The YMCA of Greater Des Moines has been promoting healthy living to families and individuals in the surrounding communities since 1868. One month of family membership (good for two adults and any dependants under the age of 23) entitles tribes to full usage of any of the area locations, including the brand new YMCA Healthy Living Center. Membership amenities encompass access to fitness equipment, lap and warm-water pools, more than 600 group fitness classes—such as kickboxing, yoga, tai chi, and water aerobics—reduced program rates, access to the childcare nursery, and many other programs and services, which vary according to location. Each family member will also get unlimited fitness classes, providing the opportunity for families to construct self-directed boot camps, sample workout styles, and transform into an entire tribe of variously sized Rocky Balboas.
The YMCA of Greater Omaha brings people together at 10 locations with character-building programs that strengthen participants' involvement in their community. Adults can get a head start on their New Year's fitness resolutions with body sculpting, Pilates, and other tummy-toning group fitness classes, while kids can expend some energy at a drop-in child-care center that is free while parents work out. YMCA members also enjoy reduced rates on swim lessons and youth sports, as well as free senior programs. All locations except the LaFern Williams Y offer indoor pools for aquatic antics that cannot be properly enjoyed in a bathtub's limited splashing-real estate.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing With the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.
The Gladiator Assault Challenge confronts racers with a 5- to 7-mile course surrounded by scenic woodlands, cheering spectators, and up to 30 intense obstacles. Gladiators aged 18 and older go solo or join forces with other competitors to ford the waist-high waters of Mud Mayhem, rope-swing through Jungle Love, and use oversize novelty scissors to break the finish tape. Additional obstacles test physical stamina with 12-foot vertical walls, fallen trees, and cargo nets that act as moats blocking the finish line. After the Slideway ushers racers to a skidding finish, a complimentary beer and raucous after party lend ample time to scrawl "wash me" on opponents' backs.
United by their love of the CrossFit system, a group of friends, coworkers, and strangers joined forces to open CrossFit 151. Today, that formula repeats itself: friends, coworkers, and strangers—now led by coaches—come together in a dark blue and neon-green gym to motivate one another during intense daily workouts that feature varied functional-movement exercises. Those exercises, which change each session, are designed to sculpt the whole body while prepping it for nearly any physical activity. To make CrossFit accessible to everyone, coaches scale the difficulty of workouts to each participant and work closely with every guest during group and one-on-one sessions.
The personal trainers of Drive Fitness, each equipped with at least five years of experience and certifications through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, customize workouts based on clients’ needs during at-home personal training and group fitness classes. During either form of lesson, the instructors make use of services such as punching mitts, jump ropes, stability balls, and TRX Suspension Training.
For sisters Molly Sivertsen and Stephanie Becker, fitness is not just about looking good in a swimsuit, it is a way of life. Impassioned by a lifelong dedication to staying in shape, they honed their knowledge and skills as fitness instructors for two years before debuting their own haven for health, Fusion Fitness, in 2008. Members wave a pass card 24/7 to access the gym's treasure trove of cardio and weight equipment. Classes span a spectrum of workouts, from the focused flow of yoga to the rapid undulations of Zumba. The Silver Sneakers class blends strength training and aerobics into a single session that blasts calories and boosts cardiovascular endurance without straining joints. As they workout, patrons can leave their young under staff supervision in daycare center or children's fitness classes.
Personal trainers and nutrition counselors tackle health issues one by one, designing fitness plans tailored to each patron's needs. They escort clients on grocery store trips, pointing out which foods make nutritious ingredients for healthy meals and which make the best ammo during food fights with former bullies.