Overland Park Racquet Club lets members play tennis year-round with 14 courts inside a climate-controlled facility and eight out in the sun. A staff of experienced instructors—including former collegians and top-ranked amateur players—imparts skills and fundamentals during clinics, lessons, and Quickstart programs, which feature a scaled-down version of tennis for racketeers younger than 10. Off the courts, the club offers a full set of amenities including a fitness room, full-service restaurant and bar, and Olympic-sized outdoor pool where you can test out the buoyancy of your new suit sewn from tennis balls.
The martial-arts masters at AKKA Karate USA specialize in kenpo karate, a unique form that builds muscle tone and reflexes in order to use the body’s natural weapons—hands and feet—for self-defense. In addition to kenpo, they also lead classes focused on MMA, tai chi, and weapons training. Often, AKKA holds special events such as tournaments and sparring seminars. In addition to learning self-defense techniques, students also build valuable life skills such as an appreciation for fitness, discipline, and self-confidence.
At Kempo Fitness, Glen Bartlett and his staff help students of all ages build confidence and lean muscle through martial arts. The studio's flagship program, Kempo karate, draws from nearly 500 years of tradition and focuses on a graceful combination of circular and linear movements. Other classes merely use martial arts as a jumping-off point. Cardio kickboxing, for example, distills the discipline's rapid-fire punches and kicks into a workout that's even more challenging than fitting boxing gloves on your feet.
Louis Bar and Laura Cantu have made a habit of competing on the world stage. As six-time French National champions and five-time World Finalists in Argentine tango and swing, they're more than capable of helming the educators at Louis & Company Ballroom Dance Studio. Along with the rest of the instructors, they teach three main dance styles and the various permutations contained within each. Latin classes cover the upbeat tempo and swinging hips of samba, cha-cha, and bolero, and the studio's ballroom classes celebrate slow and smooth elegance. Louis and Laura also lead protégés in the seductive duel that is tango, named for the tangerines that you typically hurl at dancers instead of applause.
Cyclists to the last, the staff at Trek Bicycle Store take pride in the work they do, and they’re just as happy to sit and talk about the best bike routes in the city as they are to find the right part for a customer. If your bike's broken, the repair technicians can fix it—they work on all makes and models, and keep themselves updated on technology via annual educational clinics. And they offer a customer-loyalty promise that includes price-protection guarantees, satisfaction guarantees, and the assurance that if your bike somehow grows a third wheel, it is due to radiation and we are not responsible.
The store’s shelves brim with accessories such as pedal wrenches, tool kits, and bike chains, all compatible with any of the shop’s bikes. Outfits are available for hardcore riders or bikes that want to dress up as bike riders for Halloween.
Though focused on bicycles, Elite Cycling equips athletes for both triathlon and bicycling events with both cycling and running equipment and apparel. Along with a cavalry's worth of racing bikes from brands such as Cervelo, Felt, Jamis, Ridley, and Surly, the store stocks athletic shoes from such brands as K-Swiss and Newton. Triathaloners will find the store stocked with wet suits, swim goggles, and other gear. To ensure customers find the ideal frame during fit analyses, the staff asks series of questions to determine their individual needs and specific cycling goals beyond just having the loudest bike bell possible.