Waistlines shrink and muscles clench inside the Aztec Recreation Center and Aquaplex's combined 86,000-square-foot collection of swimming pools, strength machines, cardio equipment, and group classes. Visitors brush up beach bodies on the fitness room's stable of Cybex and Icarian circuit machines, and a clanging of metal to rival robot slap fights arises from the weight room's collection of Hammer Strength machines and free weights. When patrons aren't breaking a sweat on one of the cardio room's more than 90 TV-equipped stair climbers, elliptical machines, or treadmills, they can pick up yoga and Zumba moves in any of 60 weekly group classes. Other nooks of the sprawling complex let guests crash the boards on four multi-purpose ball courts, stoke scientific progress by dropping apples from a 30-foot climbing wall, and flutter-kick through the Aquaplex's solar-heated swimming areas.
In its seventh year, the Poinsettia Bowl invades the majestic Qualcomm Stadium for a postseason soirée featuring the West's premier college-football factions competing for one last shot at gridiron glory. Hurl cheers, sneers, and novelty foam roses from premium plaza seats tucked behind the field goal as you watch two of the most formidable squads from the Western Athletic Conference and Mountain West Conference square off in a fierce epilogue to an exhilarating 2011 season. ESPN's roving cameras will broadcast the game nationally, ensuring refs are kept in check and homemade signs emblazoned with coaching tips and marriage proposals are properly commemorated.
Jungle Gym & Cafe combines children's activities, fitness classes, and a gourmet café complete with free WiFi and two flat-screen TVs that light up with NFL action on Saturdays and Sundays. Children can cavort across bounce houses and block pits or partake in basketball and badminton, while watchful parents dine on turkey wraps or Greek salads. Meanwhile, group fitness-classes practice cardio dance, yoga, and aerobics. Inside the medical spa suite, a doctor helps parents regain their youth with chemical peels, Botox, and vein repair treatments.
When developing a well-rounded basketball player, it's important to have a well-rounded coaching staff. The coaches at San Diego Sol have decades of experience as players and as coaches, better preparing them to acclimate young athletes into all aspects of the game. Through a club program and seasonal camps and clinics, players as young as five learn age- and ability-specific skills. Youth programs for boys and girls divide kids into three skill levels, keeping each tier competitive and allowing each child to sharpen fundamentals against comparable opponents. High school traveling teams, on the other hand, engage in more complex offensive and defensive schemes that aim to make each player competitive and competent at any level.
At Victory Gymnastics Academy, the gymnastics instructors don't just train kids to do the splits and flip effortlessly into handstands. In boys' freestyle gymnastics classes, they also train kids to overcome any physical obstacle?including a solid wall?through a mix of jumping, crawling, and climbing. A direct descendant of parkour, the sport only differs in one major way: it takes place inside, and the practice obstacles are padded, a setup that puts safety first.
The instructor's emphasize safety in their other courses, too. Sessions for preschoolers, for instance, unfold on scaled-down, age-appropriate equipment. During tumbling classes, kids try out handsprings and backtucks, finishing their new moves in an in-ground foam pit that minimizes the risk of injuries. Regardless of whether they're leading a recreation class or a competitive team practice, coaches supervise and correct kids' form, too, as when beginning gymnasts perform handstands by just standing upright and gazing at their hands.