The smell of exhaust and hot rubber hangs in the air above Canyon Speedway Park, an olfactory cocktail accompanied by the sounds of screeching tires, roaring engines, and the cheers from a gallery that swells up to 2,000 strong. The 3/8-mile, dirt track churns as drivers drop lead feet on the accelerators of stock cars, ASCS wing sprint cars, and nine other classes of machines built for speed rather than maximal numbers of cup holders. Spectators watch from the stands as drivers compete for weekly prize purses of up to $7,250 with a repertoire of expert bump-drafts and jaw-dropping passes. In addition to scheduled races, the speedway also opens its gates during open practice sessions, letting fanatics study their favorite drivers' pinpoint turning technique in preparation for Bring Your Car to Work Day.
On a motorcycle, the world whips by you so fast, nothing else matters. Wind Therapy Rides leads motorcycle tours to help people capture that elusive feeling. Zip down an empty highway as you rush past America's wildest scenery, including lush forests, sun-kissed canyons, and alpine mountain ranges. Experienced guides lead these tours, which leave both beginner and advanced motorcyclists shivering in excitement.
As a 23-year-old junior, Tom Hatten didn’t spend his evenings at the raucous parties or ice-cream socials associated with college life. Instead, he’d spend the waning hours of his evenings waiting by the dryer for the last batch of towels before collapsing into bed. In the morning, he would lug them to Mountainside Fitness, the gym he opened as a student that he has thrown all his energy into maintaining ever since.
Today, the humble 4,800-square-foot space has bloomed into nine gyms that average a sweeping 41,000 square feet. Tom’s vision of creating a friendly neighborhood gym that greets each guest with a warm towel underscores every decision he makes for the different locations, from the colorful kid-care spaces to the entertaining group fitness classes. Personal trainers plan regimens tailored to each client, helping them lose weight, build muscle, or target the muscles that will help build a better golf game. Clients can create their own routines with the help of cardio and weight machines, or explore the different amenities at each location, such as saunas, rock-climbing walls, and indoor basketball courts.
The veteran marketing and real-estate professionals who teach at Arizona Academy of Real Estate frequently update course content to keep students in step with Arizona's real-estate and lending-licensing requirements. In-class or online programs prepare students to market and sell properties or become real-estate brokers who use their skills to assist either buyers or sellers.
Potential mortgage brokers and loan originators learn the ethics, mortgage laws, and secret handshakes necessary to gain bankers' trust, and practicing real-estate and lending agents can update their reservoir of knowledge with continuing-education classes. Once students earn their seller's wings, the academy's list of career partners gives new agents an opportunity to meet with local real-estate leaders and compare smiles.
Lacy Anderson, the calorie-burning wonder behind Entourage Fitness, knows what the human body is capable of when pushed to its limit. Every month, members at her fitness center enter into the 60-day challenge, completely remaking themselves during a month of intensive, small-group workouts. Gym-goers can avail themselves of four classes, including suspension sessions, which use body weight to engineer strength- and flexibility-building exercises. BOSU classes use inflated half spheres to fine-tune balance, while trampoline classes strengthen cardiovascular systems and allow exercisers to see if the rafters need cleaning. RAGE circuit training uses high-impact resistance and weight exercises to jumpstart fat burning and efficiently build muscle.
Though its 10,000-square foot facility might be a bit daunting at first, Siege MMA maintains a welcoming environment for men, women and children of all ages and skill levels. Established in 2007, the family-owned gym develops programs based on each member's goals, be it weight loss, self defense, or even competition training. Just like its facility, Siege MMA's selection of disciplines is vast. It ranges from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai kickboxing to submission wrestling and mixed martial arts.