Mission Trail Experience walks history lovers through El Paso's past on tours that explore museums and offer eyes feasts of architecture dating back to the days of Spanish colonization. The three- to four-hour tour of the San Elizario historical district pauses at 17 sites of local and historical importance, such as the colonial Presidio Chapel and the Old County Jail, where Jesse James penned his first vegan cookbook. Embark on the four- to five-hour Mission Trail tour to venture farther afield, visiting the colonial Ysleta and Socorro missions, along with the San Elizario chapel and the Tigua Indian Cultural Center.
"My dad told me, 'Mijo, no matter what the sport, the best athletes are always in tremendous shape!'" Ren? Armijo says on his website when describing how he came to concentrate on fitness. The boxer would always remember these words, forever seeking out superior health and fitness practices as he worked toward building his fighting career. At Fighter Physique, Ren? combines his experience in the ring with his passion for fitness, joining a team of fellow fighters and exercise aficionados to lead students toward diamond-chiseled physiques.
At the brightly lit studio, a forest of red punching bags abounds with instructors guiding all skill levels through proper boxing and kickboxing techniques, infusing workouts with high-intensity calisthenics and aerobic exercises. The staff opens all of their classes to kids as well, encouraging youngsters to leave behind sedentary lives of playing video games and reading their mothers' diaries in order to build the foundations of invaluable lifelong fitness skills.
Crossfit El Paso—the hard-hitting, muscle-forging outpost inside EFS Athletics—sandblasts physiques into stony exteriors using the same exercise gauntlet that propels the Navy SEALs, the El Paso police department, and athletes around the world into tiptop shape. The easily scalable program adjusts weight and intensity for every participant, ensuring an invigorating workout whether patrons are athletes at peak performance or people who have never worked out in their lives, such as professional baseball players.
The instructors also strike the balance between hard work and fun. Beyond CrossFit, they teach 10 kinds of group fitness classes—including Zumba, Pilates, and spin classes—seven days a week, which is one more day than the sun usually rises. They even pitch athletes-in-training seasonal challenges, such as the yearly Farmfit event, which blends athletic feats, barbecue, and a family-friendly atmosphere as CrossFit-trained citizens go toe to toe with lifelong farmers to heft bales of hay, wrestle cows, and weed plots of killer tomatoes.
At Sole Support Medical, board-certified pedorthist Ramon Dominguez and his team address aches and ailments by working to correct clients' foot and ankle alignment. The specialists review stance and walking posture and utilize a digital foot scanner to discover instep issues.
They shape custom orthotic devices for each client, which aim to correct overpronation, a condition commonly known as flat feet that can negatively impact the lower body. Much like insoles or sandwiches hidden from airport security, the devices slip discreetly inside of shoes and conform to the contours of the wearer's feet, and they reduce stress and strain on the body and bring feet into proper alignment.
The Mind Body Studio's instructors believe that physical and mental balance can be achieved at varying speeds. From the slow, deliberate poses of hot yoga to the lively, energized dance steps of Zumba, their fitness programs forge an increased connectivity between muscles and minds. The certified instructors correct students' Pilates positioning aboard mats and Reformers, and Active Isolated Stretching sessions help them ease tension in connective tissues. The group and private classes accommodate guests of all skill levels.
The board-certified orthodontists at Smile Straight Orthodontics, including some who are bilingual in English and Spanish, work to perfect smiles with preventive, restorative, and cosmetic treatments. With an expert staff at the ready, they treat common issues with innovative tools such as Invisalign.