The guides of Adventures Out West?currently celebrating its 40th year of tours?have created scenic jaunts through Colorado and Arizona that deposit participants directly into the most beautiful parts of the local geography. Whether taking a segway tour or a jeep tour with knowledgeable guides, soaring over snowcapped mountains from the basket of a hot-air balloon or ziplining over lush forested cliffs, patrons get a chance to interact firsthand with all of nature's local sights, sounds, and whoopee-cushion gags.
Giant Strides Fitness’ owner, Danielle Shaw, defines what it means to be an athlete. As a player, she competed in collegiate and professional soccer. As a leader, she held the title of assistant coach for the NC State Wolfpack soccer team. In her spare time, she has completed 10 marathons, and she coaches athletes at Giant Strides. She leads fitness programs that include boot camps and workouts that focus on specific body parts. She also specializes in marathon training and running programs to prepare clients for other events such as 5K and 10K runs.
On Journey Arizona Tours, riders’ ears easily hear the chirps and whispers of Sonoran Desert wildlife, unencumbered by their electric bikes that remain completely silent. The eco-friendly cycles allow even unskilled patrons to cross rocky desert terrain dotted with boulders and emerald scrub or bustling city streets peppered with fallen bits of roof-garden greenery. Four guided tours explore the starkly different landscapes. Scenic Desert Tours spend three hours or half a day skirting the sands of the Sonoran as guides dig in to its natural history and folklore. During the Scenic City Tour, leaders ferry riders to the Phoenix Zoo and Desert Botanical Garden (admission is included in the tour) and around local parks and lakes.
An elegant chandelier sparkles above Amaro Italiano Ristorante open kitchen, but it?s rarely the first thing that guests notice. They are too engrossed by Pizza Chef's delicate dance as he flings discs of pizza dough high into the air, careful not to get them caught in the chandelier?s net of crystal beads. The culinary team pull their own mozzarella and top their Neapolitan pizzas with such creative ingredients as shoestring onions, oven-roasted artichoke hearts, and shaved ham. Pizza is hardly their only specialty, however. Their dishes run the gamut from house-made pastas to a bone-in pork chop with a Dijon and mustard glaze. 70 wines complement the complex Italian flavors, as do the artworks on the dining room?s walls and live musicians who have strung their guitars with resonant spaghetti al dente.
At RoxStar Fitness, the choreographer, performer, and Pilates guru Natasha Brown transforms dance routines into high-energy workouts where women can have fun while getting in shape. She pulls dance moves from many genres?rock, pop, hip-hop, swing, and more?and ties them together in RoxStar?s calorie-torching classes. Besides providing a good workout, Natasha shares dance tips that students can put to good use while busting moves at a wedding or in the background of a White House press briefing. Clients can supplement spirited dance classes with flexibility- and strength-building sessions of yoga and Pilates, as well as one-on-one personal-training programs.
Talk about seizing the day?CrossFit Cave Creek schedules classes as early as 5:30 a.m. As lead by head coach Santana Yturralde and his staff, each scalable CrossFit workout consists of squats, dead lifts, snooze-button pushes, and other functional exercises that students complete with as much intensity as they can. To ensure they're getting the most out of the workout, participants learn how to correctly perform the exercises in instructional CrossFit Elements classes and how to maintain a healthy, energy-packed diet in nutrition seminars. CrossFit Cave Creek also tries to get people on the fitness bandwagon as early as possible by offering kids' classes for ages 8?12 and 13?17.