Current coach and former player Nick Nurse built his 25-year basketball career on a beautiful shot. He still holds the record at the University of Northern Iowa for highest three-point shooting percentage, and his fundamental approach to instruction led him to nine championships as a head coach in the Euroleague and the 2010-2011 NBA Developmental League championship, the same season he won Coach of the Year. His most recent accolade was an invitation to be an assistant on the Great Britain national team in the 2012 Olympics.
Coach Nick’s formula for success has remained simple: work hard, practice, and live forever. He brings this philosophy to his shooting and point-guard academies. Boys, girls, men, and women of all ages and ability levels can improve their games by working on their basic skill sets. Shooting camps focus on the most underrated aspect of basketball, shooting, by forcing students to repeatedly hoist the “Pill” practice ball through the hoop. The "Pill" uses alternating color panels and bold, straight lines to help players see the backspin and release angle they put into each shot, making it easier to adjust where necessary. Point-guard academies take these skills to the next level by adding work with dribbling, passing, and on-court vision.:
Though Kansas City Curling Club has had to move a few times since first starting out in 1987, the club's devotion to the sport has never wavered. Today, having earned status as a nonprofit organization, the club is going strong inside Line Creek Community Center, welcoming new curlers onto the ice to learn the sport alongside a cadre of experienced veterans. Outright beginners should sign up for the Learn to Curl course, which places them with an experienced club member to learn the basics of sweeping and sliding the stone.
The spirited teachers at Casa De Fitness inspire students of all levels to break a sweat in fun exercise classes, earning a shout-out from The Chieftain. After training with the studio’s owner, AFAA-certified fitness instructor Cristina Martinez, each workout coach brims with choreography expertise and the ability to imitate locomotive whistles. Sixty-minute Zumba classes shower participants with South American rhythms and easy-to-follow moves inspired by break dancing, belly dancing, and Latin dancing. Instead of scaring off calories with spectral pipe-organ recitals, boot camp’s certified personal trainers pair intervals of cardio activity with muscle-building moves that are thought to help to boost metabolism. Pilates bolsters spine-supporting muscles in the neck, the abs, and the hips, and Hatha yoga’s tranquil poses help students to build flexibility with more grace than a pirouetting elephant.
Snap Fitness's around-the-clock gyms enable members to work on their physical well-being with a cornucopia of fitness equipment. With 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man tell them when to help themselves to Snap's strength and cardio equipment, which features built-in TVs and other media diversions. For those who exercise during conventional hours, Snap's friendly, unintimidating atmosphere welcomes patrons of all ability levels, unlike schoolyard dodge-ball squads. Members also enjoy nationwide access to all Snap Fitness locations, ideal for working out while traveling. For a dose of custom advice, patrons can seek out a personal-training session with a certified coach, who helps them assess and address their fitness goals. Clients reap the benefit of individual attention as a personal trainer helps them tackle weight loss, prepare for an arm-wrestling competition, or unveil the mysteries of arcane cable-weight machines.
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.
A community presence in Kansas City since 1860, the Greater Kansas City YMCA forwards its mission of physical and social enrichment for men, women, and kids of all ages and backgrounds at its 18 locations. Each bustling outpost proffers members an embarrassment of fitness and entertainment riches, with everything from youth camps and after-school programs to group exercise classes, such as cycling, core training, and Pilates. Clubs and social organizations help members meet like-minded friends, and family activities strengthen bonds critically weakened by overzealous games of Monopoly.
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