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.
From yoga mat to vaulted ceiling, Woodside Health and Tennis Club provides an open, airy environment for fitness fanatics and casual cardio seekers alike. By bench-pressing a 29-visit pass, guests will enjoy unfettered access to Woodside's many amenities including weights, cardio equipment, basketball courts, indoor track, indoor and outdoor pools, and more (tennis and spa rates are not included). In between cardio shifts on the TV-laden machines, well-warmed engines can shift gears during group fitness classes such as cycling and yoga. The club offers 70 classes weekly, each with a distinct emphasis, teaching method, and ability to reshape love handles into positive negative space.
The six lighted and enclosed hard courts in Elite Squad Tennis Club’s spacious 100,000-square-foot facility host furious over-the-net action, private lessons, and group classes for players of any experience level. With the beginner package, entry-level players gain an introductory understanding of the sport through three weeks of twice-weekly classes, including lessons in court usage, stroke patterns, and choosing the proper shade of yellow for maximized ball and wardrobe coordination. Intermediate-level players can brush up on court skills in Thursday and Saturday drop-in drills, or burn up to 1,000 calories in cardio tennis classes held four times a week. Both packages also net racket-wielders 30-minutes of private instruction to practice essential skills that can help to humiliate rivals and gain the long-sought approval of grade-school gym teachers during 90 minutes of on-the-court time.
During the TenniSchools program, Midtown's trained, certified instructors will sculpt beginner swings alike into peak form. If you don't own a racket, Midtown will loan you one. Complimentary access to practice lanes lets you hone your new skills between classes, and full use of Midtown's locker-room amenities ensures you won't have to drive home sweaty. Though it's unlikely you'll develop tennis elbow (which can only be spread through sharing needles), it's quite probable that you'll find a future doubles partner while rubbing elbows at one of Midtown's two complimentary tennis parties.
Captained by extensively experienced staffers, The Plaza Tennis Center invites racquets to swing in private and group lessons, tennis leagues, and tournaments. Private sessions for adults and children home in on individual skills customized around student goals and styles of play, while group classes pit pairs of friends and prefriends in calorie-burning drills emphasizing repetition and situational point play. Meanwhile, leagues pair similarly matched players in social beginner pairings, coed World Team Tennis formations, or Flex groups, which use the Tencap Tennis system to sort players by both skill level and the speed at which they knit a tennis net. The Plaza Tennis Center also hosts an array of tournaments on its 14 outdoor courts—each recently resurfaced, lighted, and tinted in U.S. Open colors—where players of all ages and levels of experience face off over the net.
Eight outdoor tennis courts, five indoor tennis courts, and an eight-lane competition-size outdoor pool are some of the figures that contribute to the expansive facility of Clayview Country Club, the staff of which oversees programs and classes for all members of the family. Within the fitness center, Nautilus machines line up with free weights, treadmills, and ellipticals—all within eyesight of flat-screen televisions—that members use to crush calories on their own or under the guise of a personal trainer. At the outdoor pool, swimmers jump from 1- and 3-meter boards into the diving well or groove to DJ-spun tunes at one of three holiday swim parties. Before departing, they take advantage of locker rooms with showers and stop by the pro shop to re-string racquets or polish their dorsal fins.
At each of its 12 locations in Kansas, the staff of Genesis Health Club strive to create a one-stop health-and-fitness center for the entire family. Supervised childcare programs entertain kids with arts and crafts, and Muay Thai classes help youngsters improve coordination and strength under the tutelage of a fifth-degree black belt. Adults can head over to yoga, Pilates, cycling, or MMA cardio classes, which are all led by nationally certified instructors. Guests can also take advantage of the rows of cardio and strength-training machines, or work one-on-one with an instructor to learn correct form and the best way to walk on your hands on a moving treadmill.