Strike Zone's expert staff and instructors bolster ballplayers' confidence and batting averages with clinics that hone in on the fundamentals of America's pastime. A wide variety of clinics strengthen pitch records, agility, and overall skills with specially tailored drills, and a workout room allows athletes to bulk up with weight machines and free weights. With leagues for all ages, players can always find a fair match against equally skilled friends or the ghosts of legendary stadium organists, and a host of batting cages helps batters hone their home-run-hitting prowess. The on-site pro shop outfits Strike Zone members with all the necessary gear for all-star glory, such as cleats, bats, and a Harry Caray impersonator to narrate important life decisions.
At Sempai Judo Academy, fourth-degree judo and jujitsu black belt Jason Reinders and his staff specialize in the Japanese martial art of judo. During a typical judo match, contestants rely on takedowns, pins, and submissions to either beat their opponents or impress them so much that they burst into tears of joy. The team actually teaches or is inspired by a range of martial arts styles like jujitsu, ninjutsu, and tae kwon do. Judo classes here are also available for kids.
High-tech cardio and weightlifting equipment sprawls across 150 workout stations at Better Bodies, where a knowledgeable staff of instructors and personal trainers aims to cultivate an unintimidating atmosphere for patrons of all fitness levels. More than 60 group fitness classes per week singe calories through cycling, aerobics, and martial arts, and customized weight-loss programs spur fitness goals outside of the gym with step-by-step guidance, personal consultations, and meal plans. Vibrant purple and yellow walls surround treadmills, stationary bikes, and shelves bearing Beverly International supplements within Better Bodies’ bright interior, and a fleet of flat-screen TVs entertains exercisers not busy bench-pressing their sweatbands.
Though many dance-fitness fads have come and gone in recent years, Jazzercise's popularity has never wavered. As the first contender in a now-booming industry, the revolutionary fitness regimen was founded in 1969 by dancer Judi Sheppard Missett. She repurposed her love of jazz dance into a global phenomenon, and today the Jazzercise program spans 32 countries and roughly 32,000 weekly classes.
The Jazzercise method engages and exercises the entire body during high-energy workouts. Certified instructors ensure that no student, whether just beginning or advanced, gets left behind with aid from step-by-step instruction and an online roster of moves. They blend dance aerobics with resistance training, Pilates, yoga, and kickboxing to tone and limber up entire muscle groups. Each class kicks off with a warm-up to get everyone?s blood flowing and shake the cobwebs latticed between the fingers of their jazz hands. Instructors then lead students through 30 minutes of cardio, strength training with weights, and a stretch-filled cooldown, all set to infectiously popular tunes. Jazzercise instructors are so committed to their students' health and confidence that they've archived nutrition, fitness, health, and beauty articles online to help keep Jazzercisers motivated and positive.
The Ultimate Body Experience lives up to its name. In addition to personal training, participants can work their entire bodies to the brink during Fit Camps, which feature 60-minute sessions that use nearly every mode of exercise—from body-weight movements and flexibility training to rope slams to tire-flipping—to get people fit. The studio features top cardio and weight-training equipment for every kind of fitness challenge patrons might need to meet their goals.
Imagine for a moment that, less than three months before planning to hike the Grand Canyon, you fall 20 feet out of a tree and break your back. Eight weeks of rest and physical therapy helps, but you're nowhere near as recuperated as you'd hoped. What do you do? For one individual, the answer was simple: hot yoga at Yogamed. The studio adapted their program to this actual individual's sensitive condition, with stunning results?the student's spine showed signs of complete healing, and the hike went off without a hitch. The testimonial serves as a particularly dramatic illustration of Yogamed's motto: "Yoga is Medicine."
That philosophy is put into practice every day at Yogamed's studio - one of the largest in Omaha - which hosts 45 weekly classes in a variety of forms. Attendees can reap the benefits of each particular style, whether they seek the deeper stretches provided by heated Bikram sessions or the flowing sequences of vinyasa yoga. Combining Western medicine with traditional yoga, Yogamed even has a board-certified internist on staff to provide assessments. But Yogamed is equally dedicated to the second half of its moniker?massages provide stress relief, and regular workshops educate students on how yoga can help combat joint pain, backaches, and even symptoms of breast cancer. The inner and outer healing takes place in a spacious venue built with eco-friendly materials, such as bamboo floors and signs politely asking pandas to refrain from snacking on those floors.