At Central Sierra Fly Fishing Adventures, guides teach students the basics of fly fishing. The staff pools their collective 75 years of knowledge of the area?s rivers, lakes, and streams, tailoring lessons and expeditions to the skill level of each student.
Inside George Brown Fitness, ISSA-certified personal trainer Scott Sherman leads his students toward their fitness goals with little more than some sets of straps and a will to succeed. An independent trainer, Scott often meets clients in-studio or outdoors in the fresh air, under the nonjudgmental sun, where he helps people of all sorts get in shape, from teens and new moms to conditioned athletes looking to progress in their sport. Sessions vary, but Scott often calls upon exercises such as heavy-rope training, sit-ups and body-weight moves, and TRX suspension training to mold his clients’ physiques.
Fresno Kickboxing Academy schools young fighters in the subjects of muscles, speed, and coordination during a four-day, noncontact MMA sports-training camp. Kids ages 8–17 train in the 12,000-square-foot private sports gym under the watchful eye of a staff of expert instructors, which may include former wrestlers, MMA fighters, or extras from The Karate Kid. During each three-hour session, coaches lead students through a warm-up and nutrition discussion, as well as workouts based on muay thai, American-style boxing, jujitsu, and wrestling. The fully equipped facility boasts an Olympic-size mat, complete weight room, and professional punching-bag rack, good for finessing fist throws or practicing do-si-dos. Check the schedule for dates.
Central Valley Freerunning Academy teaches the art of parkour, a French word that describes the ability to overcome obstacles and move gracefully through one's environment. Instructors teach students how to do this confidently in an urban setting by hosting parkour classes inside a gym with padded floors. In addition to running and jumping, students practice overcoming barriers by climbing, flipping, and saying "excuse me."
Though he's used to hitting night clubs and touring, Adam Richmond's star is rising with appearances on Last Comic Standing, Last Call with Carson Daly, and a gig warming up the audience for The Best Damn Sports Show Period. The in-your-face comedian—blessed with a gravel-toned voice and pointed cadence—expounds on the big-picture and small-picture aspects of life, from religion and history to the ethics of killing ants and ideas for hypothetical horror movies about coconuts. He'll hit the Thai Palms Restaurant and Bar stage with a posse of comedians yet to be announced. Until then, customers can catch up on Richmond's lively online life, which abounds with a personal website, a video blog christened Suck My Shtick, and the occasional anonymous post on Gargoyles message boards.
Visitors to Sierra Bicentennial Park are probably familiar with the rhythmic peal of batters practicing their swing at The Clovis Batting Range. The range is outfitted with eight baseball machines and five softball machines (three for fast-pitch and two for slow-pitch). A full-service snack bar keeps practicers powered with sports drinks, water, and that weird brown gum baseball players are always spitting out.