Anytime Fitness has become a thriving chain of fitness clubs with hundreds of locations with universal access for a simple reason: it understands what many people want from a gym. Open 24 hours per day, 365 days per year, Anytime Fitness has everything clients need to burn calories and build lean muscle in one spot, from cardio machines with personal TVs to strength-training equipment and fitness classes. With friendly and certified personal trainers and a professional atmosphere, Anytime Fitness helps its clients along their path toward wellness.
At each of its 12 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.
The first order of business for Cross Fit Wichita's trainers is to get everyone on a first-name basis; it's commonplace for trainers to encourage a round of handshakes before they read off the day's workout. Community plays a central role in the gym's CrossFit and boot-camp programs, which explains why all new CrossFit members typically begin with On Ramp. This program teaches CrossFit's core movements, such as squats and presses, so clients feel comfortable entering the group WOD classes, also known as the Workout of the Day. These daily-changing workouts favor a dynamic, nonspecialized approach to build all three of the body's metabolic pathways, from the phosphagen pathway that powers high-effort, short-duration activities to the oxidative pathway that drives lower-effort, sustained activity such as distance running and rowing.
This approach also develops CrossFit's 10 recognized physical skills—such as cardiovascular endurance, strength, and agility—that serve as measures of overall fitness. Trainers keep a close eye on every member, adjusting exercises to easier or more challenging versions. This helps clients stay on track to meet their fitness goals, whether they're focused on losing weight, building muscle, or tearing through a T-shirt with a single flex. To further cater their services to clients, trainers never hold them to long-term contracts, and the gym’s warehouse-like setting and low-tech equipment—squat cages, rowing machines, and platforms for box jumps—prevent the pretension that sometimes comes with commercial gyms.
Towering mirrors wrap the walls at Fitness 2000 24hr Health Club, reflecting the motivating scene of heart-pumping fitness classes and body-slimming workout sessions. 17,000 pounds of free weights join forces with more than 110 cardio machines in the workout rooms, and three lanes sweep across a 15-meter lap pool, which the staff guarantees is never filled with molten lava. The American Aerobic Association–certified trainers lead a wide range of aerobic classes, boot-camp classes, and personal-training sessions to add inspiration into patrons’ workouts, helping them reach their wellness and fitness goals. The club is open 24 hours on weekdays, allowing customers the freedom to exercise throughout the day or during bouts of sleepwalking. As their parents scorch calories, youngsters frolic in the nursery under the watch of trained childcare experts.
Servers stand at the club's restaurant ready to whip up a variety of smoothies, sandwiches, and protein shakes, helping patrons rejuvenate after a strenuous workout. Patrons can further recover in the club's saunas, steam room, or whirlpool, or complement a beach-ready body with a beach-ready tan by stepping into a stand-up tanning bed within a private suntan room.
Though they've only been a member the American Association since 2008, the Wichita Wingnuts have been one of the most consistent programs in the league. Following some fine-tuning after their first season, the team has posted a winning record every year since 2009, reaching the playoffs three times in five campaigns. The Wingnuts play their home games at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium, which hosted the National Baseball Congress World Series in 1935 and is still going on due to an umpire's filibuster.
For the staff at AMP CrossFit BOX, fitness is a way of life. Four of the five professionals come from extensive military backgrounds, and the fifth played football for KSU before earning his master's in exercise science. Within the energetic atmosphere, the trainers push their students through drills such as lunges, ring dips, and deadlifts during the workout of the day, a constantly changing set of drills designed to target every major muscle cluster. They welcome students of various athletic backgrounds and tailor classes to different groups, from children learning coordination to expectant mothers learning to beat Rumpelstiltskin in an arm-wrestling match when the time comes.