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.
At Guru Momma's studio, yogis strip away the stumbling blocks that traditionally stand between busy moms and their physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Onsite childcare services crowdsource temporary mothering duties to a caring team of moms from the Guru Momma community. For kids who would rather participate than sit on the sidelines, kids yoga and mommy-and-me classes give tykes the chance to strengthen their growing bodies and earn hours towards earning their flying-yoga-mat permits. While the power and restorative yoga classes offload a multitude of benefits for practitioners, including better flexibility, balance, and mental clarity, Guru Momma also offers other holistic healing services such as massage, reiki, and nutrition consultations.
Emerge Community Center was created to provide a place for people to "emerge" into the versions of themselves they always wanted. At this community center, yoga studio, and acupuncture clinic, clients come to interact in a nurturing environment and reconnect their bodies and minds on a journey towards wellness. Owner and licensed acupuncturist Dana Bairen and her staff of qualified instructors help provide acupuncture, Oriental Medicine, yoga, meditation, and massage therapy. During the Zen Meditation session, students are taught to clear and quiet minds, while the Hatha yoga class uses asanas to open energy channels and the cage doors of spirit animals within the body. With hardwood floors and big windows that let in sunlight, Emerge Community Center provides a place for peaceful interaction and self-healing.
At Hegel Yoga, instructors delve deep into yogic studies with classes that teach postures, breathing, and meditation. The studio offers a unique, eight-week yoga anatomy class that teaches how the muscles, breath, and respiratory systems interact with each other during each movement and pose throughout a yoga practice. Instructors also nurture each student?s exploration of Ashtanga technique, with beginning level classes that focus on foundational postures, movements, and mindful breathing.
As students progress they build strength and endurance through standing postures, while slower floor postures help release tension in the hips and spine. Hegel also offers open practice sessions, where students may practice alongside an instructor. These sessions allow students to work in a meditative space at their own pace with movement and breathing guiding the class.