Every Saturday and Sunday, Air Warriors Paintball opens its four outdoor playing fields to the public for simulated combat. Three of the four battlegrounds play host to adrenaline-fueled matches that pit players against each other in scenario games. Obstacles include tire mounds, corrugated metal, and dugout trenches. The facility also features an inflatable-packed speedball arena that’s perfect for fast-paced games. Much like a college student who has trouble scrounging up quarters, Air Warrior’s speedball field changes once a week.
After traipsing deep into Fresno Regional Sports Complex, warriors breach the perimeter of Maximum Paintball, an expansive enclave spread throughout several obstacle-infested outdoor fields. Concrete blocks, wooden horses, and metal barrels populate Field1, and regulation barricades such as pyramids, cylinders, and Paul Bunyan's beanbags wait to be splattered with neon paint in other nooks. Maximum Paintball hosts traditional paintball games and some with slight variations, all overseen by referees unafraid to eject people for unsportsmanlike conduct. An observation area with awnings and picnic tables protects onlookers from stray pellets, and a supply store stays open seven days a week to equip sharpshooters with necessary accouterments.
Tri Sport Bicycles' experts of pedal-powered transportation have spent more than two decades tweaking and fine-tuning shabby two-wheelers before setting them free to conquer open terrain. Guests can browse the shop for tires and wheels lining the walls and metal racks displaying bikes by KHS, Huntington Beach, Redline, Diamondback, Torker, and Raleigh. In addition to road and BMX bikes, staffers stock family-friendly rides, including kids' bikes and cruisers for parental units. They also supply racks for customers who want to transport their bikes via car, truck, SUV, or domesticated shark.
Sports Station has been providing athletes and sports enthusiasts with quality team apparel for more than 20 years at its Central Valley location in the Fashion Fair Mall. Locally owned and operated, Sports Station boasts an impressive collection of athletic gear and team paraphernalia from area squads and beyond. Broadcast your fandom to passersby with a crisp new jacket ($59.99–$250), sweatshirt ($45–$99.99), or T-shirt ($19.99–$29.99). Or assume the identity of your favorite professional athlete with Sports Station’s authentic NFL, MLB, NBA, and NHL jerseys, available for both adults ($45.99–$300) and kids ($29.99–$89.99). Meanwhile, hats ($18.99–$36.99) provide the perfect opportunity to support your favorite team while simultaneously covering unruly noodle nests or brainslugs.
Fig Garden's experienced instructors—all of whom are registered with the national Yoga Alliance or trained by independent schools in their areas of specialization—have been inching Fresnites toward enlightenment since 1998. The cozy, intimate studio focuses on the Iyengar style of hatha yoga, often employing props such as blocks, straps, and water-squirting boutonnières to aid participants of all ages and experience levels in maintaining poses suitable for Cubist figure-drawing classes. After a few classes, inflexible flexors will see an improvement in balance, an increase in core strength, and a newfound taffy-like bendability. In addition to stretching and burnishing a stiff soul-sack, hatha yoga focuses the mind and eases emotional tension caused by the continued inability to beat a cousin at pogs. Fig Garden's ongoing repertoire of small, drop-in classes ($15 each) ensure that greenhorn yogis and experienced gurus have many opportunities for individual attention.
Sierra gets athletes race-ready with quality training gear and energy-inciting footwear. The sprint-experienced employees evaluate the attributes of individual feet before fitting them with shoes that augment arches or ameliorate overpronation. The store carries more than 80 brands, including finish-line-favorite shoes from Brooks and ASICS ($99.99+). Fleet-footed fashionistas can keep pace in a pair of Nike Tempo shorts ($28) or CEP compression gear ($59.99), both of which wick away all evidence of effort, preparing participants for course candids. The shop also facilitates fraternization through a variety of events such as a half-marathon training group and a female-focused Diva Nite.