Fitness + Outdoors
For this week's Scenes of the City we visited Alemany Farm on the southern slope of Bernal Heights and several other gardens in SF and checked out spring planting, cleaning and maintaining. Also check out details of the Alemany Farm Earth Day Celebration here (scheduled for April 23). Enjoy.
Pineapple Sage grows readily in the cool SF climate and smells like, you guessed it, a pungent pineapple.
Six Local Swimmers to Swim from the Farallon Islands to the Golden Gate Bridge to Raise Money for Wounded Vets
In the realm of bad ass, few things rank higher than swimming from the Farallon Islands to the Golden Gate Bridge, through what's ominously dubbed "The Red Triangle" due to its historically high concentration of Great White Shark attacks. On April 14, a group called The Night Train Swimmers will embark on this epic journey -- swimming 30 miles in 50-degree water to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project, The Semper Fi Fund and the Navy Seal Foundation, all of which support and empower wounded veterans.
When Kachusha Munkanta was 9-years-old, the cycling pro tour came through his hometown of Philadelphia. Inspired by the energy of the tour and the bright team colors, Munkanta and his brother peddled to the nearest bike shop to buy their favorite fluorescent team hat.
Today, more than 20 years later, Munkanta—-who is affectionately known as Chuey-—sits in front of his Mission District workshop wearing a wool cycling hat of his own creation. As the owner of Chuey Brand, a locally made and internationally known small-scale cycling clothing company, this grown up Philly kid is moving San Francisco bike fashion to the front of the pack. “I happened to start at the right time,” says Munkanta, as he spins a small bike lock in his hand. “There’s this whole urban bike movement that’s happening.”
Ready to play ball? Hit the field, court, or pitch, and see who shows up for a friendly game.
When: Saturday morning
Calling all: Beginners to pros
Molly’s Soccer Group meets at West Sunset Fields every Saturday at 10:45 a.m. to play on the grassy outdoor full- or half-pitches. Expect 11-on-11 games—sometimes smaller side games if there’s a surplus of players. There are a lot of regulars, and they welcome newbies. It’s free, and everyone brings their own equipment and snacks. 2100 39th Ave.
Sure you could go up to Napa and dish out a bunch of dough to sit at a spa. But for those who like their relaxation outdoors, under the stars and in a beautiful setting, we recommend scrapping a ritzy mud bath and checking out some of Northern California's natural hot springs.
Fans of group fitness, mark your calendars: The SELF Magazine Workout in the Park is coming to the San Francisco for the first time on April 30. It's a day of crunching, yoga-ing, cardio-ing and general self-invigoration at Marina Green, led by the fitness gurus over at CRUNCH gym. (Gleeks, get excited: there's a class dedicated to learning the songs and dances of Glee). Celebrity host Alison Sweeney of The Biggest Loser (soap aficionados will know her as Sami from Days of Our Lives) will be on deck to pump up the crowd.
Marmot, the beloved, local gear and clothing company, opens its flagship store this Friday on Post between Grant and Kearny.
For San Franciscans, the move brings a touch of Sierra Nevada backcounty to one of the city’s highest-end retail blocks.
A true northern California company – like two of its big competitors, The North Face and Mountain Hardware – Marmot built its reputation by making some of the best down-filled and Gore-Tex products in the early 70's.
It's going to snow (find out if it's snowing now here). So we went ahead and found some great deals on winterware to keep you warm. From the heavy duty to the highly efficient, here are a few steals on jackets for your winter arsenal.
The Total Steal
Marmot Down Vest
Men's and Women's
$64.84 (Down from $140)
A solid solution for combatting the cold is to take something warm you already own and put an amazingly down-priced, down-vest from a great local company right over it. Blammo.
The Furry Friend
Patagonia Retro-X Hoody
Men's and Womens
$114.50 (Down from $229)
We like to think the awesomeness of this jacket is self-explanatory. It's as if a stylish wooly mammoth was hugging you.
Steep hills, rugged parks, and a freezing cold bay. If any city’s terrain can lure you out of the gym and onto the streets, ours can. Four experts put together the ultimate urban workout. One writer reports on (barely) surviving it.