Best of the East Bay - Fitness
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Way To Run Yourself Ragged
Editor Pick: New and Notable
→ Futsal, an indoor version of soccer that originated in South America in the 1930s, began catching on with East Bay kids in the early 2000s. This past winter, the Diablo Valley and Tri-Valley futsal leagues formed adult teams, made up of men and women who want to play a team sport that involves a fast, fun, intense workout.
Futsal is played on a basketball court with only five team members, requiring quicker ball handling and shifts between defense and offense than regular soccer. “Futsal is played in seconds like basketball, not in minutes like soccer,” says Oscar Soares, president of the Tri-Valley league.
The Tri-Valley league hosts several adult groups that play in Dublin, including one for more competitive players and an over-45 coed group. The Diablo Valley league hosts adult coed games in Walnut Creek.
Tri-Valley league, www.ufutsal.com; Diablo Valley league, www.diablovalleyfutsal.com. —Martha Ross
→ Imagine doing sun salutations in a yoga class and actually greeting the sun. That can happen at Sergio Luis Casco’s Yoga at Sunrise class at Changes Salon in Walnut Creek. The 6:30 a.m. class takes place on Wednesdays in a room with a huge east-facing window, so our local star is likely to pop into view at some point.
Casco’s low-key approach is perfect for easing you into the day. Each class focuses on one of yoga’s spiritual laws to help students experience that often elusive union of mind, body, and spirit. Space is limited, so call ahead to reserve a spot.
1475 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek, (925) 947-1814, www.changessalon.com. —M.R.
Place To Get On Top Of Your Game
→ Whether you’re a champion basketball player or a budding ballerina, Velocity Sports Performance in Dublin can help you raise your game. Featuring an 18,000-square-foot training facility, Velocity Sports teaches the art of athleticism. Kids, teens, adults, and even professional athletes learn crucial foundation skills such as agility, speed, and power.
On any given day, you can find kids as young as eight practicing acceleration, balance, and how to change direction with proper weight distribution to minimize injury. Adults might be crunching their cardio performance with jump ropes, slide boards, or bungee cords. Hey, you might even catch a Raider in training for the big game.
With no more than eight athletes per coach (12 for adults), sessions cost between $25 and $75. Be sure to ask for a free one-hour trial.
6270 Houston Pl., Dublin, (925) 833-0100, www.velocitysp.com. —Hannah Craddick