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.
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.
?Movement is life. Mind and body are one.? It is this philosophy that drives Amen Iseghohiin both his fitness regimen and his life. That view comes from two sources: a childhood spent with his grandmother in West Africa, and tires. While his grandmother encouraged perseverance and self-sufficiency, his games with tires helped him develop strength and discipline. And the humble objects still have significance to Amen?they form the basis of the exercises at his gym, AmenZone Fitness.
At the facility's many locations, Amen and his fellow instructors champion the practice of primal training. The unconventional, challenging workout uses natural movements, body weight, and car tires to build endurance and lean muscle.
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.
AquaSafe Swim Schools' saline indoor pools echo with the splashes of tots and kids practicing their paddling skills. A weekly schedule of lessons spans children of all ages and skill levels, from babies entering the water for the first time to kids working on more complex strokes and dolphin calls. The group classes operate at a low student-to-instructor ratio for maximum safety and personal attention. Parents supervise children's lessons from the viewing gallery, and unleash non-swimming siblings to entertain themselves in the play area. Once paddlers have honed their skills, swim teams can introduce them to friendly competition and social swimming.
Between Chris Fry, a PGA member and specialist in the biomechanics of the full swing, and Tyler Christensen, an expert on the short game, the instructors at Expert Golf AZ have specialty expertise that covers any and all aspects of the game. The teaching duo has conducted more than 40,000 private lessons, gaining a wealth of experience harmonizing swing changes to match individual body motions and abilities.
Students can take lessons at three courses: Silverado Golf Club, McCormick Ranch Golf Club, and Flagstaff Ranch Golf Club. At each of these locales, a menu of services range from private lessons—complete with V1 Pro video analysis and Flightscope X2 launch monitoring—to on-course coaching, reserved for serious golfers who need assistance with competitive strategy or someone to bring them orange slices at the turn.