As a wife and mom, certified trainer Victoria McCullough helps women of all fitness levels kick-start sputtering metabolisms through 30- and 45-minute workouts. In spite of her military background, she motivates her students with encouragement rather than intimidation. Victoria augments the fat-burning effects of boot camps with nutritional advice and by teaching workout-at-home routines.
Mark and Dorie Wexler—along with a staff of instructors that hail from Panama, Brazil, and Peru—enthusiastically spread the irresistible rhythm of Latin beats through their signature Zumba and salsa classes, earning their Colorado Avenue location the title of Best Dance Studio from Colorado Springs Independent in 2011 as well as Best Adult Dance Studio from the Gazette in 2010. The Wexlers view dance as a form of fitness rather than one of competition, allowing students to enjoy themselves and experiment without the fear of being rated or punched in the knees by ornery judges.
Matt and Hannah, the owners of CrossFit Pick It Up, are passionate about helping their clients get into shape. At this no-nonsense gym, personal-training sessions and customized small group classes are offered, allowing each participant to build lean muscle and shed fat in a supportive and motivational environment. Each class led by a certified trainer is a mixture of cardio and resistance training, and everyone trains according to their personal, specifically designed fitness program.
The Fitness Factory of Colorado Springs bases its workouts on the simple idea that people can have fun and get a rigorous cardio workout at the same time. Bumping Latin and international tunes set a dance-party rhythm in the studio’s Zumba classes that blend cha-cha, salsa, reggaeton, rumba, and other dance styles to create high-energy routines. The beginner-friendly courses range from traditional Zumba to Zumba Toning sessions, designed to sculpt specific muscles, and Zumba Gold, aimed at exercise newbies. Yoga sessions and hip-hop lessons complement the core of Zumba offerings. Students can sample four different styles at the Saturday Morning Mixer, where they can select their own workouts from 30-minute mini-classes rather than cobbling together an entire gym from used shoes.
For certified personal trainer Vanessa, boot camp is a lot like recess. She might takes her students to the playground for outdoor workouts, coaching them through jumps, lunges, and pull-ups with the aid of the colorful bars and swings. This setting reinforces her mission, which is also her business name: Fun In Fitness.
In addition to boot camp, Vanessa channels her 13 years of instructing experience, background in martial arts, and master's degree in biology to offer one-on-one personal-training sessions. These typically take place indoors, but she strives to make them just as energized as her playground trips.
The decorated instructors at Best of Ballroom wield more than 60 years of collective experience to train both beginning and competitive ballroom and latin social dancers. Couples explore the basics of rhythmic partner-style forms such as salsa and cha-cha, or twirl through west coast swing routines set to big band music. In the general ballroom class, feet outline the graceful moves of the tango and the box step of the waltz, tracing squares on the floor away from squares lining the wall who are too afraid to dance. Members of the seasoned faculty have performed in numerous competitions, including the 2009 "Dancing with Colorado's Stars" event featuring local celebrities. Student dancers and amphibious figure skaters can showcase their new skills for friends and family at free practice parties held once a month.