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.
Leavenworth Yoga Co-op's dedicated and certified yoga instructors foster a community of health and wellness with an integrated schedule of one-hour classes for students of all fitness levels. During empowering yoga-flow sessions, a pliable pro guides pupils through a continuous sequence of movements linked together by deep, mindful breathing, offering pose modifications to accommodate participants who have stiff spines or are in the middle of a high-stakes game of freeze tag. Gentle-yoga classes cater to senior body-benders and students with movement restrictions, drawing upon chair-based poses and props that provide an active yet supportive practice. Pilates mat classes incorporate efficient floor exercises to sculpt lean muscle and cultivate core strength that's more powerful than a body builder with the authority to veto congressional bills.
Bodies turn and twirl in the air, suspended from the rafters with colorful silks. Whether during a performance or class, the staff and students of Voler–Thieves of Flight Aerial Academy inspire awe with aerial dance and acrobatics. The academy’s professional ensemble includes ballet and modern dancers, along with circus artists, all of whom add their skills to lofty choreography on swings, silks, and hoops. The Voler ensemble has also performed at more than 30 notable locations including the Kansas city and Chicago fringe festivals and the Kansas City Renaissance Festival.
The academy’s primary purpose is teaching, of course, and three levels of classes instruct participants on the finer points of contorting on silks and practicing spirals, suspension, and falls.
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.
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.
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.