change to human resources. Both, however, share a passion for fitness, healthy eating and exotic travel. The two launched luxeFIT in November 2016, engaging Mia Duval, a fitness instructor at OrangeTheory in Sarasota, FL, as head trainer for the venture.
Beyond the Barbados retreat, the duo is exploring additional options in the Caribbean and Mexico.
“From invigorating workouts to gourmet fare, this program is designed to nourish and energize our guests on every level, offering the perfect blend of cardio, rest and relaxation,” said Morris. “It’s paradise with a purpose — a better, more balanced you, in less than a week!”
Retreats are all-inclusive — all but airfare is included. Guests will enjoy six-nights in either a 5-Star villa or luxury condo, freshly prepared meals with an emphasis on local cuisine, fitness and yoga sessions, the ability to work out with a first-rate fitness instructor and round-trip transportation to group activities.
Photos courtesy of luxeFIT.