Briarcrest Country Club's cardio-tennis camp gets hearts pumping with group classes that combine tennis instruction with boot-camp-style circuits in a high-energy workout environment. This one-hour outdoor class is peppered with calorie-burning aerobic tennis drills and agility training exercises such as ladder hopping, cone weaving, and snapping-turtle shuttle runs. Each session includes a warm-up segment, 30–50 minutes of cardio, and a short cool down, and the added use of a heart-rate monitor helps ensure workouts are safe for all participants and that no disguised cheetahs have been able to sneak in.
At each of its 31 area locations, the YMCA of Greater Houston pursues a mission to bring health, wellness, and personal growth to communities. Kids leap into activities ranging from swim lessons and youth sports to a teen Youth & Government program that stirs up confidence and leadership abilities in students, preparing them for mudslinging student-council campaigns.
Zumba, ballroom dance, and Les Mills group exercise classes shake up adult workout routines, as complimentary childcare frees up parents to pursue fitness goals. Meanwhile, adult sport leagues such as basketball and racquetball result in friendly competition and hyper-literate team names inspired by obscure philosophers.
With the boat storage deal, owners can back their sailboat or power boat into one of the 10'x25' stalls, then shop for necessities—from ice and drinks to fuel and cleaning supplies—in the centrally located convenience store. The half-day pontoon rental gets 11–12 people gas and buoyancy for up to four hours of recreational boating, ideal for exploring the picturesque Lake Conroe, a 21-mile-long lake rife with boating, swimming, fishing, underwater chess tournaments, and jet skiing. Customers may apply the value of this Groupon toward a larger stall for storage or a full-day pontoon rental if they so choose. As a service to boaters and the ecosystem, Lakeview Marina offers complimentary recycling of a reusable mess of wares; check the website for a list of acceptable items.
Star Pool School’s knowledgeable instructors lead students of all ages and skill levels through the ins and outs of aquatic aptitude in a private, one-on-one setting. Teachers customize each lesson according to students’ abilities, needs, and goals. Budding Olympians plunge into a heated indoor pool to learn water-skimming skills including different swimming styles and how to bribe a starfish into giving up his floaties. Competitive training for more experienced students sharpens stroke techniques, ensuring swimmers can perform proper moves. Before jumping into the water, students can suit up in on-site locker rooms, and the climate-controlled facilities allow paddling practices to continue throughout the year. Lessons can be scheduled during the times listed here.
Bill Goudeket can trace the roots of his business career back to his parents and a swimming coach. After failing beginning swimming three times as a child, the owner of FINS persevered thanks to his parents' encouragement, eventually swimming competitively at age 12, qualifying for the 1968 Olympic Trials five years later, and training under Hall of Fame coach Don Easterling in college. Taking inspiration from his coach, Goudeket decided to share his love of the sport and become a competitive swimming coach, eventually opening FINS to expand his reach to first-time swimmers as well. Along with his family and his teaching staff, Goudeket works with students of all skill levels and ages, instilling skills that can be applied to recreational swimming, competitive swimming, and sneaking into meetings of the dolphin Illuminati.