Kansas City's rising heat and humidity make outdoor workouts a miserable experience. Instead of dreading the next sweat session, take it inside with one of these alternatives.
1. Bring out your inner child for a small fee with a workout on giant trampolines at either Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park or Cosmic Jump Indoor Trampoline Park. These two venues feature free-jump time or structured classes. Trampolining is low impact, excellent for balance, and a fun, easy way to burn calories and relieve stress.
2. With the claim of being “the best total body workout in Kansas City,” Fusion Fitness is worth checking out for anyone who has grown bored with their routine, hit a fitness plateau, or simply needs to escape the heat. Before signing up, note that the website recommends beginners take the Fitness Raw class to gain a full understanding of what Fusion workouts entail. They offer an excellent variety of classes. Fusion Fitness has locations in Overland Park and Shawnee Mission.
3. Biking enthusiasts and beginning cyclists alike may enjoy Inspired Fitness, which offers classes using a RealRyder, a bicycle that leans and tilts to simulate riding a bicycle outside. Another option is BPM Indoor Cycling Studio. The website says a one-hour class can burn 800 calories, making the extra time well worthwhile.
4. Indoor rock climbing is another great workout, and a good way to test out this activity in a safe, controlled environment. Rock-climbing is also a total-body workout, making it perfect for someone who has limited time but wants to achieve maximum results. Many gyms and athletic centers offer rock-climbing walls, including The Cave Bouldering Gym and North Kansas City Community Center.
5. The Bar Method, the name of the company and the name for the type of workout, “integrates the fat burning format of interval training, the muscle shaping technique of isometrics, the elongating principles of dance conditioning, and the science of physical therapy” in a total-body workout. There are two Kansas City-area locations, one on the Plaza and one in Leawood.
6. If nothing else will do besides jumping into a pool to exercise and escape the heat, check out one of these Kansas City area community pools: Roeland Park Aquatic Center, the YMCA of Greater Kansas City, North Kansas City Community Center, Gladstone Community Center, Liberty Community Center, Legacy Park Community Center in Lee’s Summit, or the Blue Springs Centennial Pool-Plex.