Adult Classes



The Merriam Parks and Recreation Department has something for everyone. Explore this section and enroll in one of our adult programs or classes. All classes are held at the Merriam Community Center, 6040 Slater Street, unless noted otherwise.

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Take a different class every day!

Check out the Fit Class Pass schedule to see all the options. Try all the classes, and go as many times as you like. Add the Fit Class Pass to your membership at the Welcome Desk for $25 per month. Learn More


Dance Fitness

WERQ  Fit Class Pass Logo

WERQ (pronounced “work”) is the wildly addictive dance fitness class based on the hottest hip-hop music. Beyond being easy to follow for all levels, WERQ is an effective cardio class that feels more like a dance club experience. Instructor: Wanda

Mondays  ▶   6:30–7:30 p.m.   ▶  Register


Zumba® is a fusion of Latin and international music with dance themes that create a fun, dynamic, and effective fitness system! The routines feature aerobic and fitness interval training with a combination of fast and slow rhythms that done and sculpt the body. Instructor: Geniya

Tuesdays  ▶   5:25–6:25 p.m.   ▶  Register


Fitness Classes

Cardio & Strength   Fit Class Pass Logo

Shape up with this exciting blend of step-interval and strength training! Workouts include a variety of equipment, including steps, free weights, TRX, slam balls, and more! Instructor: Phyllis

Tuesdays & Thursdays   ▶  6:30–7:30 p.m.   ▶  Register

Cross Training Fit Class Pass Logo

This class combines all aspects of fitness: strength training, balance, mobility and endurance. All movements can be modified to your fitness level. Swing by over lunch for a quick workout and energize your day! The class will be held outside if the weather allows. Instructor: Tessa

Tuesdays & Thursdays   ▶  12-12:45 p.m.   ▶  Register


Fit Camp  Fit Class Pass Logo

This boot camp-inspired workout focuses on building strength and endurance through a combination of functional fitness movements.  Fit Camp can be adapted to all levels. Instructor: Wanda

Mondays  ▶   5:30–6:30 p.m.   ▶   Register


Kettlebell AMPD  Fit Class Pass Logo

Get ready to combine great music with simple, effective kettlebell movements for a calorie-torching workout that is fun, safe, and accessible to all fitness levels! The class focuses on building muscular endurance with high repetition and low weights. Instructor: Maryellen

Saturdays  ▶   8:30–9:30 a.m.   ▶   Register


Morning Burn Bootcamp  Fit Class Pass Logo

Wake up and workout before your day and excuses start. Boot camp workouts are designed to elevate your results and push your limits. This class focuses on maximum calorie burn, combining cardiovascular and endurance training. Each workout will be unique, challenging and fun with adaptations for all skill levels from beginner to advanced. Instructor: Caitlin

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays  ▶   6–7 a.m.   ▶   Register

Tuesdays & Thursdays  ▶   6–7 a.m.   ▶   Register


Shape Up  Fit Class Pass Logo

This class consists of high-intensity exercises and features cardio and resistance training to improve endurance, build strength, and increase energy. Instructor: Caitlin

Mondays & Wednesdays   ▶   4–4:50 p.m.   ▶  Register

Martial Arts

Aikido Yoshinkan - Traditional Martial Arts   

The Yoshinkan style of aikido is a dynamic system of throwing, joint-locking, striking, and pinning techniques. At its core, aikido is a self-defense martial art used by many law enforcement agencies across the world as an effective way to safely neutralize aggression. Classes are structured so beginning and advanced students alike will all have a fun and challenging experience. Instructors: Mick (6th Degree) / Rafael (2nd degree) 

Thursdays: 7–8:30 p.m.   ▶  Saturdays: 10–11 a.m.   ▶   Register


The Ki Society

You’re invited to have a new experience learning the five disciplines of the Ki Society (ki-breathing, ki-meditation, aikido, kiatsu, and bell meditation). These practices are fundamental to an awareness of our natural state of being. New students will receive 8 weeks of basic preparation during the first hour and are welcome to stay for the remainder of each class. Instructors: Vic (4th degree) / Derrick (1st degree)

Tuesdays & Thursdays   ▶   6-8 p.m./ 5–6:30 p.m.   ▶   Register

Personal Training, Evaluations, Orientations


Call the Merriam Community Center at 913-322-5550 to register.

Phyllis Peterson

Energetic, fun, and knowledgeable, Phyllis can help you with your fitness quest!  With more than 30 years of experience, she specializes in core, strength, cardio training, weight management, and senior fitness.  

tessa pierce

Tessa started personal training in 2020. She loves living an active lifestyle, whether it be walking her dog, playing pickleball, or lifting weights. Her approach to training clients is making sure they have fun while catering to their needs to reach their fitness goals!

maryellen potts, ph.d.

With more than 20 years of experience and a background in dance and correct postural alignment, Maryellen specializes in yoga and strength training.  She believes fitness should improve physical functioning while being fun and habit forming.  


Package Rates for 60-Minute Sessions*

 ▶ $45 per session   ▶  $160 for 4 sessions  ▶ $280 for 8 sessions  ▶ $360 for 12 sessions

 *Non-members are also required to buy a day pass to participate in personal training sessions.

Small Group Rates*

▶ $35/person for two people  ▶ $30/person for three people  ▶ $25/person for four people

 *Non-members are also required to buy a day pass to participate in small group training sessions.

General Fitness Center Orientation

If you are new to the gym or interested in learning more about how to use the fitness equipment, we can help!  Ask any fitness attendant on duty how to safely and effectively use the strength and cardio machines.  FREE for members.

Fitness Evaluation

Receive a personal evaluation of your current fitness level.  The evaluation includes testing your cardiovascular health and strength, mobility, and flexibility levels.  You'll receive an explanation of your results and have the option to talk about creating a plan to help you reach your goals.  Dress in comfortable athletic clothing and wear closed-toe shoes.  

 ▶ $20 | Registration #108201 ▶ Call 913-322-5550 to register

Fitness Program Consultation

Work with a fitness consultant to help establish a program based on your goals.  During this one-hour visit, a fitness professional will help you identify your fitness goals, formulate a plan, and walk you through the program to ensure you're comfortable with the routine.  Contact our fitness coordinator to schedule your session. 

 ▶ $45 | Registration #108201 email



Part tennis, part badminton, part ping-pong, all fun! This easy-to-learn, eye-hand coordination game is growing rapidly in popularity.  With all equipment provided, the only thing you need is a partner and a positive attitude! Maximum of 24 participants in the gym.  Must have a Punch Pass or be a member to play!

Monday, Wednesday, Fridays  ▶ 8 - 11 a.m.▶ FREE for members ▶ $20 for 10 punch pass // $40 for 20 punch pass


Pickleball Kickstart 

Whether you're new to the sport or looking to enhance your skills, this six-week clinic is designed to introduce you to the fundamentals of pickleball and provide a solid foundation for your game. Join us for the entire clinic or just a few weeks. All skill sets are welcome! Instructor: Geoff

Tuesdays, May 7-June 11   8:30-9:30 a.m.  ▶  Register

Tuesdays, May 7-June 11   6-7p.m.  ▶  Register

Tuesdays, July 16-August 20   8:30-9:30 a.m.  ▶  Register

Tuesdays, July 16-August 20   6-7p.m.  ▶  Register


Swim Lessons

Private and Semi-Private Lessons

Get four, 30-minute lessons tailored just for you. Available for ages 3+.

$100 for private lessons, $90 for semi-private.

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Water Fitness

Aqua Flow - a Taijifit experience:  Fit Class Pass Logo

Taijifit is a series of slow movements and stretches that flow into the next without pause staying in constant motion connecting mind, body and breath.  Nothing to learn, just follow along.  Water provides a gentle resistance and added balance. Instructor: Kim

Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays   ▶ 9:50-10:40 a.m.   ▶   Register


Aqua Interval Fitness 

This class combines cardio and strength training intervals using noodles and dumbbells at varying intensities. Increase stamina, strength, flexibility, and joint range of motion. Appropriate for all fitness levels; ability to swim not necessary. Water shoes or sneakers are encouraged. Instructor: Maryellen

Tuesdays & Thursdays   ▶ 6-7 p.m.   ▶   Register


Cardio Splash  Fit Class Pass Logo

This class is full of fun, energy, music, and laughs. Regardless of your age, size, or fitness level, Cardio Splash enhances your overall fitness improves your stability and balance in and out of the water. Instructor: Kim 

Monday, Wednesdays, Fridays   ▶ 9-9:50 a.m.  ▶   Register


Dynamic Aqua  Fit Class Pass Logo

With the support of float belts and the use of water weights, this class will intensify your resistance training and sculpt your muscles. Instructor: Caitlin

Saturdays   ▶ 10:45-11:45 a.m.  ▶   Register


KU Sensory Enhanced Aquatics 

This class provides swimming and water safety lessons for adults who are on the autism spectrum. Traditional learn-to-swim methods are combined with sensory strategies matched to the unique needs of each swimmer. Individual and small-group lessons are available. Instructors: The university of Kansas Medial Center Department of Occupational Therapy Education Staff

Wednesdays   ▶ 6:30-7:15 p.m.   ▶   Register beginning May 10 at 6 p.m.

Wednesdays   ▶ 7:20-8:05 p.m.   ▶   Register beginning May 10 at 6 p.m.


Goat Yoga

Reduce your stress and anxiety while interacting with goats! Goat yoga reduces your stress hormones while increasing hormones that trigger your happiness to help release body tension.  This class will be held at the Waterfall Park. Instructor: PortiaLady in yoga pose with 2 baby goats

Sunday, May 5   10-11 a.m.  ▶   $25 ▶  Register


Pickleball Kickstart 

Whether you're new to the sport or looking to enhance your skills, this six-week clinic is designed to introduce you to the fundamentals of pickleball and provide a solid foundation for your game. Join us for the entire clinic or just a few weeks. All skill sets are welcome! Instructor: Geoff

Tuesdays, May 7-June 11   6-7p.m.  ▶  Register

Tuesdays, July 16-August 20   6-7p.m.  ▶  Register


Fall in Love with Your Life Again: Using a Vision Board to set Your Intentions

Self-reflect and set your goals for the year as you create a vision board. Bring your favorite photos and magazines to personalize your experience. Snacks and adult beverages are provided. Register by June 7. Instructor: Portia

Wednesday, June 12   6-8p.m.  ▶  Register


Wellness 360: Navigating a Healthier You

This workshop series provides a comprehensive exploration of wellness, covering physical health, mental well-being, and critical evaluation of fitness in the age of social media. Light snacks are included. Instructor: Luke

Tuesday, May 7   6:30-7:30p.m. ▶  Best Recovery Strategies for the Active Individual  ▶  Register

Tuesday, June 4   6:30-7:30p.m. ▶  Fitness and Injury Prevention ▶  Register

Tuesday, July 2   6:30-7:30p.m. ▶  Are Your Social Media Exercises Really Effective?  ▶  Register

Tuesday, August 6  6:30-7:30p.m. ▶  Tech Neck: Managing Posture in the Digital Age  ▶  Register


Ladies Lego® Night

Make a Lego® flower bouquet that lasts forever! Drinks, adult beverages, and all the necessary supplies are included. Register by June 3. Instructor: Renee

Thursday, June 20   6-8p.m. ▶   Register


Animal Allies Unite! Opportunities in Animal Rescue

Are you a compassionate critter companion and want to learn how you can help? Join us for this informational class to find out more about local animal rescue groups and unique volunteer opportunities. Instructor: Tina

Thursday, June 27   6-7:30p.m. ▶  Register

Yoga Classes

Ballet Yoga Fit Class Pass Logo

This class combines gentle yoga with ballet to blend mindful movement with the art of dance. Designed with all bodies in mind, it introduces a whole body workout. Instructor: Portia

Mondays ▶   7:45-8:45 p.m.    ▶   Register


Gentle Iyengar Yoga 

This slower-paced class aims to increase mobility and reduce discomfort. Poses are taught with additional modifications for those with ongoing or mild-to-chronic conditions and older students. A doctor’s permission is requested. Instructor: Rafael, CIYT  

Thursdays ▶   9:15-10:40 a.m.    ▶   Register


Iyengar Yoga - Level 1

Developed by B.K.S. Iyengar, this class emphasizes detail, precision, and alignment for maximum balance and flexibility. This style often uses props such as mats, chairs, and blocks for deeper and more easily accessible postures. Instructor: Rafael, CIYT

 Wednesdays ▶  6 - 7:30 p.m.  ▶   Register


Iyengar Yoga - Level 2

For continuing students who have attended Iyengar Level 1 for two or more years or those who have previous Iyengar experience. Instructor’s permission is required for new students. Instructor: Rafael, CIYT

Tuesdays ▶  9:15 - 10:40 a.m.  ▶   Register 

Mondays ▶  6-7:25 p.m.  ▶   Register


Restorative Yoga  Fit Class Pass Logo

This slower-paced, meditative yoga is a gentle practice designed to promote slowing down and opening the body through gentle stretching. The class is designed to increase flexibility and mobility, reduce stress and anxiety, and release body tension. There are indoor and outdoor classes available.  Instructor: Portia

Indoor Mondays /  Outdoor Saturdays  ▶  4:45-5:45 p.m.  /  8:15-9:30 a.m.  ▶   Register 

   MCC Courtyard, inclement weather classes will be moved indoor