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.
Jackie Graves leads Rhythmic Expressions Dance Studio's staff of seven dancers, each of their bodies and minds containing the secrets to different forms of dance ranging from ballet to hip-hop. She encourages creativity not just in dance steps but also with her studio itself. Colorful murals depicting an abstract seascape and sunset splash up the walls around the hardwood-floored space, causing more than one imaginatively engaged dancer to suddenly believe they are a starfish.
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.
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.
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The very first ATA Martial Arts opened in 1987, its 25 years of existence encapsulating the training of multiple generations of martial artists. Students trained, grew, had children of their own, and enrolled their kids at the same martial arts school they enjoyed as youths. The program of classes grew and evolved as well, starting with a foundation in taekwondo and growing to incorporate other styles and mixed martial arts training. The teachers now tone bodies using renowned MMA fighter Matt Hughes’ personal cage fitness regimen.
Thirty minutes, once a week. That's all it takes at Hubbard Family Swim School for a young child to master breath control, find their buoyancy, and backstroke straight into the world of swimming. Classes are broken into eight swimming levels, beginning when children are only 2 months old. In Baby Splash, instructors and parents both enter the pool, where they help little ones build a confidence in water. Beginning at age 3, students can dive into more difficult classes such as Jellyfish and Lobster, so named for the ocean species with the most Olympic gold medals. Masterful strokes can take kids into Hubbard Family Swim School's recreational teams, which compete during the summer.
Of course, the aquatic lesson plans are only as good as the instructors themselves, and Hubbard Family Swim School boasts an expert faculty at its locations in Phoenix, Peoria, and Mesa. Each of these swim instructors gets ample hands-on training and continuing-education courses throughout the year. Floating atop this sea of talent are Bob and Kathy Hubbard, the company's founders. Both grew up as active swimmers, and they made sure that each of their eight kids learned to swim at a young age—something that led to countless hours of boating, swimming, and snorkeling. Hubbard Family Swim School is the manifestation of their two loves: family and swimming.