In a way, Mo Karimi stumbled upon the idea for San Diego Bike Shop. In early 1998, Mo opened a pedi-cab business. At the time, pedi-cabs were starting to be seen as an alternative to cars, buses, and pogo sticks for getting around congested downtown streets. However, as Mo soon found out, there was an even greater demand for bicycle services and parts. So he quickly converted his space into San Diego Bike Shop, connecting with a neighborhood that needed a bicycling business. Ever since then, Mo and his staff have set customers into motion with bicycle sales and rentals, as well as tune-ups, repairs, and friendly, expert advice.
A newly opened private fitness center in downtown San Diego, Urban Athletica is wholly dedicated to functional movement. In other words, you won’t find free weights here, nor treadmills or other cardio machines. Instead, clients use their own body weight as resistance, as well as props such as sandbag weights, jumping boxes, tires, resistance bands, and Core Stix (a ski-pole-like equipment designed to work the arms, core, and legs). Members can take personal training sessions with certified master trainer and Urban Athletic owner Nicholas Marion, or work up a sweat in the studio’s intense small group classes.
Equilibrium is important in yoga, which relies on both mental and physical exercise. The instructors help balance strength and finesse, aided by the fact that they come from such varied backgrounds. The diverse group discovered yoga after playing traditional team sports, travelling in India, and practicing medicine. They recognize that no matter how often someone might meditate or practice postures in candlelight, which clients can do in hatha yoga or candlelit flow classes, occasionally, that same person wants to punch something. In that case, the studio’s kickboxing classes, which combine authentic fighting techniques with body-weight exercises and stretching, are an ideal option.
When the founders first envisioned what would become the Hale Holistic fitness studio, they already had balance on the brain and hoped to integrate agricultural self-sufficiency. To do this, they created an urban rooftop garden in the middle of the city, where they harvest organic veggies to create antioxidant-packed smoothies or make travelling cornucopia salesmen feel better about their job. Any produce that’s not straight from their rooftop, they’ve sourced from local, sustainable farmers. Because they’re so confident in the power of smoothies to improve health and pair with yoga, they give one to every client who attends a class.
It’s hard to get a sense of a city’s true spirit from inside a car. That’s why the staffers at Wheel Fun Rentals offer tourists access to their fleet of bikes and segways, allowing them to weave through San Diego’s cobbled side streets and picturesque parks that are inaccessible to larger vehicles or saddled giant squirrels. Guests can rent bikes or surreys for a self-guided ride, or they can hop on the latest segway cruiser for guided tours, with guides sharing wisdom about the architecture, history, and famous people of downtown San Diego or Coronado Island. By investing in these eco-friendly methods of tourism, Wheel Fun Rentals helps clients simultaneously experience and protect the environment around them.
Powered by lightweight batteries, Ivan Stewart's electric bicycles propel riders around downtown San Diego at speeds of up to 20 miles per hour. Hills and rough terrain won't slow down tours as the electric bikes tackle road obstacles with ease. The self-powered cycles can travel between 20 and 25 miles on a single charge, letting renters explore large parts of the city and its waterfront before needing to plug into a power source or capture stray lightning bolts.
Over the Bridge Coronado Tennis brings together active amateurs and USPTA-certified coaches at an illuminated five-court facility for rousing matches and lessons. Players can start off with private or semi-private instruction to pick up fundamentals, or enroll in intermediate and advanced clinics to work the rust out of a rickety forehand. When ready to unveil their shiny new skills, players may sign up for the group's singles leagues or take advantage of Over the Bridge's player matching service, which recommends players of similar skill level and love of long walks on the beach.