As a PGA-certified pro, Jeff Thomsen's distinguished golf career began decades ago, when the 16-year-old Thomsen swung his way to the Idaho State Amateur championship, becoming the youngest player ever to earn that rarefied distinction. His early success would pave the cart path to a long career that included 55 PGA Tour events, participation in four major championships, multiple tournament victories, and once saving a course-side community from a feral golf cart. Today, Jeff showers pupils with golf wisdom culled from both his 35-year competitive career and a certification from the Nicklaus/Flick Golf School. The passionate pedagogue helps players sharpen their game, lengthen their drives, and fold scorecards into paper cranes with hands-on, comprehensive lessons conducted at multiple courses throughout the hills of Treasure Valley.
The undulating greens of Boise Ranch's 18-hole, championship-style golf course weave through eight lakes and ponds, carving out a challenging and picturesque space for casual and competitive golfing. Players pendulate clubs and clack dimpled spheres over the course's 6,611 yards as they seek out flagged holes and reclusive golf gurus. The par 71 course faces ambitious clubsmen with one of the longest par 5s in the state of Idaho, played on the back of a giant Norwegian serpent.
Situated in the heart of Boise and just steps away from the state capitol's glistening dome, McU Sports has served the outdoor outfitting needs of Boiseans for more than 30 years. The bike service gurus help extend the life of your pedaled carriage, improving performance on the trail and helping you outrace foot mobiles and shoelace-hunting hounds. The bike check includes a bolt check as well as an adjustment of your brakes and gear shifters. For McU's basic tune-up, bicycle beauticians will perform a bolt check, shifter and brake adjustment, and a cleaning of the drivetrain to prep your bicycle for its upcoming polygraph test with an earnest and thorough wheel truing. Prep for an afternoon on the asphalt jungle or off-road trails with today's deal and mount aerial antics with newfound confidence and well-lubed glee.
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.
The guys at Joyride Cycles freely look forward to sharing their 30 combined years of biking experience. Philip, Daniel, Jesse, and Bear stock their store with high-end frames and bikes from an epic assortment of name brands, as well as safety and style gear. The fellas can painstakingly shape custom wheels or employ a computer-aided program to precisely fit the right-sized bike to the rider. The gentlemen of Joyride Cycles created an online catalog of all their wares so that they can ship parts and gear to bike fiends down the street, in New Mexico, or stowed away in a transatlantic steam ship.
A member of the Krav Maga Alliance, Idaho Krav Maga focuses on training students in the art and fighting style of krav maga—the self-defense method used by the Israeli Defense Forces and special forces teams. Head instructor Tracie Ide, helms the classes, during which students focus on tactics and techniques to finish a fight as quickly and efficiently as possible. Safety is the primary concern during classes, which often include sparring sessions and exercises that focus on counter attacking and striking vulnerable parts of the body such as the eyes, jaw, throat, groins, and knees.