As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby, trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. 30 seconds is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
Learn the nautical nuts and briny bolts of breathing underwater in this 45-minute introductory course, held in Rick's Dive 'N Travel Center's heated indoor pool. Equipment is included, allowing students to leave their personal underwater tuxedos at home. During the class, the facility's instructors, certified by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors, will acquaint students with diving basics, underwater breathing know-how, and general scuba-related safety. Drip with relative weightlessness as you submerge yourself in nauti-knowledge, gaining the skills needed for your next dive for pirate gold in the Arkansas River.
Owned and operated by fitness consultant Kathleen Rea, Regeneration offers yoga, Pilates, yogalates, and cardio sculpt classes for keeping the body as close to its factory settings as possible. The yogalates class is the result of cross-breeding yoga and Pilates, both of which are also offered as separate classes, and is designed to maximize the body's muscle tone, improve its flexibility, and pour a fresh batch of strength into its core. During the cardio sculpt class, light weights and resistance training help tone bodies while increasing the odds of out-swimming an angry hippo. Walk-ins are welcome, but calling ahead is preferred.
The driving force behind Studio One Dance's welcoming atmosphere is owner Stephanie Slagle, a dancer who started at the age of 5. In an effort to replicate the opportunities she had as a youngster, Stephanie and her talented staff schedule classes for all ages and skill levels. Their curriculum ranges from classic jazz, ballet, and tap-dance classes to more physically demanding barre and Zumba dance-fitness classes, which are viable alternatives when the nightclub dance floor is too crowded for you to do pushups.
While teaching jazz dance in the 1960s, Judi Sheppard Missett decided to step away from tradition by offering an experimental class that allowed her students to simply dance without the judgment of mirrors or the constraints of rigid technique. In these sessions, she began infusing popular dance moves with specific fitness workouts to forge a distinctive blend of cardio exercise, strength training, and dance instruction. Little did she know that this “just for fun” class was the prototype for what would become the national fitness sensation known as Jazzercise.
Today, Jazzercise takes its aerobic techniques from a variety of sources that include jazz dance, hip-hop, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, and kickboxing. The class formats, which vary according to different toning goals, are just as diverse as the program's move set. Two-time Dancing with the Stars champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of the improvisational routines, although her advanced skills aren't needed to get the most out of classes. Instructors cultivate a noncompetitive atmosphere where all exercisers—with the exception of those marked as cursed by jazz-hand palm readers—are welcome regardless of age, build, or fitness background.
Devoted to providing easy access to party photography, Photobooths of the MidSouth creates a focal point for fun at weddings, parties, and other events. Classic curtained photo booths and open-air kiosks snap memories at gatherings and galas as attendants ensure that the booth is in smooth working order, producing reliable, non-ghost-revealing pictures. Additionally, provided props and signs help subjects customize portraits, furthering the company's goal of personalized service.