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.”
A resourceful technique allows women to enhance their busts the (semi) natural way – by siphoning the stem cells in their own fat.
A decade ago, author/pundit David Brooks coined the term “bobo” to describe an emerging class of bourgeois bohemian Americans – a prosperous, organically-minded clique prone to yoga classes, farmers’ markets and fair-trade lattes.And now: breast enhancement from recycled, local tissue?
A new, specially-equipped gym in Phoenix caters to disabled people with accessible pools, a rock-climbing wall – even a wheelchair rugby league.
When Mike Benge works out, he really goes after it. We’re not just talking your basic weights and cardio – the buff 35-year-old is also a rugby player, likes to fence and unwinds with a little yoga. “I even salsa danced yesterday,” he admits with a smile.
What makes Benge unique is that he maintains this level of activity despite losing the use of his legs in a car accident at age 19. His wheelchair never deterred him from hitting the gym, but it was something of an impediment. The crossbar on the lat machine? Unreachable. The stack-it-yourself bench press? Impractical.
It’s a journey of the soul, a trip from frazzled nerves to peaceful thoughts, tense anticipation to fluid action, the thrill of competition to the zen of you and the golf ball.
It’s golf yoga – yoga classes designed to translate inner tranquility to the tee.
“Most people play their best golf when they’re very relaxed. And after a yoga class, most people feel very relaxed,” says Dodie Mazzuca, yoga golf instructor and former professional golfer. “So having that state transfer to the golf course is really, really effective.”
They say that couples who play together stay together. Also: Those who pedal together fight weight-gain and joint disease together. It doesn’t rhyme as well, but it’s just as true.
Long stigmatized as the bike-nerd equivalent of matching dinner outfits, tandem biking is gaining stature as a cool, cooperative activity for fitness-minded couples. Somewhat more technically challenging than one-crank bicycling, tandem biking allows the “captain” (front rider) and “stoker” (back rider) to enjoy a conversation as well as a great scenic ride.
Amid legions of diet books promoting every manner of metabolic gimmickry and self-torture, Martin Cizmar’s new book Chubster: A Hipster’s Guide to Losing Weight While Staying Cool ($13.95, Mariner Books) stands out. Cizmar states in the prologue that he is firmly against “the horrors of Organized Dieting,” particularly its incompatibility with the hipster lifestyle of restaurant touring, copious lattes, microbrews and solitary standing at concerts.
HIKE OF THE MONTH
For a good workout and amazing views close to suburbia, try Bell Pass Trail. Although there are many access points and loop options, here’s one that works well if all you want to do is an out-and-back hike to the Pass.
From the trailhead on 104th Street, head north on the closed road for 0.2 miles to the Levee Trail junction. Turn right (east) and go 1 mile to the Paradise Trail junction. Go left (north) on the Paradise Trail for 0.2 miles to the Gateway Loop junction. Turn right (east) and follow Gateway Loop for 0.2 miles to the Bell Pass Trail turnoff. From here, it’s 2 miles to the Pass.
Heading out on a fabulous fall drive? Check out our guide to the best autumnal ambles in the area.
Bear Sign Trail No. 59
The remote upper reaches of Bear Sign Trail host surprisingly rich woodlands of deciduous trees that transform into a canopy of color in early autumn. To find these hidden thickets, hike on the juniper- and scrub-lined Dry Creek Trail to the Bear Sign junction, veer left and pick up the trail heading uphill. Much of the path parallels boulder-filled ravines lined with sycamore, willows and cottonwoods eking out a living where water collects among gigantic boulders. Throughout the hike, haphazard webs of canyon grape vines sprawl in viral abundance, forming veils of diffused sunlight.
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