Though most pitchers clear their mounds at the slight rumor of a thunderstorm, the ones inside Kansas City Sports Club always stay dry and padded with footprints. In addition to pitching tunnels, hitting tunnels, and a turf infield that stays safe from outdoor weather conditions, the facility features a full fitness center that protects guests from the hazards of working out on treadmills in the wilderness. The fitness center features free weights and cardio machines with flat-screen televisions and free WiFi to keep guests informed and entertained during workouts.
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.
Snap Fitness, a 24-hour gym, flourishes with a fleet of high-quality cardio equipment, strength-training gear, and exercise classes. Although this Groupon can only be redeemed at specified locations, members can attend any of Snap Fitness's 1,400 locations to burn calories while running on a treadmill or chasing imaginary bananas on a stationary bike. Alternately, boot-camp classes add structure to schedules and help participants to stick to goals alongside other exercisers. Dynamic instructors guide students of all levels through courses steeped in plyometrics and core-strength workouts, helping pupils to shed unwanted pounds, tone body shapes, and rehearse for uphill cartwheel marathons.
The acoustic whoosh of swooping golf clubs welcomes players to Peculiar Golf & Learning Center, where a stable of 16 driving range stalls fosters flusher drives and straighter approaches for players of all abilities. The range features both natural grass and artificial turf hitting surfaces, and clubbers can take aim at distant targets or windswept parade floats from covered or open-air hitting bays, all of which are illuminated by towering lights for late-night practice. A staff of resident aces presides over lessons conducted at the Center, where they help correct swing imbalances and illiterate clubs at the Center's practice green or sand bunker. A fully-stocked pro shop rounds out the Center's deep reservoir of golf resources with an array of clubs, bags, apparel, and other golf gear from brands such as Ping, Callaway, Nike, and TaylorMade.
After intense dance training left her with pain in both knees, Pilates by Kahley’s eponymous owner sought refuge in low-impact Pilates practice, where she found relief from her physical ailments and discovered a passion for the integrated mind-body workout. Inside a 2,300-square-foot studio, students follow the lead of certified instructors as they work through a series of core-strengthening Pilates exercises performed on mats. Inspired by the Lotte Berk Method, BarreAmped classes combine the small, rhythmic movements with traditional Pilates, creating a challenging interval workout. The studio invites students of all levels to hone strength and self-esteem in group classes.
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 two-time 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 up to 600 calories with each go-round.
Fine Arts Theatres’ four venues surround moviegoers with classic silver-screen ambiance as they present the latest independent and mainstream film offerings. Lovingly refurbished neighborhood movie palaces such as the early-20th-century Rio Theatre now boast surround-sound digital audio, high-backed rocker seats with arm-mounted cup holders, and movie trailers acted out by gregarious ticket takers. In addition to flicks opening each week, Fine Arts Theatres hosts the Gathr Preview Series each Thursday at 7:30 p.m. The group also holds screenings for the annual Kansas International Film Festival, voted the Best Local Film Festival by readers of The Pitch in 2011, as well as a Latin American Film Festival every September.