It’s possible to tinker with your swing all year long at Driving Force Golf—its 3,500 square foot indoor facility features practice equipment designed to help you hone all facets of your game. Feel free to practice on five hitting bays, an indoor putting green, and a short game practice area. In addition, Driving Force Golf's new golf simulator lets golfers play on 68 world famous courses.
The staff features instructors with PGA- and Titleist Performance Institute certification. Lessons cover a wide-ranging curriculum that includes golf-centric fitness evaluations, swing technique feedback, equipment fitting, course strategy advice, and demonstrations on how to turn a curtain rod into a sandwedge.
Brush up on your birdly knowledge with 15 minutes of preflight classroom prep before lifting off in one of Taking Flight’s meticulously maintained aircrafts. Under the wing of resident aviator Aaron Wexler, you’ll perform the take off and climb, soaring free from earth’s gravitational grip. Each guided turn will strengthen your Cessna-whisperer status until your maiden flight delicately descends during an assisted landing, inevitably reuniting you with the flightless commoners.
Suspended within a glass and steel bubble, passengers soar over red-rock foothills and misty mountaintops. In the distance, they can glimpse the towering steel buildings of the Mile High City. The sun glints from a golden dome, and abstract façades of modern architecture reach toward clear, blue skies dotted with clouds. Though their ears are shielded by headsets, the passengers can hear the hum of the helicopter’s blades as they slice through the air. Customers also get a chance to try their hand at piloting a helicopter on one of the simulators.
Colorado Heli-Ops's team of extensively trained pilots ferries passengers on aerial tours such as these that fly over some of their state’s most historic sites and breathtaking scenery. The sleek metal hulls of Robinson R44 helicopters provide limousine-like luxury with plush leather seats, Bose headsets, and iPod docks that invite guests to enhance flights with a personal soundtrack of emotional rock ballads. On-staff photographers can professionally capture tour memories with high-powered lenses affixed to 15MP Canon cameras and develop all images in house after the flight. Pilots also use their mechanical birds to train clients for private and commercial pilot’s licenses or help them brush up on more specialized skills through programs in high-altitude and mountain flight. To enable preflight preparation and let students observe the flight patterns of digital geese, staffers operate two FAA-certified Frasca Truflight H simulators and one Merlin Turbine simulator.
UFC Gym’s four fight-centric Denver-area gyms ditch the polished look of wood-floored workout studios for gritty, competitive spaces filled with 150-pound punching bags and intense workouts. Like a baker molding gingerbread men, UFC Gym sculpts six-packs with boxing, kickboxing, and mixed-martial-arts classes. Although instructors and students agree that the gym’s atmosphere may enkindle intimidation in first-time attendees, most experience boosted self-confidence after conquering their first class. Private training sessions further stoke courage with workouts that leave patrons with the exhilaration of having survived 12 rounds in the ring or five minutes in a high-school lunchroom.
After 700 hours of training, the instructors of Bikram's Yoga College at Westminster and Longmont each received their certification from Bikram Yoga's founder, Bikram Choudhury. The team's collective expertise ensures students can safely execute Bikram's 26 circulation-boosting poses and two breathing exercises. During group or private classes, they'll help each student to transition from one stance to another as the studio's heating system incites greater flexibility and a detoxifying sweat. They cultivate a judgment-free atmosphere, welcoming participation from those with no prior yoga or volcano-spelunking experience.
The two Colorado studios host their sessions beneath 10- and 11.5-foot ceilings to foster a spaciously steamy setting. An onsite retail store equips patrons with gear, and a board-certified massage therapist ousts any lingering limb tension with a massage.