At Peninsula Gymnastics' locations in San Mateo and San Carlos, boys and girls get the chance to learn and grow as both gymnasts and young people. The programs foster a safe and fun learning environment, and are available for everyone from preschool-aged (2 through 7 years old) beginners to aspiring competitors aged 7 or older, even those with dreams of one day competing in the Olympics. While the introductory programs take a gentle, welcoming approach, the boys' and girls' competitive programs will challenge young tumblers to exceed even their own expectations through hard work and discipline along with quarterly in-class evaluations. The equipment is also designed to suit the level of the gymnasts, with smaller-sized equipment for the tiniest tumblers and designated equipment for recreational and competitive programs. Classes are available in the morning, afternoon, evening, and weekend; and the gym also plays host to numerous annual in-house gymnastics events for all levels. Read below for a rundown of Peninsula Gymnastics' program, facility, and coaches:
30 years of coaching experience for founder Mikhail Margulis, who began his career as an elite gymnast in Ukraine
1 Olympic medalist among the coaches, while many of the other coaches competed on their country's national team
100% of the USA Gymnastics professional coaches possess current safety and background screening
15,000 square feet facility with plentiful windows to allow for fresh air circulation
1 Olympic-sized floor
2 in-ground trampolines
1 foam-filled pit
3 vaulting stations
Shipman Swim School's recipe for a happily paddling child involves positivity, personal attention, and a couple of polar bears. The bears are part of a mural on the deck wall, frolicking with playful otters in a frothy sea. Combined with the soothing 92-degree heat of the indoor pool, the cheerful creatures encapsulate founder Stacy Shipman's commitment to creating a welcoming learning environment for students of all swimming backgrounds. The former competitive swimmer stresses safety and encouragement in her curriculum, imparting confidence to kids who might have previously avoided the deep end.
The school's instructors—all of whom are CPR- and first-aid-certified—lead students through a program that builds skills comfortably and gradually. During stage-1 group classes, instructors first acquaint kids with the water through face-immersion exercises, rather than challenging them to shake hands with their own reflections. As pupils progress through stages 2, 3, and 4, they learn kicks, gliding techniques, and strokes ranging from the basic freestyle to the butterfly. The teacher-to-student ratio never dips below 3:1––and most classes are made up of three students and two instructors––ensuring that each swimmer receives individual guidance. The staff also leads private lessons and Parent and Me sessions, which engage toddlers as young as six months in safe games, songs, and movements.
After an eye injury took boxing and martial-arts champion Eddie Croft out of the ring, he set himself a new goal: becoming the first person to train a boxing, kickboxing, and mixed-martial-arts champion. Having already trained a world kickboxing champion and five San Francisco Golden Gloves winners, he is well on his way.
Croft plies his trade at B Street Boxing, where his team of instructors teaches professionals and amateurs the arts of boxing, muay thai, kickboxing, Brazilian jiujitsu, and tae kwon do. In the red, white, and blue ring of B Street Boxing’s gym, students jab and spar, practice their skills on punching bags, or check their form in a mirrored wall. Conditioning and boot-camp sessions also keep students from all backgrounds fit while imparting dedication, discipline, and the desire to wear boxing gloves even in the shower.
Over the course of 50 years, the family that runs Helm of Sun Valley has amassed an inventory of top-shelf gear for wintry recreation and summertime watersports. Before stocking their shelves, the shop's athletic staffers take skis from Alpina, kiteboards from Cabrinha, and water skis from Connelly for test spins to appraise their performance. Standout sports gear snags a spot inside the store, along with apparel and accessories. Employees also rent out and tune up equipment. They specialize in fitting snowboard boots to feet, sometimes fashioning custom ZipFit liners by molding foam around arches. New kiteboard owners can master the sport by attending lessons, during which instructors teach basics on land before waving pupils onward into frothy crests.
Martial arts at San Mateo's Shaolin Cultural Center is a great workout that will leave you feeling Zen.
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At this studio, everyone will find something they love — kids included!
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Whether you're looking to perfect your technique or just trying out the sport for the first time, Shaolin Cultural Center in San Mateo is just the place to train in the martial arts.
Martial arts at San Mateo's Kicks Taekwondo School Of Self-defense is a great workout that will leave you feeling Zen.
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Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Work your body into fighting shape as you train in martial arts at Kicks Taekwondo School Of Self-defense in San Mateo.