Just two blocks from East Beach and down the way from Stearns Wharf, the crack of bats is a fitting addition to the soundtrack of the nearby crashing waves. Each day throughout the week, baseball and softball fans pop in at East Beach Batting Cages to get in a workout, perfect their swing, or shake off the rust from too much time between batting sessions. At the outdoor facility, seven baseball pitching machines wing balls at batters at 35–80 mph, and six softball pitching machines lob a choice of slow or fast pitches. After working up a hunger, patrons can indulge at Norton's Pastrami and Deli, located onsite, or take a stroll along the beach to see how the seals play their own version of baseball.
Personal trainer Zack Bertges channels an extensive fitness resumé to conquer his clients' physical limits. Having earned certifications from NASM and the International Triathlon Coaching Association, he founded Opus Fit as a venue for his scientifically backed training methods—regimens he has perfected while working with college athletes, elite gym facilities, and physical therapy programs.
Zack's 45-minute boot-camp classes blend his affinity for endurance running with core workouts and fast-paced cardio intervals. Set against Santa Barbara's outdoor backdrops, each session sends patrons jogging through picturesque scenery rather than a billowing cloud of treadmill exhaust.