As a mother and wife, Tammy Mills can understand why many of her clients want to get in shape; as a coach, she has the tools to help them do it. She heads to clients’ homes to helm personal-training sessions and leads group boot-camp classes, which combine strength and cardio moves for a full-body workout. She pairs her fitness focus with weight-management and dietary analyses to further improve clients’ health.
Armed with various facilities, group classes, and state-of-the-art equipment, 24 Hour Fitness molds amorphous adobe muscles into rock-solid flesh houses. Each location boasts cardio equipment, free weights, a steam room, and group exercise classes so social gym junkies can motivate each other. Group cycling sessions burn calories and increase energy levels, and Latin dance-influenced Zumba classes present a fun, dynamic way to slim meat suits. Before breaking a sweat, check the online schedules for upcoming times.
While most kids his age were building dexterity in the thumbs they used to play arcade machines, future Impact founder Steve Fischkin was building his muscles. At the age of 16, he was a national title-holding body builder. But shortly thereafter, an injury led to a loss of motivation, and Steve gained more than 100 pounds. On the long road back to health and fitness, he had an epiphany: The real goal should be staying fit for life, not relying on fad workouts and diets to lose weight quickly.
The program he developed balances sweat and dedication with lighthearted activities. Steve believes that if people don’t find a way to enjoy working out, they’re going to stop doing it. A typical boot-camp-style workout at his studio balances intense kettlebell swings and core work with agility training that involves foam projectiles from a Nerf gun. In addition to group training, Impact members enjoy private coaching sessions, goal-setting strategies, personalized nutritional guidance, and a personalized message sent back in time from a future president.
Hawaiian Experience Spa welcomes visitors to relax and enjoy all the perks of a tropical vacation without the pricey plane ticket. Owners Steve and Cathy Ibach both studied Hawaiian lomi lomi massage in Maui and decided to bring the unique style to their massage studios in Scottsdale and Chandler. There, it plays a starring role on a menu of island-inspired treatments that include massages performed with hot sea shells or volcanic lava rocks and body scrubs and wraps that use Kaua'i clay and organic lavender grown in Maui. A centuries-old technique, the lomi lomi massage sees therapists incorporating their forearms as they run long strokes down the entire length of the body, massaging both the front and underside at once. To make the service extra-indulgent, Hawaiian Experience Spa's therapists can enhance the lomi lomi massage with coconut oil and sea salt or incorporate a special oil that helps fight cellulite and makes tight pants a cinch to slip into.
Each facility beams with a Hawaiian theme, from sand-colored furnishings and bamboo accents to a front desk modeled after a tiki bar. The friendly, relaxing atmosphere makes the spa a great place for parties. During parties, guests can enjoy snacks and music while enjoying their choice of treatments, including any type of massage or facials performed with Éminence organic skincare products.
Named Best Yoga Studio in the Phoenix New Times's Best of 2009, Inner Vision strengthens practitioners of all levels in more than 100 classes each week. Up to 14 different master-level teachers instruct the diverse range of classes that are categorized as soothing and calming, foundation building, active, or workout. Coax toxins from their under-skin hideouts with a heated yoga session, heal the human apparatus from the inside with Healing Emphasis Yoga (designed for all levels and has a new healing focus each week), or bond with a future-adult during Baby 'n' Me classes.
As a 23-year-old junior, Tom Hatten didn’t spend his evenings at the raucous parties or ice-cream socials associated with college life. Instead, he’d spend the waning hours of his evenings waiting by the dryer for the last batch of towels before collapsing into bed. In the morning, he would lug them to Mountainside Fitness, the gym he opened as a student that he has thrown all his energy into maintaining ever since.
Today, the humble 4,800-square-foot space has bloomed into nine gyms that average a sweeping 41,000 square feet. Tom’s vision of creating a friendly neighborhood gym that greets each guest with a warm towel underscores every decision he makes for the different locations, from the colorful kid-care spaces to the entertaining group fitness classes. Personal trainers plan regimens tailored to each client, helping them lose weight, build muscle, or target the muscles that will help build a better golf game. Clients can create their own routines with the help of cardio and weight machines, or explore the different amenities at each location, such as saunas, rock-climbing walls, and indoor basketball courts.
A spa is never greater than the sum of its parts. It takes a team of aestheticians, massage therapists, and stylists to carry out the services that keep clients beautiful, relaxed, and healthy. At Vivid LifeSpa & Salon, this truth reflects the staff's belief in a holistic, integrated approach—making each service as much about wellness as beauty. The spa’s facials, for example, improve both the health and appearance of skin with custom cleansing, exfoliation, and masks, while sessions of reiki, reflexology, and other body treatments help balance energy and remove toxins. Of course, Vivid LifeSpa & Salon offers purely aesthetic services such as sugaring, too, promoting wellness by helping clients avoid the impulse to cover their bodies with glitter glue.