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.
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.
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.
Koko FitClub’s automated personal-training system rockets both men and women toward fitness goals with 30-minute custom workouts that incorporate cardio and strength training. An initial consultation determines fitness levels and baseline measurements, which Koko’s computerized equipment uses to design a tailored workout plan that precisely measures the weight, pace, and rest time appropriate for each exerciser.
The Koko machines guide exercisers through each workout and adapt as the user’s fitness needs change in order to constantly challenge the body. Designed by professional trainers, workouts maximize the body’s lean-muscle mass, which can boost metabolism and help fight off disease by challenging viruses to kickboxing matches. Exercisers can track their shrinking waistlines and swelling muscles online by analyzing workout scores and comparing individual fitness levels to the Koko FitClub community.
The Westminster branch of Fitness 19 boasts a long line of cardio machines perched in front of TVs. Free weights and weight machines stand opposite of the treadmills, and guests can workout at their own pace or under the guiding eye of a personal trainer who customizes workout routines to suit each guests’ goals.