As a 23-year-old junior, Tom Hatten didn’t spend his evenings at the raucous parties or ice-cream socials associated with college life. Instead, he’d spend the waning hours of his evenings waiting by the dryer for the last batch of towels before collapsing into bed. In the morning, he would lug them to Mountainside Fitness, the gym he opened as a student that he has thrown all his energy into maintaining ever since.
Today, the humble 4,800-square-foot space has bloomed into nine gyms that average a sweeping 41,000 square feet. Tom’s vision of creating a friendly neighborhood gym that greets each guest with a warm towel underscores every decision he makes for the different locations, from the colorful kid-care spaces to the entertaining group fitness classes. Personal trainers plan regimens tailored to each client, helping them lose weight, build muscle, or target the muscles that will help build a better golf game. Clients can create their own routines with the help of cardio and weight machines, or explore the different amenities at each location, such as saunas, rock-climbing walls, and indoor basketball courts.
Foothills Golf Group’s four golf courses each carry the company’s signature: immaculately groomed sweeping landscapes. The 7,142-yard behemoth that is Club West Golf Club showcases this purity of the turf with a challenging course design filled with elevation changes and stunning views of the surrounding hillsides. The Duke At Rancho El Dorado and The Foothills Golf Club represent classic Arizona golf, leading players along a lush emerald carpet that winds through a desert landscape peppered with shrubs and cacti. The 6,713-yard Ahwatukee Country Club rounds out the portfolio with a fair layout that challenges all skill levels to keep the ball out of the desert sands haunted by the ghost of Peter O'Toole's caddy.
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.
The bright red "DANCE" sign that glows above Abby Bella Dance Studio lures clients into its lilac-hue confines. Once inside, visitors can follow more than 25 instructors through a range of dance styles including ballet, Zumba, and salsa. The energetic space has earned a handful of segments on ABC15 for its all-inclusive policy that encompasses adults of any age or fitness level. Scheduled classes range from the muscle-toning moves of the studio's signature Bella Barre to sessions of Glee Cardio Dance, which fuels dance steps with bubbly pop songs taken straight from the obscure European miniseries of the same name.
Elizabeth and Michael have owned Healing Palms Day Spa for over six years. As a licensed massage therapist and co-owner of Healing Palms Day Spa, Elizabeth relaxes muscles and psyches with a range of kneading modalities and energy work, such as reiki and chakra balancing. She and Michael also battle unwanted bulges and sculpt bodies with vacuum-powered Synergie cellulite treatments, lipo-light treatments and metabolism-boosting vitamin B injections.