Has gym boredom and team-sport fatigue left you in a fitness pickle? Pickleball may be the perfect sport for you.
Invented in 1965 by former U.S. Representative Joel Pritchard (and named after his dog), pickleball is played like tennis but with a whiffle-like ball, a lower net, a badminton-sized court and mini rackets.
You don’t have to be an 18-year-old cornfed Marine recruit to enjoy the fat-burning benefits of a military-style fitness regimen – nor do you need to suffer cruel nicknames like “Private Pyle” and “Snowball.” Indeed, the drill sergeants at Code Pink Boot Camp are more likely to praise your ab definition than scream profanities in your face. “I’ve discovered that I feel inspired by those who [are] actively trying to make positive changes in their lives,” Valley trainer Shannon Gartin
Ballet Fitness Fusion founder Lisa Juliet has 24 years of classical ballet training, but she insists no experience is necessary to attend one of her Ballerobica classes – nor is a lovely, swan-like neck or steely toes that can lift the weight of a Mini Cooper. You don’t even have to wear a tutu. Ballerobica combines the fundamentals of ballet with cardio and strength training, working your muscles without adding bulk.
Tired of watching Barbie strut on the treadmill and Ken pump iron at the weight benches? The Dirty 6 Mud Run, a 6-mile tramp through the muck and mire at Rawhide Western Town, lets you leave the Stepford gym behind and have some filthy fitness fun. “It’s less intimidating” than a traditional run, says David Benjes, owner of and event organizer for DCB Extreme Adventures. “It’s fun, it’s challenging. You will get wet, you will get muddy. It’s exercise with distraction.”
While its sister campus in the Valley fights cancer, this Flagstaff research facility unravels such infectious diseases as anthrax and bird flu.
If you think Imelda Marcos’ shoe collection and Jay Leno’s car collection are impressive, you should see the collection Dr. Paul Keim has at the TGen North facility in Flagstaff – but you probably won’t want to,
inside This world-class facility, Gene sleuths are uncovering clues that could lead to cures for cancer.
Looking around the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), you constantly get the sense you’re missing a geneticist’s inside joke. Step into this veritable shrine to DNA, and you’ll tread on tiles designed to look like
double helixes twisting down the hallways. If nature calls, you’re directed to the gender-appropriate restroom by colorful 3D blocks shaped like an X or Y chromosome.
Dr. Bruce Werber of InMotion Foot & Ankle Specialists in Scottsdale has developed a way to treat diabetic foot ulcers by injecting the wounds with amniotic fluid and membrane collected from donors who have had cesarean sections. In Werber’s study of 20 diabetics, all of their previously unresponsive wounds responded and 90 percent closed. Werber has had similar success in treating tendon and ligament injuries.
The process, which can prevent foot amputations in Type II diabetes patients, utilizes mesenchymal stem cells, but “We’re not trying to replicate or clone,” Werber says. “This is just one way to use these very powerful cells...to help patients heal themselves. Using human tissue is always superior to using engineered tissue.”