For those of us looking for a running start to 2017 resolutions, we've compiled some of the best, newest and most effective gyms in Kansas City. If you're looking to start soon, some are offering great new year's deals to let you try a workout or two before becoming a member.
Intense Training Gyms: High-intensity training yields intense results. These gyms are your best revenge against that sneaky holiday fluff. Personal or small group training will force you to push through full, fat-melting workouts harder than you would by yourself.
In the City
Kamba Fit - Westport
These workouts are designed to help you become the best you can be, both in and outside of the gym. You’ll use core work, weights, boxing and kettlebells to continually improve your fitness abilities.
Promotion: Free introductory session
Synergy Fitness Studio - Westport
From small group workouts to the 12-Week Transformation program, the Synergy personal trainers specialize in developing programs tailored to your personal needs.
Promotion: One free week of unlimited training sessions
Freight House Fitness - West Bottoms
These 30-minute boot camp sessions aren’t just circuits of squats and bicep curls. You’ll be running stairs in this 100-year-old West Bottoms building, slamming a tractor tire with a sledgehammer, swinging fire hoses and more.
Promotion: First class is free + First month is $39
Brookside Crossfit - Brookside
Start off with Foundations Classes to learn the proper form, technique and CrossFit lingo. After that, stop in for classes 6 days a week and open gym on Sundays.
The Port KC - Westport
Go here for personal training, fitness classes, small group training or sports performance training. Then, treat yourself to a healthy post-workout treat from Ruby Jean’s Juicery, located in the same building.
Crossfit Memorial Hill - Crossroads
Yes, it’s a CrossFit gym, but if that’s not your speed, there are plenty of other programs. Drop in for open gym, yoga, endurance classes and more.
Promotion: Free one-on-one session & goal setting
58 Fitness - Crossroads
This team focuses on teaching strength-training fundamentals and techniques you can use, whether you’re in the facility or at home. They offer personal, group, athletic and now, online training packages.
CrossFit FIF - North KC
This new CrossFit gym is just 10-15 minutes north of downtown and makes a perfect fitness stop for North KC commuters with both morning and evening classes, in addition to weekends.
Promotion: Free first class
On The Kansas Side
rEvolution Gym - Leawood
You’ll gain confidence, extinguish mediocrity and perfect technique to maximize results with small-group personal training, kickboxing and MMA classes.
Excel Wellness Studio - Overland Park
Excel is great for people who don’t like a big, bustling gym. Facility hours, training sessions and member access times are scheduled in time blocks to ensure the gym is never overcrowded and you don’t have to wait on weights or machines.
Promotion: Free week of Max Burn
Fusion Fitness - Overland Park, Corbin Park & Mission Farms
Fusion offers a variety of classes such as barre, cycling, boot camp, yoga and more.
9Round - Multiple Locations
There are no class times, just new rounds that start every three minutes. You’ll get through nine rounds of kickboxing exercises in 30 minutes, and membership gets you unlimited workouts.
Promotion: Free workout
Core Strong Fitness - The Hill & Lee's Summit
This gym specializes in small group functional fitness, offering a variety of classes, using TRX Suspension training. Here, it’s all about having fun while getting a great workout in.
Gyms with a Focus on Movement: Some of the most popular workouts in town are focused on form and quality of movement for a more holistic form of fitness. As "zen" as these gyms sound, you're likely to sweat as much here as anywhere else.
In the City
Power Life Yoga KC - Plaza
Be prepared to sweat through whatever you’re wearing. You’re sure to feel the energy flowing whether you’re taking yoga, cardio barre, acro yoga, spin or strength-training classes.
Promotion: Free week of unlimited classes
On the Kansas Side
The Body Lab - Leawood
When “muscle failure” is on the agenda, you can expect a challenging workout. The Body Lab focuses on slow, controlled Pilates movements on a MegaFormer machine, which provides constant tension to exhaust your muscles- in the most satisfying way possible.
Promotion: First class free
Raw Power & Yoga - Overland Park
Not only will you develop a healthy body; but healthy minds, attitudes and friendships along the way. From hot power yoga to WERQ dance fitness, core challenge training and more, you’re sure to get in an exhilarating workout.
EverFit KC - Shawnee
These fun boxing, cycling, yoga and burn classes will challenge and change you. You’re very unlikely to get bored of the fitness lifestyle with this many class options.
Pulse Training - Lenexa
Pulse boasts personal, professional fitness instruction in a clean, private studio. Knowledge, proper movement and genuine understanding of your body's fitness needs are major points of emphasis for Pulse.
The Bar Method - Leawood and West Plaza
Barre is known for sculpting those “I didn’t even know I had these” muscles through a series of motions at the ballet barre.
Health House - State Line and Leawood
This dedicated rowing studio offers cutting-edge group fitness classes in a beautiful, high energy space. Your workouts here are sure to be challenging, effective and fun.
KC Yoga Center - City Market and Zona Rosa
KC Yoga offers a variety of yoga classes from regular temperature to hot yoga and therapeutic training. Bonus: their Give Back & Pay it Forward Mission sends 10% of all gross revenue to local charities and community service.
Promotion: Buy one month, get one free
Facility Gyms: These gyms primarily exist to provide you with the equipment and resources necessary to run your own workout. Most of the gyms on this list also offer personal or group training sessions as well.
In the City
OneLife Fitness - Downtown
Membership includes group classes like Pound, which is a full-body cardio class driven by simulated drumming, or music- and choreography-driven classes like Retro Active, Pop Star and Hip Hop. Or, you can sweat it out in OneLife Cinema, a cardio theater that plays a different feature film every day.
Promotion: Free pass
BodyFit KC - Midtown
BodyFit is a solar-powered, eco-friendly gym that offers fat-blasting workouts, yoga, kickboxing, weight lifting, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and personal training.
City Gym KC - Waldo
A boutique gym with the latest and greatest fitness equipment, plus group classes starting as early as 5:30 a.m. Additionally, a downtown location is opening in April 2017.
Impact Gyms - North KC
Come to Impact ready to work, because that’s exactly what you’ll be doing from start to finish. From cross-training circuits to speed & agility training and powerlifting, you’ll be on your way to a better you.
Promotion: 30-Day Trial
Gold's Gym - Westport
Gold’s is a classic fitness center that’s been around for 50 years, and it’s easy to see how it’s stuck around so long. You can try it before you buy it with a free VIP or Class Pass.
Promotion: Free pass
One the Kansas Side
Woodside Health & Tennis Club - Westwood
Woodside Village recently incorporated Woodside Health & Tennis club into a larger development with residential units, retail shops, farmers’ market and restaurants. They offer over 100 intense group fitness classes, quality equipment and a spa to unwind in after your workout.
LifeTime Fitness - Overland Park & Lenexa
This gym lives up to its name with tailored programs for fitness interests at any age, like running, cycling, swimming, basketball, squash and Pilates.
Genesis Health Clubs - OP, Lee's Summit, Independence, Liberty, Shawnee, Olathe and KCMO
Genesis offers a full suite of facilities as well as classes in step aerobics, Zumba, cycling, weights, kick boxing, Pilates and yoga.
Promotion: 7-Day Free Pass
The GymKC - Midtown, River Market and Crossroads
One membership gives you access to any of The Gym KC’s three 24/7 locations and the many classes offered. The Gym KC has just about any equipment you might need and proudly discourages “meat heads, dip shits, grunting power lifters and spandex,” so don’t worry about sharing your sweat space with “that guy.”
Anytime Fitness - Multiple Locations
Your Anytime membership is good nationwide. Beyond your standard gym offerings, Anytime also has online tools like activity and diet trackers you can plug right into your routine.
Promotion: Free 7-Day Pass
RoKC - North KC
Whether you’re new to climbing or a seasoned adventurer, RoKC is the ultimate indoor climbing gym for bouldering, top rope and lead climbing. They offer three climbing clinics, yoga classes, general strength training and host parties and lock-ins.
The Cave Bouldering Gym - Midtown
The Cave is located 10 stories underground and offers over 80 boulder problems, varying in intensity for everyone from first-timers to the most advanced climbers. They also offer Bouldering 101 courses, personal training and host parties.