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Skullpt classes at SuTRA Midtown offer an opportunity to tighten and tone through a high-energy workout designed to deliver fast results.
Owner Rebecca Fritz helped create the program and said the class mixes Pilates, athletic conditioning and ballet. Because it’s an intense full-body workout, Fritz said people are often surprised by the difficulty of these classes.
“When we’re teaching the class, we offer different modifications if it’s too hard or not hard enough,” she said. “But we didn’t want to dumb it down. We want people to see how strong they can get and how fast they can see results.”
Fritz added that using props like weighted balls, resistance bands and magic circles makes her class unique and adds to the challenge of this workout. However, formulating the Skullpt class took several rounds of trial and error.
“Really, it was an evolution,” Fritz said. “We started with just a ballet barre class, but I wanted something harder so people would be able to see faster results. Then we had the idea of adding in the props and putting in some new, different class styles. That worked.”
Skullpt classes are one hour and consist of a warm-up, a barre workout, ballet conditioning, resistance bands exercises, a core and upper body mat workout, and then stretching to cool down.
The instructors like to mix up each class just a bit so each workout is a little different, Fritz said. However, she added that the overall goal stays the same.
“We want to sculpt the body,” she said. “People are losing pounds, losing inches, cinching waistlines. It’s just great.”
SuTRA Midtown also offers special deals through September in celebration of National Yoga Month, including a free week of classes for new students. Yogies are also encouraged to try out Rooftop Yoga and Sutra in the Park for some unique twists on the typical yoga class.
Visit the SuTRA Midtown website for a full schedule of classes.
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NOTE: Go vote for your favorite Pedal Craft poster(s)! Voting will help decide which posters get printed for the show on Sept. 28. You may vote for as few or as many as your heart desires. Deadline: Noon, Friday, Sept. 14, 2012. (Firefox users:
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Event Brings Bikes, Art, and Building Community to Downtown Phoenix, Sept. 28
PEDAL CRAFT PHX VOLUME TWO rides into downtown Phoenix to fuse bicycles, art, and community in celebration of the city’s growing urban bike scene. The one night event will feature hundreds of bicyclists, a bicycle-themed poster show, a display of unique bicycle racks, a nationally acclaimed biking advocate and author, and rides to dining “hotspots” in downtown Phoenix. PEDAL CRAFT PHX will take place on Friday, September 28, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., at Kitchen Sink Studios Gallery, 828 North Third Street. Admission is free.
Twenty-five local graphic designers will show their original bicycle-themed poster artwork, available for sale for $20 per poster. A percentage of the proceeds from the poster show will be donated to the Rusty Spoke Community Bicycle Collective, a volunteer-run organization situated on Lower Grand Avenue and dedicated to local bicycle advocacy.
SideWalk Phoenix, an advocacy group for walkable, bikeable, and livable communities, will display a dozen one-of-a-kind bicycle racks designed and fabricated by local artists, metal sculptors, and celebrities. The racks will then be offered for sale to local businesses in need of bike parking for their customers.
Throughout the evening, several bike groups will lead rides of various difficulties (from novice to hardcore) to downtown Phoenix restaurants and pubs that have installed bike racks and are offering special menu discounts for PEDAL CRAFT PHX participants.
At 8 p.m., biking advocate Grant Petersen will sign available for sale copies of his new book, Just Ride: A Radically Practical Guide to Riding Your Bike. A former racer who commutes by bike daily, Petersen writes for major bicycling and outdoor magazines, and is founder of Rivendell Bicycle Works. In Just Ride, he shares a lifetime of facts, controversial opinions, expert techniques, and his own maverick philosophy in short chapters that emphasize fun and joy over the grinds of racing.
PEDAL CRAFT PHX is part of Phoenix Design Week, September 24-30. Now in its fourth year, Phoenix Design Week will welcome thousands of designers from across the country to participate in dozens of events and exhibitions, culminating in a two-day conference of inspirational keynotes at the Phoenix Convention Center. In addition to Phoenix Design Week and AIGA, sponsors and community partners of PEDAL CRAFT PHX include: Arizona State University School of Geographic Sciences & Urban Planning, AZ Fixed, AZ Pro, Bicycle Cellar, Changing Hands Bookstore, Continental Shift, Critical Mass, Evans Churchill Community Association, Heavy Pedal, Kitchen Sink Studios, Lost Creature, Momentum Magazine, New Belgium Brewing, PHX Bike, Roosevelt Row CDC, SideWalk Phoenix, Slippery Pig Bike Shop, State Bicycle Co., Synergy Design Lab, Tempe Bicycle Action Group, Urban Initiatives, Valley Metro, and Visionyard Photography.
For more information about PEDAL CRAFT PHX, visit pedalcraftphx.com; for Phoenix Design Week, visit phxdw.com; for SideWalk Phoenix, visit facebook.com/SideWalkPhoenix; and for Rusty Spoke, visit rustyspoke.org
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Fans are invited to attend a free boot camp class at US Airways Center on Saturday.
The Phoenix Mercury and Rock Star Boot Camp are inviting fans to take their shot at boot camp on the main court at US Airways Center, when the club hosts a free Rock Star boot camp class on Saturday, September 8 from 9:30 – 10:15 a.m. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. Admission is free to the public.
Rock Star Boot Camp’s creator, Curtis Hoekstra, will take fans through an interval-based boot camp training system on the Phoenix Mercury’s main court.
“The Phoenix Mercury is committed to promoting active and healthy lifestyles,” said Amber Cox, Mercury President and COO. “We are thrilled to be teaming up with Rock Star Boot Camp to offer this free class to our fans and the community.”
Rock Star Boot Camp is the official boot camp of the Phoenix Mercury. For more information regarding their classes and locations log on to www.rockstarbootcamp.net.
Phoenix returns home on Wednesday, September 12 when it hosts the Connecticut Sun at 7 p.m. Tickets are still available by calling 602-252-WNBA or visiting phoenixmercury.com.
Cheating has impacted D-backs more than any other team.
First it was Manny Ramirez and then it was Ryan Braun. Performance enhancing drugs have haunted the D-backs like the NBA has conspired to keep the Suns away from a championship – according to Suns fans of course.
Last week, Melky Cabrera was suspended for 50 games for testing positive and admitting to using testosterone. Cabrera was enjoying a career year and those resurgent numbers were evident in the games against the D-backs. He has collected big hit after big hit against Arizona and the rest of the National League.
Cabrera could potentially win a batting title, despite the suspension, with numbers that have far exceeded his career averages. There is no question that Cabrera’s enhanced performance contributed to the overall success of the Giants and helped them reach the top of the NL West standings. Doesn’t seem fair that the D-backs are once again one of the main losers in the fight against PEDs. One can only hope that the window is now open for a D-backs run and they’ll take full advantage of it.
It’s now or never time
The week began with the D-backs only 4.5 games behind the division leading Los Angeles Dodgers and four games behind the second place Giants. The D-backs had a golden opportunity to gain some ground with the Dodgers and Giants squaring off in Los Angeles, while the Marlins were in Phoenix for a quick four game series. Quick, because it included the first ever day-night doubleheader at Chase Field on Wednesday. After dropping the first two games of the series, things were starting to look desperate once again. Especially considering how the game was lost on Tuesday.
The D-backs came out hot, looking to atone for the embarrassing loss the night before. The D-backs were up 5-0 after one and looked poised to cruise to an easy victory. Unfortunately, the Marlins got right back in it and chipped away until they finally grabbed the lead and held on for the win. The double header may have been fun for those in the stands, but for the guys in the home dugout, it was definitely make or break time. The D-backs had to sweep the double header just to come away with a split in the series. Fortunately, that’s what happened. Tyler Skaggs got the win in the afternoon game making in Major League debut. All-Star Wade Miley threw another gem in the nightcap. Leave it to two rookies to step up when the team needed it the most.
While the D-backs were struggling to stay afloat, there was a flip flop at the top of the standings. The Giants swept the series in Los Angeles to grab a 2.5 game lead over the Dodgers and the D-backs dropped to 5.5 games back. The D-backs still have time to gain some ground on the home stand with three games against San Diego and Cincinnati before heading off to Los Angeles to face the Dodgers. The D-backs can control their own destiny in many ways because they still have five games against the Dodgers and nine games against the Giants. They need to play well to stay in the race and dominate the head-to-head matchups.
What’s coming up at Chase Field?
August 24 – Faith & Family Night presented by Grand Canyon University; College Night
August 25 – Postgame concert featuring Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers presented by Miller Lite
August 26 – Bark in the Park; Daniel Hudson Growth Chart giveaway to first 5,000 kids courtesy of Arizona Milk Products
August 29 – Senior Day
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ARIZONA RATTLERS HOST NATIONAL CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME ON SATURDAY
Tickets for the second round of the 2012 playoffs are on-sale now
The Arizona Rattlers have secured home field advantage for the 2012 National Conference Championship. The Rattlers will face-off against the Utah Blaze on Saturday, August 4 at US Airways Center. Kick-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
The 2012 National Conference Championship tickets are on-sale now and start at $11. Tickets are available at the US Airways Center box office or online at www.ticketmaster.com.
Every season ticket holder that renews for the 2013 season will receive TWO (2) complimentary lower bowl seats to the game. For more details on season ticket renewal please call (602) 514-TDTD (8383) or visit www.azrattlers.com.
Additional ticket promotions for the second round of playoffs include a ‘Buy One, Get One Free’ offer for military and first responders who present their service identification at the box office. This offer is available for up to TWO (2) complimentary tickets per service ID.
The Rattlers won the West Division Championship for the second consecutive season and ended their regular season 13-5, placing them as the second seed in the National Conference.