As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
Fitness guru Shane Arcadia has dedicated himself to delivering personalized fitness guidance with a range of boot camps, training, and other services at TASK Fitness. Shane?s weekly classes and fitness outings include 45-minute boot camps designed to burn 1,000 calories, group runs and hikes, and team-sports sessions. He also leads one-on-one grocery-store tours, sharing tips on how to pick out healthy foods and maintain a balanced diet.
For 37 years, Marilyn's Academy of Dance has set shoulders and feet a-shimmy with a limb-limbering roster of fun classes. Fleet-footed pupils unveil their latent rhythmic prowess in a plethora of styles, involving disciplines drawn from hip-hop, tap, jazz, ballet, and MacGyver's second season. Classes meet once per week for four consecutive weeks and welcome dancers ages 3 to adult, creating a fun environment full of first-timers alongside more experienced movers. Along with 10–15 other greenhorns, learn how dancing can unlock inner vaults of self-expression, discipline, and the mechanics of movement before moving on to more advanced steps and sultry glares.
Warehouse 3 Racing’s course has hard-packed dirt and souped-up cars racing each other, with blimps circling overhead. Practically the only thing distinguishing it from a real-life racetrack is its size—it’s a miniature course set-up for remote-control racecars. Feel free to rent an RC car or bring your own, then unleash it on the winding course punctuated by tall bumps, and sharp turns.
The course also offers open practice sessions where you can master the ever-changing track layout in preparation for weekly races. There’s a full-service hobby shop onsite that keeps vehicles vrooming with parts and supplies from a variety of manufacturers, and classes for all experience levels.
At CrossFit North Valley, exercisers complete a different lineup of exercises each day as they work toward rippling muscles and improved overall fitness. Each class consists of a broad array of high-intensity movements, from dead lifts and presses to pull-ups and dips. The functional aspect of each routine betters participants' performance in other arenas of their lives, such as going on hikes or holding a squat when dinner-table chairs run out. The gym's coaches offer encouragement while students pump out reps together on pull-up bars, ropes, rings, kettlebells, and even tractor tires?breeding accountability, fitness, and team camaraderie.
Thirty minutes, once a week. That's all it takes at Hubbard Family Swim School for a young child to master breath control, find their buoyancy, and backstroke straight into the world of swimming. Classes are broken into eight swimming levels, beginning when children are only 2 months old. In Baby Splash, instructors and parents both enter the pool, where they help little ones build a confidence in water. Beginning at age 3, students can dive into more difficult classes such as Jellyfish and Lobster, so named for the ocean species with the most Olympic gold medals. Masterful strokes can take kids into Hubbard Family Swim School's recreational teams, which compete during the summer.
Of course, the aquatic lesson plans are only as good as the instructors themselves, and Hubbard Family Swim School boasts an expert faculty at its locations in Phoenix, Peoria, and Mesa. Each of these swim instructors gets ample hands-on training and continuing-education courses throughout the year. Floating atop this sea of talent are Bob and Kathy Hubbard, the company's founders. Both grew up as active swimmers, and they made sure that each of their eight kids learned to swim at a young age—something that led to countless hours of boating, swimming, and snorkeling. Hubbard Family Swim School is the manifestation of their two loves: family and swimming.