Health & Fitness in Merriam

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Although Signature Ballroom's instructors Abby Vogels and Matt Schissler introduce their students to a number of ballroom styles–from tango to foxtrot to samba–they also focus on fitness. During private lessons, they not only teach their charges the fancy footwork, but how to use the steps as a means of exercising and losing weight in a fun and creative way, much like completing a coloring book while running on a treadmill. Guests can also work out and build connections between one another with more modern techniques such as East and West Coast swing.

Already existing connections are further strengthened during wedding couples' dances. After teaching prenuptial footwork to just the bride and groom or the entire wedding party, the instructors provide a video of the choreography so their pupils can practice at home in preparation for the big day.

5636 Johnson Drive
Mission,
KS
US

Though the exercise equipment at Gold’s Gym beeps and whistles just outside the Ringside Fitness boxing classroom, the focus of Ringside’s students is set on the punching bags before them. Over the thwack of fists and feet hitting the bags, an instructor calls out instruction and motivation, drawing insight from years of training and experience in the ring.

On other days, it’s professional boxers or martial-arts experts lead students through techniques and conditioning exercises. In addition to Ringside’s training classes, the instructors conduct lessons dedicated to self-defense, competition tactics, and how to punch pizza dough to make a crisp, flaky crust.

6501 Frontage Road
Mission,
KS
US

At 9 Round Mission, nine is the magic number. The boxing and kickboxing gym provides a full-body, trainer-assisted workout in 30 minutes using nine different workout stations, all of which were developed by a professional fighter. The first two stations are dedicated to strength training. At the next six stations, members strike 100-pound heavy bags and speed bags, rather than taking out their aggression on defenseless duffel bags. The ninth station is dedicated to strengthening members' cores.

In addition to this varied workout, members can take advantage of 9 Round's nutrition program.

6516 Martway Street
Mission,
KS
US

Though the emergency room can be a daunting place, The Urgency Room promises a comparable level of care without the stress of a hospital visit. The urgent-care clinic, staffed by board-certified physicians, quickly tends to illnesses and injuries such as broken bones, deep cuts, and everyday sicknesses requiring immediate attention. The staff also tackles standard physicals, drug and alcohol testing, vaccinations, and physical therapy. With a lab, an x-ray machine, and a pharmacy in-house, rarely does a patient need to venture off-site for treatment.

7450 West Frontage Road
Merriam,
KS
US

Equipped with an extensive knowledge of Oriental medicine, licensed and experienced acupuncturist Margaret (Peggy) Older pinpoints pain with ancient medical artistry and soothing techniques. First, clients undergo a professional evaluation as the acupuncturist employs Chinese diagnosis techniques, asks related health questions, and ensures the patient isn't a balloon. Next, a 60-minute acupuncture session eases stress and strain on a specific area with fine, sterile needles. Acupuncture has been safely practiced in China for centuries, and claims to treat a wide variety of maladies, such as headaches, back pain, and Mongolian invasions.

6556 Johnson Dr
Mission,
KS
US

Learning2Fly?s founder Sumya Anani believes that all conscious movement leads one further down the path to empowerment. It is this philosophy that led Anani to become a registered yoga teacher, massage therapist, personal trainer, and four-time world boxing champion. After travelling the country to train under several top aerialists, she now strives to inspire others through her curriculum?which includes aerial yoga and trapeze?that stirs up self-awareness, discipline, and perseverance.She teaches techniques to all skill levels through introductory classes including aerial basics, aerial classes for kids and teens, and beginning silks for women 50+. Similarly, aerial camps immerse participants in the body-bending skills required to master her artful form of fitness. While clients maneuver in suspended grace, her trained instructors also teach floor-bound boxing and Hatha yoga classes, which boost the flexibility and strength of those who are afraid of heights or making their pet emu jealous.

4711 Lamar Ave.
Mission,
KS
US