Designed by Emmy Award–winner and PBS-featured pianist Scott “The Piano Guy” Houston, Play Piano in a Flash instructor Don Nichols uses a quick and simple format to teach aspiring ticklers of ivory the basics of piano in a nontraditional format. The group classes of around 10–20 students foster a collaborative environment in which a teacher uses an overhead camera to demonstrate chord positions, useful techniques, and little-known shadow puppets like the wallowing lemur, which students can then emulate at individual practice stations. The simple philosophy teaches new disciples and piano latecomers to play chords and harmonies using the left hand and to walk through a melody of individual notes with the right. The eight-week course is intended to provide graduates the ability to read and play popular, listenable tunes, such as "Poker Face" in the style of Yanni.
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.
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.
Inside Barefoot Studio's spacious, 4,000-square-foot facility, instructors guide students through a variety of yoga classes according to experience levels in two separate practice spaces. The studio’s team of studied yoga instructors lead students through a seven-day schedule of morning and evening 90-minute stretch sessions, including a beginners' class to acquaint newbies with the foundational postures and breathing exercises necessary for more advanced classes. Veterans gather for Hot Fusion Yoga classes in a 92- to 95-degree room, letting the heat maximize their flexibility and appreciation for January. Hatha and Vinyasa classes are also available. Yin Yoga instructors help students target the deep connective tissues surrounding the joints and the muscles around the hips, pelvis, and lower back by holding postures for 3–10 minutes at a time. Though the studio hosts educational workshops and special events, this Groupon is only valid for 90-minute yoga classes.
The 60,000 square feet of recreation and spa space at Fitness Unlimited house an array of wellness services to satisfy athletic aces and competitive relaxers alike. Opt for the therapeutic massage and give licensed knot kneaders free range of tense dorsal plains. The service ends with a moisturizing paraffin wax dip for hands and feet. Those who delight in defying conventional wisdom can detoxify in a mud wrap, which employs Earth’s primordial soup to purify pores and moisturize your own natural skin wrap.