Saturday, May 23, 2015

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Fighting Flab

Martial arts-based fitness routines deliver a KO punch to gym boredom

Multitaskers love the idea of staying in shape while learning a new way to express themselves. Though one could conceivably achieve this by finger painting while sitting on a body ball, Axé Capoeira Arizona has a much more dynamic and fun proposition. Specializing in the Afro-Brazilian art of capoeira, which combines dance, martial arts and music, the Scottsdale studio will keep you entertained and sweating in a way your nightly spin class never could.


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Slim Gym

Small, boutique gyms’ personalized fitness programs offer a haute alternative to same-same training routines.

Going to a crowded gym and doing the same basic workout every time can get bone-crushingly dull. So Jenny Cushing decided to try something else, namely a Systeme Dynamique workout class in Los Angeles designed by celebrity trainer Sebastien Lagree. She fell in love with the program and ultimately joined forces with pal Rachel Forman to bring Lagree’s workout to the Valley at their own gym, The Body Lab.


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Hippocratic Oats

What happens when diet-minded doctors and celebrity chefs team up to fight inflammation and Alzheimer’s? 
All kale breaks loose. Deliciously.

It’s a typical lunchtime at True Food Kitchen, and diners cram the entryway like vegetables jammed into a juicer. Fresh-faced waitresses in scallion-green shorts squeeze between patrons, carrying plates of tofu-shiitake lettuce wraps and kale salad topped with omega-3-rich wild-caught salmon. No one thought a health food eatery would become this popular, least of all founders Dr. Andrew Weil and restaurateur Sam Fox, the oil and vinegar partnership that’s shaking up the nation. A restaurant based on the tenets of the anti-inflammatory diet? How do you make that sexy?


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Broken Hearts Club

A PHOENIX magazine editor scours the Valley for answers to his heart disease, consulting cardiovascular comrades like Suns player Channing Frye and local doctors.

Well, this is it,” the surgeon says, with an encouraging smile. “As you can see, it’s pretty compact. Nothing so terrible.”

Admittedly, the smooth, teardrop-shaped device in his hand – slightly larger than a Zippo lighter, and the same silvery color – is hardly terrifying. And it is relatively small. By smartphone standards, for example, it would be record-breakingly compact.


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Blunt Force Drama

Adolescent athletes get a wake-up call as Arizona hospitals take the lead in tackling concussions.

Mary Shannon’s love affair with soccer began harmlessly – idyllically, even. At 7 years old, she begged her parents to let her play sports, and they enrolled her in the Madison Futbol Club, a Phoenix-area soccer league for kids ages 4 through 9. Tasked with blocking opposing players, the vibrant, raven-haired girl
actually spent most of her time on the field picking dandelions and scattering them to the wind.


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Stools Rush In

A new procedure fights a deadly infection. Don’t ask how.

Carol Giorsetti doesn’t mind being Exhibit A for a new medical procedure. “I’m glad, in fact,” the 65-year-old Dudleyville, Arizona resident says. “I probably would have died if I didn’t have it.”


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Workin’ Your Gherkin

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.


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