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.
When Royce Gracie defeated his opponents at three UFC matches, spectators took notice. That’s because they each had at least 50 pounds on the relatively compact competitor. But that was of little consequence since Royce was well versed in the family technique, known as Gracie Jiu Jitsu. This form of martial art emphasizes leverage over brute strength, and it’s the method taught to teens, women, and men at Low Summit Jiu Jitsu. Instructors cultivate sharp instinct in their students, so they can react to danger in an instant. In addition to Gracie Jiu Jitsu, the roster of fitness classes also includes boxing and women’s self-defense.
Getting punched and kicked for hours every day sounds like a terrible fate, but it’s what Title Boxing Club’s heavy bags were designed for. Students pummel them with jabs, crosses, hooks, and disapproving glances during boxing sessions and mix in roundhouse kicks and back kicks during kickboxing classes. The training not only builds strength and conditioning but also helps participants release aggression without having to throw tomatoes at passing highway traffic. Owned by retired professional boxer Danny Campbell, the sleek red- and black-colored boxing gyms pepper the country, offering independent workouts and personal-training opportunities to complement their classes.
Fitness expert Christina Lucy founded Code Pink Boot Camp and has since expanded her fitness program into numerous locations throughout the western United States. Each of the trainers working for Code Pink claims extensive training and accredited certifications in the industry, and must undergo a strict audition to demonstrate their fitness prowess and knowledge of how many annual budgets each U.S. president could bench-press. With a schedule that includes several sessions throughout the weekday, the classes accommodate clients with varying schedules. During each session, instructors guide participants through high-intensity exercises that aim to incinerate fat, tone torsos, and improve overall well-being. The program caters to women of all ages and fitness levels and stresses safety, fun, and perseverance.
With a staff of trainers handpicked by owner Trevor Wittman, Grudge Training Center spurs all sorts of exercisers to get in shape through boxing, kickboxing, wrestling, and mixed martial arts. The center's family-friendly 6,000-square-foot training area features several modern amenities and regulation facilities.
In July 2013, Scott and Heidi Moore achieved the title of godan, or fifth-degree black belt. Since they have over 50 years of experience combined and have acted as coaches and participants in countless competitions (including the Olympic trials and Paralympics), the belts were well-earned. At Denver Judo, they and a team of first-, second-, and third-degree black belts teach the art of judo to practitioners of all ages and abilities, including those who are blind or otherwise visually impaired. The martial art focuses on throws and grappling as opposed to punches and kicks.