The creators of Paint Nite started their on-location art parties as a creative alternative to a night out with friends. Inspiring people to drink creatively at bars in more than 80 worldwide cities, their events have been touted by New York Magazine as the Best Friend Date and profiled by The Daily Beast. During each two-hour session, participants create a 16x20” reproduction of the night's chosen artwork while sipping a beer, mixed drink, or glass of wine purchased from the bar. Paint Nite provides all other materials, including paint, brushes, canvases, easels, and aprons. Local artists guide participants through each step of the painting process from mixing colors to brush stroke and encouraging creative expression in a supportive, positive atmosphere.
The smell of exhaust and hot rubber hangs in the air above Canyon Speedway Park, an olfactory cocktail accompanied by the sounds of screeching tires, roaring engines, and the cheers from a gallery that swells up to 2,000 strong. The 3/8-mile, dirt track churns as drivers drop lead feet on the accelerators of stock cars, ASCS wing sprint cars, and nine other classes of machines built for speed rather than maximal numbers of cup holders. Spectators watch from the stands as drivers compete for weekly prize purses of up to $7,250 with a repertoire of expert bump-drafts and jaw-dropping passes. In addition to scheduled races, the speedway also opens its gates during open practice sessions, letting fanatics study their favorite drivers' pinpoint turning technique in preparation for Bring Your Car to Work Day.
Lacy Anderson, the calorie-burning wonder behind Entourage Fitness, knows what the human body is capable of when pushed to its limit. Every month, members at her fitness center enter into the 60-day challenge, completely remaking themselves during a month of intensive, small-group workouts. Gym-goers can avail themselves of four classes, including suspension sessions which use body weight to engineer strength- and flexibility-building exercises. BOSU classes use inflated half spheres to fine-tune balance, while trampoline classes strengthen cardiovascular systems and allow exercisers to see if the rafters need cleaning. RAGE circuit training uses high-impact resistance and weight exercises to jumpstart fat burning and efficiently build muscle.
Though its 10,000-square foot facility might be a bit daunting at first, Siege MMA maintains a welcoming environment for men, women and children of all ages and skill levels. Established in 2007, the family-owned gym develops programs based on each member's goals, be it weight loss, self defense, or even competition training. Just like its facility, Siege MMA's selection of disciplines is vast. It ranges from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai kickboxing to submission wrestling and mixed martial arts.
On a motorcycle, the world whips by you so fast, nothing else matters. Wind Therapy Rides leads motorcycle tours to help people capture that elusive feeling. Zip down an empty highway as you rush past America's wildest scenery, including lush forests, sun-kissed canyons, and alpine mountain ranges. Experienced guides lead these tours, which leave both beginner and advanced motorcyclists shivering in excitement.
In 1998, after 25 years operating health clubs across Phoenix, Kelly Bruce jumped at the opportunity to open his own club, Fitness 1 Gym. Today, Fitness 1 has expanded to locations across Phoenix, each and every one helmed by Kelly and his sons Chad, Richard, and Bobby. “We don’t just own them,” Chad proudly says, “we run them and we’re in the clubs everyday.” The amenities are certainly attractive, but it seems that what has really made Fitness 1 successful is the Bruce's dedication to their family-run enterprise. “I think that our members feel at home,” says Bobby. “I think [they] realize that it’s not a show… they're coming in here to get to work, to get results.”
Members—who are not forced into long-term contracts—can do just that thanks to an array of cardio and strength-training machines, free weights, and one-on-one personal training. The studio also offers members free fitness classes, such as Power Yoga, Chiseled, and Xplode—an interval-training class.