At KC Speed & Sport, even 7-year-olds can follow the regimen of an Ultimate Athlete. That program focuses on five major elements of impressive sports performance: an invigorating warm-up, speed, strength, core work, and mobility. The staff—which includes former Kansas City Chiefs tight end Brad Cottam—adjusts the training to suit age groups from rookie (ages 7–11) to adult, conditioning their muscles and reflexes for future games. However, the programs aren't solely physical: they also concentrate on building coveted character traits, such as discipline and a respect for teamwork.
Kosama's Complete Body Transformation program embraces the power of variety, perplexing muscles with distinct workouts across each week. The combined conditioning effects of kettlebell swings, kickboxing jabs, and yoga poses, among other exercises, banish calories as they streamline the body "from the core out" during group sessions. Instructors take an all-inclusive approach to health, building physical strength, mental focus, and wholesome eating habits, such as adding a parsley garnish to Cadbury crème omelets. They welcome participants of every age and build.
Not every gym features a sprawling indoor sandpit, a SURFSET FITNESS surf board fitness program, and a Movestrong functional training system that looks like a suped-up jungle gym—and that's the way Sandpit Fitness likes it. The family-owned fitness center features all those things plus palm trees and its own tiki bar to complete the island theme. Their group fitness classes take advantage of the studio's unique equipment for a novel, fun, and effective workout.
Led by the experienced fitness guru Ryan Layman and his troop of knowledgeable trainers, Longview Recreation Center's boot camp motivates participants with peer power and intense physical exercises that last 30–45 minutes. Like Christmas sweaters and the length of fingers, no two workouts are ever the same. This boot camp adheres to the mind-body fusion approach, which strategically uses your own body weight in a combination of balance, resistance, cardio, sweaty camaraderie, and yoga stretching. For best Baconnaise-burning results, the professional motivators at Longview recommend attending boot camp two to three times a week. Check out the schedule to determine the best time (morning or night) and place (indoor or outdoor classes) to receive your swift kick in the pantaloons.
Staffers describe Life Transformation Fitness as "an exclusive fitness facility with the amenities of a large facility. When members swipe their key fobs to enter the 24-hour gym, or wrap up a workout with smoothie or sauna session, they'll begin to see why. The facility is designed to be a flexible space that makes working out easy. Amenities range from the small details, like the personal TVs stationed at every cardio machine, to the Kids Club, which keeps littler visitors occupied instead of being confused for dumbbells. During personal training sessions, participants receive iPad-friendly guidance with help from the facility's Activtrax progress-tracking system. But perhaps the gym's most prized facility is its spacious interior itself. Airy and brimming with top-notch equipment, the space makes it easy for clients to curate their own routines and exceed fitness goals.
Motivated by peer power and the intense instruction of an expert trainer, students shape up with a series of high-impact routines. A mixture of running drills, plyometrics, strength training, and fitness games keeps the program from getting dull. Borrowing from the techniques of firemen, Valeo stresses the benefits of teamwork and group participation. Groups meet at the Lakewood Middle School, Thomas Stoll Park, or Barry Platte Park. View a schedule for upcoming programs here.