Josh Stanton's passion for sharing fitness with others has led him to a variety of careers—he has worked as manager and lead personal trainer of a fitness studio, as a YMCA program director, and as a crisis-intervention counselor who helped at-risk teens via fitness. Today, he channels that passion into Generation Fitness, his own total-body training program that has earned a feature on the NBC 9 news and local accolades. He brings his tough, no-frills approach to exercise to Castle Rock and Parker, helming fun boot camps for students of all fitness levels looking to bolster their weight loss, strength, agility, and overall attractiveness in a muscle shirt. He blasts energetic music as he leads campers through boxing drills, weight exercises, and varied routines that he changes each session to keep things exciting and prevent muscle boredom.
Dancer, teacher, lawyer, salesperson. These were the titles held by Functional Strength Pilates’s staff before they ditched their day jobs to pursue their passion for the more-than-80-year-old practice. Out of two Denver–area locations they teach traditional Pilates, which shows students how to breathe mindfully while aligning their spines to strengthen their cores. Continued practice can help students to decompress their joints so they can move more fluidly than the Vitruvian man doing the backstroke. The exercise also integrates well with rehabilitation regimens, which explains why the staff works closely with area physical therapists, orthopedic doctors, and chiropractors and their patients. Each of the two studios bolsters the Pilates curriculum with different supplemental practices—personal training at the Lone Tree location and yoga classes in Castle Rock.
The instructors at Hot Fitness lead fit-seekers through time-saving 35- to 45-minute group workouts performed in a heat- and humidity-controlled studio. Hot Fitness changes up its schedule each day, allowing students the option to arrive at the same time throughout the week and perform a different workout, ensuring a varied exercise program without the need to change up personal schedules or add charleston steps to Zumba routines. By performing a blend of endurance, strength, flexibility, and cardio exercises in a heated environment—though some classes are offered at room temperature as well—clients burn calories while shedding water weight and purging toxins from the pores.
The 10,000 square feet of space at Easton Training Center is well outfitted for a variety of classes that balance fitness, self-defense, and respect better than battling off a gang of thieves hungry for your Aretha Franklin albums. The fitness center can host additional exercising after class and a locker room equipped with showers brings workouts to a fresh ending.
To involve more of the community in their center, the staff expanded their class schedule to include intense group fitness classes, such as cardio kickboxing and crossfit.
When it comes to working out, The Gym Fitness Center and CrossFit Castle Rock has it all. Besides an eclectic roster of group classes that span from CrossFit and TRX to yoga and heart-rate monitor fitness courses, the gym also hosts one-on-one personal training sessions on a wide range of high-tech fitness equipment. The welcoming space is even family-friendly: a baby room and separate big kids' lounge keeps tykes 3 months to 8 years occupied as their parents work up a sweat.