Make friends and burn calories with a classic racquet sport.
“People think of badminton as a backyard, picnic sport. They don’t realize how many calories you can burn in an hour or two,” says Phoenician Douglas Towne, who has played the sport for 20 years.
On your feet, Phoenicians! You happen to live in America’s premier hiking town. From the White Tanks to the peaks of South Mountain, find an invigorating and scenic holiday calorie-buster near you.
Hike City, USA
Where does Phoenix rank in the pantheon of great American hiking metros? “You want my biased opinion?” asks PHOENIX magazine hiking guru Mare Czinar. “It’s the best.” Consider: The Valley has not one, not two, but three world-class hiking mountains in its city core, plus dozens of lesser-known trails on the metro fringe, plus hundreds of wilderness hikes within a three-hour drive.
Huff and puff with a purpose at these Valley footrace fundraisers.
Some people run for fun. Some run for glory. Why not combine the two, and raise money and awareness for a good cause in the process? There’s no shortage of charity runs in the Valley, and this winter, people will flock to the finish lines and enjoy an array of unusual race day amenities, from donkey rides and DJs to chocolate fondue and rock bands, while benefitting causes from feeding the hungry to leukemia treatment and research.
Get fit as a beauty queen at Scott’s Training Systems in Chandler.
Think beauty pageants are all about being skinny and strutting across the stage in a bikini? Think again. Scott Keppel, of Scott’s Training Systems in Chandler, wants the pageant contestants he trains to be beautiful and healthy. “I not only want the girls to feel confident in the bikini portion of the pageant, but all of it. I want them to feel good in their evening gowns and whatever else they are wearing, too,” he says.
Commitment issues keeping you from a gym membership? Try these local one-off classes.
A gym membership just sounds so very permanent – sign a contract, pay your dues, and find yourself wedded to the same boring treadmills and plate-loaded arm curls month after month. Who needs that kind of commitment? In reality, a lot of people pay monthly gym memberships to go maybe once a week (or not at all). Losing money while not losing weight is a lose-lose proposition. But how about one-time classes with low fees? Now that’s winning! If you’re not getting enough bang for your buck at the gym, there are plenty of fun à la carte fitness classes around the Valley. Here are just a few options for one-time fitness flings.
Get to the point with Phoenix’s fencing centers.
Sometimes referred to as “physical chess” for its complexity, subtlety and mental gamesmanship, fencing isn’t just a martial art, according to adherents. It’s a lifestyle choice. “Fencing is a lifelong sport that teaches self-discipline, self-control, perseverance, patience and analytic and strategic thinking skills,” says Rachelle Arama, assistant coach at Arizona Fencing Center.
Choosing the Top Dentists - Every spring, PHOENIX magazine mails 1,600 surveys to randomly selected dentists throughout the Valley. The survey asks the dentists to write the names of three dentists whom they deem the best in each of nine specialties. They mail the surveys back to us, and we tally the votes in each category. Once the top vote-getters are determined, we obtain the dentists’ contact information from the Arizona State Board of Dental Examiners, and our fact-checkers verify their information.
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PHOENIX magazine published its first list of the Valley’s best doctors in 1995. Twenty years and 2,457 peer-selected physicians later, Top Docs is our most popular annual issue – a trusted and venerable resource for local medical care. Fi...
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To commemorate the 20th anniversary of Top Docs, we did some housekeeping. Through the upheaval of the Internet Age, our Top Docs database hadn’t changed much since 1995. Which is to say: It was still a stack of back issues piled in a closet. ...
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2014 Top Dentists - Smile School
Choosing the Top Dentists - Every spring, PHOENIX magazine mails 1,600 surveys to randomly selected dentists throughout the Valley. The survey asks the dentists to write the names of three dentists whom they deem the best in each of nine specialties....