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.
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.
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.
Bunkers, barriers, and trailers speckle The Paintball Zone’s five themed playing fields, serving as venues for sneaking or sniping. On Saturdays or the last Sunday of each month, players disperse throughout the arenas, marking opponents with random paint splatters or impressionist haystacks. The outdoor facility includes a covered staging area for protection against the sun and rain. The Paintball Zone sells paint and rents markers, ammo, gear, and compressed air tanks and recommends players wear a long-sleeve shirt and shoes that provide good ankle support.
With a 9-hole course, a driving range with nine target greens, and lessons with Head Golf Professional Kevin Hill, St. Stanislaus Golf Course presents the beginner and avid golfer alike with a suitable spot to hone their games. Beginners of all ages—from adult lesson-takers to youngsters participating in the course's Junior Program—enjoy the course's relatively short overall length and opportunities for improvement. More seasoned club swingers, meanwhile, use the course to calibrate iron play and work on course management—that aspect of golf strategy that dictates when to lay up, what club to use, and how to barter with a chipmunk to get your ball back.