If you see people dangling from lampposts in San Diego parks, chances are that Kevin LaCourte is responsible. The certified personal trainer finds creative uses for the outdoor landscape and architecture during his group classes, commonly hooking TRX Suspension Trainers to railings and streetlights for resistance drills. He calls upon 16 years of experience in the fitness industry to help plan his unpredictable routines, which blend calisthenics, cardio intervals, functional exercises, and core work into holistic sweat sprees. This thorough approach has helped almost 2,000 clients shed weight and gain muscle, including the creative and editorial director of Living in Style magazine, Lisa DeMarco, who attended and chronicled a six-month FitCamp endeavor.
Kevin's program sprung from his desire to lead athletic workouts for those with little to no sports background. The classes, now held at five locations, are intensely challenging, although he never yells or embarrasses his students. He instead chooses to motivate participants through honesty, supportive words, and complimentary nutrition tips. He also adjusts his techniques to accommodate clients of all skill levels. Beginners can gain coordination and strength with simplified exercises, while more advanced students can ask Kevin for heavier medicine balls and aerobic bands with higher cement content.
Children tucked inside giant plastic hamster balls giggle as they roll across the water. Meanwhile, a quartet bounds and flips in near-unison on their own personal trampolines. Though these acts would fit right into an avant garde circus, you'll also find them at the sprawling San Diego Kids Expo & Fair on the Del Mar Fairgrounds. In keeping with the event's mission to highlight local kid-friendly businesses, many of these activities are organized by area merchants. Military-grade laser tag games and a rock-climbing wall, among other attractions, beckon visitors of all ages to lose themselves in child-like wonder and the hope that maybe the lawn will eventually just mow itself.
Besides activities, the expo hall houses more than 150 exhibitors. In rows of booths, dance teachers, soccer coaches, and local chefs from Cooking 4 Life each discuss their craft. The focus on childhood health and education also extends to four performance stages, which become stomping grounds for martial-arts demonstrations and kid-friendly musical acts. Through this yearly celebration, the Expo aims to raise awareness (and funds) for local music and arts programs.
Trapeze High owners David Ayers and his wife, Lindsay Van Voorhis, refer to their trapeze school as a ?tribe.? It?s home to a close-knit community of passionate fliers who work together in order to ensure everybody?s safety and development. At least three instructors operate the trapeze rig during classes for beginners, helping novices climb the ladder, attach their safety lines, get ready for takeoff, and execute their first trick. Exhaustive attention also extends to more advanced students, who can hone complicated techniques and learn how to dodge flying squirrels in courses up to Level 5.
Beyond guaranteeing operational safety, David and Lindsay recognize that maintaining a nurturing, supportive community is the best way to help newcomers overcome their fears of flying through midair. To that end, they invite students to bring along their friends and family to cheer them on. They ban the word can?t from the school premises, although they encourage each student to progress through lessons at his or her own pace according to strength, skills, and desire.
The husband-and-wife team also operates the Circus Fund, an outreach program that provides at-risk youth with the chance to experience the circus arts and form support systems with their peers.
Nestled on the Pacific shore, DMTC Racetrack’s beautifully manicured venue features Spanish-style architecture to delight the eyes and quick horses to delight the racing enthusiast. Two general-admission clubhouse tickets ($10 each) grant a pair of guests access to the club, where they can dine on burgers, carved sandwiches, and other fare, and sip cocktails while watching the magnificent thoroughbreds run. Or for Labor Day, groups of four can complement their admission (normally $6 each) by reserving a four-top table ($100) at the Stretch Run Grill. All the tables available with today's Groupon are trackside and in the sun, so wear a broad-brimmed hat piled high with seasonal fruits and old racing forms, or order off the grill's menu of delicious comestibles.
Eschewing the over-the-top costumes and writing that typify many other murder-mystery dinners, The Dinner Detective San Diego’s cast of improvisational actors blends in with audiences, holding secrets tight to their chests while steering each night’s tension-filled storyline. After a diner is found murdered, a resident detective helps lead the investigation, allowing guests to interrogate one another with Tickle Monster tactics to distinguish the culprit among the crowd of fellow diners and dissembling thespians. Multicourse meals keep bodies well fueled during spurts of crime-solving intuition, and a prize basket awaits the gumshoe who comes closest to solving the case.