Though they operate more than 200 locations in upwards of 30 states, the team behind U.S. Baseball Academy aims to make each young athlete's experience a personal one. Their four- or six-week camps are taught by local instructors who are current or former coaches at the high school or college level, and typically offer a 6:1 or better player-to-teacher ratio for intense, professional-style training. The Academy's proven itinerary of hitting, pitching, fielding, and baserunning drills was developed by an advisory board of college coaches and Major League players, including Cy Young Award–winner and ace pitcher Brandon Webb.
Get Fit Guaranteed’s Vickie Montgomery leads yoga flow classes perfectly suited to students of all experience levels. The slow-moving, intense sequence of asanas strengthens muscles, improves flexibility, and helps relieve mental tension with each pose transition. Each 50-minute session provides each limb with ample time for flexion, and the peaceful, spacious studio permits freedom of movement and eliminates embarrassing accidental high fives. Yoga classes are held Mondays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 5:30 a.m., and Saturdays at 8 a.m. Students are encouraged to bring their own mats.
The Modesto Bee-praised International Wedding Festival introduces brides-to-be to the people, places, and dresses that make nuptials magical. Instead of darting from bakery to florist to photography studio atop a recently saddled butterfly, future wedders can meet all three under one roof, along with DJs, caterers, and professional event planners. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., a Grab the Gown showdown unleashes a frenzy of the betrothed upon marked-down designer dresses, from brand-new gowns worn once at a photo shoot ($250–$499) to frocks with minor personality flaws ($50–$249). After entering to win a trip to the Mexican Riviera, guests can conclude their bridal adventure at a 3 p.m. with a fashion show of gowns, tuxes, and bouquets that turn into full bridesmaids when left overnight in a gallon of water.
With a 9-hole course, a driving range with nine target greens, and lessons with Head Golf Professional Kevin Hill, St. Stanislaus Golf Course presents the beginner and avid golfer alike with a suitable spot to hone their games. Beginners of all ages—from adult lesson-takers to youngsters participating in the course's Junior Program—enjoy the course's relatively short overall length and opportunities for improvement. More seasoned club swingers, meanwhile, use the course to calibrate iron play and work on course management—that aspect of golf strategy that dictates when to lay up, what club to use, and how to barter with a chipmunk to get your ball back.
Unlike mud runs before it, the 5K course of the Recon Run is adorned with boot-camp-style obstacles such as piles of tires, muddy trenches, and walls that runners must jump, scramble, and pull themselves over. The military theme comes as no surprise; after all, proceeds from this charity race support the Semper Fi Fund, a nonprofit organization that provides financial support to injured and ill members of the US Armed Forces and their families. Upon completing the course, successful recruits earn T-shirts, dog tags, and beer that they can enjoy with fellow racers at the finish line.
The cooks at Sips Bistro and Wine Shop use locally acquired and organic ingredients where possible in their classic menu of small plates, varietals, and espresso drinks. The intimate bistro setting—rendered warm by colorful murals of pastoral settings and elegant wood wine racks—hosts guests as they try refined eats such as a chicken, brie, and caramelized onion quesadilla, or a brined and herb-crusted bone-in pork chop. During wine flights, vino sippers may choose their own drinks from a temperature-controlled wine bar or the frigid palms of a grape-eating sprite. The company also occasionally hosts events such as champagne Sundays and special tastings.
The personal part of "personal training" at Core Fitness doesn't just refer to the studio's individual and small-group class sizes; it's also a statement about the studio's quality of instruction. Without resorting to cookie-cutter gym methods, its trainers take students through a blend of exercises drawn from Pilates, TRX suspension training, boot camps, and other approaches to fitness. Because Core Fitness keeps class sizes limited, students get the benefit of personalized lessons, and instructors don't have to rely on signal fires to explain each new exercise.