Last Saturday’s Jane’s Walk 2010 began in Downtown Phoenix at AmenZone Primal Fitness on Buchanan and 1st Street. I had never heard of such a place, but I know that AmenZone is going to change my life.
Located in an old warehouse next to the Stadium Lofts, AmenZone is a place for people to workout, but it’s not a gym, per se. These are no benches, no free weights, no treadmills. There are only ropes and punching bags hanging from the beams overhead and lots of tires of varying sizes. Your own body weight and a tire is all that is used for an intense cardio workout.
Amen Iseghoh, the owner, has a fantastic philosophy and approach to fitness. Instead of just lifting weights or running on a treadmill like a mindless, disengaged lab rat, Amen believes that exercise is a spiritual journey, about movement and connecting your mind and body. In my class on Tuesday night we jumped over, around, and through tires, we did push ups on the tires, lunges, stepped up and down on the tires and ran a lap around the block. Our bodies were engaged in movement for almost a solid hour (with a few water breaks.) After the first 5 minutes of warm-ups, I was dripping with sweat and my heart was pounding. I’m an active guy and consider myself to be in pretty great shape, but this class forced me out of my comfort zone and into a place where I was working harder than I ever have. An hour later I felt like I was walking on air.
The summer heat is not a good reason to be inactive. There is a lot to do in Phoenix during the morning and evening hours, and there are morning and evening classes at AmenZone.
A great workout awaits!
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