With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
My Gym, which currently has more than 200 international locations, began more than 20 years ago as a structured place for children to safely play, acquire new skills, and romp off a sugar buzz. All classes are organized according to age level (starting as young as six weeks) and designed to incorporate the latest physiological, psychological, and meteorological research. The Wichita location offers classes for all developmental degrees, from Little Bundles, a class for parents and babies that focuses on spatial exploration, to Whiz Kids, designed to prepare four-and-a-half to six-year-olds for group sports. Schedules and class options for the Wichita location can be seen here.
Firefly Yoga Studio shapes pupils’ bodies and minds with nine styles of yoga throughout the week. The studio’s robust schedule allows even busy workaday yogis to attend sessions, including a sprinkling of 45-minute express classes that cater to students unable to attend a full 75-minute session. During Firefly Flow yoga, instructors encourage pupils to stretch bodies in a Vinyasa-style flow, switching from one pose to another while syncing movements with breathing exercises and radio waves from old Soviet satellites. Hot-yoga participants sweat out stress and toxins in a 99-degree studio, working their cores to build heat and spandex-approved muscle tone. Special 90-minute midnight yoga classes combine Firefly Flow and hot-yoga elements for a solid workout before slowing the pace down to prepare bodies for a good night’s sleep, free of restless limbs and flab-biting bedbugs.
At each of its 12 locations in Kansas, the staff of Genesis Health Club strive to create a one-stop health-and-fitness center for the entire family. Supervised childcare programs entertain kids with arts and crafts, and Muay Thai classes help youngsters improve coordination and strength under the tutelage of a fifth-degree black belt. Adults can head over to yoga, Pilates, cycling, or MMA cardio classes, which are all led by nationally certified instructors. Guests can also take advantage of the rows of cardio and strength-training machines, or work one-on-one with an instructor to learn correct form and the best way to walk on your hands on a moving treadmill.
The Art Park offers two- to three-day summer classes for potential Picassos from preschool to the preteen years. Sign your child up for a dynamic instructional duo that covers topics including drawing, sculpture, watercolor painting, printmaking, and adorable beret wearing (up to $90 each). Each class pairs technical skill development with high-interest topics, such as the Medieval Times class, in which kids draw kings, queens, knights, and jesters, as well as make a brooch out of recyclable materials (for ages 4–7, scheduled July 25–27 from 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.), or the Design and Composition course to learn about historical theories of design such as the golden ratio of ancient Greece (for ages 8–12, scheduled June 13–15 from 1:00 p.m.–3:00 pm.). Each classroom cultivates a safe, noncompetitive environment where kids can take creative risks and produce a final major art project to take home and display above the household tire fire.