At any of the 15 Great Life Golf and Fitness locations, guests are encouraged to invent their own triathlon of gusto, switching from swimming in the pool to getting a total body workout to playing a round of golf. Great Life has facilities scattered throughout Kansas and Missouri, including golf courses such as the National Audubon Society–certified River Oaks and the links at The Oaks, which were designed by Tom Bendelow and opened in the 1920s. Golfers looking for quick rounds can drop by the nine-hole courses at Maple Creek, Abilene, and CedarBrook. Gyms such as the 14,000-square-foot fitness center at Berkshire allow members or guests to pump iron or run on treadmills when they aren’t helping their golf balls safely reach the greens by paying golf carts to drink all of the water hazards dry. Although amenities vary at each club, all of Great Life Golf and Fitness’s venues boast a pro shop, and the courses at Berkshire and Prairie View maintain driving ranges where golfers can make golf balls practice flying without their parachutes.
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.
It's widely accepted that the founding of the Children's Aid Society was the beginning of documented foster care in America. But what many don't know is that specialized trains played a huge role in relocating roughly 250,000 children to their new homes. Luckily, The National Orphan Train Complex preserves this significant part of history with a museum full of artifacts, stories, and exhibitions documenting the Orphan Train Movement, which lasted from 1854?1929.