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.
For more than 125 years, YMCA of Topeka has been helping people bolster their muscles, and today invites people to tone up in three full-service facilities and the 175-acre outdoor fitness retreat, Camp Hammond. Members enjoy a slew of body-boosting benefits, swimming laps in three indoor swimming pools, walloping orbs on nine racquetball courts, and flexing their muscles in six gymnasiums. Hone your physique in any of the more than 120 fitness classes (certain classes require additional fees), including aquatic fitness classes that proffer workouts that are as comforting to joints as an obstacle course made of marshmallows. Outdoors enthusiasts can also explore Camp Hammond's 15-acre lake, swimming dock, canoes, and nature trails. Included in today's deal is a coaching session with a trained wellness coach to discuss goals and receive an introduction to the fitness equipment.
United Martial Sciences' experienced instructors bestow the basics of calorie-burning kickboxing and jiu-jitsu from the heavy artillery of the gym's floor-mounted boxing ring, full-size mixed-martial-arts cage, and 14 heavy bags. Unlimited cardio kickboxing unlocks one-hour classes that combine boxing gloves, heavy bags, medicine balls, and circuit drills with cerebral strategy and tactical-defensive techniques, including how to properly cover an enemy's toilet in plastic wrap. Cardio-kickboxing instructors lead students through a vigorous workout that primes extremities for combat and kills up to 800 calories per hour. Alternately, United Martial Sciences' Brazilian-born jiu-jitsu instructor imparts submission-hold strategy as part of a strict fitness regimen designed to teach defensive tactics for fighters facing larger and stronger opponents. These sessions focus on honing the competitive trifecta—strength, reflexes, and strategy—required for effective self-defense or protecting helpless kittens from predatory balls of string.
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.
Kicking. Punching. Developing valuable social skills. One of these may seem out of place, but rest assured that it's not. At least it's not at Brown's Tae Kwon Do, where students learn how to defend themselves even as they build self-confidence and make new friends. Students of all ages and skill levels participate in indoor and outdoor classes every day, learning new techniques as they advance through the rainbow of belt levels. Of course, fitness-minded students can always throw up their dukes in cardio kickboxing or fitness boxing classes that build strength and endurance.
When certified fitness instructor Dawn Markley-Stueven mastered the art of teaching Zumba, she still wasn't satisfied. Hungry for more fitness knowledge, she learned all of the workout's offshoots, including Zumba gold—a slower-paced version for seniors—and Zumba toning, which adds maraca-shaped weights to the dance routines. Her Z Circuit classes are probably the biggest departure from the traditional Zumba workout. These 40-minute classes bookend one-minute resistance-training reps with Zumba moves, sculpting muscles with an ever-varied combination of cardio and strength work.
Dawn hosts all of these lessons at Club Z Style Fitness. Though lively Zumba choreography is her specialty, she also spices up the curriculum at her studio with other offerings, from yoga to boot-camp and personal training. She even takes her expertise into the water with Zumba Aqua and swimming classes held at the YWCA or in any home with a burst pipe.