James Hiromasa is an authority on krav maga, the self-defense technique that's used by the Israeli Defense Forces. He's on the krav maga advisory board, he regularly trains krav maga instructors, and he has received two krav maga certifications from the Wingate Institute in Israel. His wife, Shannon Lukeman-Hiromasa, also punched her way to two krav maga certifications from Wingate, and earned a CrossFit certification to boot. Together, they've pooled their krav maga, martial arts, and fitness expertise to not only open Colorado Krav Maga, but expand it to four locations. For an idea of the size of the operation, the duo and their staff's krav maga, CrossFit, and martial arts programs collectively combine for more than 55 classes each week, or one for every member in an orchestra.
Members at Curves, a fitness center designed exclusively for women, rotate around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines designed to work with female bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help to manage participants’ machine maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use participants' own body weight, fitness level, and aerodynamic water bottles to create resistance that matches abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can. Between each weight station lies a recovery board where ladies cool down while walking, jogging, or running in place to keep up momentum. With each workout warrior at a different station, the only competition that exists is with one's own burgeoning muscles.
Impact Sports Performance is the go-to destination for athletes looking to sharpen their skills and hone their physiques. The massive facility houses a turf field, basketball court, weight room, and batting cages, providing athletes of all stripes with the exact conditions required to perfect their game. Both teams and individuals can also schedule private training sessions or attend camps and clinics to work on their form and technique. However, the gym also welcomes guests who don't play a sport or are simply allergic to baseball bats, featuring a full schedule of adult fitness classes designed to burn calories and increase strength and endurance. But Impact's impact doesn't stop there; its multitalented staff also helps alleviate pain and defend against sports-related injuries with massage and physical therapies.
Orangetheory Fitness Group Personal Trainers combine their muscle and anatomy expertise with the technology of heart-rate-monitoring devices to produce results for clients. They guide studio-goers through 60-minute workouts that rotate between treadmills, rowing machines, suspension body-weight training bands, and free weights. They use the heart-rate monitors to ensure that clients stay in the ideal calorie-burning zone as they engage larger muscles through weightlifting, encouraging the body to consume as much energy as possible.
Gym-goers at Off the Wall Fitness may also be off the floor, as they swing on the adult-size monkey bars nicknamed the Green Goliath. The Green Goliath's 16 rungs are suspended from the ceiling by rope, forcing those who take it on to compensate for it shifting, building muscle and stamina as they swing. Group fitness classes and one-on-one personal-training sessions are also elevated beyond the typical workout through exercises based on last night's football game and the month-long Shred-a-Palooza challenge.
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.