Kansas City: A-Z Workout Guide
Let's face it, the summer humidity can be crazy brutal in Kansas City. Sometimes it's better to get your sweat on indoors, which is why this A-Z workout guide will come in handy. Kansas City offers no shortage of gyms and boutique fitness studios. No matter if you're on the Kansas or Missouri side of town, you'll find a plethora of options perfect for whatever mood you're in.
If you're new to working out and not sure where to start--or ready for fresh beginnings- here are my top recommendations on where to book your next sweat session this summer.
A Greater You
10514 W 103rd St, Overland Park, KS
I have not personally worked out here but I've only heard amazing things about the gym. I want to make it a priority to try it out for myself next time I get the opportunity. My husband trained there during the offseason with fellow Sporting KC teammates and loved it. Here you'll find personal training and small group training with a plethora of class offerings such as speed, agility and yoga. Workouts are typically set up circuit style, which offer great variety.
18 W 63rd St, Kansas City, MO
This style of barre is more athletic than ballet barre and also incorporates movements found in yoga and pilates. It's all about mindfulness and what feels best for you. The workout encourages modifications and incorporates mini and macro movements at the barre as well as cardio bursts in between.
Downtown: 913 McGee St, Kansas City, MO & Waldo: 7416 Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO
With two locations around town, City Gym is a great option for those looking for more of a traditional gym setting. They offer stellar equipment, classes and a super welcoming + inclusive community. I personally love the video cycle class, which is more endurance based than beat driven cycling. The gym also hosts really fun events, like workshops with Nike master trainers, so keep your eyes on their Instagram.
Dance Fit Flow
1700 Locust St #300, Kansas City, MO
If you want to step outside of your comfort zone or if you just love to dance, I highly recommend making the trip downtown to Dance Fit Flow. I hosted an event here this year and we all had a freaking blast. They offer various classes suitable for all different levels. Check the schedule and tap on by. Literally.
16200 Midland Dr, Shawnee, KS
This is a great option if you live west of the city. They offer boutique style classes in a gym setting. I tried almost everything on the schedule from cycling to boxing to HIIT.
Overland Park: 7134 W. 80th St, Mission Farms: 10577 Mission Road, Corbin Park: 6913 W 135th St, & Crossroads: 2323 Grand St
A Kansas City mecca, Fusion Fitness is the "it" place to be. With three locations around the city, the schedule offers a plethora of classes that fit anyone's schedule. Fusion offers daycare, which is perfect for you mamas out there. They even have a class called “Strong Like Mom” to empower youngsters and promote positive self image. If you're looking for perhaps the most intense workout in the city, this is your place. Expect tons of cardio with mostly light weights and bands -- you’ll feel a total body burnout. Once you try it, you're sure to be a addicted.
Prairie Village: 3924 W 69th Tr & Town Center: 5029 W 117th St
Their new Prairie Village location is cutting edge and shouldn't be missed. It's quite possibly the most "up and coming" fitness studio in America as they are expanding (first to West Hollywood). Here you can expect a combo of rowing and mat work (with heavy weights) set to high energy tunes with intimate lighting. The community here is truly a special one. it's a workout you should experience at least once.
508 W 75th St, Kansas City, MO
As far as I know, this is the only place in the city that has classes offered by running coaches on a Woodway treadmill. It's great for serious runners or anyone training for a fall race (be it a 5k or half marathon).
Lotus Yoga and Wellness
15053 Nall Ave, Overland Park, KS
This yoga joint is a little further out south but has some really great instructors. Lotus has a spa and offers calm yoga classes for all levels. They even have infrared sauna, which is all the rage.
Mojo Cycling Studio
4722 Broadway Blvd #220, Kansas City, MO
Mojo is the go-to spot for beat/movement based cycling in town. The Soul Cycle "ish" workout is super fun and energizing. It's located on the Plaza which makes it perfect for detox retox. A little cycling ... a little boozy brunch anyone?
Orange Theory Leawood
11614 Ash St, Leawood, KS
OTF is something that I've "on again off again" dabbled with in the past. It's been great for my marathon training in the past since they do a lot of speedwork on the treadmill. This circuit style workout incorporates treadmills, rowers and weights. Classes go by fast and the coaches are really positive making it suitable for all levels.
Power Life Yoga
South Plaza: 4800 Main St, Corinth Square: 4145 Somerset Dr, Two Light: 1480 Grand Blvd, & Town Center: 11832 Roe Ave
Not your grandma’s yoga, PLY is all sorts of hip. Here you can expect to flow to tunes by Drake or even The Rolling Stones. It’s your traditional zen with a twist. The studio specializes in yoga, heated power vinyasa, barre and functional interval training. For a challenge, try their sculpt class.
1501 Howell St, North Kansas City, MO
Seriously, RoKC is a freaking gem of a climbing studio. When you think of rock climbing as a workout, you might think of grip and back strength as you pull yourself up. While that's part of it, it's more of a full body workout than some think. You use a ton of leg to maneuver yourself up the wall. There's always one higher step to take, one steeper climb to attempt so you’ll never get bored.
Studio 7 pilates + barre
7500 State Line Rd, Prairie Village, KS
This studio offers a little of everything (pilates, reformer, barre, TRX). I recently tried their "bounce" class and had such a blast. Instructors put an emphasis on proper form and technique to fatigue the muscles with each movement resulting in a longer, stronger you.
The Body Lab
4217 W 119th St, Leawood, KS
Have you ever tried the Megaformer? Well, you should and this is the place to do it in Kansas City. Located in Leawood, The Body Lab is clean and modern offering the Lagree fitness pilates + model. Which, by the way, will kick your booty. Slow doesn't always mean it isn't hard work. Trust me, you'll feel the burn.
Woodside Health and Tennis Club
2000 W 47th Pl, Westwood, KS
A summer hot spot, this is the country club for millennials. Woodside has a spa, pool, tennis courts and offers a wide variety of group fitness classes. It's the ultimate all-in-one package when it comes to health and wellness in KC.
7342, 3644, W 80th St, Overland Park, KS
Traditional yoga at its finest. If you want to zen out and get a little stretchy, this is the place to do it. I always leave feeling refreshed and inspired. Maybe even a little more grounded. Since it's located in Old Overland Park, I love to hit up yoga then the farmers market. Kombucha anyone?
806 SW Blue Pkwy, Lee's Summit, MO
Located in Lee's Summit, this is one of the best spots to do yoga east of the city. Try HIIT Fit Yoga or Yoga Flow Fusion if you're ever in the area.