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.
David Clair’s number one goal as the director and a trainer at Fitness For Living Boot Camps is to lead his patrons in having fun. He says, “If it is not fun, you won’t do it; you’ll always have an internal struggle staying motivated.” Here, the strong muscles, solid core, and slimmer waistline just happen to be a byproduct of having fun in the outdoors.
The trainers motivate clients to whip into shape with a series of smile-inducing fitness activities that often incorporate teamwork, including obstacle courses, games of soccer or basketball, and relay races. To further hone in on flexibility, strength, and balance training, campers complete a high-intensity regimen of CrossFit, TRX suspension, and Tabata training, interspersed with heaving sand bags and jumping rope. Alternatively, the Powerfit yoga camps take a blend of flowing Vinyasa-style yoga poses and Pilates techniques to the outdoors. The sessions focus on toning core muscles and building strength and flexibility. The trainers also help clients slim down with nutrition tips and meal-plan programs, and send out motivating emails that have nothing to do with money-hungry princes.
Sisters Rachel and Amy Taylor have done a lot of things together. They both fell in love with ballet at a young age and both achieved impressive hallmarks in their careers as dancers—Rachel danced for the David Taylor Dance Theatre and taught at the Alvin Ailey School, and Amy studied at Juilliard and danced for the Garden State Ballet. Eventually, they both wound up studying Pilates at the original Pilates Studio, taught by Joseph Pilates' heir Romana Kryzanowska. Now, they engage on another co-sisterly journey with The Pilates Center, where they impart the exercises they learned to new generations of Pilates practitioners.
Instructors utilize both classic mat work and reformer machines to introduce beginners to the art of Pilates. The studio encourages as many of it students as possible to strive for instructor certification, as that often sets people on a lifelong quest for health and empowers them to speak in a haughty German accent.
Whether she's racing her dogs on one of Boulder's scenic trails or leading boot-camp classes, V3 Outdoor Fitness's founder, Samantha Watts, is always in motion. Though her favorite sport is running, the personal-fitness trainer incorporates a bevy of total-body toning moves into her outdoor boot-camp classes. Push-ups, squats, weight training, stair climbing, and sprints torch calories and tighten abdomens during one-hour sessions held at North Boulder Park. The varying exercises give certain muscle groups a break while working others to more efficiently fill out roomy T-shirt sleeves and render foam muscle suits unnecessary. Sam also offers a trail running program to help fellow rustic hoofers hone their speed and endurance.
Jungle Cat Fitness's trainers help clients to achieve their physical fitness goals with dynamic, 60-minute boot-camp workouts. Through the course of five-week sessions, the enthusiastic trainers lead campers in a variety of exercises including kickboxing, circuit training, and core work to carve lean and toned physiques, leaving previous body doubles unemployed. The ever-rotating exercise lineup staves off boredom and keeps muscles from becoming accustomed to repetition, which can render workouts ineffective. Before launching into a program, participants undergo a health evaluation with a trainer, who then places them into a camp suited to their needs based on their overall fitness level and any current or previous injuries. Those seeking one-on-one sessions can opt for a personal-training package, working toward their fitness goals with fully tailored routines and undivided attention.
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.