Though most pitchers clear their mounds at the slight rumor of a thunderstorm, the ones inside Kansas City Sports Club always stay dry and padded with footprints. In addition to pitching tunnels, hitting tunnels, and a turf infield that stays safe from outdoor weather conditions, the facility features a full fitness center that protects guests from the hazards of working out on treadmills in the wilderness. The fitness center features free weights and cardio machines with flat-screen televisions and free WiFi to keep guests informed and entertained during workouts.
Landmark 2 Skate Center evokes memories of a bygone American era when you could take your best gal out to the roller rink, buy her a shake at the soda fountain, and text her goodnight on the wooden cell phone you whittled yourself. The skating facility exudes an old-school, family-friendly charm, especially with its shimmering disco balls, collection of stand-up arcade games, and plastic booths that are Coke-label red. Skaters of all ages can glide across the sprawling rink, practicing turns with sleek blades and making lazy figure-eights with classic skates. Meanwhile, staffers bustle about behind the snack bar, doling out snacks and soda pops. Come Saturday night, a live DJ ramps things up a notch, filling the air with upbeat tunes and pop hits. Four times a year, the large skate center offers skating classes for both beginner and intermediate students.
The six lighted and enclosed hard courts in Elite Squad Tennis Club’s spacious 100,000-square-foot facility host furious over-the-net action, private lessons, and group classes for players of any experience level. With the beginner package, entry-level players gain an introductory understanding of the sport through three weeks of twice-weekly classes, including lessons in court usage, stroke patterns, and choosing the proper shade of yellow for maximized ball and wardrobe coordination. Intermediate-level players can brush up on court skills in Thursday and Saturday drop-in drills, or burn up to 1,000 calories in cardio tennis classes held four times a week. Both packages also net racket-wielders 30-minutes of private instruction to practice essential skills that can help to humiliate rivals and gain the long-sought approval of grade-school gym teachers during 90 minutes of on-the-court time.
Fitness Quest Health Club, a full-service gym and personal-training studio, lays out a buffet of fitness services and equipment for gussying up musculatures. Exercisers respond to the beckoning of the strength room, cardio room, and super circuit-training room depending upon mood and muscular condition. The gym's personal trainers work closely with clients to bolster fitness routines, sharing advice on training techniques and which species of buffalo is most receptive to bench pressing. Boot-camp classes channel military training techniques to send trainees of all fitness levels on a cardiovascular and strength-boosting adventure. The group setting creates a supportive environment where participants can meet fellow strivers willing to back them up at break-dance rumbles.
The acoustic whoosh of swooping golf clubs welcomes players to Peculiar Golf & Learning Center, where a stable of 16 driving range stalls fosters flusher drives and straighter approaches for players of all abilities. The range features both natural grass and artificial turf hitting surfaces, and clubbers can take aim at distant targets or windswept parade floats from covered or open-air hitting bays, all of which are illuminated by towering lights for late-night practice. A staff of resident aces presides over lessons conducted at the Center, where they help correct swing imbalances and illiterate clubs at the Center's practice green or sand bunker. A fully-stocked pro shop rounds out the Center's deep reservoir of golf resources with an array of clubs, bags, apparel, and other golf gear from brands such as Ping, Callaway, Nike, and TaylorMade.
After intense dance training left her with pain in both knees, Pilates by Kahley’s eponymous owner sought refuge in low-impact Pilates practice, where she found relief from her physical ailments and discovered a passion for the integrated mind-body workout. Inside a 2,300-square-foot studio, students follow the lead of certified instructors as they work through a series of core-strengthening Pilates exercises performed on mats. Inspired by the Lotte Berk Method, BarreAmped classes combine the small, rhythmic movements with traditional Pilates, creating a challenging interval workout. The studio invites students of all levels to hone strength and self-esteem in group classes.
Fine Arts Theatres’ four venues surround moviegoers with classic silver-screen ambiance as they present the latest independent and mainstream film offerings. Lovingly refurbished neighborhood movie palaces such as the early-20th-century Rio Theatre now boast surround-sound digital audio, high-backed rocker seats with arm-mounted cup holders, and movie trailers acted out by gregarious ticket takers. In addition to flicks opening each week, Fine Arts Theatres hosts the Gathr Preview Series each Thursday at 7:30 p.m. The group also holds screenings for the annual Kansas International Film Festival, voted the Best Local Film Festival by readers of The Pitch in 2011, as well as a Latin American Film Festival every September.