With diverse backgrounds and a wide breadth of knowledge, the instructors at Mountain Education & Development lead rock-climbing expeditions and land-management initiatives on an international scale, as well as to locations throughout Utah such as Salt Lake City, Moab, and St. George. On many of these excursions, they train climbers in a range of programs that exceed the guidelines of the American Mountain Guides Association. They may lead outdoor explorers toward certification during up to 72-hour courses in wilderness first aid and CPR, or teach single- and multiday courses in single or multipitch outdoor rock climbing or ice climbing or belay-climbing self-rescue. They also train students to follow in their footsteps through climbing instructor training, including 24-hour AMGA single-pitch-instructor training and assessment.
Sean Keil, the founder of Renaissance Movement LLC, discovered parkour at the ripe old age of 12. Eschewing his history as a professional dancer, he followed parkour full-force, traveling extensively to train with top parkour masters and even some of the inventors of the sport. Together he and his staff have developed a community in which they help students develop the necessary skills, both physical and mental, to practice the discipline of parkour in a safe environment.
Although several of the coaches at The Swim Academy have backgrounds in competitive swimming, you're just as likely to find them teaching a young child to perform survival floating as a triathlete to increase his or her speed. In fact, the coaches even work with swimmers who have a fear of the water, helping them overcome their anxiety and gain confidence in their swimming technique. The school recommends scheduling lessons once or twice a week for 30 minutes at a time to ensure retention.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Private Swimming Lessons
Pro Tip: Bring a suit, goggles, and towell. Give yourself extra time to find the pool your first time.
2,270. That's how many 2011 Utah Undie Run attendees broke the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people wearing only underwear. These days, the annual 5k opens with a count to see if it can beat its 2011 milestone. Then, runners—whose shed clothing is donated to the homeless—sprint toward the finish line donning bras, boxers, and swimwear. In lieu of athletic clothes, they cover themselves in body paint that express things they'd like to see change in Utah, such as adding pepper to the state's notoriously salty lake.
Those messages might earn participants top prize in the body painting category of Utah Undie Run's costume contests, whose other categories include biggest undies and best wild card. The contests take place at the race's after party, a freewheeling festival of bounce houses, mechanical bull riding, and live DJs.
Stocked with gear for standup paddling and white-water kayaking, the newly remodeled, sunny storefront of The Salt Lake Surf Company also boasts colorful racks of surf, beach, and casual clothing. Skim the oceanic inventory of flip-flops and simple shoes ($28–$70), or backstroke through waves of T-shirts ($30–$50) and swimsuit separates ($40+). Organic-cotton summer dresses bedeck beach bods in splashing colors ($50+), and the four-way-stretch board shorts ensure comfort and protection while hurtling across the surface of water or high-kicking in dolphin chorus lines ($50–$70). While perusing, feel free to consult the friendly onsite husky or the helpful staff of wave-whisperers for advice on standup paddling or white-water kayaking equipment, or to help you to locate items online that are not currently in stock.
At Square 1 Fitness, the doors are open all day, every day. With a month-to-month contract, members enjoy access to all that lies behind these gates: brand-name strength and cardio equipment, health screenings, fitness evaluations, and full showers. The gym also houses certified personal trainers who can develop personalized fitness programs. The trainers guarantee results, and have a proven history of success—an archive of success stories includes testimonials of participants who halved their body fat, reclaimed their pre-pregnancy figure, or overcame a weight-loss plateau. Complementing fitness services, Square 1 Fitness provides massage therapy, tanning, and other spa services that reward bodies more effectively than gold-star bicep tattoos.