At East Coast Baseball Academy, bats crush pitches from deadeye Iron Mike machines, and spectators cheer heartily from bleacher seats. As batters step up to the plate in one of the four turf-lined cages, an extended silence segues into the whoosh of baseballs or softballs from the pitching cannon, and the sturdy nets lining the cages safeguard patrons from the wallop of line drives and the muddy paws of off-leash mascots. Beneath soaring ceilings, strike-smashing abilities continue to develop despite pouring rain or the tantrums of Jack Frost. In the facility's lounge area, a television and PlayStation system serenade proud parents, coaches, and bat sharpeners as they rest.
Charleston Bicycle Company equips the helmeted masses with their two-wheeled counterparts thanks to the shop staff's more than 45 years of combined cycling experience. The standard tune-up primes spoked speedsters for the riding months ahead. A specialized technician will assess your bike's mechanical operation, inspecting for damages and receding hairlines along its frame. Lubrication of the pivot points and shift components optimize agility, and a bracket tweaking facilitates smooth spinning. In addition to a thorough tightening of levers, shifts, seat posts, derailleurs, and more, a road-warrior mechanic inspects brake-pad surfaces, ensuring they are still as sturdy as a celebrity gladiator’s redwood treehouse. Once completed, your entire bike receives a mild cleaning of frame, parts, and wheels before conquering the concrete with milder modesty. Charleston Bicycle Company can usually primp your ride and turn it around within two to three days—sometimes on the same day.
As a Class A affiliate of the New York Yankees, the Charleston RiverDogs aim to enchant fans with shapely curveballs and winning line drives. The club takes the field at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park, where fans can take in views of the Ashley River as they watch the next crop of MLB stars sprout from the nutrient-rich soil stored within their cleats. Between innings, fans can snack on the Riley Park's concession stands' pickle dogs, brat cheesesteaks, and old-fashioned boiled peanuts—just some of the delicacies that have lured ballpark-cuisine fans from the Travel Channel to The Joe.
Kirk Sprinkles abides by the philosophy "Once a dancer, always a dancer," which he's shown over the course of a decades-long career. Kirk, who has performed on Broadway, at venues across the country, and even on the open seas aboard cruise ships, now imparts his expertise to students of all ages and abilities during dance classes and private lessons. At Sprinkles Productions, students can stop in for a ballet, jazz, or pointe tutorial, or schedule one-on-one sessions to perfect new skills or correct left feet.
Even before she became a certified trainer, Laurie Henderson led and inspired her fellow athletes as the captain of the women's Central Michigan basketball team. She then carried her passion for guiding others through a master's of exercise science from Kent State University, and today she continues her mission at Fly Dog Fitness.
Laurie's boot camps know no limits, taking place outdoors, in the water, and on dry land. She uses standard exercise equipment and park benches, yoga mats and soft grass. She gets her students to work up a sweat whether it's sunny or dark—even in inclement weather.
With more than 30 years of kid-entertaining experience, The Little Gym provides a safe and noncompetitive environment wherein wee ones and maturing moppets can exercise their brains and bodies. Visiting youngsters age 3–8 glean social, intellectual, and emotional skills from the Summerville facility's Anytime Summertime Camp, featuring a unique lesson plan each day, incorporating gymnastics, physically active games, and creative arts-and-crafts projects. Kids can enjoy gymnastics exercises that cater to differing ages, levels of muscle development, and hatred of vegetables. Each week's theme, such as ninjas, safari, and Academy Award–winning cinematography, incorporates hands-on activities that facilitate bonding while boosting listening skills, attention spans, and confidence. Check the complete class schedule for Summerville to confirm times.