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.
A joint venture between a professional boxer and a team of successful kickboxing-equipment tycoons, Title Boxing Club maintains a network of dozens of studios spread across more than 20 states, winning over a devoted clientele with its invigorating and engaging boxing- and kickboxing-themed classes. Each workout uses the heart-healthy exercise of cardio training to satisfy people?s innate desire to punch and kick something other than a broken jukebox. Participants build lithe, strong muscle tissue by delivering powerful blows to punching bags, and build flexibility and agility by practicing roundhouse kicks and hooks. Students can build their core strength and endurance with medicine balls and burpees, enlist a qualified personal trainer to practice their newfound skills in the ring, or just torch calories during intense full-body Power Hour workouts.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing with the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.
Kosama's Complete Body Transformation program embraces the power of variety, perplexing muscles with distinct workouts across each week. The combined conditioning effects of kettlebell swings, kickboxing jabs, and yoga poses, among other exercises, banish calories as they streamline the body "from the core out" during group sessions. Instructors take an all-inclusive approach to health, building physical strength, mental focus, and wholesome eating habits, such as adding a parsley garnish to Cadbury crème omelets. They welcome participants of every age and build.
Luke Denney, a certified CrossFit and MMA conditioning coach, lays claim to a storied athletic career: A national championship with the University of Nebraska football team, a regional soccer championship with Rockhurst University, and experience as a mixed martial artist reside inside his inner trophy case. To keep his body in game-day shape, he founded a training center in his garage. His goals would soon outgrow the humble space, blossoming into CrossFit Diem?s professional-grade gym.
When he?s not busy readying professional UFC contenders for fight night, Coach Denney guides everyday exercisers down the road to better health with CrossFit?s functional movements and intense workouts. His accessible and inclusive program focuses on strength building and endurance, making it a favorite regimen for those in tough, hard-hitting occupations such as police officers, special-operations soldiers, and professional rock eaters. CrossFit Diem?s enthusiastic community of students spans all genders, ages, and fitness levels, welcoming newcomers into a world of rippling biceps, toned abs, and well-hurtled medicine balls.