Refreshment and relaxation begin from the inside out at Body Basics. Here, the staff empowers clients with holistic therapies intended to leave bodies feeling refreshed. The center’s signature hydrotherapy sessions use 15 gallons of warm, filtered, alkaline-based water to thoroughly cleanse colons over the course of 45 minutes. Additionally, the center offers ear candling as well as life-coaching sessions for clients hoping to regain control over their health and whole-body wellbeing.
Ian Staten was a naval officer stationed in Italy when the dancing bug bit him. "I went to this huge night club in Italy," he reveals in his DanceStar bio. "I can remember seeing all these beautiful girls standing around waiting for someone to dance with. There was only one guy in the room who really knew how to dance." As he watched left-footed cohorts sit idly by, Ian decided he wanted to be able to join the ladies on the dance floor. This desire blossomed into the passion for dance that eventually inspired him to open DanceStar. Alongside instructors who have at least a decade of dancing experience, Ian leads classes that cover styles ranging from hip-hop to Argentine tango. Each intense aerobic session caters exclusively to adults and facilitates natural socializing, much like limiting hide-and-seek options to one cabinet.
Yoga students who practice at Bikram Yoga South Kansas City experience a discipline that is as closely related to founder Bikram Choudhury's as possible, as each class is taught by an instructor who studied directly under the yogi and returns to study with him every three years. With that wealth of knowledge, each teacher approaches classes with a deeper understanding of the physiological and mental benefits of practicing yoga in a heated environment. As the studio's heat increases heart rates, practitioners benefit from an added cardiovascular element during their core strengthening and joint stretching, which also helps the body eliminate toxins through sweating. During classes, instructors also encourage students to look inward while forming each pose. By focusing on the internal state of the body, practitioners become more cognizant of the external influences that affect their well-being, such as negativity and the pieces of sky that have started falling.
Fitness Quest Health Club, a full-service gym and personal-training studio, lays out a buffet of fitness services and equipment for gussying up musculatures. Exercisers respond to the beckoning of the strength room, cardio room, and super circuit-training room depending upon mood and muscular condition. The gym's personal trainers work closely with clients to bolster fitness routines, sharing advice on training techniques and which species of buffalo is most receptive to bench pressing. Boot-camp classes channel military training techniques to send trainees of all fitness levels on a cardiovascular and strength-boosting adventure. The group setting creates a supportive environment where participants can meet fellow strivers willing to back them up at break-dance rumbles.
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.
As they enter the training circuit at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. Thirty seconds is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.