Athletes' Performance

Tempe, Arizona

Apr 9, 2008
Outside Magazine

Best For: Boardroom windbags
When fitness expert Mark Verstegen opened Athletes' Performance in Tempe in 1999, his goal was to surround elite athletes like Mia Hamm with the top conditioning coaches, nutritionists, and physical therapists in the country. Over the past seven years, Verstegen has opened facilities in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Gulf Breeze, Florida. And last year he opened his Tempe headquarters to laymen. Athletes' Performance's Executive Experience is a four-day workshop during which clients set high goals—say, running a sub-three-hour marathon—then learn how to achieve them in a 30,000-square-foot fitness center. Visitors—mostly competitive execs with cash to burn—are tested for VO2 submax and body fat and guided through two-a-day workouts alongside pros. Meals double as nutrition seminars, and guests leave with three-month training schedules in hand. $7,500 for workouts and meals; Stay at the Phoenician resort in Scottsdale, and try to resist the seared foie gras. Doubles from $760;