The Westminster branch of Fitness 19 boasts a long line of cardio machines perched in front of TVs. Free weights and weight machines stand opposite of the treadmills, and guests can workout at their own pace or under the guiding eye of a personal trainer who customizes workout routines to suit each guests’ goals.
Although Prestige Fitness' new facilities sparkle with brand-new cardio and strength-training machines and freshly painted walls, they still possess an air of intensity found in most worn-in gyms. Personal TVs on each piece of cardio equipment wire members into their favorite shows as they slay calories, saving them from the standard gym entertainment of harmonized grunting. Group exercise classes challenge members to burn calories in tandem, as they engage in the intense routines of Lance Armstrong Livestrong group cycling, Zumba, or yoga. Massage therapists help melt away the tension of a hard workout, plying their trade in quiet massage rooms isolated from the rest of the gym's hubbub. A two-story mini gym keeps tykes active in the Kids Club, where they shoot down slides, clamber up and down climbing equipment, and give kisses to punching bags.
Too many 60-hour workweeks is what prompted Robyn Morrisette to ditch the corporate world for the fitness world. After becoming an ISSA-certified personal trainer, a CrossFit Level 1 coach, and a certified Adventure Boot Camp coach, she ultimately started Front Range Boot Camp, "a women’s boot camp with heart." There, while being spurred on by Morrisette and the other exercisers, women can push, pull, run, climb, and jump their way to health and physical fitness, tracking their progress and becoming part of a fun community along the way.
The exercise program changes daily but always starts with a warm-up and ends with yoga. And it's not just about the exercise—participants can also expect nutritional guidance, fitness evaluations, body challenges, personal coaching, and free events intended to inspire a totally transformed lifestyle.
Students should bring: Yoga mat, water bottle, and towel
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 11?25 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Arrive early to fill out a new-student waiver and get a spot.
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
We make this experience about more than just fitness. This is a lifestyle change and a way to grow as a person. We offer many different styles of yoga, and our instructors are here to challenge you in a safe manner.
What is the biggest mistake you see people make when trying to get fit on their own?
They lose momentum and they end up with injuries due to poor alignment.
What is a typical session of your program or class like for a student?
Our 60?75 minute classes feature different styles of yoga, such as vinyasa, ashtanga, restorative, kundalini, and Forrest.
Inside Black Line Athletic Club's main training room, CrossFitters utilize the minimalist space by dragging sleds or sprinting across AstroTurf along personal training clients lifting HammerStrength weights. The facility hosts classes such as Blac Core, an intense conditioning class, and Performance, a dynamic-resistance-cord class used nationwide by professional athletes and champion chess players who need to be in peak physical shape. The training center also has facilities designed for a variety of workouts, including calorie-torching spin classes, muscle-sculpting ballet barre classes, flexibility-boosting yoga classes, and heart-pumping cardio dance classes.
After completing years of training, earning their certifications, and memorizing more than 500 Pilates movements, aspiring instructors still aren't ready for recruitment at Vita Movement. Owner Patricia A. Robinson looks for one other crucial quality on potential résumés: adaptability. She and her highly trained staff members distinguish their teaching from rote instruction by making personal adjustments for each client. These modifications can be minute or broad, and cater to different fitness levels as well as conditions such as injury or pregnancy. In fact, Patricia specializes in pre- and postnatal workouts, regimens that have been featured on 9 News for their ability to reduce the physical stresses of motherhood. No matter the course, instructors keep a careful eye on their pupils' progress, displaying the keen attention to anatomical detail that helped them win the award for Best Pilates Studio on the 2011 Denver A-List.
The studio keeps its sessions intimate to better tailor its lessons. Reformers by Balanced Body line the brightly lit space, vying for attention with Wunda Chairs and other equipment in addition to a supply of mats, bands, and rollers. The machinery helps tone and strengthen bodies’ "powerhouse," or core, relying on springs for resistance as students stretch into adapted Pilates motions. In addition to Pilates courses, such as jump-board and Reformer classes, students can partake in TRX suspension training and indoor cycling. Pilates Vita also acts as a boutique gym, granting members full access to the all equipment as well as three genie wishes that don’t involve flying or the ability to eat 12 wedding cakes without getting sick.