At the helm of Equilibrium Fitness' studio is Annabelle Rosemurgy, an equestrian and former Olympic athlete whose performances required enough core strength to pull off a handstand atop her horse during competitions. In her studio, she helms a team of certified instructors that leads a host of amped up Pilates routines and RealRyder indoor cycling classes.
Fifty five-minute SPX Pilates classes initiate novices into the intense practice, designed to keep on incinerating calories hours after the sessions end. The studio’s bread and butter, however, are the SPX and Systeme Dynamique classes—variations on the Pilates method—that use circuit training to target extra weight in the hips and thighs and isolate muscle groups all over the body to sculpt, tone, burn fat, and increase flexibility. Even the studio's indoor cycling sessions target core muscles, strengthen the upper body, and torch calories, getting legs pumping on RealRyder bikes that allow riders to steer and lean, simulating the real cycling experience of avoiding potholes and the maneating Sarlaccs that live inside them.
A guitarist for more than 25 years, Craig Rogers has spent his life rocking out in bands and composing music for programs on networks including ABC, HBO, and PBS. When he's not writing his own tunes, he trains the next generation of six-string strummers through Craig's Guitar Lessons' at-home and in-studio sessions.
Drawing on both his guitar prowess and 10 years of teaching experience, Craig customizes each lesson around whatever skills and subjects compel his students. Those range from music theory and sight reading to rhythm- or lead-guitar techniques in a variety of genres including rock, blues, folk, and metal. Craig even teaches pupils their favorite songs, which saves each student's friends from having to pretend-listen to more air guitar.
Seanara Mode’s stylists and founders, Sean and Ara, not only revamp looks with hair services, but they also train fellow professionals in the art of styling and teach clients how to self-style at home. With 18 years of experience under his belt, Sean has clipped hair in three different countries and specializes in speedy cutting techniques. Ara began his haircutting career as a teen and has since worked with celebrity clientele and shown off his designs on TV. In their courses, Sean and Ara combine demonstrations with hands-on workshops to delve deep into the specifics of creating trendy updos, texturizing men’s hair, and cutting bangs so they no longer look like weird, hairy curtains.
Color Me Mine's expert ceramic artists, whose kids’ parties have earned accolades from Parents magazine, help customers create one-of-a-kind, handmade keepsakes while enjoying BYO refreshments in a 1,700-square-foot studio. More than 500 ceramic plates, cups, mugs, garden decorations, and animal figurines, all of which carry a 10% discount for Groupon customers, bid for attention on long wooden shelves. After selecting a piece, customers design and draft a custom image, allowing them to reproduce Ming dynasty vases before the museum notices that they are broken. Add flare with helpful stencils, or seek inspiration from 22,000+ pre-designed images. When the design is complete, friendly staff, who can demonstrate easy painting techniques, supply customers with their choice of more than 60 colorful, nontoxic, lead-free, food-safe paints. Aspiring artisans brush and dab color onto their ceramic keepsake, pausing to chat and enjoy their refreshments. Color Me Mine glazes and fires all pieces to a shiny, professional finish, allowing customers to experiment with realistic ceramic hubcaps, and pieces are ready for pick up in a few days. Partygoers can bring their own refreshments, and those over the age of 21 can bring their own wine or beer.
During her time as a fashion model, Donna Michelle D'Aurio knew the importance of staying in shape. But, when she became a trained fitness instructor, she quickly learned the importance of being both fit and healthy. With this philosophy in mind, Donna established Bella Fitness as a mobile fitness company in 2006. Since then, the company has grown into a fitness business where a staff of personal trainers, dance instructors, sport coaches, and nutritionists designs customized fitness plans for everyone from kids to senior citizens.
Within the studio, clients can work up a sweat in semi-private Pilates, Barre, Zumba, TRX, and dance cardio classes that reflect Donna’s own group fitness certifications from the Arthritis Foundation, SilverSneakers, PiYo, and YMCA. For younger clients, kids' yoga and Zumba classes are also available. At the other end of the spectrum, personal training sessions provide one-on-one attention as exercisers focus on mastering specific fitness routines or strengthening their levitation abilities. Bella's facility is also equipped with a Korr Reevue breathing test, which determines resting metabolic rates, as well as plenty of space to host training courses on CPR and fitness instruction.