The crack of bats rings out into the air at Rage Cage Training Complex’s eight outdoor batting cages, part of a sprawling facility where players hone their baseball and softball skills. The cages can whip baseballs at slow, medium, and fast speeds as well as slow-pitch softball throws, and the 4,200-square-foot indoor facility touts a retail shop and space for lessons. During the offseason, professional athletes host clinics that help young players improve their mechanics and give rookie mascots a chance to practice dodging foul balls.
In 1987, indoor climbing was as unpopular in the Seattle area as breeding labradoodles. But Vertical World––a pioneer indoor climbing gym––introduced the city to the up-and-coming sport of rock climbing in a controlled environment. Since its inception, the gym has expanded to three other locations in Everett, Tacoma, and Redmond, the latter hosting eastside climbers for more than 20 years.
A team of experienced route creators challenges climbers with more than 200 bouldering, lead, or top-rope routes in a wide variety of difficulty levels. The gym hosts competitive youth teams that have gone on to national or world tournaments. The gym's staff of climbers and guides also leads outdoor excursions that build confidence and teach novices how to identify a rock wall in the wild.
Named a Top 100 Bike Retailer by Bicycle Retailer and Best Bike Shop of 2009, Gregg’s Cycle has been greasing hinges and tightening brakes in its shops, which provide bicycle maintenance and merchandise, for more than 70 years. During the minor tune-up, each cycle’s derailleurs, drive train, and bottom bracket all get a sprucing up. Expert mechanics tighten and actively listen to each loose bolt, no matter how crazy, while lubricating and adjusting wobbly hubs and headsets. Downhill trips will fly by faster than a family reunion with a brake adjustment and wheel-tension checkup.
The 8th-degree black belt that Grandmaster Pierce uses to tie his dobok together is anything but a fashion accessory—it is a powerful symbol that represents more than 40 years of martial arts training. At Pierce's taekwondo studio, he shares this experience and expertise with kids, teens, adults, and dogs who can stand on their hind legs for 60-minutes straight.
Precor Home Fitness outfits exercise enthusiasts with all the equipment they need to create a gym setting in their own home. It offers in-home machines such as treadmills and exercise bikes, as well as a variety of fitness accessories. Precor Home Fitness also offers bikes and ElliptiGO machines for outdoor fitness.
At Equine Life Solutions, the knowledgeable, centaurian instructors focus their teaching efforts on more than simply learning to command a horse. During their customized lessons and camp sessions, they instill in their students the importance of safety, as well as building trust and emotional connections with their steeds to overcome riding anxieties and enjoy their rides more fully. Trail riding basics and horse care techniques are practiced alongside the setting and building of riders’ expectations of themselves and the horses to foster positive relationships with the kind, gentle creatures. Instructors also teach young riders a number of additional skills during standard and knight-themed camps, including leadership skills, how to conquer stable chores, and even swordsmanship.