The diversity of programs at AZ Boxing & Fitness speaks to its instructors' belief that martial arts can hold the key to achieving fitness goals, no matter one's age or experience level. Classes for adults run the gamut from Zumba to boxing, which cover the basics of shadowboxing, footwork, and bagwork, to condition the body and relieve stress and calories. In addition to overseeing more than 40 classes a week, the instructors also run personal-training sessions, where they design fitness plans geared toward losing weight or improving athletic performance.
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.
A partner gym of Rocks & Ropes, The Bloc climbing + fitness is a 20,000 square-foot, air-conditioned rock-climbing destination. Inside, a dozen autobelays allow visitors to make high, harness-assisted ascents. Or, you can test your bouldering skills on a 7,000 square-foot wall. In addition, the gym offers yoga, meditation, and pilates classes in its 2nd-story heartSTONE studio, welcoming both beginners and experts. The gym also includes cardio and weight equipment for those looking for a vigorous exercise or a heart-to-heart talk with a treadmill.
O2 Modern Fitness helps clients of all fitness levels and walks of life reach their full fitness potential—including current mayor Jonathan Rothschild, who promotes physical fitness city-wide. With his days packed full of rich lunch meetings and countless hours at the desk, Rothschild spends his mornings pedaling away calories.
Now a tried-and-true fitness emporium, O2 Modern Fitness began when Susan Frank realized the key to keeping her genetically high cholesterol low: cycling. Today, helping clients achieve strength and conditioning through cycling (CYCL) and Cross Training (CROSS) are the primary goals of O2, thanks to self-paced group training. Yet beyond the bike, certified staff members lead students though high-intensity interval training that includes body-weight exercises plus the use of kettlebells and sandbags within the CROSS conditioning classes that heighten core strength and mobility.
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.
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.