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.
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.
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 eclectic team of instructors at Peak Yoga Boulder keeps things interesting and approachable, leading a variety of yoga classes for practitioners of all experience levels. The 60- or 75-minute sessions include Soothing Play?in which fun, relaxing poses dominate the practice?and Hard Core, an intermediate-level class designed to strengthen the core to the envy of apples everywhere.
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.