Although Prestige Fitness' new facilities sparkle with brand-new cardio and strength-training machines and freshly painted walls, they still possess an air of intensity found in most worn-in gyms. Personal TVs on each piece of cardio equipment wire members into their favorite shows as they slay calories, saving them from the standard gym entertainment of harmonized grunting. Group exercise classes challenge members to burn calories in tandem, as they engage in the intense routines of Lance Armstrong Livestrong group cycling, Zumba, or yoga. Massage therapists help melt away the tension of a hard workout, plying their trade in quiet massage rooms isolated from the rest of the gym's hubbub. A two-story mini gym keeps tykes active in the Kids Club, where they shoot down slides, clamber up and down climbing equipment, and give kisses to punching bags.
Sol Day Spa puts a premium on hassle-free relaxation, allowing clients to book appointments online for massage, waxing, aromatherapy, and a whole host of facial services. In private treatment rooms, the spa’s aestheticians can take the time to analyze skin and perform meticulous skincare services to address problems including acne, fine lines, and sensitivity. Deep cleansing with extractions purifies the skin, and add-ons can address clients’ skincare issues. The vitamin C serum heals sensitive or sun-damaged skin, and a lightening treatment fades hyperpigmentation and scars from old blemishes or freckle duels.
Specialty massage types relax bodies with hot stones, deep pressure, or gentle kneading designed to relieve the pain and discomfort of expectant mothers.
Boot Camp Challenge Denver Metro helps trainees to realize their fitness goals with motivating instructors and encouragement from peers. Classes meet indoors during the morning and evening hours three days a week for six weeks, with participants burning up to 500 to 800 calories per session. Exercises conform to all fitness levels and abilities, and each program includes personalized nutritional guidance that details how to successfully plan meals and mercilessly harpoon wild heads of lettuce.
The YMCA aims to better Denver-area minds and bodies with fitness classes, sports leagues, and exercise facilities for users of all ages. Membership (an $84 value) grants full access for two adults, their dependent children, and as many imaginary friends they can think up. Members enjoy use of top-notch amenities that vary by location, ranging from free-weight and resistance-machine workout rooms to swimming pools and basketball courts. Outgoing endurance-testers come together during athletic classes to create a calorie-consuming hive mind unattainable to solo toners. New members in need of assistance achieving fitness goals plan out nutritional and exercise routines in their two wellness sessions (a $100 value). Personal-wellness coaches develop a distinct program for each client to help prospective workout warriors evaluate their overall health, identify specific places to improve, and build muscles regardless of superfluous zoning restrictions.
Tiffany Coolidge, the head of Blunt Force, was recently named the city's top personal trainer by 5280 Magazine. Once a campaign manager, she quit politics and took up fitness as a career and hobby. As the head of the gym, she draws on her past experience as a boxer, which started with a fight she won by TKO, and culminated in the gym's corner boxing ring. At Blunt Force, Tiffany and her staff of trainers work together to provide a modern approach to traditional workout regimens.
The 9,000-square-foot space hosts far more than boxing instruction, however. Tiffany's team also runs a variety of fitness classes, such as bootcamp workouts that blend kickboxing and yoga as well as functional strength training sessions that incorporate cardio work and core exercises. Their ski and snowboarding conditioning, meanwhile, prepares clients to hit the slopes without having to roll down them. Although the instructors cap class attendance at 12 students—allowing them to provide more personalized guidance—they also offer personal training sessions, which combine one-on-one attention with exercises tailored to the client's fitness goals.
Navy Special Operators are recognized as some of the world's most feared warriors. Run using the same aquatic training program that tests the mettle of real-life divers and explosives techs, Hellbender's Amphibious Bootcamp sends exercisers plunging in and out of the water as they blast through a blend of calisthenics and aquatic exercises. A diverse collection of former sailors, soldiers, and firefighters lead the classes, shouting encouragement as as students switch from pushups and pull-ups to freestyle, breaststroke, and sprint swims. Movable obstacles including sandbags, weights, and decommissioned bathyspheres also wait beneath the depths, challenging endurance as they bulk up screaming muscles. Classes welcome all fitness levels, but exercisers should be able to tread water, swim at least 25 yards without stopping, and arrive with their own goggles and swimsuit.