While teaching jazz dance in the 1960s, Judi Sheppard Missett decided to step away from tradition by offering an experimental class that allowed her students to simply dance without the judgment of mirrors or the constraints of rigid technique. In these sessions, she began infusing popular dance moves with specific fitness workouts to forge a distinctive blend of cardio exercise, strength training, and dance instruction. Little did she know that this “just for fun” class was the prototype for what would become the national fitness sensation known as Jazzercise.
Today, Jazzercise takes its aerobic techniques from a variety of sources that include jazz dance, hip-hop, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, and kickboxing. The class formats, which vary according to different toning goals, are just as diverse as the program's move set. Two-time Dancing with the Stars champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of the improvisational routines, although her advanced skills aren't needed to get the most out of classes. Instructors cultivate a noncompetitive atmosphere where all exercisers—with the exception of those marked as cursed by jazz-hand palm readers—are welcome regardless of age, build, or fitness background.
Inside Element Fitness, the lime-green walls of the cardio room energize guests dashing away on treadmills as the yoga studio’s crisp white walls and glowing orb lights soothe yogis. The pool room echoes with splashing as guests stretch during pool aerobics classes; the dry sauna nearby remains quiet, letting guests absorb dry heat without listening to the heavy-metal albums played in traditional saunas. Stationary bikes adorn the spinning studio. Meanwhile, in workout studios lined with free weights, personal trainers make use of their professional weightlifting or triathlon experience during one-on-one personal-training sessions or group fitness classes.
The dietary experts at Success Meals KC have a knack for creating healthy meals that taste just as delicious as their calorie-bogged counterparts. They concoct their nutritious alternatives according to a personalized meal profile, which they compile based on a customer's goals, caloric quota, lifestyle, palate, and ability to photosynthesize. By 6 a.m. each weekday, a bounty of three meals and two snacks lands on doorsteps, prepped for heating and eating. The three feasts include eatables such as a turkey-sausage breakfast burrito, a lunchtime mediterranean pizza, and grilled pork tenderloin, broken up by a midmorning snack and midafternoon dessert. Dishes are doled out according to several different programs, including ones for couples and kids, and are supplemented by guidance from dietary specialists to help achieve fitness.
In 2009, Golf Digest readers chose Falcon Ridge as the 17th-best public course in the United States. Recognized time and again on a national level, Falcon Ridge's course is a trip through the rippling hills of western Lenexa. Pristine manicured Zoysia tees are at the start every hole, which lead to terrain that challenges every aspect of a player's game. It's not all about bogies and birdies, though?the course has frequent elevation changes where you can get gorgeous views that are worth the trip alone. Away from the fairways, golfers can even take some swings at Falcon Ridge's 25-station driving range or two-tiered putting area.
Course at a Glance * 18-hole, par 72 course * Length of 6,820 from the tips * Course rating ot 72.7 from the tips * Slope rating of 136 from the tips * Five tee options * Scorecard
At Insight Vision Center, optometrists Neal D. Troyer and Justin E. Weigel manage and treat a range of ocular diseases and co-manage all surgical cases. The doctors lead a bilingual staff of skilled opticians who treat customers in English and Spanish. They also delve into continuing education and test up-to-date optical instruments such as goggles with underwater x-ray vision. Drawing from their extensive training, they perform a range of services such as diabetic, pediatric, contact-lens, and comprehensive eye exams, as well as LASIK procedures and corneal-refractive therapy. They also fit faces for designer frames by Ray-Ban, Gucci, Vera Bradley, and Michael Kors and eyes for contact lenses by brands such as Acuvue, CooperVision, and Bausch & Lomb.
Board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist Dr. David L. Lang of Optimal Women’s Health Care understands that women benefit most from a practice devoted specifically to their well-being and health concerns. He, along with a team of registered nurses and aestheticians, takes a comprehensive and preventative approach to women’s health issues, helping to assuage ailments related to fertility, obstetrics, and menopause. In addition to routine procedures and checkups, the team works to stave off unwanted body fat with routine Oreo burnings and weight-management programs, supporting, informing, and encouraging patients as they shed pounds.