In 2001, with a puff of smoke and a trumpet fanfare, Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics was born. In the years since, the kid-focused gym has amassed a team of more than 60 coaches and administrative staff, all of whom spend their days nurturing children's fitness as well as their imaginations. This care stretches across two fitness centers, where it takes the form of recreational gymnastics programs, day camps, and drop-in playtime sessions for infants through adolescents.
The 19,000 square-foot Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics challenges kids to shoot for the ceiling with amenities such as a full-size high school cheer floor, eight beams, bounce castles, a 40-foot tumble track, and an in-ground foam training pit. The 9,500 square-foot recently-updated Flatirons Gymnastics facility, boasts many of the same amenities, including a new foam pit, as well as uneven bars, five spring floor tumbling strips, and rope swings. In addition, both gyms contain viewing areas for parents, and sound systems that play upbeat music and keep nostalgic storks from nesting in the rafters.
It's an old maxim that the best way to become a good skier or snowboarder is to start early in life, and go often. Shredder Ski & Snowboard Gym takes it one step further: practice even when there isn't snow on the ground. The gym's ski instructors invite youngsters to strap on their ski or snowboard boots and plow down the carpeted indoor slope, available even when the resorts are closed or snowy roofs are still littered with Christmas decorations. As kids learn fundamentals and conquer the oft-frustrating early learning curve, the budding denizens of the black diamond build healthy traits such as endurance, balance, and strength. Kids up to 12 years old participate in a variety of programs from private lessons to summer camps, while parents can join in the action at Yeti School, structured for kids age 10 months to 3 years.
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.
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.
Beth and Jim Trammell started 5280 Gymnastics to share their love of gymnastics with students young and old, novice and expert, casual and competitive. They assembled an elite team of coaches that trained Olympic gymnast Sasha Artemev and placed graduates on the gymnastics teams at Stanford University, into officer's education at West Point, and onto the diving team at Northwestern University. Under this refined tutelage, the two USA Gymnastics teams that regularly train within 5280's confines took home awards at regional, state, and national levels of competition.
The owners and coaches recognize that not everyone desires to train for peak levels of gymnastics competition, and so the range of classes encompasses plenty of other options, including casual, confidence-inspiring play for tots and free running and parkour classes for older students. During the summer, daily camps keep kids busy during sunny hours with athletic games and arts-and-crafts projects such as building a balance beam out of popsicle sticks.
The coaches at Pinnacle Gymnastics don't only train competitive teams—they also train tumblebunnies, wiggleworms, flippers, and twisters. These are the nicknames given to preschool students, who learn basic gymnastic movements and hone their motor skills during classes engineered for toddlers. Older gymnasts can take recreational courses as well, which are divided by gender and level (beginner, intermediate, and advanced). These cover gymnastics fundamentals and how to build routines, with separate sessions for tumbling and cheer. Meanwhile, students who do hope to compete can aim for a spot on Pinnacle's gymnastics or cheerleading team.