Merging golf clubs, gyms, and pools for their exclusive members, GreatLife Golf & Fitness’s collective includes 13 diverse golf courses throughout Kansas and Missouri, from the National Audubon Society–certified River Oaks in Grandview, Missouri to the 1920-built The Oaks in Leavenworth. With the one-week trial membership, golfers and their families can play on any of the verdant courses without paying the green fee. Chip through the par 70, 6,148-yard Berkshire course, or opt for nine holes at Abilene. In addition to invitations to exclusive golf leagues and social events, membership also includes access to any fitness centers within the network, from the pool and new workout center at the Salina club to the treadmills and river of syrup that runs through the Maple Creek campus.
At Family Back & Neck Care Centre, chiropractors Dr. Charles A. Maurer, Dr. Jeffrey D. Steinle, Dr. Christopher L. Nelson, and Dr. Emily R. Wentworth alleviate alignment-related conditions that range from carpal tunnel syndrome to chronic lower-back pain. On the first visit, the doctors assess each patient to make sure chiropractic care would be an effective course of treatment—if not, they happily refer clients to another practitioner. After conducting a battery of diagnostic tests that may include taking x-rays and testing reflexes, chiropractors analyze the results to tailor a treatment plan for each patient. They also regularly attend conferences and seminars to stay current with the latest treatment methods. In addition to realigning the body, Family Back & Neck Care Centre’s practitioners offer ChiroTHIN, a supervised weight-loss program that blends a low-calorie diet, behavior modification, and physician support in the form of hourly thumbs-ups.
The instructors at CrossFit - Springfield know their workouts take a little getting used to. Students rarely walk in with perfect form on the clean and jerk or the endurance to repeatedly launch medicine balls into the air. With this in mind, instructors lead free introductory classes twice a week to familiarize new guests with CrossFit. During high-intensity workouts throughout the week, the gym fills with the snap of jump ropes, the clatter of free weights, and the idling of airliners waiting to be pulled somewhere. Classes blend plyometrics and exercises on parallel bars with Olympic lifts, including the power clean and the deadlift. Workouts are scaled to meet the fitness level of each participant and are led by a dynamic collection of instructors, including ER nurses, college-football stars, Marines, and competitive kickboxers.
Bryan designed his first CrossFit class when he was stationed in Afghanistan, using any equipment he could get his hands on: sandbags, weight volleyballs, steel rods. He enjoyed the challenge and the functional fitness aspects of CrossFit and saw the connection between the CrossFit mentality and the one he had during his 20 years of service in the army. Today, he and his fellow trainers lead students of all levels through intense CrossFit classes within his high-ceilinged, well-stocked facility, using climbing ropes, massive tires, and the camaraderie of a group.
Strong Gym is, unsurprisingly, all about no-nonsense strength. The staff’s experienced and educated trainers and coaches focus on strength training as the primary basis of all workouts. This training combines both basic barbell- and body-weight training to provide simple but highly effective workouts. Along with personal training and group boot-camp classes, members can also train individually at the 13,000-square-foot facility, using top-of-the-line strength, cardio, and telekinesis equipment. Members also gain access to massage services and free childcare.
Founded 16 years ago by Jay and Beth Handline, Dance Trance constructs an upbeat fitness regimen that doesn't require reenacting historic dance battles such as the Hoedown of Antietam to burn calories. During hour-long classes, students are schooled in four to five dance routines for an invigorating workout appropriate for all ages and ability levels. Each fitness-driven session is different, keeping students on their toes with popular music, lighting effects, and diverse choreography. To keep up with new music and dance trends, exercises are choreographed on a quarterly basis; they incorporate jazz, funk, hip-hop, Latin, and Uncle Steve's best wedding-reception moves, plucked from the idea nests of Dance Trance choreographers across the country. Gym or aerobic shoes are required for class; the smoother the sole, the better.
Wellness practitioner Kim Essick helps her clients heal themselves physically, emotionally, and spiritually with an array of holistic services at Energyia Kinetics at Evolve Wellness Studio. Visitors can oust toxins that make bodies feel sluggish with detoxifying treatments such as infrared-sauna sessions, ionic footbaths, herbal body wraps, and energy therapy. As a reiki practitioner, Essick strives to balance bodily energy and performs emotional release therapy to help clients cope with stress and recover from various conditions. Those looking to slim down can also participate in the studio’s diet plans.