After 700 hours of training, the instructors of Bikram's Yoga College at Westminster and Longmont each received their certification from Bikram Yoga's founder, Bikram Choudhury. The team's collective expertise ensures students can safely execute Bikram's 26 circulation-boosting poses and two breathing exercises. During group or private classes, they'll help each student to transition from one stance to another as the studio's heating system incites greater flexibility and a detoxifying sweat. They cultivate a judgment-free atmosphere, welcoming participation from those with no prior yoga or volcano-spelunking experience.
The two Colorado studios host their sessions beneath 10- and 11.5-foot ceilings to foster a spaciously steamy setting. An onsite retail store equips patrons with gear, and a board-certified massage therapist ousts any lingering limb tension with a massage.
Javier Lozano Jr.'s passion for physical fitness began during his martial-arts training. Since then, he's become a personal trainer certified by the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America and the International Sports Science Association. He's also a black belt in Wado Kai, and a Colorado-state karate champion. Along with his wife Susan, who is a certified boot-camp coach, he shares this passion for fitness with others during intensive indoor and outdoor boot-camp classes. During the always-changing sessions, the Lozanos help clients of all fitness levels sculpt fitter frames using functional movements augmented by kettlebells, resistance bands, and plump sandbags. They aim to further the effects of these workouts with their complimentary nutrition program, which overhauls unhealthy lifestyle choices with practical plans for swapping out bad diets with proteins, whole grains, and nonwax fruits.
UFC Gym?s four fight-centric Denver-area gyms ditch the polished look of wood-floored workout studios for gritty, competitive spaces filled with 150-pound punching bags and intense workouts. Like a baker molding gingerbread men, UFC Gym sculpts six-packs with boxing, kickboxing, and mixed-martial-arts classes. Although instructors and students agree that the gym?s atmosphere may enkindle intimidation in first-time attendees, most experience boosted self-confidence after conquering their first class. Private training sessions further stoke courage with workouts that leave patrons with the exhilaration of having survived 12 rounds in the ring or five minutes in a high-school lunchroom.
Spavia Day Spa's staff pampers its guests by doling out muscle-melting massages and rejuvenating treatments using natural products. Guests receive a bathrobe and sandals before each treatment as they wait in the spa's retreat room. Because "relaxation" can mean different things to different people, Spavia specially customizes their treatments for each guest, from focusing massages on problem areas to avoiding the glowing whisker during exfoliating facials. Spavia also offers membership packages that allow for affordable treatments, and provides a free signature treatment for a nominated local hero or community member in need through their Spavia Cares program.
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.
B Fitness's owner Mike Byrne writes that he created B Fitness to be a community within a community—a claim that is backed by a wealth of evidence. He and wife Sandy, a local teacher, have been involved in the surrounding community for more than three decades through activities such as the Chamber of Commerce and the YMCA. B Fitness has also hosted a fitness challenge for Westminster's police and fire departments.
The gym itself, which is stacked with strength-training and cardio equipment as well as group fitness, cycling, and CrossFit classes, provides a home away from home for exercisers. A café quenches thirst with nutritious smoothies and refuels hungry patrons with healthy snacks. The child-care center offers video monitoring for parents on their treadmill's personal TV while a Wii, puppet theater, and bounce house entertain children. Kids can expend extra energy during fitness classes such as rock climbing, yoga, and dodgeball.