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.
The instructors at Zona Yoga have all taken different paths to get to where they are today. They've all studied under numerous mentors, and some have even traveled around the country learning, sharing their wisdom, and picking up different skills. Kelly Colln, for instance, has completed 1,000 hours of education, and is certified to teach restorative yoga. That diversity manifests itself in Zona's schedule, which features a varied selection of yoga approaches: some more fitness-focused, others more therapeutic.
At Body & Soul’s urban neighborhood studio, dedicated and trained instructors lead a variety of motion machinations energized by yoga, Zumba, NIA, Awareness through Movement, and Pilates techniques. Available classes include three levels of Vinyasa yoga—each designed with posture, breathing, and floor posing in mind—as well as specialized pre- and postnatal yoga classes that prep expectant moms for the big day and help new moms get reacquainted with their toes. Other options include Latin-inspired dance cardio in Zumba and nonimpact cardio workouts ripe with comprehensive movements set to upbeat, beat-laden music.
The Turner Recreation Commission's expansive facilities feature ample opportunities for exercise in surf and on turf. A brightly lit indoor pool in the aquatic center boasts a graduated, beach-like entry that tricks feet into turning a toasty golden tan. Eight delineated lanes allow swimmers to torpedo through the water unencumbered by the flailing limbs of fellow pool-goers.
Anytime Fitness, as the name suggests, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and every day during the year with non-stop security. A one-month membership equips bodies with enough treadmills, cycles, elliptical machines, and weights to make them fit enough to run a marathon inside of a swimming pool filled with mud. In a preliminary fitness consultation, clients meet with a certified personal trainer to outline a healthier lifestyle, which includes an exercise regimen and staying away from chocolate cakes filled with pulled pork, and a personal-training orientation familiarizes sheepish biceps with their new, confidence-boosting dumbbell friends. Anytime Fitness's open schedule makes sure you have no excuses not to get in shape—unlike its competitor, Nevertime Fitness, which only opens its single Barrow, Alaska, location during solar eclipses.