Staffed by a team of former professional and collegiate baseball veterans, South Bay Sports Training ushers in new generations of baseball and softball players with expert clinics and personal training. Instruction is broken down into the sport’s fundamentals—hitting, pitching, fielding, catching, throwing, and general performance, among others—with each group or private training session led by an expert in each specialty, ensuring students are privy to all the tips and tricks specific to that position.
Operated by Silicon Valley Sports & Entertainment, the parent company of the NHL's San Jose Sharks, Sharks Ice skating centers professionally maintain solid-water rinks and facilities to accommodate a full range of activities. Each Friday night (7:30–9:30 p.m. in San Jose; 7:15–9:15 p.m. in Oakland) customers have full run of the centers' Olympic-sized rinks for public skating and fashionable displays of warm, Cosby-inspired outerwear. In addition to skating amenities, each Sharks Ice center features a full-service pro shop that sells NHL athletic apparel and other skate supplies and accessories. The centers also feature public snack bars and spacious public areas for socializing and frigid recitations of 18th-century Russian poetry. Sharks Ice San Jose also houses Stanley's Sports Bar, a full bar and restaurant overlooking the three rinks. Skate rental is included, but if you prefer to bring your own foot-blades, the general admission price without today's Groupon is $8, which still makes the Groupon the better deal. Hours are subject to change, so please call ahead to confirm.
Downtown Yoga Shala provides a healing haven for an individual's body and blood flow, energizing muscles and spirit. Inside its 3,800-square-foot facility, participants of all experience levels anchor themselves with steady breathing, calm focus, and sequenced poses. A team of passionate instructors guide each journey, expanding yogic horizons for their students with classes that explore endothermic posture progressions in Vinyasa Flow Yoga, the use of belts and blocks in Iyengar Yoga, and mental clarity with Meditation sessions, among other courses. Yoga slows down the pace of a frantic mind while building and toning the body's core muscles and promoting fluidity.
That fluidity is fostered by a centered studio space that includes an expansive yoga room, a second studio for smaller classes, and accommodating changing rooms. Yoga Shala further upholds its earth-conscious ideals by bathing its spaces with natural lighting and covering its floors with renewable bamboo.
As CEO and chief instructor of Condition and Competition Kickboxing, Ed Carpio draws from a victory-studded background of competitive fighting. Though he came to the art of Chinese kickboxing (also called sanshou) at 21, later than many greats, he rose through successive bouts to become a national lightweight champion. Ed then turned to training others with his expertise, remaining devoted to his sanshou students throughout his sporadic returns to the ring, a study in judo, and a government summons to deflect an impending asteroid.
CCK preaches acceptance and positivity through programs for all ages, from toddlers to adults. Its gym has been highlighted on one of KRON 4's "Best of The Bay" segments for casting a familial air over martial-arts learning. Bordered by camouflage-painted walls, guests can launch strikes at bags, pads, and partners during kickboxing courses, or focus on classical conditioning with weights and fitness machinery.