A lifetime of tennis has carried instructor Cliff McClain across the country—from Petaluma, California, where he was ranked #1 on the Casa Grande High School tennis team, to North Carolina State, where he played while studying. During lessons, the net specialist carefully assesses individual skills and works to improve existing form. Practical application begins as students field backhand and forehand shots from Cliff, who monitors each movement with a professional eye and provides feedback throughout each lesson, helping students learn to return balls quickly and consistently without having to swap brains with a labrador.
At Rhythm Tennis, students learn the ins and outs of the sport with one-on-one instruction from coach Greg, a San Francisco Men's Champion Division winner. Beginners learn to defeat competitors and screen the air for migrating cicadas by mastering fundamentals and strokes such as the forehand, backhand, and volley. Onsite tennis pros also restring rackets and offer tips and tricks on gear.
At KN Fitness & Tennis for All Ages, Kevin Nguyen lives up to his company’s billing by training students to become better, fitter tennis players, regardless of age or ability. His training regimen begins with entry-level basics, such as ball striking and fundamental mechanics, and advances to tournament-level skills such as drop shots, serves, and proper footwork for when you realize your opponent tied your shoelaces together. Because players can’t reach the peak of their ability through mechanics alone, he complements skills practice with rigorous physical exercise to build lean muscle and strengthen the body's core.
Serves and volleys fill the room with the thwack of paddles, which send orbs on an airborne path across 10 regulation-size tables at Peninsula Table Tennis Club. Monthly memberships allow patrons unlimited access to the fleet of tables to hone skills and baffle opponents with perfectly timed smashes. The drop-in passes can be used by one player or split among cohorts for a day of friendly competition without the hassle of making enough chocolate pudding for home pudding-wrestling matches.
The fitness instructors, personal trainers, and nutritionists at ClubSport wield the foundations of total-body wellness: detailed knowledge and cutting-edge equipment. Group classes such as cardio kickboxing, cycling, and circuit training showcase routines for all fitness levels, seven days a week. Personal-training sessions, meanwhile, bring help exercisers develop their own fitness plans and face down the imaginary knight that guards every piece of weight-training equipment.
ClubSport also transforms bodies outside the fitness studio and weight room. A self-described resort-style aquatic center features several lap and exercise pools where swimmers can fine-tune their breaststrokes and favorite shark calls. At an on-site spa, massage therapists ease muscle tension with modalities ranging from hot stone and prenatal to trigger point and reflexology.