The Front Climbing Club allows stone-scalers an indoor environment where they can train, practice, and scratch their wall-ascending itch. The club's Climbing 101 class will tutor mounting novices on climbing safely, rope skills, basic techniques, and ascender's lingo, ensuring that new climbers are capable of scaling their next-door neighbor's castle battlements before the next full moon. Climbers can take their newly acquired skills to the club's 6,500-square-foot facility, featuring one of Idaho's steepest climbing walls—a smooth, wood-composed wall nicknamed "The Wave." The club focuses on the art of bouldering, in which ropes are replaced by a crash pad to protect against injuries, allowing climbers to conquer walls with little equipment. For those with stringy sentiments, the club also offers top-rope climbing, and after an invigorating climb to the top, you may need a moment to quietly bask in your triumph over gravity, the most mean-spirited mass-attracting natural phenomenon.
Since Moni Aisik began practicing self-defense techniques at the age of 8 in Israel, he's met with success: he won multiple national titles in his youth, and as an adult, Aisik joined an elite Israeli Special Forces commando unit. He has also trained other instructors, including Marine veteran and certified level 4 instructor Richard Ransom. At Commando Krav Maga, Ransom shares his expertise with students. Groups learn how to protect themselves in real-life situations with krav maga—a style of self-defense that draws from boxing, muay thai, jujitsu, and other techniques. Ransom also incorporates cardio kickboxing into classes, helping students to improve fitness levels.
Licensed acupuncturist and clinical professional counselor Jean Kuty has been practicing acupuncture for more than 15 years. The last few years, she's spent time stateside and overseas acting as a military and family-life consultant for active service members, but she has recently returned to Boise to offer her services full-time. In addition to acupuncture treatments—which use tiny, sterile, one-use needles to treat a variety of ailments—she also offers medical counseling, which helps her patients move toward wellness and healing.
From the crowd, sweat-slicked hands wave in the air, their bodies dancing to the thunderous beats of a nearby sound system. But this isn’t a rap battle or a rock concert—it’s a fitness fiesta packed with international music and Latin-inspired dance moves. Known as Zumba, this phenomenon swept the nation starting in 2001, after Colombian-born fitness instructor Beto Perez began setting aerobics to salsa and merengue tunes rather than live performances of whalesong. Today, more than 12 million exercisers have tried the workouts, which torch calories, melt stress, and boost energy levels. At Boise Racquet & Swim Club, AFAA-certified instructors lead regular classes, augmenting regular Zumba workouts with a second discipline known as Sentao, which incorporates a chair to offer targeted resistance training and sculpt bodies until they sprout two new legs on their own.
Elusive Natural Solutions uses noninvasive, safe techniques to help clients enhance their appearances and make informed decisions about their health. DNA Cryostem organic facials help renew skin at the cellular level by using non-human stem cells to mend acne, fine lines, and a host of other blemishes. Radiofrequency skin tightening, meanwhile, delivers heat energy to the skin to boost collagen production and smooth wrinkles.
Combat Fitness’s coaching staff boasts a number of professional pugilists, most notably UFC bantamweight fighter Scott Jorgensen. They each bring their own particular specialty to the table, filling up the roster of classes with seven types of combat training, including boxing, Brazilian jujitsu, and judo. They round out the selection with conditioning courses designed to get participants into fighting shape, using TRX suspension harnesses to provide full-body, low-impact workouts.
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