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Winter/Spring 2014 Offerings: Recreation and Hobbies

Hobbies

Instant Piano for Hopelessly Busy People
You do not need years of weekly lessons to learn piano. You can learn enough in this one workshop to play almost any song on the piano with two hands. Students may then go on to perfect their technique at home using the home-study CD. This is the system the pros use – chords, not tedious note reading. Prior note reading experience on the treble clef is helpful, as this is not an absolute beginners course. For the brave ones without experience who want to try anyway, you can send away for the complementary pamphlet entitled “How to Read Music Notation in Just 30 Minutes” and study it before attending the class (send a SASE to Florence Shaw, 1667 Central Ave., Albany, NY 12205). In just three hours, you can learn enough secrets of the trade to give you years of musical enjoyment. Florence Shaw holds a BA and MS in teaching. She is a certified workshop graduate and has been a student of Robert Laughlin, the inventor of the one day chord piano workshop. This course has been taken successfully by over 150,000 students! The Course fee includes a $30 materials fee.
60261
$49
1 Session, DCC B05
Wed., 3/12, 6 - 9 p.m.
Florence Shaw, Instructor

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Contemporary Guitar Skills I
Designed for beginners and those who have been playing guitar for one year or less, you will be guided through the basics of guitar including how to tune, play chords and solo. Also covered are major, minor and pentatonic scales, basic soloing skills, music theory, technique and ensemble skills. Many musical examples will be illustrated from popular songs, including songs that are of special interest to students. You must provide your own acoustic or electric guitar (a small amplifier should be used with electric guitars). Additional materials will be discussed at the first class; anticipated cost is $20.
60214
$90
10 Sessions, WIL 113
Tues., 3/18 - 5/27, 6 - 8 p.m.
No class 4/22
Gary Cellucci, Instructor

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Contemporary Guitar Skills III
This class is for advanced students who have completed Contemporary Guitar Skills II or for those with four or more years of playing experience. Topics include; scales, arpeggios, modes, alternate tunings, scale applications, virtuoso techniques, phrasing, improvising and more.
60215
$110
12 Sessions, WIL 113
Thurs., 3/13 - 5/29, 6 - 8 p.m.
Gary Cellucci, Instructor

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Learn to Play Mah Jongg
Have you heard the click-clack of tiles? Seen the unusual characters of the Mah Jongg tiles? Learn to play the game of the four winds. You can learn any or all versions of this fascinating game, including: Hong Kong, Chinese Official Tournament, Japanese, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, American, or the National (US) Mah Jongg League rules.

After we spend the first class learning the tiles, the form, and the method of play for all versions using the Hong Kong scoring rules, the next classes will cover the specific types of scoring rules, as determined by the class interest. Decipher the fun and pleasure of bams, dot, and cracks by learning Mah Jongg!

All supplies will be provided by the instructor. Course fee includes $7 materials fee.
60216
$46
4 Sessions, WIL 113
Thurs., 3/20 - 4/10, 1 - 3 p.m.

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60217
$46
4 Sessions, DCC B05
Wed., 4/16 - 5/7, 6 - 8 p.m.
Sandra Johnson, Instructor

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Fly-Fishing: The Art and Science
Writer Izaak Walton called fly-fishing, “the contemplative man’s recreation.” You’ll learn basic entomology, the identification of aquatic and terrestrial insects
and their life cycles. You will participate in field trips to local streams for collection and identification; learn fly-tying techniques using natural and synthetic
materials; learn fly-casting and presentation techniques with on-stream instruction (NYS fishing license required); learn basic stream ecology and bio-assessment techniques and participate in a Trout Unlimited stream ecology project. Interactive "how-to videos" and guest speakers will intersperse all lecture sessions. A free one-year membership to the Trout Unlimited organization is included upon course completion. All course materials are provided. Free use of fly rods and reels as well as fly-tying equipment and materials are provided. The student is responsible for his or her personal wading boots, either hip waders or chest waders and a valid 2014 NYS fishing license. This course is open to individuals 14 and up.
60104
$125
13 Sessions, SCB 103
Tue., 2/18 - 5/20, 6 - 9 p .m.
No class 4/22
Two Saturday, 1 - 5 p.m., outings will be announced in class.
Frank Cuttone, Instructor

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Fitness

Belly Dance is for Every-body
Middle Eastern belly dance is dedicated to women celebrating the joy and beauty of a centuries old dance form. Instructor Ayperi is a passionate and caring professional Middle Eastern belly dance instructor. She is a performing artist and choreographer who seeks to inspire and impassion others through this expressive dance. Ayperi has the keen ability to recognize and meet the unique needs of each individual student and welcomes women of all ages, sizes and abilities to unleash their inner creativity in this safe, fun and supportive environment.

You are never too old or young to start belly dancing! Middle Eastern belly dancing is primarily taught as a low impact fitness activity and is an exciting alternative to other exercise or dance programs. This course covers the basic fundamental moves of belly dance and incorporates the use of veils and finger cymbals. The instructor will advise students in locating these props in addition to coin hip scarves to use in their own belly dancing. Recommended class attire is tank tops or t-shirts with yoga, sweat, or exercise pants. No shoes are required.
60270
$50
6 Sessions, MCD 192
Tues., 3/18 - 5/6, 7:35 - 8:35 p.m.
No class 4/22
Tammy Stanzione of Ayperi Bellydance, Instructor

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Sole Synthesis
Come and be one of the first in the area to experience this new low impact workout currently sweeping the nation. Sole Synthesis is a fusion of strength, flexibility, core and cardiovascular work. It is a standing flow workout done barefoot without extra equipment to upbeat music. This full body workout combines movements inspired by fitness, ballet and yoga. The low impact moves will work you from head to toe. No previous experience is needed to participate in Sole Synthesis. Just bring a water bottle, your bare feet (sole) and dress in comfortable fitness clothing.
60218
$55
10 Sessions, MCD 192
Tues., 2/25 - 5/6, 6:45 - 7:30 p.m.
No class 4/22
Sarah Hoffman of Total Body Trifecta, Instructor

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Basic Self Defense (Ages 12 - Adult)
Knowing some self defense techniques has become an essential part of life in today’s society. We must always remember to be aware of our surroundings, know how to prevent a violent situation from happening before it’s too late. And, if needed, understand how to physically protect ourselves from becoming victimized by an attacker.

This Basic Self Defense program will teach you skills that are needed in order to quickly react and protect yourself effectively. Learn how to improve balance, speed and reaction time. Become more aware of your surroundings and potential dangerous situations. Remember, don’t allow yourself to be a victim of violence. Fight back!

Terrance Canavan has been studying martial arts for over 16 years. He is a 4th degree black belt, and has over 15 years teaching experience. Through self defense programs, he has dedicated his free time educating adults and children on how to protect themselves from attackers.
60167
$77
8 Sessions, MCD 192
Thurs., 2/27 - 4/17, 7:15 - 8:15 p.m.
Terrance Canavan, Instructor

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Kettlebell Fitness
Need a challenging workout? Try kettlebells for a dynamic workout that works all major muscles, burns body fat and builds power! This class is a great for beginners to pros, as you will exercise against your own base line, at your own pace and see gains over the 10-week period. Regular training with kettlebells will bring you the body you always wanted. Your instructor is an experienced trainer who works well with people at different levels of fitness ensuring they learn the proper technique and are appropriately challenged. Students are able to transform their physiques, lose weight and break through training plateaus in record time. It is required that students purchase a kettlebell prior to the first class. Often, women may typically start with 10 or 15-pound (6.8 kg) kettlebell and men start with 20-pound kettlebell (9 kg), but be sure to choose one that still challenges you but isn’t too heavy.
60241
$85
10 Sessions, MCD 192
Sat., 2/22 - 5/10, 8 - 8:50 a.m.
No class 3/22, 4/19
Blythe Thompson-Hurlburt of Fitness Professionals On Demand, Instructor

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NEW!
Butts and Guts
Butts and Guts...need it say any more! This 45-minute class is all about tightening and toning those troublesome tushies and tummies. The class will focus intensely on ab and glute work that also breaks a sweat, sometimes uses light weights, and will give you results in inches lost, sculpted spots, and just plain confidence in how you fit in your clothes and carry yourself. Say goodbye to boring crunches and traditional butt lifts this is a program that changes the way you see your core and backside forever!
60224
$85
10 Sessions, CTR 204
Tues., 2/18 - 4/29, 5:30 - 6:15 p.m.
No class 4/22
Blythe Thompson-Hurlburt of Fitness Core You, Instructor

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Metabolic Blast Boot Camp
You can change your metabolism – increasing your lean muscle, lowering your resting heart rate and decreasing your overall fat will make it happen for you. That is what this program is professionally designed to do. Intense bursts of cardio exercises such as sprints, lunges and squats along with strength training sets of dips, pushups and planks are what you will encounter in an atmosphere of camaraderie and great encouragement. For more information, contact Hollan Bonjukian at (518) 496-0337 or trufitnessanswers@gmail.com.

What you receive:

  • 36 classes of high intensity interval training
  • Expert coaching from a nationally-certified personal trainer
  • Nutritional support
  • Weekly food journal
  • Fitness assessment
  • 24-7 online support and individual attention
  • Injury prevention techniques
  • Supercharged motivation
  • Accountability
  • Powerful encouragement
  • An adrenalin kick to start your day that will fire up your metabolism

What you give:

  • Three hours of your time a week
  • 100% effort
  • $200 course fee

60242
$200
36 Sessions, MCD 192
Mon., Wed., and Fri., 2/10 - 5/9, 6 - 7 a.m.
No class 2/26, 4/18, 4/21
Hollan Bonjukian of Tru Fitness, Instructor

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Nia
Nia is the crosstraining cardio dance class that blends yoga, stretching and flexibility with the fun of dance and power of martial arts. Nia will have you kicking and punching, moving, energizing and feeling stimulated from top to bottom. Walk away centered and feeling great! Nia combines total body conditioning with calming stress relief needed with our busy lifestyles. Nia delivers a great workout that tones muscle and burns calories. It’s healthy cardio movement that will increase your endurance and strength as well as provide fun, safe, dance movement for your body! Nia has it all! Dress in comfortable workout clothes and bring a mat and water to class.
60240
$75
12 Sessions, MCD 192
Tues., 2/11 - 5/6, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
No class 4/22
Richele Corbo, Instructor

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Tabata: 20-Second Fitness
How can 20 seconds work for you? How can 8 - 12 minutes a day get you into the best shape of your life and give you the body you want? 20-second fitness is all about intervals!

The science behind 20-second fitness is based on the work of Dr. Izumi Tabata and his work with Olympic speed skaters. He learned that the 20/10 system (20 seconds on / 10 seconds off) not only built endurance and muscle strength, but also produced better results when compared to athletes training with traditional workouts.

Tabata interval training is the single most effective type of high intensity training and surprisingly the shortest in duration! This versatile program will help you lose weight and can help improve performance in sports! Lose fat, get fit and get a great workout!
60239
$85
10 Sessions, MCD 192
Sat., 2/22 - 5/10, 9 - 10 a.m.
No class 3/22, 4/19
Blythe Thompson-Hurlburt of Fitness Professionals On Demand, Instructor

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Core Camp
Jump start your new year with a new six pack! Lose that winter weight around the midsection with this fast track fitness class strategically designed to deliver results! Think bootcamp meets Pilates.

You will be inspired through high intensity intervals of metabolically altering cardio drills that are geared to fire up your metabolism while you learn the best middle-whittling core moves out there. Melt the external fat and reveal the lean chiseled muscle that you will be developing.

Don’t let Thanksgiving, Christmas and long dark nights leave their mark on your waistline. This program will begin and end with a thorough fitness and nutrition assessment so you will see the incredible results from investing in yourself. Join us in Core Camp and whittle your middle this year! For more information, contact Hollan Bonjukian at (518) 496-0337 or trufitnessanswers@gmail.com.
60238
$75
12 Sessions, MCD 192
Sun., 2/16 - 5/18, 6:30 - 7:30 a.m.
No class 3/23, 4/20
Hollan Bonjukian of Tru Fitness, Instructor

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Pilates for Runners
Want to run effortlessly? Want to bullet-proof your hips and knees against injury? Ready to become a force to reckoned with? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this class if for you! If you just want to become a better runner, ward off winter weight gain and experience your fittest winter ever, join us for Pilates for Runners. This training will help you overcome common problems to runners including: plantar fasciitis, runner’s knee and shin splints.

Although there will be NO running in class, this program is no walk in the park. You will learn the ‘golden’ exercises that will unlock your inner runner, by targeting the common weak spots; gluteus medius, lower back, abdominals and spine while lengthening the hamstrings, tightening the quads and conditioning the feet. If you are not a runner, you’ll be runner ready when you are through! If you are a runner this will be transformational for you. For more information, contact Hollan Bonjukian at (518) 496-0337 or trufitnessanswers@gmail.com.
60237
$75
12 Sessions, MCD 192
Sun., 2/16 - 5/18, 7:45 - 8:45 a.m.
No class 3/23, 4/20

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NEW!
Rolling Restoration
This class is a step beyond yoga and more impactful then the typical massage. Learn how the elite athletes are able to maximize their muscle recovery with these foam rolling techniques that will optimize your muscles, diminish injures, recover range of motion and restore your body. Students will need to bring a foam roller to class. Rollers can be purchased at the instructor's Web site (www.trufitness.org) or at other sporting good retailers. Questions? Contact Hollan at (518) 496-0337 or trufitnessanswers@gmail.com.
60225
$75
12 Sessions, MCD 192
Mon., 2/10 - 5/5, 4:45 - 5:30 p.m.
No class 4/21
Hollan Bonjukian of Tru Fitness, Instructor

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NEW!
Tough Mudder Training
Dominate your Tough Mudder race - a race that demands a true hybrid athlete. The Tough Mudder half-marathon obstacle course is set to be held on July 12 and 13 in western NY. You will rise beyond your physical expectations with this five-month, proven, progressive training protocol that will gradually and safely make you race-day ready, race-day confident… and race-day TOUGH! At the end of the program, you will: be able to safely run a half marathon; successfully push up, pull up and lift up your body weight, as required in the obstacle course; understand how to eat for performance; be able to rely on your trusted team members for support, encouragement and camaraderie. Enter your first Tough Mudder race as part of the TOUGH Team (Trained to Overcome U’r Greatest Hurdles)!

Thinking about training for the Tough Mudder with us? Join us for an info session on Wed., 3/5 from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. in DCC B06 to learn more about the race and this class.

60226
$215
34 Sessions, Meet at the East Greenbush Town Park
Wed. and Fri, 3/12 - 7/11, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
No class 4/18, 7/4
Hollan Bonjukian of Tru Fitness, Instructor

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Moderate Hi-Lo Impact Aerobics
This is a combination Hi-Lo impact class designed with both men and women in mind. Each class adheres to the exercise guidelines set forth by the American College of Sports Medicine. The one-hour class includes a complete cardiovascular workout and a stretching and strength training component that will tone muscles and burn fat. Routines are set to contemporary music by the original artists. Energize and have fun. This class is designed for all levels – everyone will be successful!
60236
$65
12 Sessions, MCD 192
Mon., 2/10 - 5/5, 7 - 8 p.m.
No class 4/21
Chrissy Sarratori of Abs In, Inc., Instructor

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Cardio Kickboxing
Cardio Kickboxing is an hour-long, total body workout designed to improve your cardiovascular endurance with a core of continuous kickboxing combos to work your upper and lower body along with your heart. The class begins with a warm up, followed by basic kickboxing moves that become more intense as the class progresses. Modifications will be offered to accommodate all ages and fitness levels. The class ends with a cool down, core strengthening and stretching. Please bring 3-5 lb. hand weights, a mat, towel and water. Get ready to have fun and sweat!
60223
$110
20 Sessions, CTR 204
Mon. and Wed., 2/24 - 5/7, 7 - 8 p.m.
No class 2/26 and 4/21
Caroline Wunsch of Total Body Trifecta, Instructor

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Zumba
Zumba is the hottest class to hit the fitness world! This hour-long dance-based fitness class is set to international rhythms. No experience in dance or aerobic classes is required and Zumba is open to all fitness levels. This class will help you sculpt a tight mid-section without getting on the floor. Wear sneakers and light clothes. Bring a water bottle!
60232
$65
12 Sessions, MCD 192
Mon., 2/10 - 5/5, 5:45 - 6:45 p.m.
No class 4/21
Chrissy Sarratori of Abs In, Inc., Instructor

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60233
$65
12 Sessions, MCD 192
Tues., 2/11 - 5/6, 4:15 - 5:15 p.m.
No class 4/22
Lia Magidson of Abs In, Inc., Instructor

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60234
$65
12 Sessions, MCD 192
Wed., 2/12 - 5/7, 5:45 - 6:45 p.m.
No class 2/26
Chrissy Sarratori of Abs In, Inc., Instructor

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60235
$65
12 Sessions, MCD 192
Thurs., 2/13 - 5/1, 4:45 - 5:45 p.m.
Lori Hallenbeck of Abs In, Inc., Instructor

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Zumba Toning
When it comes to body sculpting, Zumba Toning raises the bar (or rather, the toning stick)! It combines targeted body-sculpting exercises and high-energy cardio work with Latin-infused Zumba moves to create a calorie-torching, strength-training dance fitness-party. Students learn how to use lightweight, maraca-like Toning Sticks to enhance rhythm and tone all their target zones, including arms, abs and thighs. Zumba Toning is the perfect way for enthusiasts to sculpt their bodies naturally while having a total blast! Take your Zumba workout to a new level and join us for Zumba Toning. Each student will receive their own pair of Toning Sticks. Wear sneakers and light clothes and don’t forget your water bottle.
60230
$65

60231
$85*

12 Sessions, MCD 192
Wed., 2/12 - 5/7, 7 - 8 p.m.
No class 2/26
Chrissy Sarratori of Abs In, Inc., Instructor

*This course # includes the $20 materials fee for the Toning Sticks. If you don’t already have a pair of Toning Sticks, choose this course # and the instructor will provide a pair for you.

Pilates Mat - Beginning
Pilates is a precise method of exercise which focuses on movements designed to lengthen and strengthen the body. This class will focus on the “core” and practice the controlled movements designed to stretch and strengthen muscles without adding bulk. Just bring a mat (yoga style “sticky” mat works best) and experience what Pilates can do for your body and mind. This class is designed for the beginner Pilates student with little or no experience.
60219
$55
10 Sessions, CTR 204
Mon., 2/24 - 5/5, 5:15 - 6 p.m.
No class 4/21
Sara Hoffman of Total Body Trifecta, Instructor

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60220
$55
10 Sessions, CTR 204
Wed., 3/5 - 5/7, 5:15 - 6 p.m.
No class 2/26
Ellen Ehrlich of Total Body Trifecta, Instructor

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Pilates Mat - Intermediate
This course is a continuation of the Pilates method. It will incorporate the basic and intermediate level exercises into a more intense style of class. This class level is appropriate for students who have had at least two semesters (one year) of experience practicing Pilates. Just bring a sticky mat and a 14-inch Pilates Magic Circle (ring).
60221
$55
10 Sessions, CTR 204
Mon., 2/24 - 5/5, 6:05 - 6:50 p.m.
No class 4/21

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60222
$55
10 Sessions, CTR 204
Wed., 3/5 - 5/7, 6:05 - 6:50 p.m.
Ellen Ehrlich of Total Body Trifecta, Instructor

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PIYO Fusion
What do elite athletes, ballerinas and top models have in common? A strong core and flexibility! This mind-body fusion class is for people who want to increase their core strength (abdominals, back, hips and thighs), increase their flexibility and help maintain that long lean look that we all love! This class blends essential Yoga poses for strength and balance and Pilates to build and maintain your core all the while focusing on spinal alignment. At the end of this class you will feel rejuvenated. Expect to listen to quiet motivational music as a nationally certified personal trainer and fitness instructor leads you through a series of mat exercises while emphasizing correct form and crucial breathing technique. You will feel and see results – not only in class, but in your day-to-day activities. You will likely walk a bit taller, move with greater grace, feel increased energy, and notice a transformation in your abdominal region. What you need: An exercise mat, a towel and a water bottle.
60229
$85
10 Sessions, MCD 192
Thurs., 2/20 - 5/1, 6 - 7 p.m.
Connie Fagan of Fitness Professionals On Demand, Instructor

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Yoga I: Foundations of Practice
This course is of value to students of any age, with or without previous experience in yoga. We will focus patiently on classic postures and breathing exercises to bring balance and well-being to the body, mind and spirit. With the development of physical flexibility and calmness of mind, we also lay the foundations for a rewarding lifelong practice of yoga.
60227
$80
12 Sessions, MCD 192
Mon., 2/10 - 5/5, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
No class 4/21

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60228
$80
12 Sessions, MCD 192
Wed., 2/12 - 5/7, 4 - 5 p.m.
No class 2/26
Jeanne Wein, Instructor

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