Youthful shrieks and the slap of feet on mats fill the air at Southwest Gymnastics Training Center, drifting past a climbing rope and floor-level trampoline. Coaches preside over the 10,500-square-foot facility, improving more than somersaults—they also help give kids the self-esteem and discipline to excel in school or run a successful ant farm. The safety-certified coaches encourage positive traits in their young charges during recreational and competitive classes for ages 18 months to 18 years. Designed to adhere to USA Gymnastics guidelines, the curriculum helps kids build skills in a logical order, ensuring that no one has to do a cartwheel before learning what a wheel is.
The coaches also teach trampoline and tumbling skills, occasionally retiring to the sidelines to supervise open gym sessions. During these unstructured play sessions, kids can safely experiment with any equipment or practice pushing a wheelbarrow full of gold medals. Recreational classes for girls aged 6–18, boys aged 6–18, little ones aged 18 months–5 years, and athletic action figures, as well as competitive classes for advanced-level acrobats. Tumbling and trampoline lessons build knowledge of the sport, with a bouncier surface than a circus seal's mattress.
The experienced staff at Jab Fitness help patrons sculpt shapely physiques, imparting strength and discipline with a curriculum of fight-inspired class styles. Focusing on high-energy, combat-sports training, instructors enhance each session with adrenaline-pumping music, motivational pep talks, and punching bags that bear a striking resemblance to your fifth-grade bully’s henchmen. Jab Fitness also boasts a number of highly structured fitness programs for children, so energetic tykes can tire themselves out while learning the self-defense boxing tactics necessary for uppercutting the monsters beneath their beds. The fitness-centered yoga classes sculpt bodies in a variety of classes that blend traditional moves with high-energy workouts set to music.
Shalimar Country Club's 2,417 yards of manicured golfing terrain are peppered with towering trees, slinking sand traps, and rolling hills. The design of the nine-hole, par-33 course masterfully incorporates its scenic assets—the fifth hole sits across a yawning lake, and the ninth hole's island green is flanked on all sides by water hazards, bunkers, and punks who steal golf balls for their solar-system dioramas. To be prepared to dodge these obstacles, players practice on a driving range and chipping-and-putting green. After their rounds, golfers can wander into the restaurant and lounge for a meal or a drink or peruse the golf shop to try on new apparel and test the mettle of name-brand equipment.
Course at a Glance:
Nine-hole, par-33 course
Distance of 2,417 yards from the farthest tees
Course rating of 31.2 from the farthest tees
Three tee options
Link to scorecard
Climbers cling to large, composite structures, strategizing their way up the side of a rocky cliff. They have come to conquer Climbmax Climbing Gym's myriad rock-face combinations and master the art of blindfolded belaying on thick, padded floors. Before challenging themselves on the climb-through cave or scaling an overhang, climbers slip into a harness and climbing shoes for safety.
In addition to climbing areas geared toward beginners and advanced climbers, a children's area features its own pint-sized climb-through cave where youngsters learn to appreciate all aspects of the stimulating sport. Thick padding covers the floors of each climbing area, ensuring safe landings and comfortable, celebratory belly flops from the wall's summit.
The Urban Commuter operates under the mantra “Thoughtful Motion,” meaning it gets travelers moving in a manner that is both environmentally friendly and economically sound. The shop specializes in various modes of mindful transportation, including gas- and electric-powered scooters and bicycles. When visitors stop by with a broken scooter, or a bike that has slipped into a chain coma, the shop’s technicians can deliver full-service maintenance, repairs, and several different levels of tune-ups. For do-it-yourselfers, The Urban Commuter also carries a plethora of parts and accessories.
Students of all ages rouse their inner fighters at the Phoenix Combat Academy through martial-arts instruction from well-trained coowners Jay Pages and Sunshine Fettkether. Not unlike black-belt-holding sewer rats that mentor adolescent turtles, the academy trains both amateur and professional fighters in the art of combat with a variety of muay thai kickboxing, boxing, jujitsu, and mixed-martial-arts classes. Students can spend two weeks honing their fighting skills in an unlimited number of classes during which they can learn how to grapple and ground fight in Brazilian jujitsu or use a series of rapid strikes to subdue an opponent in muay thai. Both a combat and defense sport, martial arts combines group fitness with intricate skill, requiring high-energy movements that can tone muscles, burn off weight, and distract low-flying planes.