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.
For more than 20 years, Ozark Mountain Gymnastics has cultivated balance in its students. Though its classes for toddlers to 18-year-olds impart cheering, tumbling, and competitive skills on the physical level, instructors also focus on a healthy equilibrium between mental and visible strength. They emphasize sportsmanship and teamwork, building character traits in their pupils that translate to finesse both on and off the parallel bars. Additionally, they recognize the importance of familial support: parents are welcome to observe classes and always participate in those for children younger than 3.
As a professional member of USA Gymnastics, OMG recruits USA safety- and CPR-certified coaches. In the interest of personalized instruction, its classes typically admit 10 or fewer students, though birthday parties can accommodate up to 15 so kids can switch in and out of the host's human-pyramid throne.
Equipped with likenesses of military-issue firearms, masked marksmen maneuver throughout a 16,000-square-foot warehouse, pelting each other with plastic BBs as they strafe down halls and overtake rooms. This is the home base of So Go Airsoft, where team members welcome combatants of all skill levels into 20- to 25-minute games that range from classics, such as Capture the Flag, to scenario matches, such as VIP Escort, Hostage Rescue, and Car-Key Find. The facility also organizes at least one scenario event each month, which is designed for beginners, but challenging enough for experienced players as well, plus a twice-monthly airsoft pistol and shotgun night. So Go Airsoft also engages large groups by opening its spacious arena to private parties.
Inside the more than 8,700 square feet of space, Jump Mania offers dual slides, obstacle courses, and a 31-foot tall basketball bounce house. Elsewhere, a toddler area enthralls little kids with age-appropriate attractions such as a farm-themed inflatable play area. Apart from inflatables, the facility houses a concession stand replete with snacks, beverages, National Geographic back issues, and free WiFi for parents. The staff also hosts birthday parties alongside open-jump sessions. Its soirees even earned Jump Mania a runner-up spot on 417 Magazine's 2011 list of Best Place for a Kid's Birthday Party.
Busts of Stan Musial, Lou Brock, Ozzie Smith, and Jack Buck line the Legends Walkway outside the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. But the museum spotlights more than just baseball history. Its inductees hail from the high school, collegiate, and professional ranks, including players and coaches from the Rams, Chiefs, Royals, and Blues. Highlights of the many exhibits and articles of sports memorabilia include the Budweiser NASCAR car, the wing dedicated to the Missouri Valley Conference, and the pole that Paul Bunyan used to vault over the St. Louis Arch.
With more than 1,800 gyms in 10 countries around the globe and 24/7 access, Anytime Fitness makes it as easy as possible for its members to get in shape. Multiple strength-training and cardio machines can build stamina, increase agility, and tone limbs to rival the crisp bicep lines of statues in a nearby park. The center’s virtual classes teach fitness disciplines such as yoga, cycling, and kickboxing. Group training brings those disciplines into 3-D. As far as amenities, private showers and HDTV are just two of the many additional touches that make Anytime Fitness a welcoming workout arena.