From the bleachers that overlook its indoor soccer field, you can watch players dribble down Alpha Athletics & Fitness's fresh turf. The sprawling soccer field claims just a portion of the 15,000-square-foot facility. A basketball court sprawls across the neighboring space. Elsewhere within the athletic center, free weights sit ready for lifting, and group exercise classes unfold.
A member of the Zumba Instructor Network, Rock That Body Fitness hosts dance-based aerobics classes designed to tone bodies and bolster self-confidence. Trainees rediscover their inner divas while performing Vegas-showgirl dance routines and Latin-inspired Zumba. Like a formal dinner at the local fun house, each class takes place in the middle of an open, hardwood floor flanked by tall mirrors and festively painted walls.
After learning the basic steps of latin dances such as salsa, bachata, mambo, and cha-cha, students at Timba Dance & Fitness get to work burning up to 800 calories in an hour. Set to upbeat music, group classes are designed to be fun and engaging, like the instructions for the IRS's 1040-EZ tax form. Students can also work toward become certified instructors.
Desert View CrossFit equips everyday people with the tools to build the body of a hardened athlete, strengthening muscles and burning fat with high-intensity exercises. Rather than wasting time on a treadmill or exercise bike, visitors to the spartan, no-frills gym hoist barbells, climb onto iron rings, and power through pushups, building strength.
For those who feel the gnaw of indecision when looking over the beer section at the liquor store, fear not: the Sun City Craft Beer Fest offers small tastes of many brews without buyers having to shell out money for a six-pack. More than three dozen craft breweries from across the country will be dispensing foamy pours of their wares, totaling more than 200 beers for the tasting. Local restaurants pair bites with the beers, unlocking such unusual flavor combinations as dumping an entire porter into a bag of corn chips. At the onsite brewing area, expert brewmasters demonstrate the techniques of homebrewing and hose down onlookers with hot wort. Aside from the main attractions, activities include displays by artists and sets by local bands.
Though some participants choose to run and others to walk, everybody who participates in the Color Dash experiences a transformation. As participants make their way through the 5K Color Dash and UVSplash courses they are subjected to bursts of color; additional events include Zombies by Color Dash, which adds the undead to the equation. Though the color will wash away, the memories will remain forever in the minds of all participants who aren't goldfish. Proceeds from Color Dash events benefit local children's charities and organizations.