Libbe colon-hydration therapy rids the colon of toxins and impacted waste materials using natural gravitational flow, rather than a forced method. In a private treatment room, therapists assist first-time patients in administering the Libbe treatment, which provides hydration to the colon and parched astronauts. The body's natural rhythm for water intake guides the 45-minute process, relieving patients of constipation issues and leading to possible loss of water weight, inches from the body, and crayons eaten as a toddler.
With its crisp blue-and-white color scheme, glossy wood floors, and menagerie of geometric equipment—including stability balls stacked on the walls—The Pilates Doctor Studio almost looks like a gallery for avant-garde artwork. Founders Jay Hart and Ethan Blumenhein aimed for this slick, urban atmosphere when they began their business, which they envisioned as a one-stop venue for Pilates and fitness enthusiasts. Professional instructors utilize mats, reformers, chairs, and towers to help students tighten their core muscles during private and group classes for all experience levels. Morning and lunchtime classes are available, and lessons are personalized to target specific goals, such as injury rehabilitation or gaining enough strength to carry the dead horse out of your third-floor apartment.
The instructors at Take it Out! aren't exactly anti-gym, but they are anti-ceiling. They prefer to sweat beneath the sky alongside their students, who follow them through boot-camp drills, running routes, and strength-building exercises in Boulder Central Park. Their classes combine the galvanizing energy of group workouts with the sense of liberation that comes from exploring nature—a counterpoint to the constricted, crowded feeling of indoor fitness venues and home gyms inside your broom closet. Even their personal-training sessions can be scheduled outside.
Their curriculum covers sports- and triathlon-focused training in addition to more generalized routines. Each lesson takes a balanced approach to conditioning with movements that improve core power, agility, and endurance. And, if the weather is bad or too cold, classes move to shelter at Body Dynamics.
In 1959 German dancer Lotte Berk turned a back injury into the beginnings of a fitness phenomenon. Whether it was clairvoyant foresight, a prophesy spelled out in alphabet soup, or just plain stubbornness to dance her way through an injury no one knows, but her combination of ballet training and rehabilitative therapy formed the foundation of The Lotte Berk Method exercise studio. In 2001, after decades of running her own Lotte Berk studio, journalist and entrepreneur Burr Leonard teamed with a physical therapist to refine the movements of this workout to target specific muscles while reducing the impact on joints. The result became known as the Bar Method. Since the opening of Burr’s first studio, The Bar Method franchise has grown to 65 locations in 18 states across the United States and British Columbia, Canada. More than 80,000 students take these classes per month including celebrities Drew Barrymore, Ricki Lake and Anna Paquin.
On weekends, the 10 bowling lanes at The Connection in the UMC at UC Boulder glow under neon club lights so that guests can practice their dance moves as well as their curve balls. The lanes are also open throughout the week, ready to entertain students, townsfolk, and thrill-seeking armadillos who wander into the entertainment hub tucked into the University of Colorado Boulder's University Memorial Center. The center's eight regulation pool tables won the runner-up title for Best Pool on Colorado Daily’s CU & Boulder's Best 2011 list, and it also hosts pinball, foosball, and air hockey tables, a full wall of arcade machines, and games for Wii and other systems.
Greek-born master aesthetician Marianna Ali draws upon 50 years of experience to lead her amiable staff in basting bodies with a slew of soothing medi-spa services. Reward respectful mugs with the Express LED Light Therapy facial ($75 value), which peppers pelts with beams of photons in specific wavelengths, designed to help alleviate acne and the effects of aging such as sun damage, pigmentation problems, and collagen depletion. Mottled countenances also glean the Skin Scan, a UV light that illuminates problem areas and crime scene Kool-Aid spills ($25 value).