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Social Opportunities for Outdoor Fitness Buffs in Phoenix Valley

The Phoenix Valley is ideal for fitness buffs for a many reasons. For a substantial part of the year, the weather is amazing with lots of sun and clear skies. In Phoenix, we basically have a reversal of seasonal activities in that the summer is like our winter, with temperatures commonly reaching over 100 degrees. Fitness buffs either rearrange their exercise routine dramatically or move it indoors. Luckily Phoenix has plenty of indoor fitness facilities too.

The running community features outdoor excursion year round although summer runs tend to get quite early to combat the effects of the dramatic temperature increase. Running communities feature both in town running meetups as well as trail excursions on the outskirts of town.

Trail Run

The East Valley Runners have been around since 1980 and feature year round activities including open runs and the Gold Mine Trailhead run that goes through Dynamite Trail in Queen Creek. Looking to challenge yourself with hills? They meet in Mesa weekly for an 8 mile out-and-back workout. The weekly track run includes speed training, warm up and cool down for endurance building. But the really social aspect of the group happens on weekends with the run and splash where members alternately host members of the group at their home after a run with a dip in the pool and refreshments.

Young parents might struggle with keeping up with their fitness regime but luckily Stroller Friends, Chandler, Gilbert group offers a free starter class called Baby Boot Camp for moms looking to get in shape. Beyond being able to work out with other parents, the group additionally plans social hours for the grownups and play dates for kids.

Crossfit Team

Phoenix Fit Club is a larger group in Scottsdale that meets once a week to challenge member with work outs across the spectrum. Their workouts include P90X, T25, the 21 day Fix, INSANITY, Brazil Butt Lift, Slim in 6, Turbo Jam, and TurboFire . So if you’re looking for anything but repetition, this group will keep you hopping.

Mountain Biking

Giant Scottsdale Cycling Events is for any level and interest whether road cycling or mountain biking. In this group you can learn the basics of mountain biking to evaluate whether it’s for you or not without even having to invest in a bike.

Tennis Team

The Phoenix Valley Tennis Group is open to anyone that wants to try their hand at tennis. The have players with skill sets that are all over the court so even a newbie doesn’t have to feel worried that they won’t make the cut. They state, “We have great players, and we have very bad players.” More than anything they are looking to promote a friendly and safe haven for people interested in the sport, maybe even make some new friendships. They typically meet in Phoenix and Tempe.

The Saturday Morning Pick-Up Co-Ed Softball Team invites softball players in the Scottsdale area to come practice and experience fun, fitness, and socializing every Saturday. They suggest their group is a great opportunity to fill your own softball team’s roster if you’re shy a player or two.

The Aravapai Group Trail Run social running network hosts trail runs all over the valley at mountain parks. Typically they have 50-100 runners that show up for each trail run offering a great variety of social opportunities to meet other trail running enthusiasts. Additionally, they organize after the trail run social activities like meeting up at bars and restaurants. If that’s not sweet enough, once a month they hold a raffle that includes chances to win goodies like trail running apparel and brewery items.

Bowling Team

The Coed Social Sports in Phoenix for 20s-30s might be the most fun group in this round up of social opportunities for outdoor fitness buffs in Phoenix Valley. The variety of sports the group includes is widely varying. Try bowling, foam dodgeball, ultimate Frisbee , softball, and cornhole tosses just to name a few.

Dog Walking Team

If your dog looks longingly at you when you leave for the gym, consider skipping the gym once in a while and taking your pet to Fit with Fido’s social meetup. Dog owners can socialize while walking with other dog owners and learn about how to care for their pet. Some of their outings have included a mimosa walk and brunch, a dog fest walk and roll, and weekly walks in various parks in the valley.

Because of the dramatic heat in the summer, fitness fans have come up with some really creative ways to combat the heat and still maintain their active lifestyles. Most of these activities, while not super strenuous are still an opportunity to keep moving and socialize.

The Blasted Barely Pong tournament sounds like a college age joke but the event will put you up against some serious players. It starts pretty late at 10PM when temperatures finally start to cool down. But with a weekly $50 prize, they’re never short of players and you can exercise your competitive spirit while meeting new friends.

Bar Crawl

While a bar crawl isn’t everyone’s idea of a fitness challenge, some bar crawl organizers include kooky things like a scavenger hunt which adds a few steps to your routine to keep your FitBit happy. To find open bar crawls during the summer, check out Phoenix New Times which feature a calendar of all kinds of social activities going on in the Phoenix Valley.

Whichever groups you find intriguing, the desire for custom team t-shirts often comes up as part of team building and unification, and of course designation of team players during competitive events. We have printed millions of custom t-shirts for people all over the U.S., a good deal of which have been for sports and athletic teams. We feature all kinds of tees for print including inexpensive cotton all the way up to high performance sportswear. We customize for you with screen printing, digital printing, and embroidery. If you need custom t-shirts with names and numbers, we got your back. Either email your list or upload yourself in our custom t-shirt design studio. You’ll receive your custom athletic apparel order in 10-days or less including free delivery!

The Definitive Guide to T-Shirts

T-shirt Fit Guide

T-shirts are our go to article of clothing for everything from lounging around the house to speaking in front of thousands gathered for a start-up convention. There’s hardly a comparison for a piece of clothing that is so versatile and widely accepted not to mention comfortable! Within this guide we’re going to attempt to cover all types of tees to help you narrow down the best options as far as purpose, fit, and comfort.

First let’s take a look at the back story of our most beloved piece of clothing. T-shirts started being manufactured way back in the late 1800’s as a replacement for buttoned and collared shirts for bachelors with no sewing skills. Sailors in the Navy then started cutting their union suits in two to wear the top portion all the time. When these men returned to Civilian life they were not keen on giving up the comfort they were used to so the t-shirt spread its way into the mainstream society. So beyond thanking our military for service in protecting our country and interests, you can also be thankful for the t-shirt. The military was also one of the first to commence the decoration of t-shirts with printed imagery.

How t-shirts are defined is typically by their neckline since they have no real collar, just hems. You have crewnecks and v-necks but there are also long-sleeved variations of these. Additionally you have types of t-shirts that are defined by their material content like 50/50 or polyblends and specialty t-shirts known as performance wear. How do you figure out which is best for you?

Crew necks were aptly named, again hearkening back to the Navy days when oarsmen who wore these were known as the “crew.” Crewnecks feature a ribbed raised neckline in a circular shape and are especially flattering on people with long necks and thinner builds. If you really prefer a v-neck but have a long neck, there are some options for v-necks that have a shortened v-shape.

V-necks can be worn by anyone but the extremely deep v-neck should be avoided because it’s a fashion phase and you’re going to regret those Instagram pictures in a year or two. Not to mention, you have less room for a t-shirt design!

Crewneck T-Shirt
V-Neck T-Shirt

How should a t-shirt fit? In almost any case, a t-shirt should lightly hug your body. The t-shirt tent is not a good look on anybody. The exception of course if you’re wearing an oversized t-shirt around the house to lounge in or do work. Then of course you can wear a tent t-shirt.

For most people sleeves will also define whether you’re wearing a well-fitting or ill-fitting tee. Too much flare in the sleeves and you’ll look like cadet from a space voyage show, too tight…well too tight just not alright. If you have muscles, wearing a bicep strangler isn’t going to make you look beefier but it might make you look like you’re trying too hard. Generally a sleeve should fall around midbicep and lightly hug your arm, the same as the rest of the tee. If you have a t-shirt that fits you in an odd way or you have an unusual shape, sometimes getting them professionally altered could be the answer, especially if you love the t-shirt design.

If you’re a little on the fluffy side, we recommend still wearing a t-shirt that only has a few inches of give on either side. If you’re uncomfortable with this, you could add layers like a light cardigan to offset attention to areas you’re not confident with. But stick with the slight body hug if you do this.

The length of a t-shirt varies depending on gender. Men should always wear t-shirts that rest about mid crotch level. If the hem of the t-shirt rests higher than that you may leave yourself vulnerable to exposing your stomach which should be avoided in professional settings. If you’re a very tall person, resist the temptation to wear oversized tees in an attempt to make up for length. Our Hanes Beef T offers selections for extra tall people in checkout. Women have a little more versatility in this arena but the same recommendation goes for professional settings.

The weight of a t-shirt is an important aspect to consider. We all like to be comfortable when wearing a t-shirt so the concept of thin material is often attractive especially in the summer. However nipple protrusions are never acceptable especially at work for both men and women. Fortunately, we don’t carry any t-shirt product that would land you in hot water at work. If you prefer a heavier t-shirt, our Hanes Beefy T will ensure you’re in full compliance whether at work or at play.

As far as colors are concerned, we have found that our most popular colors are shades of blue, white, shades of gray, and black. These colors should be a staple in your wardrobe because they can easily gp with lots of different outfits. This is particularly true for grey, it’s considered neutral and can be worn with almost any other color or pattern.

What to wear with a t-shirt? Just about anything! T-shirts are great with khakis, jeans, corduroys, shorts, skirts, leggings, under blazers, sweaters, and jackets. You can dress them up or down with accessories like scarves, shawls, hats, and jewelry. It’s not weird to wear heels with a t-shirt ensemble and they look just as good with sneakers, sandals, boots, and dress shoes.

The Most Happening Places to Celebrate 4th of July within the U.S.A.

4th of July Eagle

This 4th of July, 2017, millions will celebrate a long weekend, and more importantly, the established independence of American Colonies from Great Britain. On the 2nd day of July, the Continental Congress approved a motion put forth by Richard Henry Lee, a delegate from Virginia to separate from the English rule. It wasn’t officially adopted until the 4th of July and that’s why we celebrate that day. However founding father John Adams did not approve of the date since he thought it should have been celebrated on the 2nd and subsequently refused to attend gatherings on July 4th in protest.

Yearly celebrations continued but the war of 1812, where we once again we’re fighting against the British, brought forth a newfound earnest in remembering the date. As hard as it is to believe, the date wasn’t made a national holiday until 1941 and even later than that, federal employees we’re given the day off. Happily the sentiment made its way into regular businesses and it’s now extremely common for employers to offer the day off. But just how do most Americans celebrate Independence Day?

When you think about the 4th of July, picnics, barbecues, water sports, and fireworks are all common themes. Founding father John Adams envisioned grand celebrations right after the motion was approved and documented in a letter to his wife his expectations for the activities, “Pomp and Parade…Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other.” And that’s exactly what happens to this day. Although the general themes for 4th of July celebrations follow the same pattern, some regional differences make their way into 4th of July festivities.

Since we print and ship custom t-shirts across the U.S. (and 4th of July family gatherings are often cause to order custom t-shirts,) we’re featuring some of the most splendid and interesting 4th of July bashes by region.

If celebrating in Florida, the Key Lime Festival takes place over the course of the 4th of July weekend. It’s the biggest festival of its kind and draws foodies from all over. The festival concludes with a spectacular fireworks show over the Casa Marina Resort. Being that Florida borders the Atlantic Ocean, the Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival makes a big splash around the holiday as well. And being home to Walt Disney World, of course the happiest place on Earth is going to host some major 4th of July events.

In Washing D.C., you’re sure to see the most astounding display of fireworks in the region not to mention the pomp and circumstance of military parades along with PBS’s annual show, “A Capitol Fourth.”

New York City of course has one of the most dazzling fireworks events in the country put on by Macy’s Department Store. The fireworks are dispatched from barges in the East River. Nathan’s Hot Dog business originated on Coney Island, so every 4th of July, the company hosts a hot dog eating contest for professional and amateur power eaters. We love New Yorker’s and they must love us too as we send quite a few custom t-shirts to the city and surrounding Burroughs.

Nashville is the place to go if you covet great music to accentuate your 4th of July fireworks dispay. Not only does the city feature one of the largest, each year the accompanying musicians range from country to symphonic.

New Orleans features a top ranking fireworks display called Dueling Barges parked in the Mighty Mississippi River. Of course in New Orleans you’re going to find some of the finest BBQ along with the possibility of viewing the fireworks show from an authentic paddlewheeler ship, The Creole Queen.

Houston is big player in the competition for the most over the top 4th of July extravaganza in the country drawing major league musical talent and fireworks with its annual Freedom Over Texas celebration. Houston is also one of our favorite cities because they love our custom t-shirt printing and great prices and we love them right back. Happy 4th of July Houston!

Columbus, Ohio features a show called Red, White, and Boom and uses an impressive 48,750 pounds of fireworks. It’s the largest show of its kind in the Midwest and draws massive crowds.

Boston is home to one of the more famous 4th of July celebrations known as Boston Pops. Its fame garners being featured on television networks across the country. Not only do attendees get serenaded by the music of the Boston Pops, the fireworks are commenced by a military jet fly over!

St. Louis has been hosting America’s Biggest Birthday Party for 136 years. A nationally recognized event that draws over 400,000 people each year, the celebration always has big name entertainment, military flyovers, and of course, an exceptional fireworks display at the end of the evening.

For anyone of these events, wearing custom t-shirts that convey your own sense of patriotism is popular. Families often have matching t-shirts that proclaim heritage or unity with the family by including the family name within the t-shirt design. Vacationers will often commemorate their visitation with vacation themed t-shirt designs. Wherever you’re spending this 4th of July, custom t-shirts are a brilliant way to make the occasion special. Customizing t-shirts and having them delivered to your door is just as easy purchasing mass produced t-shirts at box stores, but the t-shirt you design will be uniquely your own.

Need some inspiration to get started? Check out these 4th of July themed t-shirt designs to get your creativity going!