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.
Pilates instructors helm classes that include mat-based sessions and Pilates circuits, stocking their studio with reformers, chairs, and other equipment designed to help students get the most out of the core-strengthening and posture-aligning movements. The precision-barre teachers, meanwhile, tap into dance backgrounds as they lead groups through limb-lengthening workouts inspired by ballet classes and Stretch Armstrong?s exercise tapes from the '80s. They also offer Precision Fab 5 classes, Fat Blast Reformer classes, workshops, and more.
At Rox Extreme Fitness, exercisers are part of the family. Fortunately, this family bonds through hauling mammoth truck tires and works out frustrations with speedy jump rope reps. This unorthodox approach to fitness--you won't find cushy locker rooms or flashy stair machines here--incorporates brawny gear including sledgehammers, bricks, and chains. It also pays serious dividends. The gym's six instructors see to that. Adhering to goal of 1% improvement from one session to the next, they help students buff up gradually no matter their fitness level or goals.
The freshly redesigned 1,200-square-foot space at Gem Bodii sets students of all levels at ease as they shimmy, spin, and twirl toward leaner bodies and more confident selves under the watchful eye of instructors. Pole-anchored rooms with hardwood floors make a fitting space for bachelorette pole parties or a distracting place to study for bar exams. Small class sizes keep the setting comfortable, allowing students to perfect routines filled with tricks and spins that will please and amaze crowds.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your fitness level, among other factors, to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
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.