The Better Golf Academy emerged from a straightforward goal: golf instructor James Pugliese wanted to develop a curriculum that would simplify the golf swing. Though originally designed for children, Pugliese's six-step approach helps golfers of all ages on their path to a straighter and longer ball flight free of upside-down loop. Golfers who learn under his curriculum will zero in on the mechanics for a successful grip, setup, takeaway, backswing, downswing, and finish, shaping their swing in easy-to-understand increments. Pugliese's model has proven so effective that it now has grown into an international, spikey-soled footprint.
Choreographer Richard Giorla's energizing ballet-barre workouts incinerate excess fat, elongate muscles, and tone hindquarters with dance-inspired, no-impact maneuvers. Each session incorporates full-body exercise and isolated movements to shape the muscles in the torso, arms, legs, and backside. The addition of light weights further sculpts limbs. Celebrities from Lucy Lawless to Dakota Fanning praise the nontraditional fitness regimen, and busy clients laud the studio's seven-day schedule.
Moving about the shelves of wine- and beer-making supplies at Simi Valley Home Brew are the business?s team of brew masters, vintners, cheese mongers, and industry experts whose passion is to share their expertise with beginners. They do so in two- to three-hour 101 classes, during which students receive hands-on training on how to ferment beer, bottle wine, and create mead at home from scratch.
Entering the arena within LazerTag Extreme is like stepping into a fast-paced video game. More than 5,000 square feet of playing space sends competitors up and down ramps and searching for cover across multiple levels. Beyond laser-based competition?which also includes a Lazermaze?LazerTag Extreme boasts an arcade filled with video and redemption games.
From the ground up, Skatelab's indoor and outdoor parks were designed with skaters in mind. In 1997, the original park was designed by Team Pain, a professional company staffed with experienced skateboarders, and then built by a volunteer crew of local skaters committed to creating a space where they could practice and push the limits of their sport. Boxes and ramps crafted from Finland birch fill the park's four distinct sectors—two air-conditioned indoor zones and two outdoor areas—for all skill levels. For instance, in Sector B, beginners and street skaters drop into a wide arena where they can grind on rails instead of on arguments they had with their best friend in seventh grade.
With 5,000 items on display in the in-house skateboarding museum, Skatelab honors the sport’s past while training its future by hosting weekly skateboarding classes for newcomers. Each class covers the basics of safe and technically sound riding and provides pointers for performing tricks for experienced skaters.
Professional tennis player Sam Querrey has been ranked in the ATP’s top 20 players in the world—but that may never have happened if it wasn’t for Tim Schnaible. Schnaible served as Querrey’s personal coach in the tennis star’s formative years of 10–16, helping mold his big serve and net-charging game into one of the world’s most formidable talents. Today, as the owner and director of tennis at Match Tough Tennis Academy, Schnaible continues to train players with the help of a staff of former high school, college, and USTA standouts. The Academy offers group lessons for adults and juniors of all abilities, as well as pro-shop services including racket stringing with a 24-hour turnaround.