As a basket drifts against the twilight, the only sound one can hear is a burner whispering to invisible gas, commanding it to push the carriage higher into the evening sky. At Go Hot Air Ballooning, flights stay close enough to the ground to witness deer wandering the earth, and each excursion—from private rides to tethered convoys—takes off with passengers' well-being in mind. An FAA-licensed pilot with more than 20 years of ballooning experience—and a perfect safety record—takes the helm of each flight, personally confirming each reservation and watching up-to-date weather reports to ensure safe flight conditions. Though the in-air portion lasts only an hour, most journeys take up to four hours in all, allowing passengers to witness such behind-the-scenes action as the pilot inflating the entire balloon with his lungs.
Equipment: Free weights, plyometric boxes, battle ropes, suspension ropes
Students should bring: Bottle of water, a towel, and a smile.
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Average class length: 30?60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Call and schedule for an orientation before your first workout.
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
The encouragement of the certified personal trainer leading every class keeps the clients motivated, and so does the group setting. Participants motivate and encourage each other. And of course, the results that each client will see are motivating, as well.
Do you believe in the maxim, "No pain, no gain?? Why or why not?
Not all pain is a good sign that means it's working. You have to listen to your body. If it hurts, it may be a sign you are using the wrong form. But there will be muscle tightness. As you exercise, you are tearing down the muscle to build it up again, shape it, and make it stronger. This muscle in turn burns fat.
When and how did you first develop a passion for fitness?
I have always enjoyed being physically active, but I really became passionate about it after having children and discovering the struggle of getting my "before baby" body back.
What makes your business stand out?
We never charge for parents or guardians. We offer a very clean and safe environment for children to play.
What inspired you to run this business?
To have a place for parents to take their children where they can indulge in the lost art of pretend play. It was important for me to be able to offer a play center that wasn't expensive for families. I wanted it to be somewhere parents could come on a whim and not have to plan it in advance because of money.
What is the best reaction you’ve ever gotten from a customer?
Children not wanting to leave, even if they've been here for two hours, is by far the best compliment. And of course, repeat customers. That always warms my heart.
What’s your favorite part about your job?
Watching the children play creatively. They are fascinating little people. I hear some really funny stuff everyday. They have no limitations to their imaginations and it is amazing to see what they do with that.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Admission is good all day. Once you check in, you may leave and come back within the same day.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Reservations/Appointments: Not necessary
Most popular offering: Regular admission for open play.
Pro Tip: We encourage child-parent interaction.
The Hard Rock Casino Oklahoma Golf Expo assembles top instructors and showcases the game’s newest gear and technology for a two-day event. As guests explore the carpeted fairway of the Sequoyah Ballroom, they pass a gauntlet of displays offering discounted equipment, gear and golf travel. A 100-foot hitting net allows golfers to demo new products and glean free swing advice from PGA instructors. The first 200 guests to arrive each day get a $10 free play voucher for casino games, and all attendees receive a free 2013 Golf Oklahoma Travel and Course Directory as well as a subscription to Golf Digest, a monthly bulletin detailing new recipes for preparing and eating golf clubs. Get an early start to your Friday night at the Hard Rock with our Happy Hour party from 4-6 featuring live music, drink specials, and giveaways.
Tracy Phillips of Tracy Phillips Golf was a Rolex Junior Player of the Year—twice. This distinction earned him a spot in an elite club that includes such greats as Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods. He has competed in the Asian Professional Tour, and won myriad tournaments at the junior and collegiate level. As both a teacher and a student, he has worked directly with famed instructor Hank Haney, and even taught LPGA players. Tracy harnesses his wealth of experience and knowledge to teach players of all ages and skill levels, and uses advanced technology and video analysis to focus on swing alignment, ball flight, and the behavior and inaudible screams of the golf ball at impact.