Saunter up to Kiwanis Park Batting Range and use the 20 tokens toward a variety of machines and cages, designed for baseballers of all skill levels. Ten lighted cages and eight cages that contain dual pitching machines provide multifaceted ball-whacking delight. Many machines can heave stitched spheres at speeds ranging from 30–75 m.p.h from 45 feet. Six slow pitch softball machines check larger targets, while a T-ball area is available for youngsters unable to face the wrath of the regular cages. Bats and helmets are available for use, and the only age requirement is that batters be able to hold and swing a bat without assistance (click here for the full list of rules). In between bat-based bashes, swing by the general concession area to snag some refueling soda, candy, or other energy titillating snack.
The trainers at Ultimate Body Boot Camp forage through the workout wilderness to curate a fitness omnibus. They pull from multiple exercise styles—including Pilates, plyometrics, kickboxing, yoga, and core work—to build workouts that combine the benefits of cardio and resistance training. This earned the program a top spot on Arizona Foothills magazine's Best of Our Valley list for 2012.
To keep clients' muscles from hitting the wall, getting bored, or taking off in the dead of night to pursue a career as an anatomy textbook model, coaches change the routine each class and give campers personalized tips to fuel individual journeys. Body-composition tests and nutritional plans augment the sessions, inspiring long-lasting habits for healthy physiques.
The kids are lurking around each turn of the 5-kilometer course, their hands full of Super Soakers, water balloons, and other aquatic artillery. A group of runners comes into view, and suddenly it's like the zipper broke on a rain cloud. The children shower the race participants and help them fight the swelter of the Arizona heat. Those who don’t wish to be “hit” wear bright red and wave a white flag in surrender. The kids—who have been instructed to only aim for the neck down—let these ones pass sans moisture.
The Splash Mob 5K puts this cool, watery twist on the standard race. Not only does it keep participants cool and kids smiling, but it also raises funds for a good cause: the Children First Academy. This Title I school educates approximately 300 students, 68% of which are homeless and 100% of which qualify for free breakfast and lunch.
The team at Cottam Health Partners draws on training in a massive range of disciplines. Chiropractic doctor Neil Cottam has ben practicing for two decades, learning about techniques including lumbar flexion distraction and drop-table adjustment. Chiropractic care corrects misalignments and improves nerve communication between the brain and organs in the body. Under Neil’s supervision, the certified massage therapists knead and rub muscles to reduce mental and physical fatigue and improve range of motion after hard workouts or appearances in an infomercial about how dangerous trampolines are.
The phone-repair technicians at itechs inc keep communication lines open and running smoothly with a variety of iPhone, iPad, and iPod repair services. Since they specialize in these high-tech Apple products, they can quickly diagnose and fix virtually any kind of damage, from dying batteries to water damage caused by dropping the phone into the castle moat. Beyond repairing devices, the staff helps customers express their individuality by swapping out their phones’ black or white factory casings for vibrant hues or applying new stylish skins and bumpers.
The OC Laser's technicians serve up skin-smoothing services to women, men, and otters looking for a streamlined edge. Medical director Dr. Michael Miller also offers B12 injections, pain-management services, Botox, fillers, and weight-loss programs.