Ultimate Baseball Academy?s bullpen of coaches and professional and college players enlightens their athletic students in all aspects of their sport across a 55,000-square-foot facility. Batting cages rattle with the metal-pinging or wood-cracking ricochets of fair and foul hits, with baseball cages capable of four speed settings spanning from 40 to 80 miles per hour for experienced players and radar-gun calibration. Twenty-four training tunnels, five pitching machines, and a 150?x150? turf field set the stage for pedagogical sessions in techniques such as pitching, catching, hitting, and fielding, as well as training camps and clinics. The academy also organizes youth baseball and adult softball tournaments and leagues, pitting hopeful teams against each other in battles either to the top or to the top of the sportsmanship rankings.
Nationally recognized credentials are only the baseline of each trainer's resumé at Optimum Fitness. To top off their NSCA certifications, they all hold degrees in exercise science or a similar field, excluding easy disciplines such as medicine ball anatomy. In practice, they prioritize one-on-one interactions and customized workouts that eschew monotony in favor of motivation. Their high-intensity boot-camp classes keep guests engaged with ever-varying routines that combine calisthenics and weight training. One day, students might heave sand bags over hurdles, flip tires end over end, and complete reps of sit-ups, and the next they might swing sledgehammers, do squats across a parking lot, and push themselves on rowing machines.
In addition to group classes, they trainers lead private sessions at home or in the studio with a joint focus on exercise and dietary health. Working alongside nutritionists, wellness experts, and physical therapists—as well as the Titleist-certified golf fitness professionals who help students up their game—they inspire clients of all ages to achieve their fitness goals with positive motivation and at-home accountability via online advice.
Strike Zone's expert staff and instructors bolster ballplayers' confidence and batting averages with clinics that hone in on the fundamentals of America's pastime. A wide variety of clinics strengthen pitch records, agility, and overall skills with specially tailored drills, and a workout room allows athletes to bulk up with weight machines and free weights. With leagues for all ages, players can always find a fair match against equally skilled friends or the ghosts of legendary stadium organists, and a host of batting cages helps batters hone their home-run-hitting prowess. The on-site pro shop outfits Strike Zone members with all the necessary gear for all-star glory, such as cleats, bats, and a Harry Caray impersonator to narrate important life decisions.