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.
On 10 a.m. on the first day of 2013, City Park's Great Lawn will fill with people ready to start the year off not with a resolution, but a commitment—a commitment to a healthy lifestyle. They'll run, walk, or jay-walk through the park and Marconi Drive on the flat, fast course, which it circles back to the Great Lawn where they started. After the race, runners can stick around for a post-race party to celebrate a successful first morning of the New Year.
In more than 30 cities across the nation, other runners will be participating in similar events as part of a movement that aims to stymie the rising rates of obesity and inaction in the United States.
The coaches at 20 Mile CrossFit boast athletic experience you're unlikely to find at a traditional gym. One ran with the bulls in Pamplona. Another plays professional rugby. A third has coached champion high-school gymnasts. With this eclectic expertise, they ready their charges for all manner of physical activity while also instilling them with the skills to avoid injury. They do both via training that uses everyday movements to strengthen all muscle groups and develop agility, flexibility, and the ability to read a kettlebell's mind.
Consultation, muscle confusion, and nutrition. These are the main principles of Kosama Highlands Ranch, and the foundation upon which their guaranteed training programs are based. Certified trainers welcome every new client with a one-on-one consultation, complete with measurements, goal setting, and strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular health assessments. From there, clients embark on a personal training or group-fitness journey. The enthusiastic staff challenge participants’ muscles with high-intensity exercises using tools such as kettlebells, TRX training, and kickboxing moves. Six themed workouts throughout the week change constantly to ensure muscles never adapt and continually progress. An online meal planner complements in-studio training by giving members 24-7 access to weekly menus, recipes, and a list of holidays on which calories do not count.
In 2001, a car accident left Russ Shadron fighting for his life in a Chicago hospital. He had suffered a brain injury and was in a coma, and it was unclear whether he would ever wake up. After a month, he regained consciousness, but his challenges were just beginning, as his entire left side was weakened by the accident and he was confined to a wheelchair, facing many surgeries to repair his injuries. But he was determined to show there was no way this would be how the story ended.
Years of rehab and training later, he worked himself out of the wheelchair and into walking with the aid of canes, to ditching the canes to walk normally, to training for short races, to training for long races, to climbing peaks in the Front Range. And he has become a personal trainer through his own business, Finding Fitness, to help others achieve their own goals. Shadron helps his clients pursue anything from a general improvement in fitness to a personal best in a road race.
Personal trainer Jackie Mitchell started 3D Strong Fitness to help people get and stay in shape. Her fitness classes range from classic workouts such as yoga to modern workouts such as TRX suspension training and BOSU ball training. Nutrition services help exercisers stay healthy outside of class with such options as the Shopping Smart package, where a consultant accompanies the client to the grocery store, and the Pantry Raid package, where a consultant removes unhealthy food stored in kitchen cabinets and fridges or stashed out of sight in the VCR.
Trainers Daniel Torres and Heidi White help clients lose fat, gain muscle, and look their best in highly customized personal-training sessions. The trainers use a fitness assessment to determine which muscles are underactive or overactive, then design workouts that will correct existing imbalances. Sessions take place in both indoor and outdoor facilities.