Tucson Racquet & Fitness Club's clinic will meet every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. for five straight weeks (a $90 value). Lessons are taught by expert instructors and consist of intense hitting drills, strategy, footwork, girthy grunts, and supervised play. With a 4:1 student-instructor ratio, you'll always have watchful eyes to monitor your progress and make sure you're not sneaking in corked racquets. Regardless of one's swing swagger, all players are placed into compatible groups based on ability and the number of rings on their torso stump. By clinic's end, rookie racqueteers will transform into veteran volley maestros that propel slingshot swings with a Bruce Lee accuracy (Lee was actually a much better tennis player than he was a martial artist).
The biographies of the dance instructors at Danser Studio reveal a team as ambitious as it is diversely talented. The six instructors variously specialize in teaching kids and teens, developing choreography, the Brazilian art of capoeira, and ballet, and since they’ve joined Danser Studio, they’ve expanded their skill sets through workshops in Brazil, weight training, and Pilates certification. They welcome kids, teens, and adults to the sprung wood floor of a nearly 1,400-square-foot loft-like studio, where they teach dance styles such as classical ballet, dance-fitness hybrid Zumba, and modern dance, which emphasizes the physical interpretation of music and the expression of emotions beyond “intent twirling.”
Licensed aestheticians, nail technicians, and massage therapists convene beneath one roof at Bella Skin, Body & Boutique. Within this relaxation oasis, skin specialists call upon SkinCeuticals products to deep-clean pores and rejuvenate visages, all while buffing away signs of aging and causes of acne. Private spa rooms host meticulous waxing sessions as aestheticians gently strip away stubble or cacti prickles from the face, limbs, and bikini area. Nail technicians continue the beauty treatments with indulgent manicures and pedicures, crowning digits with vibrant polish or no-chip Shellac. Licensed massage therapists unleash five types of techniques across aching backs, from fluid Swedish strokes to soothing river-rock treatments.
Inside a brick abode built in the early twentieth century, Self Centered Yoga & Fitness's certified yoga instructors guide students through the mind-body practice. The team welcomes students to this peaceful yoga retreat seven days a week to center their spirits and ease tension during Hatha and Release to Peace yoga classes. They can also build strength and flexibility with rigorous Vinyasa posture sequences, warm yoga classes performed in an 85-degree room, or just by wrapping themselves in a thick cardigan.
Though unassuming on the outside, with its sleepy Spanish-style roof sloping low into the front porch, the building houses an inner practice space replete with beautiful renovations such as polished hardwood floors and modern fixtures. It also maintains the building's original rustic charm.
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.
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.