There's no doubt that you are a real adult when you have been an aerospace engineer for over 10 years. So for Kent Gold, it was a momentous life change when in 2001 he rediscovered his inner child and founded SoccerTots?a soccer-based program that helps 18-month to 10-year-old kids develop their motor skills and build their confidence through fun and athletic games. Now, a decade later, the program is offered at more than 150 locations, including Canada and Peru, and has expanded to include HoopsterTots and PartyTots.
Each SoccerTots program is helmed by a team of skilled instructors who engage little ones with fun activities, such as dribbling balls and playing scrimmages, that fuel their motivation to learn and challenge their athletic abilities. To ensure a supportive learning environment, classes are broken down by age and use only soft, child-size equipment. SoccerTot instructors also get kids ready to learn by sending them into super-concentration mode, which encourages little ones to concentrate and try their hardest at a task to help strengthen their muscle memory and their ability to levitate other players on the field.
Play It Again Sports overhauls lockers with high-quality gear and rescues gently used athletic equipment from untimely retirement. Products from brands such as Nike, Adidas, and Wilson make up an all-star lineup across each store's shelves, which are replenished daily with goods for a wide selection of sports that ranges from baseball and football to snowboarding and lacrosse. Treadmills and exercise bikes equip bodies with muscular suits of armor, and pintsize and adolescent equipment arms youngsters with protective padding until they eat enough bologna to grow muscles of their own. To ensure its stock remains robust, Play It Again Sports encourages athletes to collect their lightly used gear?including bicycles?and bring it into a local store to either sell or trade.
With its name gracing a new 6,500 square-foot training facility, Asana Climbing has officially come full circle. Founded in 1999, the company has long been designing and manufacturing gear specifically for the sport of bouldering, including branded apparel, chalk bags, and chalk for gripping holds. In 2013, the company made the move to not only outfit climbers, but provide the climbing wall they aim to master. The company began inviting longtime brand ambassadors and newcomers alike to use the 2,000 square feet of bouldering space inside the new Asana Climbing Gym. In addition to challenges designed for experts and tournament-level competition, the facility offers a designated area for beginners and young climbers, a weight and cardio training zone, and a changing area with showers.
Since Moni Aisik began practicing self-defense techniques at the age of 8 in Israel, he's met with success: he won multiple national titles in his youth, and as an adult, Aisik joined an elite Israeli Special Forces commando unit. He has also trained other instructors, including Marine veteran and certified level 4 instructor Richard Ransom. At Commando Krav Maga, Ransom shares his expertise with students. Groups learn how to protect themselves in real-life situations with krav maga—a style of self-defense that draws from boxing, muay thai, jujitsu, and other techniques. Ransom also incorporates cardio kickboxing into classes, helping students to improve fitness levels.
On the court or in the water, Boise Racquet & Swim Club gets people exercising. The facility hosts 23 tennis courts?almost evenly split between outdoor and indoor?and an outdoor swimming pool. After warming up on one of the fitness center's treadmills, ellipticals, or stationary bikes, you can duck outside for a few quick laps in the crystalline water or test your endurance against friends in both competitive and noncompetitive swim matches. Head to one of the courts to engage in some volleys, building hand-eye coordination and a lightning serve as you rocket the neon-yellow ball across the net during tournaments or lessons with tennis pros. For those who need a stricter routine to stick to a workout, the club also hosts group fitness classes in yoga, aerobics, and circuit training.
The undulating greens of Boise Ranch's 18-hole, championship-style golf course weave through eight lakes and ponds, carving out a challenging and picturesque space for casual and competitive golfing. Players pendulate clubs and clack dimpled spheres over the course's 6,611 yards as they seek out flagged holes and reclusive golf gurus. The par 71 course faces ambitious clubsmen with one of the longest par 5s in the state of Idaho, played on the back of a giant Norwegian serpent.