Sand-volleyball courts. Indoor pools. Cycling studios. At Fitness Works Athletic Clubs' four area locations, kids and adults alike caper about a dumbfounding landscape of fitness frills. The instructors lead a wide variety of Les Mills and Zumba group classes designed to work every muscle group. Exercisers can improve their lung capacity during BodyAttack or hone their flexibility during BodyFlow, which draws from yoga, tai chi, and Pilates. Although amenities vary by location, they all include cardio and strength-training equipment, steam and sauna rooms equipped with aromatherapy add-ons, and indoor heated saltwater pools relatively free of saltwater sharks. While adults burn calories, kids can mingle in the Kid Zone, engaging in arts and crafts or educational and fitness activities.
The instructors lead students through Bikram yoga's 26 challenging poses and two breathing exercises in a heated room, which helps purge the body of toxins and allows limbs to sink deeply into stretches. Within a studio heated to more than 100 degrees, students flow through poses that strengthen and stretch muscles, ligaments, and joints. Each posture is designed to work muscle groups needed for the next pose, building a series of interconnected movements. By temporarily decreasing blood flow to specific areas of the body, the poses send in a rush of freshly oxygenated blood to joints, organs, and limbs when yogis unfold from folds and twists, unblocking the tiny traffic jams of hemoglobin. Most yoga classes are 90 minutes long, and most studios offer flexible early morning and evening classes. Visit the individual studios' websites to see their schedules.
Today’s Groupon proves strength in numbers even better than that time your building’s cockroaches amassed into a humanoid shape and stole your TV. For $13, you get three group training classes worth $105 at Sky Fitness, an exercise fantasia located high above the clouds that only recently began featuring classes on the ground. Even independent fitness ventures such as running can benefit from the ground-based, social sweat sessions.
The world is full of classic sequences such as washer then dryer, joke then laughter, and cheesecake then haircut. For $40, today’s Groupon adds another twosome to that list with a drop-in yoga session ($12 value) and a one-hour, therapeutic massage ($75 value) at the appropriately named Desert Song Yoga and Massage Center, a Phoenix yoga shoppe and massagery that's got 25 years of experience under its belt made out of old tires.