Tread Bikes suits up cycling enthusiasts with a cornucopia of pedal-pushing gear and apparel, all organized in tidy racks that make for easy browsing. Select RD cleats by Pearl Izumi ($95) use direct-vent technology to cool down overheated tootsies, and the Fox Head Flux helmet ($99.95) keeps cyclers from having to cruise around town in a propeller beanie. Customers can also wrap torsos in the lightweight Carbon Ion jersey by Louis Garneau ($94.99), made from carbon-fiber fabric that assists in reducing static electricity while ushering circulation to the upper body. Tread Bikes' shop boasts a play area for children and welcomes dogs, so long as they are housebroken and aren't wearing rollerblades.
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Xtreme Martial Arts & Fitness Center’s owner, Payam Bagheri, takes on students aged 3–60 in his quest to spread the art of muay thai. Far from regarding the ancient martial art—which incorporates strikes from the fists, feet, elbows, and knees—as simply a means of fighting or very forcefully hailing a cab, Payam and his staff also gear classes toward fitness with their X-Fit kickboxing programs. All lessons take place in their 5,000-square-foot facility, where students battle punching bags or spar against padded partners. An additional 2,000-square-foot personal-training studio provides space for one-on-one conditioning, which removes all competitive aspects from training, aside from the quest to wipe that smug smile off of your shadow’s face.
Like a belief in the Tooth Fairy, Scott Rempfer's belief in the power of martial arts and fitness started when he was a kid. However, instead of fading, his belief strengthened with each youth and adult class he completed. Today, 20 years and one 4th degree Black Belt later, he continues teaching fitness classes, personal training, therapeutic corrective exercise, Karate, Tai Chi and Kickboxing at Med-X Health & Fitness Center. But it's not all kicks, punches, and hair-biting. He and his staff also offer sports and fitness training classes along with summer sports camps for kids. MED-X Health & Fitness also offers Yoga, Pilates, Cross-Training and Massage Therapy for adults.
Cal Sports Club initiates students in the ways of Olympic sports rarely practiced in standard gyms, such as fencing and archery. Novice fencers of all ages pick up academy-supplied foils and gear for introductory coursework on the behaviors, terminology, and strategies of swordplay. Through paired drills and actual duels, participants hone their footwork to effectively parry classmates’ ripostes with encouragement from instructors and vague proverbs from Yoda. Feathered projectiles fly toward targets during archery lessons as students clench bows in an attempt to grasp the art of long-distance marksmanship.
Ever since martial-arts masters Ernie Reyes and Tony Thompson cofounded the West Coast World Martial Arts Association more than 35 years ago, their teachings have been shared at affiliate schools throughout the United States. The seasoned staff spreads Reyes and Thompson's mission by leading classes for all ages and skill levels, from white belts to the prestigious black belts.
Master Reyes has received a wide range of accolades over the course of his decades-long martial-arts career. In 1981, he was inducted into the Black Belt Hall of Fame as Instructor of the Year. 13 years later, the cable network TNT's special Masters of the Martial Arts named him as one of the 20th century's greatest martial-arts masters. In 2007, the Marital Arts Industry Association gave him a Lifetime Achievement Award—an honor previously bestowed upon Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris. He is also the co-author of the Little Dragons book and video series for young martial artists, and has been featured in Black Belt Magazine's series of instructional videos.