A community presence in Kansas City since 1860, the Greater Kansas City YMCA forwards its mission of physical and social enrichment for men, women, and kids of all ages and backgrounds at its 18 locations. Each bustling outpost proffers members an embarrassment of fitness and entertainment riches, with everything from youth camps and after-school programs to group exercise classes, such as cycling, core training, and Pilates. Clubs and social organizations help members meet like-minded friends, and family activities strengthen bonds critically weakened by overzealous games of Monopoly.
G-Fit's three AFPA- and ISSA-certified personal trainers lead clients of all abilities toward fitness goals by helping them discover exercise and nutrition routines to incorporate into their long-term, everyday life. Private personal-training sessions customize curricula to accommodate weight-loss, toning, sport-training, or injury-recovery goals while steering fitness-seekers toward healthier diets and activities. Small group training sessions accommodate up to five students and cover a client's choice of a variety of training styles. The center's results-oriented approach aims to increase health and well-being, while offering clients an enjoyable workout alternative to unexciting routines of bench-pressing stacks of dated pine-furniture catalogs.
Along with rows of free weights, weight machines, and cardio machines, the gym at Blue Springs Fitness features an indoor track for running laps and saunas for sweating out toxins. During personal-training sessions, certified trainers create customized workout plans based on individuals' specific health and fitness goals. The gym also hosts a full schedule of group-fitness classes and boasts plenty of amenities, including daycare, tanning, and lessons on how to deadlift a horse.
Yoga Alley's warm and inviting yoga studio offers a variety of classes in various styles. Students of all skill levels are invited to stretch and sweat their way through one of the studio's vinyasa, hot-yoga, or gentle-yoga classes. Classes at Yoga Alley integrate the mind, body, and spirit, and the studio's friendly founder, Tricia Tayrien, has created a welcoming and noncompetitive atmosphere in which expert instructors encourage students of all skill levels and body types to achieve a higher state of total body wellness. You can learn more about each class and view the schedule here; classes are on a drop-in basis. Though you will probably want to own your own mat, you may borrow one of Yoga Alley's, if necessary. Yoga Alley also recommends bringing a small towel and water.