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.
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 multiple-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 off up to 500 calories with each go-round.
Personal trainer Jamie Neal didn't like the stuffy, crowded atmosphere of larger gyms. So she began seeing her clients in their homes or at the community center, allowing them to bring their own motivational music and avoid mobbed treadmills. She hosts one-on-one and group workouts as well as boot-camp programs, some of which include nutrition plans, shopping lists, and regular evaluations of each student's progress.
If scientists ever decide to build a super-athlete from scratch, they might want to consider CrossFit Topeka’s owner and head trainer, Roger Laubengayer, as a model. A two-time Division III football All-American, hapkido black belt, and dedicated marathon runner, Laubengayer can seem more machine than man. His friendly demeanor, however, puts that comparison to rest, and it’s one of the reasons that athletes of all ages and abilities have flocked to his studio to learn about the benefits of CrossFit.
A fully certified CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, Laubengayer leads his students through challenging daily workouts that fuse cardio and strength training. Though workouts vary daily to avoid mind-numbing repetition, most incorporate signature CrossFit exercises such as burpees, pull-ups, pushups, squats, kettlebell drills, weight lifting, and shot-putting cars illegally parked inside the studio.
Office director Dr. Michael Brady, DC oversees the body-contouring therapies that coddle frames in a spa-style environment. Specializing in laser fat reduction, technicians aim to clear bodies of cellulite and excess fat as noninvasively as possible without leaving passive-aggressive notes around the body. Body Shaping with Dr. Brady DC also offers Image Skincare products.
Cage Gymnastics loosens limbs, strengthens sinews, and reduces wind resistance with gymnastics, dance, cheer, and tumbling classes. Gymnastics classes promote motor skills, coordination, and self-confidence while thoroughly confusing inner ears. Kids progress through basic gymnastic positions in classes targeted at various skill and age levels. For beginners and young children, choose from four classes that emphasize basic positions and movements: Mighty Munchkins (age 3; child must be potty-trained), 4-year-old gymnastics, 5-year-old gymnastics, and 4- and 5-year-old gymnastics. Older children can spring into three classes where they tackle the vault, uneven bars, balance beam, rainbow diving, and floor exercise: level-one gymnastics (ages 6–8 or 8–11), advanced level-one gymnastics (ages 6–8 or 8–11; child must be able do a cartwheel and handstand), and boys-only gymnastics (ages 5–8 or 8 and up).