The crowd stands gaping as the young boy runs up the wall, bounces off of it, and flips gracefully onto the floor. Before they can applaud his agility, he backflips his way across the floor as though gravity is nothing but a suggestion. It is the walls and floors at Sky High Sports that grant this young daredevil a bounce-laden surface upon which to show off his aerial feats. Nestled within a 45,000-square-foot facility, the trampoline zone at Sky High Sports beckons jumpers of all ages to burn off steam and energy.
Along with the floor-to-wall-to-floor trampolines, the facility keeps appetites for adventure sated with a cushy sports-foam pit to jump or swing into, as well as a private trampoline court that can be rented out for events, such as birthday parties or reenactments of favorite birthday parties. Young would-be kangaroos aged 8 or younger can zip around the kid zone for age-appropriate bouncing. In-house dodge-ball games transform the gym-class standard into a fast-paced bounce fest, and seasoned instructors helm Airobics classes featuring trampoline-centric moves to torch calories. An onsite snack bar and Perky's Pizza stave off mid-jumping stomach growls, and an adult lounge equipped with plasma TVs and complimentary WiFi serves as a haven for parents to unwind as their progeny plays.
Brunswick Zone has been a trusted name in recreational pin pulverizing for more than a century, providing good times to patrons across the country. Friends and families season afternoons with a pleasant peppering of strikes, spares, and easygoing gutter balls under classic bowling conditions, or take the next bold step in ball-hurling evolution and engage in a round of cosmic bowling, where dancing lights, thumping tunes, and black-lit gear light up the full sensorium. At XL locations, game rooms beckon with nimble joystick workouts on classic and modern arcade games.
For accuracy, the sneaker experts at Fleet Feet Sports prefer to measure a client’s shoe size multiple times. However, size isn’t the only metric they use to match patrons with suitable shoes. Before pairing them with athletic sneakers from Nike, Asics, and other top brands, the team considers their clients’ foot shape and watches them walk barefoot to evaluate their gait and whether they are hobbits. With their rigorous sneaker fittings and optional insoles, the team strives to build a solid, comfortable foundation for athletes of all experience levels.
To complement their array of footwear, the shop also stocks a comprehensive battery of athletic gear, with a special focus on technical apparel that wicks away moisture during workouts without relying on bulky built-in hair dryers. Nutrition guidance and products bolster the workout supplies, as do special events that include an injury-prevention clinic and weekly group runs.
Since its founding more than a century ago in 1909, Bumstead's Bicycles has outfitted cyclists with high-end models for commuting or exploring, as well as masterful tune-ups and handy upgrades. The knowledgeable staff guides shoppers through a huge variety of frames, parts, and designs, including sturdy, colorful Nirve cruisers, sleek Trek road and mountain bikes, and balanced Fit BMX bikes.
With more than 50,000 square feet of collective climbing surfaces, Hangar 18 Indoor Climbing Gyms's four locations, including its newest in Long Beach, offer ample terrain for climbers of all skill levels. From first-timers just learning to belay to seasoned climbers seeking a vertical challenge, athletes of all stripes can find suitable terrain and helpful assistance from experienced staff members. At the Riverside location, top ropes and lead routes circle around a freestanding boulder that tops off at 20 feet. The Southbay location's large training section gives adventurers prep time before they embark on the facility's challenging crack climbs, and the Upland location's 40-foot roof climb lends a scenic vantage point for those honing their skills on the ceiling-spanning rope or trying to spot a lost contact lens. After traversing 70-foot routes through lead caves and descending towering boulders, climbers can decompress in a yoga class.
After vacationing in France in the early 1970s, retired physicist Carl Sontheimer was inspired to go back to work. He?d seen a new gadget?a mechanized food processor for restaurants?and wanted to retool it for passionate home cooks like himself. His machine was efficient and versatile: mixing eggs into puff pastry took 15 minutes for a human, 10 minutes for a trained chimpanzee, but just 15 seconds in the food processor. Immediately, revered chefs including Julia Child, Jacques P?pin, and James Beard applauded the invention, and Beard even wrote an entire cookbook dedicated to the machine. Decades later, Cuisinart?s line of innovative products ranges from waffle makers and rice cookers to eco-friendly nonstick pans.