Inside Black Line Athletic Club's main training room, CrossFitters utilize the minimalist space by dragging sleds or sprinting across AstroTurf along personal training clients lifting HammerStrength weights. The facility hosts classes such as Blac Core, an intense conditioning class, and Performance, a dynamic-resistance-cord class used nationwide by professional athletes and champion chess players who need to be in peak physical shape. The training center also has facilities designed for a variety of workouts, including calorie-torching spin classes, muscle-sculpting ballet barre classes, flexibility-boosting yoga classes, and heart-pumping cardio dance classes.
When Training Zone opens each day, the gym is ready to provide members with everything they need for functional, total-body workouts. That starts with top-of-the-line equipment, which ranges from Hammer Strength and Life Fitness cardio machines to swaths of astroturf dotted with morning dew. The gym offers more than high-quality gear, including a team of dedicated coaches on staff. In addition to leading personal-training sessions, the team instructs group classes that utilize everything from yoga and barre techniques to tethered, agility-bolstering dynamic resistance cords and TRX suspension systems.
The trainers at Streets Fitness believe that to progress physically, fitness relies on variation. To that end, they encourage clients to explore the gym’s full stock of weight-training and cardio equipment, as well as its 40 weekly classes. The class selection includes self-defense training such as boxing and kickboxing, in which guests burn calories as they perfect their martial techniques and figure out their entrance theme songs. And circuit training and core-conditioning sessions are also available, including The Grid, a full-body cross-training workout that was voted one of the area's best workouts by the Daily Camera. Streets also offers one-on-one personal-training sessions, in which coaches fine-tune workouts depending on patrons' goals and the severity of their heavy-bag phobias.
CrossFit at its core is all about getting bodies in peak physical shape, but because the famed workouts can be intense, folks need someone to help them get to that goal safely. At CrossFit Cielo, the staff aims to do just that. Working closely with clients to make sure they push their bodies in a safe and effective way, workouts change daily to challenge different parts of the body and help build muscle while toning and slimming the physique.
CrossFit Julia’s husband-and-wife team takes a personal approach to fitness. Rather than set their clients loose in a jungle of workout machinery, they structure their daily CrossFit workouts around functional strength and cardio exercises in a supportive group setting. The classes themselves constantly vary; one day’s deadlifts and pushups are another day’s sprints and burpees. Success is determined not by any uniform standard, but by each student’s ability to meet or exceed his or her own fitness expectations. Just as CrossFit differs from normal workouts, CrossFit Julia’s facility differs from a normal gym. Ropes hang from the ceiling, and the rows of cardio machines found in typical gyms have been replaced with heavy tires lifted from cars illegally parked outside.
No one walks through the doors of CrossFit Longmont and begins a solo workout on a treadmill or elliptical machine. Instead, coaches lead small-group workouts that incorporate Olympic weightlifting equipment, wooden plyometric boxes, and rows of kettlebells. The coaches guide classes through each CrossFit exercise designed to mimic functional movements in daily life, from lifting heavy objects to jumping onto the kitchen table to eat meals. Workouts can be tailored to ensure participants of all abilities are challenged during adult- and kid-focused CrossFit classes. And during warmer months, classes spill outside and members flip oversized tires and run laps.