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.
Hosting beginner boot camps led by muscle master Lisa Spracklin, Snap Fitness snaps the towels of motivation at the toes of lethargy. Much like the bunny course on Mt. Everest, Snap's weight-resistance training encompasses myriad strength-stretching exercises appropriate for both greenhorns and old salts alike. Body-weight resistance means your muscles struggle against no weight but their own, a poignant metaphor for the human condition that leaves abs as ripped as preconceived notions while helping you lose weight and gain confidence.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
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.
In The Yoga Lab’s warm studio, participants exercise during Hatha-yoga sessions. Led by a rotation of the studio’s instructors, classes follow a carefully curated sequence of poses designed to build stamina, strength, balance, and flexibility. As classes unfold, instructors pay special attention to students’ alignment and weight distribution.
Fourth-degree black belts Jeremiah and D.C. Hackerott lead a crew of certified instructors that teach fledgling martial artists how to chop, kick, and uphold their code of honor. Women learn to grab threatening situations by the scruff of the neck during the Sexual Harassment Assault Rape Prevention—or S.H.A.R.P.—self-defense workshop. In addition to safety tips for avoiding dangerous situations, this two-hour tactics seminar discusses how attackers choose their victims, how the body reacts during stressful situations, and how to build a defensive weapon out of hand sanitizer and a scrunchie. When these concepts have been covered, femme fatales learn to recognize the five most common attacks and how to defend against them.