A 36-month-old strokes his arms through clear water as his mother gently holds him afloat with her hands. Over the past few swim sessions, the little student has learned to submerge his face in the water and float on his belly as well as his back. After he and his fellow swimmers finish their parent/baby swimester, it's likely they may never experience the fear of swimming that many children begin to encounter around age 3. This type of insight into the developmental importance of swimming is what informs the instruction at Swim-U, Leesburg's child-oriented swimming school. The school's curriculum opens its lessons to newborns as young as 6 months old and to kids up to age 12 to instill water skills and the joys of fitness swimming from a young age. The Swim-U team comprises upbeat swimming professors who are the brains behind the company's special brand of instruction in swimming, as well as in child CPR and first-aid training and dunk-tank pitching.
Though focused on bicycles, Elite Cycling equips athletes for both triathlon and bicycling events with both cycling and running equipment and apparel. Along with a cavalry's worth of racing bikes from brands such as Cervelo, Felt, Jamis, Ridley, and Surly, the store stocks athletic shoes from such brands as K-Swiss and Newton. Triathaloners will find the store stocked with wet suits, swim goggles, and other gear. To ensure customers find the ideal frame during fit analyses, the staff asks series of questions to determine their individual needs and specific cycling goals beyond just having the loudest bike bell possible.
9Round strives to keep muscles guessing about what is coming next, so even though participants work out at nine fitness stations every time they come in, the course changes daily. Each station is designed to help bodies develop kickboxing skills and tone bodies in three-minute intervals. It may rely on everything from 100-pound punching bags to jump ropes to exercise balls to build strength, coordination, and core muscles.
Because 9Round doesn't have traditional classes, patrons can come in and work out whenever they want. An onsite trainer is also there to keep members motivated, especially when they would prefer to build a fort out of kettlebells instead.
Overland Park Racquet Club lets members play tennis year-round with 14 courts inside a climate-controlled facility and eight out in the sun. A staff of experienced instructors—including former collegians and top-ranked amateur players—imparts skills and fundamentals during clinics, lessons, and Quickstart programs, which feature a scaled-down version of tennis for racketeers younger than 10. Off the courts, the club offers a full set of amenities including a fitness room, full-service restaurant and bar, and Olympic-sized outdoor pool where you can test out the buoyancy of your new suit sewn from tennis balls.
Instructors help kids of all ages develop their mental and physical skills with progressive gymnastic curricula at Pinnacle Gymnastics. There, vaults, bars, beams, and other equipment await students, along with experienced instructors. Classes, camps, and parties encourage young feet to bound across mats and spring off trampolines at a pair of gym locations. Kids can start taking classes at the age of nine months with parents by their side, and can continue through the program to join competitive teams or portray tumbleweeds in school productions of Oklahoma.
You could travel to just about any corner of the globe and find a golf course designed by renowned architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr.?including more than 30 different states. Impressive as his portfolio is, even Jones, Jr. admits Deer Creek Golf Club in Overland Park is some of his best work. A four-star recipient from Golf Digest, Deer Creek balances beauty with adversity. Winding creeks follow golfers from one hole to the next as they work their way through the densely wooded layout, which features multiple holes that eclipse the 500-yard mark. Before or after rounds, players can improve their chances for par by stopping at the club's pro shop and stocking up on new equipment or having their golf balls outfitted with glasses.
Course at a Glance * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total distance of 6,811 yards * Four tees per hole * Course slope of 137 from the back tees * Course rating of 74.5 from the back tees * Click here to view the scorecard.