The trainers at Ultimate Body Boot Camp forage through the workout wilderness to curate a fitness omnibus. They pull from multiple exercise styles—including Pilates, plyometrics, kickboxing, yoga, and core work—to build workouts that combine the benefits of cardio and resistance training. This earned the program a top spot on Arizona Foothills magazine's Best of Our Valley list for 2012.
To keep clients' muscles from hitting the wall, getting bored, or taking off in the dead of night to pursue a career as an anatomy textbook model, coaches change the routine each class and give campers personalized tips to fuel individual journeys. Body-composition tests and nutritional plans augment the sessions, inspiring long-lasting habits for healthy physiques.
Instructors keep needles clacking along smoothly during the flexible schedule of three-hour Introduction to Knitting classes at Purls Tucson. First-time weavers aged 18 and older hunker down with up to five fellow novices, wielding provided yarn, needles, and hands to master the intricacies of casting on, knitting, and binding off. Personalized attention cultivates pupils skilled enough to loop threads into full-blown scarves after dismissal. The stitching haven takes a break from classes and untangling yarn from ceiling fans to host weekly open hours when knitters and crocheters piece together duds for charities such as Project Linus, Hats for the Homeless, and Caps for Kids.
The dedicated women at The Fiber Factory, a 3,000-square-foot knitting superstore, instructional center, and local bastion for textile art, have woven together scores of yarn varietals and supplies since 1981. Scroll through plush skeins of yarn crafted by Berroco, DMC, Mango Moon and more ($5–$15) or bolster your bobbin and hook collection with a range of new sew-savvy relics ($1.50–$30). Burgeoning knitters may enroll in a number of in-store classes ($7–$105) and learn the art of Navajo weaving or bob for actual bobbins in their own handcrafted baskets. More advanced loop-masters may join evolved crafting classes and circles catering to their desire to bring a three-piece ropa vieja suit to life.
Fitness guru Shane Arcadia has dedicated himself to delivering personalized fitness guidance with a range of boot camps, training, and other services at TASK Fitness. Shane’s weekly classes and fitness outings include 45-minute boot camps designed to burn 1,000 calories, group runs and hikes, and team-sports sessions. He also leads one-on-one grocery-store tours, sharing tips on how to pick out healthy foods and maintain a balanced diet.
When Mike Maez purchased his first digital camera in 2001, it was love at first snapshot. Swapping his previous day job for a life behind the lens, Maez has since filled his portfolio with more than 40 magazine covers, publishing work for Getty, the Boston Globe, and corporate clients including AOL, Microsoft, and Ford. This infectious enthusiasm extends to his portraiture, helping him immortalize wedding days, graduations, or sack-race victories with complete photographic packages rendered in digital formats or appealing albums. Mike also teaches students to become self-sufficient shooters with photography workshops, during which classes combine hands-on experience and classroom work to teach pupils how to attractively compose and light their shots.
The voices of top fitness coaches echo across Team[Fit]'s facilities, motivating students through high-intensity exercises designed to torch fat and tone muscle. These expert instructors lead participants through creative and unusual combinations of conditioning and strength-training movements, varying routines each day to ensure each session is interesting and devoid of muscle boredom. They track students' body-fat and weight-loss progress each month, and offer them constant counsel in fitness and nutrition. They also provide students with exclusive access to online resources, including private nutritional videos, educational health blogs, recipes, and instructions on how to make an autumnal centerpiece out of old gym socks.