Thursday, December 18, 2014

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Hope Chest

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?


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And Fitness for All

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.


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Hole in Ohm

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.”


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Nearest and Gearist


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. 


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Curl Up and Diet

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. 


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McDowell Sonoran Preserve Hiking & Bell Pass

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.


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Drive and Hike

Heading out on a fabulous fall drive? Check out our guide to the best autumnal ambles in the area.

Near Sedona

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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