Spawning via cellular mitosis from a single rubber racquetball in 1967, Tucson Racquet & Fitness Club is a 20-acre, 24/7 facility that boasts 11 indoor racquetball and handball courts, two 75-foot heated pools, basketball and volleyball courts, and a complete fitness center. During the unlimited three-month membership ($177 value, initiation fee included), members can arm themselves with a pair of handball gloves ($30 value) or racquetball racquet ($40 value), along with a pair of goggles ($15 value), and sidle up to the courts to hone their bounce and serve techniques in the included four private lessons ($100 value). Each 60-minute lesson is taught by an expert instructor equipped with a watchful set of eagle eyes to monitor your progress and make sure you're not sneaking in corked racquets.
In Red Monkey Studio, Monique Mynlieff has created a funky, "antigym" whose aqua-green and burnt-orange walls reflect its colorful curriculum. Through glass doors supported by log pillars, windows cast sunlight across TRX cords as students perform Zumba or Pilates routines. Farther down the curving hallways, guests stretch sinews and taut muscles with the help of Gyrotonic and Pilates equipment, or slough off stress in a lime green sanctum where licensed massage therapists blend modalities.
Instructors bustle throughout the vibrant setting to their private and group sessions, bringing with them specialties that range from belly dance to tai chi. The studio’s signature Quartet classes cap attendance at four visitors so that instructors can spend plenty of time with each student, helping them perfect form to forge stronger mind-body connections.
Music & Dance Academy caters to a variety of learning styles with group classes, private lessons, ensembles, and master classes for students of all ages and experience levels. Dance lessons range from parent-and-child dances to coaching for wedding dances to lessons in styles such as ballroom, ballet, and hip-hop. Music lessons help kids and adults of all skill levels learn a variety of instruments, including guitar, piano, cello, clarinet, or music theory.
Michael Huhn founded Desert Divers to share the love of diving he cultivated while swimming among the menagerie of colorful sea life in the warm, limpid waters of the Sea of Cortez. Over the past 30 years, he’s recruited a staff of dedicated instructors that schools nascent underwater explorers in introductory lessons and intensive scuba-certification classes. The staff members equip students with most necessary gear for the classes, which cover maritime topics ranging from first aid and fish identification to deep diving and how to fashion sleeping octopuses into temporary helmets. Many classes require that participants first take an open-water scuba course, which bestows diving fundamentals and can eventually lead to certification. The center welcomes all past open-water students back for free refresher courses, helping former pupils sharpen their skills in advance of upcoming dives and snorkel-throwing tournaments. To further refine aquatic abilities, Desert Divers leads new graduates out on field trips to such dive-friendly locales as San Carlos, Mexico, and Key Largo, Florida.
Christopher Goodwill and Michael Makoid met while diving in the Sea of Cortez. The duo’s shared passion for scuba led them to found Planet Scuba; nowadays, they lead fellow divers on trips to the sea where they first met, as well as to Key Largo, St. Croix, and other exotic locales.
The shop arms patrons for independent dive trips as well with open-water certification courses. During 22 hours of coursework that combine classroom instruction and pool lessons, students learn basic diving techniques, such as removing the helium balloons tied to their wrists. Classes close with an optional overnight dive trip, on which students earn their certification. The gear store—which stocks equipment for snorkeling and swimming as well as diving—can equip aquatic explorers for any kind of expedition.
In the shadows of the Catalina foothills, Prestige Fitness's trainers inspire their clients to reach new heights. In 120 small group classes a week, instructors show exercisers how to push their muscles to the limit in TRX suspension sessions or get their blood pumping in vigorous spinning classes. Staff use the Polar BodyAge® system to assess clients' fitness level—a computerized fitness-assessment tool that measures oxygen usage, flexibility, and what percentage of the body is composed of Mountain Dew. The center also hosts whole body vibration machines, which tone muscles rapidly by inducing rapid involuntary muscle contractions in major groups.
As a high-school student, Victor Navarro's lifelong passion for art led him to France, where his work was rewarded with inclusion in an illustrious international compendium of artists, among other awards. At Victor Navarro Art, he passes his knowledge of art onto laymen and aspirant artists alike.