Rob Cantalicio has dedicated more than a decade to helping individuals work toward their health and fitness goals. At Zona Athletics, he continues this mission by leading workouts that use a variety of high-intensity exercises and functional movements to provide strength and cardio training. Throughout the course of a workout, attendees may heft medicine balls, bench-press weights, swing kettlebells, climb ropes, and perform lunges across a swath of astroturf. This variety helps keep students engaged by breaking up the monotonous routine of going to the gym, jogging on a treadmill, and dead lifting the treadmill and strapping it to your back to take home.
Und1sputed's experienced instructors boost metabolism, self-esteem, and self-defense skills during martial-arts-based and boxing fitness classes in more than 50 scheduled timeslots each week. During one-hour boxing classes, students learn basic skills and professional training methods such as jumping rope, reviewing Rock 'Em Sock 'Em–robots footage, and running medicine-ball drills while admiring the center's full-size regulation boxing ring. A mixed-martial-arts class combines boxing, kickboxing, and grappling techniques to get exercisers' feet flying and hearts pumping. Learn core tenets of self-defense during the Bar Room Brawl class, an intense one-hour workout that targets excess fat with kick-punch combinations, bag work, and toning moves for the abs and gluteals. Classes are followed by open-mat rolls, and patrons have access to a large selection of weights ranging up to 200 pounds, the same weight as 10,000 pro-wrestling VHS tapes.
If they can walk, they can learn gymnastics?that's the philosophy at Tumbleweeds Gymnastics. Classes teach basic tumbling skills as well as how to be a good listener, interact with other kids, and safely somersault away from conflict. As children grow more comfortable and skilled, they can graduate to more challenging classes, or eventually to specialty classes that focus on competitive cheerleading or gymnastics.
For an example of Tumbleweeds' success, just look to the owner. Courtney Dennison spent her youth racking up awards on the Tumbleweeds gymnastics team before receiving a full-ride scholarship to join the team at Oregon State University. Coming full circle, she eventually returned to take over the school and help others follow in her cartwheel-tracks.
Elemental Artistry's performers play with fire for a living. Blending the fluidity of dance with a theatrical sense of spectacle, the troupe—which includes an NBTA gold-medalist baton twirler—whirls flaming props into fiery vortexes, dazzling spectators at events ranging from the Tucson Celtic Festival to the sweet sixteens of local volcano gods.
In addition to more than 150 performances since 2007—some of which have earned print and television attention in the Arizona Daily Star and on KOLD News—troupe members teach their craft in workshops and classes that lead students of all ages through movements, such as poi spinning, staff and baton twirling, and hula hooping, using unlit props, at least to start. The art form's constant movement and careful coordination can help to tone muscles, awaken ambidexterity, heighten kinesthetic awareness, and occasionally open interdimensional doorways. Elemental Artistry's dance architects can also develop flame-free spectacles using props ablaze with LED lights.
Randy Brown was overweight and felt uncomfortable with his body. When a friend encouraged him to try boot camp, he reluctantly joined. Through hard work and with support from his instructor, he transformed his body and felt better than ever before. Today, Randy is a certified personal trainer and wants to help others do what his instructor helped him to do years ago: get in shape, gain confidence, and whistle Beethoven's Symphony no. 9. Through the years, he has grown Brown's Boot Camp from one class of 25 students to 14 different camps, and some of his students have gone on to become personal trainers themselves, which speaks to the success of his workout regimen and the camp's communal atmosphere. Randy's program focuses on improving total fitness, which not only includes strength, cardio, and flexibility but also nutritional counseling.
Trapezes, lyras, and slings dangle above the stage and classrooms at Zuzi!, a nonprofit organization with an affinity for the expressiveness of modern dance and the gracefulness of aerial maneuvers. The source of this passion rests within cofounder and artistic director Nanette Robinson—who is a certified Skinner Releasing Technique instructor—and radiates outward to talented teachers who lead dance classes ranging from aerial and ballet to funk. It also fills the studio’s troupe of performers who frequently pack Zuzi!’s 135-seat theater for seasonal performances, including an annual Winter Solstice Concert. Their mission also involves spreading the message of modern dance as far as possible, which is why they schedule an open aerial class during Friday happy hour and offer classes for kids as young as 4 years old.