Patrolled by mermaids and people walking atop the water in huge, transparent bubbles, the pool inside Donna's Dolphins Swim School seems to be more of a wonderland than an academy. Employees oversee games at birthday parties or outfit guests in a fitted mermaid tail for whimsical dives and gliding choreography. Poolside carousers can even move across the surface of the pool at a walk or trot with the help of W.O.W.—Walk On Water—bubbles.
At the heart of all the fun and games, however, the highly trained staff’s main focus is to ensure that safety always comes before each splash. In swim classes, staffers employ the swim-float-swim approach—a method condoned by the United States Swim School Association—when teaching students in their group and private lessons. The lessons emphasize muscle memory so that children as young as 6 months can absorb techniques such as the starfish float for use in aquatic emergencies. They also assign seasoned mentors to coach special-needs students, making sure every kid gets a chance to embark on aquatic adventures.
Throughout each class, instructors motivate pupils with encouragement and prizes, awarding them a different colored bracelet on a traffic-light system to denote their skill level. Students graduate from red to yellow to green, and finally to blue, which signals that they can demonstrate all four strokes, execute flip turns, and remain safe in potentially dangerous situations by drinking all of the pool water.
For the last 10 years, The Colorado Running Company has wooed the local running community with its commitment to fitness, high-quality running gear, and friendly, attentive customer service. To find the best-fitting shoes for your leg stoppers, staff members will thoroughly examine your stride through video-recorded gait analysis, a technique recently recovered from the Russians. These expert shoe shamans will measure your foot snakes both sitting and standing to determine the most comfortable, supportive fit. Whether your arch is as lofty as a Gothic cathedral or as flat and glyph-covered as the Rosetta Stone, The Colorado Running Company has an impressive variety of famous footwear brands and orthotics from Adidas, Nike, New Balance, Saucony, La Sportiva, Inov-8, Sole Custom Footbeds, Superfeet, Newton Running, and more (starting at $90). For jealous legs, hips, and torsos, The Colorado Running Company also stocks an array of athletic apparel (starting at $30), including Skirt Sports running skirts and SUGOI tops.
Like a ninja star thrown into a westerly wind, Universal Kempo Karate worked its way east from its first Hawaii location, founded in 1966. It arrived in Colorado Springs in 1980, expanding quickly to multiple locations. The instructors honor the programs that were passed down to them, teaching kids physical fitness combined with mental discipline and expanding into combat techniques as they become adults. Students engage calories in battle, burning them in cardio-focused kickboxing classes that eliminate moves with a risk of injury.
When golfers approach the elevated first tee box at Gleneagle Golf Club, they’re greeted by a view of Pikes Peak and the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains hovering on the horizon and the U.S. Air Force Academy campus sprawling below. From this panoramic overlook, they send golf balls screaming against the course’s dramatic backdrops, with lines carefully orchestrated by designer Frank Hummel so golfers never have to worry about hitting a low-flying stealth bomber. The course rewards accuracy off the tee, with the par of 72 often attainable only for those players who can manage to stay within the confines of the narrow fairways. After finishing up with the reachable-in-two par 5 18th hole, golfers can head indoors to the club’s La Zingara Italian Restaurant to escape the sun and dine on classic Italian entrees such as veal, pasta, and Neapolitan-style pizza. Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 7,230 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 74.6 from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole * Scorecard
Ascent Cycling is a community-focused bike shop dedicated to serving every aspect of cyclists' needs. Check up on your bi-wheeled pal after a long, rough summer with a sport tune safety overhaul. Each service session begins with a full adjustment of the drive train and brakes, ensuring chains are freed of lodged tumbleweeds and impervious to attacks from microscopic chainsaws. The skilled staff will then spot-true wheel sets so that Sunday rides and sprints across troll-guarded bridges are dependably smooth. Momentum retention and pedal-pumping efficiency will be bolstered by a safety check, while a frame wipe-down will add glistening shine to each ride.
At Springs Rhythm, experienced dance masters Nichola Morin and Volodymyr Ishchenko guide foot tappers of all skill levels through the steps of classic ballroom dances. Inside the spacious studio, hip swivelers learn graceful dances such as the tango, whose staccato style requires precise movements, awareness of rhythm, and bionic legs. Conversely, the fluid Argentine tango's sultry walks and footwork demand a feel for the music and an attention to one's partner. Springs Rhythm's mavens of movement lead two-steppers through the sophisticated spins and twirls of the waltz, with focus on the basic and Viennese waltzes. After mastering the foxtrot's peppy steps, burgeoning Fred Astaires attend a complimentary social dance, held on the first and third Saturday of the month from 8–11 p.m., to show off their new moves and collect material for their friendship journals.