If you're near a traversable waterway in Utah on a sunny summer day, chances are good that you'll run someone gliding along on a stand-up paddleboard. Many of these watery wayfarers travel courtesy of board's rented out by Paddleboard in Utah's extensive network of local affiliates. The outposts unlock access to some of the best boarding sites in and around Salt Lake City; The Lodge at Stillwater welcomes guests eager to explore the Jordanelle Reservoir, while Lindon Marina serves as a jumping-off point for Utah Lake's extensive wetlands. Some, such as Gonzo Boat Rentals and Tours, pull double duty, operating shops at both Antelope Island and the Great Salt Lake State Marina. Others, such as On The Pond Fitness and Rentals, pair their rentals with fitness routines performed atop the waters of Willard Bay State Park. While most of the shops remain close to greater SLC, at least one encourages more far-ranging expeditions; situated near Cedar City along the state's southern border, DIG Paddlesports helps travelers access the inviting waters of Sand Hollow and Quail Creek State Parks.
On Saturday nights, the asphalt, three-eighths-of-a-mile oval track at Rocky Mountain Raceways plays host to roaring rounds of high-speed racing, with heats of sprint cars, hornets, and modified mavericks zooming around the track. Cheer on the Ford Focus midgets as they circle low to the ground, or hold your breath at each and every intersection pass of the Super Stock cars as they careen into the crossing of the figure eight. Your Groupon is good for general-seating sections of the open-air grandstand, as well as two popcorns (a $4 value) to keep your face’s other two senses placated while your eyes get to have all the fun.
Rocky Mountain Aquatics' experienced instructors help land dwellers make a splash with scuba diving lessons from introductory courses to advanced certifications. Beginner classes move at a pace you're comfortable with, utilizing underwater torpedo toys to help you acclimate to the pool floor and prepare to defeat any armies of krakens. For certifications, Rocky Mountain Aquatics supplies pupils with study materials, including DVDs or workbooks for pre-test preparation, readying patrons for open-water diving.
This season, the Utah Grizzlies, fearsome ECHL vets, take to the ice led by the slicing skates of captain Nick Tuzzolino, who, along with assistant captain Cody Lampl, helms the ruthless checks of the team's newly acquired defenseman. As the brawny lineup pressures the Condors' defenses, goalie Andrew Engelage attempts to keep pucks from sneaking into the net, which fills with monarch butterflies after every team victory. The Salt Lake Tribune analyzes coach Kevin Colley's new roster, musing, "more size and more talent…beyond just scoring more, the Grizzlies hope to flat-out intimidate opponents." Since 1994, the ECHL premier AA hockey team has sent 200 players up to the NHL, a statistic nearly as delectable as the fresh-cut shaved ice for sale rinkside.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
Vasa. The Latin word for "vessel," it's one way of describing something that contains the mind's hope, the body's ambitions, and the spirit's goals. It's also the name of Vasa Fitness, an inclusive gym that acts as the vessel for (and catalyst of) its members' fitness aspirations. At 17 locations throughout Utah, the gym's more than 140,000 members draw strength and inspiration from cardio and free-weight studios, personal training, and group fitness classes. In addition to achieving personal goals, they also target their in-game performance, training on turf that mimics conditions found everywhere from the football field to the soccer pitch. It's not all hard work, though. The gyms also come with amenities ranging from cardio cinema centers to on-site childcare programs.