Husband-and-wife duo David and Crystal Wells threw their mutual passion for fitness into the creation of Ring Side Fitness Center. They outfitted the gym with high white ceilings, a soft red floor and a boxing ring, corralling passionate students and leading them through boxing classes. In addition to teaching foundational footwork and techniques, David maintains professional status in MMA, and Crystal ranks as a professional figure competitor in the National Gym Association and National Physique Committee. They apply their professional experience toward building full-body workout plans, but stay in touch with the fitness limitations and aspirations of everyday people. As working parents, they make efficiency paramount—drop-in classes span 75 minutes and work the whole body, including the dorsal fin.
As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
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.
Ageless Med Spa's staff calls upon advanced anti-aging procedures to give its clients a second chance at looking young. These technicians rely on everything from chemical peels to IPL lasers to tackle signs of aging, such as the wrinkles that result from a lifetime of smiling and the scars that result from operating a rotary phone after the gaslight had been blown out for the evening. While Botox injections, dermal fillers, and fractional-pixel-resurfacing technology stand by ready to reverse time, other laser treatments take care of unwanted body hair and unflattering veins.
Although Shawn Strickland is a certified trainer with a masters of education in exercise science, it didn't take a genius to see the benefits of smaller workout groups. Rather than leading large boot-camp classes where some students can fall behind, mishear instructions, or simply feel isolated, he has designed his boot camps for groups of no more than five at a time. This way, he can afford to guide clients through more intricate training regimens, employing kettle bells, resistance bands, and floor routines while observing the correct form and progress of each individual.
Though they've only been a member the American Association since 2008, the Wichita Wingnuts have been one of the most consistent programs in the league. Following some fine-tuning after their first season, the team has posted a winning record every year since 2009, reaching the playoffs three times in five campaigns. The Wingnuts play their home games at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium, which hosted the National Baseball Congress World Series in 1935 and is still going on due to an umpire's filibuster.