If you're near a traversable waterway in Utah on a sunny summer day, chances are good that you'll run someone gliding along on a stand-up paddleboard. Many of these watery wayfarers travel courtesy of board's rented out by Paddleboard in Utah's extensive network of local affiliates. The outposts unlock access to some of the best boarding sites in and around Salt Lake City; The Lodge at Stillwater welcomes guests eager to explore the Jordanelle Reservoir, while Lindon Marina serves as a jumping-off point for Utah Lake's extensive wetlands. Some, such as Gonzo Boat Rentals and Tours, pull double duty, operating shops at both Antelope Island and the Great Salt Lake State Marina. Others, such as On The Pond Fitness and Rentals, pair their rentals with fitness routines performed atop the waters of Willard Bay State Park. While most of the shops remain close to greater SLC, at least one encourages more far-ranging expeditions; situated near Cedar City along the state's southern border, DIG Paddlesports helps travelers access the inviting waters of Sand Hollow and Quail Creek State Parks.
The caring faculty at Syracuse Dance Academy helps students develop confidence and transform raw talent into stage-ready choreography during classes for ages 18 months and older. The 7,000-square-foot facility holds three separate studios—one for ballet, one specifically for children's classes, and one exclusively for tumbling. Prima ballerinas can stretch their legs on bars lining a hardwood floor that is suspended to cushion the body during graceful leaps and misguided trust falls. In the children's studio, parents gaze from observation windows during classes or pile in front of the purple-curtained stage to enjoy in-house performances. During tumbling classes for boys or girls, a pit trampoline and 50-foot rod floor help spring tumblers into the air, and the 16-foot vaulted ceiling ensures they come down before hitting the stratosphere. At the end of the year, dancers from every class sashay onto the Val A. Browning Center for Performing Arts' stage at Weber State University for the end-of-year recital that creates a professional dance atmosphere.
Modeled after the famed links-style courses that hug the Scottish shoreline, Glen Eagle Golf Course’s kempt, verdant grounds span 7,065 yards of wide-open, tee-to-green terrain. Harness the prodigious power of golf’s Scotch-Irish forebears to cleave the fairways with well-struck drives, being certain to avoid pesky mounds, bunkers, and near-sighted Easter-egg hunters. While some lengthier holes—such as the 560-yard 18th—demand skillfully momentous drives, Glen Eagle’s generous five-tee layout ensures that the course is surmountable for loopers of all club-flailing prowess. The manicured course stands as a golfers’ oasis amid less-traversable geological phenomena; between divot-tearing strokes, green-stormers can drink in the gravity-defying majesty of distant mountains or lap up the murky waters of bordering wetlands, known for claiming the life-forces of wayward balls.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
Puckrin's Soccer Shop's father-and-son team of Alan and Glenn Puckrin equips players of all ages with a variety of soccer gear. A wide brand selection is available, such as Diadora shin guards with sleeves ($15.99), Diadora soccer socks ($9.99), and Calle street soccer balls ($29.99) for impromptu scrimmages during morning traffic jams. For miniature and growing strikers, junior soccer cleats and turf shoes ($22.99–$39.99) protect feet, aerate topsoil, and idolize full-grown adult cleats ($39.99–$219.99), both available in varying colors and brands such as Diadora, Umbro, Lotto, Joma, and Kelme. Puckrin's Soccer Shop puts stylish players at ease with goalkeeper gloves ($9.99–$49.99) in brands such as Sondico or Reusch, as well as sleek soccer shorts ($19.99), which serve as a modest transitional outfit from field to steakhouse.