Thomas Edison declared that genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration, a fact he discovered while inventing the volcano. Work up a healthy sweat with today's Groupon: for $30, you get 30 visits to Element Fitness in Lenexa, Kansas (a $300 value).
A mosaic-tiled front desk welcomes gym-goers into Element Fitness, where modern facilities, advanced machines, and motivational group classes guide clients to health. The main gym floor basks in the glow of lime-hued walls and supports a fleet of cardio equipment, including ellipticals, cross-trainers, and treadmills. Nearby resistance-training machinery and hand weights mold muscles, and more than 80 weekly group classes allow patrons to build camaraderie while deconstructing calories into beads of sweat. Amid the calming water of the gym's pool, aquatic sessions swaddle achy joints in submerged resistance training. For more intense cardio, spin classes strap students onto a cycling bike for endurance and speed training. Instructors also lead weightlifting, yoga, and SilverSneakers sessions, which cater to discarded trophies hoping to get back into the game.
Inside Element Fitness, the lime-green walls of the cardio room energize guests dashing away on treadmills as the yoga studio’s crisp white walls and glowing orb lights soothe yogis. The pool room echoes with splashing as guests stretch during pool aerobics classes; the dry sauna nearby remains quiet, letting guests absorb dry heat without listening to the heavy-metal albums played in traditional saunas. Stationary bikes adorn the spinning studio. Meanwhile, in workout studios lined with free weights, personal trainers make use of their professional weightlifting or triathlon experience during one-on-one personal-training sessions or group fitness classes.