A community presence in Kansas City since 1860, the Greater Kansas City YMCA forwards its mission of physical and social enrichment for men, women, and kids of all ages and backgrounds at its 18 locations. Each bustling outpost proffers members an embarrassment of fitness and entertainment riches, with everything from youth camps and after-school programs to group exercise classes, such as cycling, core training, and Pilates. Clubs and social organizations help members meet like-minded friends, and family activities strengthen bonds critically weakened by overzealous games of Monopoly.
Leavenworth Yoga Co-op's dedicated and certified yoga instructors foster a community of health and wellness with an integrated schedule of one-hour classes for students of all fitness levels. During empowering yoga-flow sessions, a pliable pro guides pupils through a continuous sequence of movements linked together by deep, mindful breathing, offering pose modifications to accommodate participants who have stiff spines or are in the middle of a high-stakes game of freeze tag. Gentle-yoga classes cater to senior body-benders and students with movement restrictions, drawing upon chair-based poses and props that provide an active yet supportive practice. Pilates mat classes incorporate efficient floor exercises to sculpt lean muscle and cultivate core strength that's more powerful than a body builder with the authority to veto congressional bills.
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At each of its 15 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.
Martial-arts classes at Pride Martial Arts / Karate For Kids boost confidence and physical fitness in both adults and children. Classes for kids as young as 4 years old focus on building gross motor skills and self-discipline. Adult-geared classes teach tae kwon do techniques, advanced self-defense moves, and weapons training. Instructors also open their doors for birthday parties, where the birthday kid dons a black belt and cuts the cake with a special samurai sword.