While teaching jazz dance in the 1960s, Judi Sheppard Missett decided to step away from tradition by offering an experimental class that allowed her students to simply dance without the judgment of mirrors or the constraints of rigid technique. In these sessions, she began infusing popular dance moves with specific fitness workouts to forge a distinctive blend of cardio exercise, strength training, and dance instruction. Little did she know that this “just for fun” class was the prototype for what would become the national fitness sensation known as Jazzercise.
Today, Jazzercise takes its aerobic techniques from a variety of sources that include jazz dance, hip-hop, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, and kickboxing. The class formats, which vary according to different toning goals, are just as diverse as the program's move set. Two-time Dancing with the Stars champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of the improvisational routines, although her advanced skills aren't needed to get the most out of classes. Instructors cultivate a noncompetitive atmosphere where all exercisers—with the exception of those marked as cursed by jazz-hand palm readers—are welcome regardless of age, build, or fitness background.
A high-intensity fitness center that shirks the crowded mechanical mishmash of big gyms for open spaces and innovative workouts, CrossFit South Aurora empowers its members with constantly varied exercises and tightly knit group classes. In addition to three months of unlimited gym time ($125/month), members will enjoy benefits including a diet plan, a personal food shopper, a Sunday fundamentals class to build up their initial skill set, and a complimentary tattoo of a kettlebell. Freshly inked athletes are then encouraged to check out CrossFit's schedule and sign up for a small-group class taught by a professional trainer with personalized guidance in form and technique. With motivational workouts scaled to each group member’s ability, classes can quickly lead to a more defined physique and measurably higher odds of surviving back-alley attacks and Matthew McConaughey look-alike contests.
Your Groupon includes two weeks of high-intensity boot-camp classes. With a circuit-training approach that incorporates cardio, resistance, and core workouts, each 30-minute session is accompanied by pulsating music and calorie abandonment. The small class sizes mean more attention to your fitness needs, and Danielle will motivate your workout routine to new levels. To help chart your progress, Danielle will help develop a customized fitness assessment. On non-boot-camp days, an online training program is available so your workout doesn’t skip a heartbeat. You are also invited to attend a "Healthy Meals" preparation party where a group of likeminded fitness buffs gathers to learn about nutrition values. This fitness program is open to women and men of all skill levels.
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.
Intensity and accessibility form the cornerstones of the CrossFit philosophy. Unlike traditional fitness classes, each workout is unique, incorporating a wide range of functional movements into sweat-inducing sequences intended to bolster strength, stamina, flexibility, coordination, and more. The workouts are intended to be taxing; however, students have the ability control the load and intensity of each exercise and safely challenge themselves at their own pace. As a result, students of virtually any age and fitness level can attend provided that they are prepared to pursue a demanding workout regimen.
Self-motivation is vital, but Lowry CrossFit's instructors are also on hand to provide support, guidance, and encouragement. Safety is of paramount importance, so the instructors ensure that every student knows how to use the Rogue Fitness and Rage Fitness equipment scattered across the 3,000 square foot facility. The building also features a separate area for Olympic lifting as well as an outdoor section with a 15-foot-tall structure that students can climb using a rope.
At Melonlight Dance, students make art on the dance floor, painting the dark-stained hardwood with their graceful movements and flourishes of fancy footwork. DVIDA-certified instructors Emily and Ray lead these lessons, teaching students to waltz, strut, and scamper in private and group settings. Students train for upcoming competitions or even a flash mob in a warm studio lit from above by twinkling Christmas lights and the traveling essence of Giorgio Moroder. In addition to its artful dance sessions, the studio also plays host to soothing, restorative yoga classes as well as personal training and fitness sessions.