Opened in 2007, Classic Cooking marches under the banner of classic French cooking techniques while using Native American ingredients and dietary foundations. Classically trained French chef and owner Pascal Dionot draws on his extensive training in France, Germany, and Spain to elucidate the finer points of cooking, dining, and fingertip kissing during cooking classes tailored for both career-minded gastronomers and novices. Catering services take Classic Cooking's French–Native American fusion on the road to feed handfuls of hungry partygoers or infinite imaginary friends.
Taekwondo master Diane Muniz doesn't just equip her students and set them loose—she trains right alongside them. That's because her main goal at Momentum Taekwondo Academy is to keep everyone moving and growing both physically and mentally in the art of tae kwon do, herself included. Armed with a fourth-degree black belt, she and her students work on the footwork and dynamic movements distinct to the Korean martial art at tae kwon do classes. Or students can opt for kickboxing to add some extra calorie-burning to their martial-arts regimes.
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.
Next to the scenic McDowell Mountain Golf Club, Mesquite Grille tantalizes tastebuds with an eclectic menu of contemporary American cuisine. Executive Chef Mark Hamilton draws from years of experience cooking at cafes and resorts in Michigan, Virginia, and Louisiana to create dishes that evoke zesty Southwestern classics, cowboy fare, Chicago-Italian cuisine, and Midwestern home cooking. Guests can dine on savory bowls of chili, spicy green-chile pork sandwiches, or burgers and sandwiches made with sirloin, chicken, and fresh veggies. Like a well-worn plaid tuxedo, the space blends refined elegance with a rustic quality by surrounding diners with stunning desert vistas, the warmth of a roaring fire, and accents of wood and adobe.
The seasoned trekkers at Take a Hike Arizona garnish the pristine Sonoran Desert with paisley pastiches of footprints as they lead wayfarers on personalized voyages through twisting trails and clandestine canyons. Expand your appreciation for the complex eco-system of this picturesque wilderness during an exhilarating half-day expedition that lasts 2–4 hours. The excursion can be customized into a leisurely, moderate, or challenging hike, depending on your level of experience or possession of an ephemeral quality that grizzled newspaper editors call “moxie.” In addition to possessing expert knowledge about local botanical and animal life, each tour guide is a rubber-stamped practitioner of first aid and CPR.
Preadolescent amblers 12 and under are free with a paying adult, receive a complimentary disposable camera, and will be treated to games such as "desert bingo," an interactive game to keep kids engaged in the hike. Bottled water, snacks, ponchos (if necessary), and the use of backpacks and trekking poles are provided, so there is no need to bring tupperware containers of water or socks filled with emergency fondue.
Armed with various facilities, group classes, and state-of-the-art equipment, 24 Hour Fitness molds amorphous adobe muscles into rock-solid flesh houses. Each location boasts cardio equipment, free weights, a steam room, and group exercise classes so social gym junkies can motivate each other. Group cycling sessions burn calories and increase energy levels, and Latin dance-influenced Zumba classes present a fun, dynamic way to slim meat suits. Before breaking a sweat, check the online schedules for upcoming times.