When Roald Dahl wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he imagined a much-coveted golden ticket that granted access to myriad wonders and unveiled the inner workings of an entire industry. MetaBody created a real-life version of that ticket with the MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass, though it applies to fitness instead of candy. The pass grants access not to a single gym but to classes at a variety of local studios, specializing in everything from yoga to boot camp. With the freedom to move from location to location, students can sample different regimens, instructors, and styles of exercise to cobble together a program that fits their needs and goals. MetaBody's nutritionists supplement class packages by coaching clients in healthy eating, recipe cooking, and speed-reading nutrition-fact labels.
If variety is the spice of life, then Yoga & Fitness Passport is a veritable East Indian Trading Company. The outfit curates some of the highest reviewed fitness studios throughout both Canada and the U.S. From there, they issue passports that give exercisers a chance to jump from yoga to Zumba to pole dancing classes, all at different studios. Rather than having to navigate each gym's scheduling site, guests can find and sign up for sessions through the Yoga & Fitness Passport site. From there, folks just need to show their confirmation on a smart phone or wood etching, and it's off to the races.
The experienced instructors and certified trainers at Fitness I Like are on a mission to help their clients think of fitness as a way of life. They offer fast-paced, energetic classes such as boot camp and line dancing. Class-goers can tone muscles, burn fat, and build strength in a laid-back group setting.
Kathi of Zumba with Kathi is driven by her own passion about and experiences with the titular exercise. Having shed 50 pounds from Zumba workouts and healthy eating—with recipes and tips she posts online—Kathi encourages her students to do the same with the full-body workout that blends movements and rhythmic music into a fun, energetic class.
Equipment: _ We have free weights, as well as a variety of cardio and weight equipment._
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
Our facility is on located on Maple Woods Community College campus, and we offer an educated staff that can help a person work on their individual fitness goals at their level. Our goal is to help everyone feel comfortable joining our facility. We offer individual exercise programs, personal training, nutrition counseling, and a variety of free group classes that people of any fitness level can attend.
What is the biggest mistake you see people make when trying to get fit on their own?
The biggest mistake I think people make is they don't have a plan. They would like to get into shape, better their health, and lose weight, but they don't have a plan. Most people have great intentions and know what to do but may need additional help and guidance to help reach their goals.
When and how did you first develop a passion for fitness?
The staff at Maple Woods Fitness Center believe in overall health?not just what someone looks like on the outside. A healthy body is a strong and fit body. We focus on your fitness goals but also recognize that a health is very important that is why we focus on nutrition as well as provide a well rounded exercise program to help meet your goals. Our full time instructors have bachelors degrees in fitness and wellness, and both have certifications in exercise nutrition.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
The Maple Woods Fitness facility is predominately used by the public as well as MCC students and offers a variety of memberships. We are located on the second floor of the Northland Human Service Building and are surrounded by windows so you never feel like you are working out in a dungeon. To tour our facility, simply stop by during our hours of operation and we will be happy to show you around and answer any questions you may have.
Mandy Morris has never enjoyed staying put. For more than 14 years, she dedicated her life to dancing and acting, performing in venues from New York to Los Angeles, as well as on cruise ships. She returned to Kansas City with a global cornucopia of experience in jazz, hip-hop, salsa, and calypso. By founding Studio Moves, Mandy and her fellow instructors gave themselves a way to both share their passion for dance and help students of all skill and fitness levels discover new ways to work out.
The schedule of eclectic classes reflects Mandy's own passion for all things dance. Ballet fitness combines classical ballet exercises, yoga stretches, and cardio dance to develop the grace, power, and sculpted muscle tone associated with professional dancers. Zumba speeds up the pace with a cardio-intensive regimen of simple-to-follow choreography set to upbeat, Latin-inspired melodies. The studio also dispels pent-up stress with meditation, calm stretches, and a complete absence of hawk screeches during zen sessions.