At CrossFit Cerberus, the instructors and students work together to create a tightly knit community in which support and encouragement are bedrocks to the demanding fitness regimen. Bolstered by this support, the self-motivated students challenge themselves and safely push their limits in classes that use an ever-changing array of interval training exercises designed to improve strength, stamina, and overall fitness.
The instructors provide personalized guidance whenever possible, ensuring that visitors know how to safely perform pushups, heft weights, swing kettlebells, flip oversized truck tires, and throw medicine balls into a low orbit. When combined with countless other conditioning and strength-training techniques, these CrossFit exercises provide full-body workouts that allow students of any fitness level to scale the load and intensity of each move, better complementing their own capabilities while still safely pushing their limits.
Greg Beitling refused to stay idle while Americans' lifespans shortened due to obesity-related diseases. Instead, he founded Lit Fitness to help the community retool its approach to eating and exercise. The studio specializes in what they call Large Group Training, or LGT, which challenges students to intense regimens of calisthenics, weightlifting, and short bursts of cardio. Beitling draws upon certifications in personal training and strength-and-conditioning instruction to build workouts that maximize calorie burning and increase lean-muscle mass to help jump-start metabolisms. In addition to increasing their strength, endurance, energy, and flexibility, participants can win prizes such as cash and skinny jeans by tackling the goals they set along the way. Like a trip to the beach with a very modest mermaid, each camp lasts about 50 minutes and requires an ample supply of water and towels. Many of the studio's programs also include nutritional components, which range from healthy-eating workshops to meetings with a dietitian.
The doctors at Blue Springs Dental Arts know that trips to the dentist can be scary. That's why they go the extra mile to make patients comfortable, whether that means installing TVs in each treatment room, swaddling chilly patients with blankets, or administering safe, nitrous oxide to help calm nerves.
The best piece of mind, however, comes from the knowledge that Blue Springs Dental Arts practices the most up-to-date dental techniques. For example, natural-looking composite fillings are now used in place of silver, reducing toxicity and fostering more confident smiles. Fixed and removable crowns, bridges, and dentures also offer unidentifiable replacements for natural teeth, and preventative practices, such as fluoride treatments or candy-deflecting coatings help stave off future decay.
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.
Along with rows of free weights, weight machines, and cardio machines, the gym at Blue Springs Fitness features an indoor track for running laps and saunas for sweating out toxins. During personal-training sessions, certified trainers create customized workout plans based on individuals' specific health and fitness goals. The gym also hosts a full schedule of group-fitness classes and boasts plenty of amenities, including daycare, tanning, and lessons on how to deadlift a horse.