Indoor Activities During Arizona’s Summer Heat

Don Beaver, Director of Fitness

Clearly, we are in the midst of our region’s oppressive heat and monsoonal thunderstorms that annually occur during July. In order to beat the heat, many of you take advantage of our daily 30+/- degree swing by rising earlier and getting your outdoor activities, such as walking, golf, pickleball, and tennis, completed during the more pleasant morning hours. For those of you who might look to indoor fitness activities, please allow me to remind you of the Anza Athletic Center’s superior schedule of group fitness classes and exceptional instructors, our two highly certified trainers, and, of course, our refreshing outdoor aquatics program—much of which is offered from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week!

Group Fitness

Challenging classes in an air-conditioned facility, such as HIIT-FIT and Body Blast, are offered, along with a full array of motion classes (Zumba, Total Body Workout, and Sports Conditioning) and stretch classes of all abilities—Vinyasa Yoga, Gentle Yoga, Yoga for Men, Fit & Strong, SilverSneakers, and Senior Balance. If it is a specialty class that you prefer, karate and table tennis opportunities are slated throughout the week. To top it all off, these classes will not only serve your activity needs in a cooler environment, but are easy on the pocketbook, too, at just $4 per class (note: table tennis is complimentary)! Needless to say, you are sure to find classes that are perfect for you, regardless of your age and/or physical ability. Remember, to “use it or lose it!”

Personal Training

Quail Creek is indeed fortunate to be able to offer the personal training services of arguably the two most highly certified instructors in the Green Valley area, the husband and wife team of Dr. Laura and Steven McMurtry. Again, regardless of your needs—fitness programming, weight management, injury or procedural recovery, etc.—Laura and Steven are your “go-to” trainers. Give them a call and take that first step to improving your fitness level and overall health.


Our recreational pool is heated to 87 degrees year-round and offers several aquatic activities, such as 8 and 9 a.m. complimentary Water Aerobics classes Monday through Saturday, daily kids’ hours from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m., as well as a refreshing dip 16 hours a day. The 103-degree, eight-person spa is an outstanding way to relax the muscles after the day’s physical activities. Finally, the 83-degree, five-lane lap pool offers one of the best total body workouts with one-hour reservations that can be made as much as two weeks in advance via the QC website, keeping in mind that lane 1 is shallower to allow for those who are prescribed “water walking” for various reasons.

In conclusion, there is no excuse to be a stranger to the Anza Athletic Center during these typical Southern Arizona days, and, as always, enjoy the journey!