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.
Ricky Montanari keeps his workout goals posted on his website, a reminder to his clients that a teacher should also strive for improvement. Among other personal missions, he hopes to back-squat more than 505 pounds, dunk a basketball, and read 40 books. Obviously, his students' goals might be different—maybe they want to lose weight, or simply learn how to properly deadlift a barbell. Regardless, Ricky eagerly adjusts the intensity of his program to suit their needs. As a certified personal trainer and CrossFit coach, he utilizes weightlifting, interval training, and gymnastics techniques during his classes. Guests can expect to heft kettlebells and perform bodyweight exercises as they sweat through his routines, which are meant to safely challenge and reset their individual limits.
Far more than just a workout, kundalini yoga's many elements are designed to awaken, transform, and ultimately enlighten those who practice it. Combining breathing exercises, asanas, meditation, and mantras, the classes at The Adi Shakti Kundalini Yoga Center of Boulder go beyond simply stretching and limbering up the body. Rooted in the importance of staying in the moment, sessions often hone in on a more focused practice, exploring concepts of feminine meditations, the self, and balancing the five elements: earth, water, fire, air, and space. The studio often plays host to visiting yogis, who offer workshops, retreats, and talks on deepening one's practice.
Complete Physique caters to its clients' fitness needs with a diverse array of training options. Within the facility, expert instructors lead guests through muscle-building personal-training sessions or group classes, such as boot camp and power yoga. Complete Physique also offers a twist on classic fitness—Woman Warrior Camp offers a supportive all-female environment, whereas Couples Yoga gives duos the chance to reconnect and bond while twisting into the likeness of a heart-shaped pretzel.
After being diagnosed with a serious spinal disease as a teen, David Coon embraced the healing notions of Oriental energy medicine and was able to find complete relief from his ailments. Today, he shares what he learned over decades of study at the knees of master teachers, offering group and private qi-gong classes, bodywork sessions, and counseling. Classes in qi gong, a form of gentle, mindful exercise, help students tackle issues such as stress, back pain, and psychosomatic illness.
The owner and senior instructor of Boulder Spirals, Sasha Viers earned a BFA in drama at New York University under the tutelage of Stella Adler. After graduating, she focused her love of movement into dance and mastered modern dance, barre technique, and lyrical jazz, among other techniques and styles. The physically demanding disciplines left her with persistent injuries that forced her to acknowledge that the pursuit of a career as a professional dancer would be too challenging. In the wake of this realization, she explored yoga and Pilates, but it was at her husband's urging that she tried pole dancing. Sasha fell in love with the blend of sensuality and strength that the art required, and she pursued that passion relentlessly, resulting in the inception of Boulder Spirals.
At her studio, she has assembled a team of talented dancers and instructors who have mastered their respective modality, be it burlesque, hip-hop, or belly dancing. The troupe has designed their courses to foster self-confidence in women of all skill and fitness levels. Their class list boasts dance-fitness classes varied enough to help students achieve almost any physical desire short of actually becoming a pole.