Rather than allowing its students to learn photography in the comfort of an air-conditioned classroom, Misty Mountain Photo Tours coaxes them out into the wilderness. Serving a dual function as guides and instructors, professional photographers illuminate the technical basics and creative applications of DSLR cameras in an outdoor setting. Then, during hands-on tours to locations such as Saguaro Lake, they show students how to apply what they've learned to snap photos of wildlife and majestic desert landscapes.
Brimming with cardio equipment, free weights, and professional trainers, Freedom Fitness helps people achieve virtually any fitness goal. Clients can maintain a healthy weight with routine exercise or get stronger in the 1,500-square-foot performance center. Here, trainers focus on sport-specific workouts that employ TRX suspension, battling ropes, and punching bags to help athletes jump higher and run faster.
While both the Cave Creek and Troon locations offer fitness classes, equipment, and personal training services, some of the amenities differ. The Cave Creek location has a childcare center, and the Troon location stays open 24 hours a day.
The mobile instructors of Vino & Canvas eschew a traditional studio and instead set up shop in a variety of local venues. There, students of all skill levels follow the instructions of local artists in two-hour painting workshops as they order food and beverages for enjoyment while they craft their masterpieces. Vino & Canvas also books private events for occasions such as birthday parties, bridal showers, or family reunions.
While teaching jazz dance in the 1960s, Judi Sheppard Missett decided to step away from tradition by offering an experimental class that allowed her students to simply dance without the judgment of mirrors or the constraints of rigid technique. In these sessions, she began infusing popular dance moves with specific fitness workouts to forge a distinctive blend of cardio exercise, strength training, and dance instruction. Little did she know that this “just for fun” class was the prototype for what would become the national fitness sensation known as Jazzercise.
Today, Jazzercise takes its aerobic techniques from a variety of sources that include jazz dance, hip-hop, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, and kickboxing. The class formats, which vary according to different toning goals, are just as diverse as the program's move set. Instructors cultivate a noncompetitive atmosphere where all exercisers—with the exception of those marked as cursed by jazz-hand palm readers—are welcome regardless of age, build, or fitness background.
Relieve tension, invigorate your exhausted core, and stretch your mind-muscles. Today's Groupon to Zenergy Yoga gets you one month of unlimited classes for $39. That's only $1.25 per class if you go once every day, about 3 bucks if you go three times a week, exactly $5.57 if you go seven times, or $39 if you go once. You're guaranteed to get your money's worth at the studio that Azcentral.com readers named the Best Place for Yoga in 2009.