The YMCA of Greater Omaha brings people together at 10 locations with character-building programs that strengthen participants' involvement in their community. Adults can get a head start on their New Year's fitness resolutions with body sculpting, Pilates, and other tummy-toning group fitness classes, while kids can expend some energy at a drop-in child-care center that is free while parents work out. YMCA members also enjoy reduced rates on swim lessons and youth sports, as well as free senior programs. All locations except the LaFern Williams Y offer indoor pools for aquatic antics that cannot be properly enjoyed in a bathtub's limited splashing-real estate.
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 eight-week Complete Body Transformation program embraces the power of variety, perplexing muscles with six distinct workouts throughout 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-creme omelets. They welcome participants of every age and build to their many Kosama locations.
At Hyp-Yoga Weight Loss & Health Center, health care professionals champion participants’ weight loss and fitness goals during programs that not only remold the body for the better, but the mind as well. Students meet once a week in a 90-minute group Yoga class with flexible scheduling. The classes fall in line with the center’s mission, giving instructors a platform to guide students through yoga’s meditative poses to inspire changes in muscle and in self-perception. Along with a calmer state of mind, yoga’s physical benefits include straighter posture, muted bodily aches, improved flexibility, and calorie burn when adopting the Blowtorch pose. Weight-loss-, strength-, and meditation-focused yoga classes populate and pair with included nutrition and stress-prevention plans to expedite total-body results.
Adult members at Lincoln Racquet Club's family-friendly fitness complex can frolic carefree in fully equipped facilities as tots snuggle safely in a nursery or specially designed kids' gym. Clients can crunch cores and zap calories in more than 90 group classes each week or opt to sweat solo with cardio equipment, free weights, or a stint in the steam room. Members can also engage in friendly contests on four racquetball courts and a collegiate-size basketball court or relay-race groups of imaginary friends around the indoor track, high-fiving the air to celebrate fictional first-place wins.
Nationally recognized credentials are only the baseline of each trainer's resumé at Optimum Fitness. To top off their NSCA certifications, they all hold degrees in exercise science or a similar field, excluding easy disciplines such as medicine ball anatomy. In practice, they prioritize one-on-one interactions and customized workouts that eschew monotony in favor of motivation. Their high-intensity boot-camp classes keep guests engaged with ever-varying routines that combine calisthenics and weight training. One day, students might heave sand bags over hurdles, flip tires end over end, and complete reps of sit-ups, and the next they might swing sledgehammers, do squats across a parking lot, and push themselves on rowing machines.
In addition to group classes, they trainers lead private sessions at home or in the studio with a joint focus on exercise and dietary health. Working alongside nutritionists, wellness experts, and physical therapists—as well as the Titleist-certified golf fitness professionals who help students up their game—they inspire clients of all ages to achieve their fitness goals with positive motivation and at-home accountability via online advice.
Kelli Morgan is so passionate about yoga that she can't help but share it with others. Her zeal for the discipline surfaced in 1989, when she began studying Bikram yoga, a series of 26 poses performed in a heated room. Eleven years later, she completed the 500-hour teacher-training program at Bikram's Yoga College of India and launched a career as a hot-yoga teacher. Since then, she's also incorporated traditional, non-heated yoga into her class lineup at Liv Yoga Bellevue. Hatha sessions focus on alignment and breathing techniques, whereas Vinyasa classes meld breath and movement into a practice that moves fluidly, like a freshly shaven dolphin. The studio also hosts yoga classes for kids aged 4–10 and participates in community events such as Yoga Rocks the Park.