U.S. Taekwondo Center passes down the myriad techniques of tae kwon do in classes for kids and adults. Children's classes focus on character development and building self-confidence, whereas adult classes emphasize cardiovascular exercise and improving muscle tone. The centers also offer family classes where participants can train side-by-side. All classes welcome beginners to the sport, teaching students sparring techniques, blocking, and kicks.
Whether they're hitting the gym for a quick workout or spending an evening out, on-the-go parents can add balance to their busy schedules with The Children's Playroom's drop-in childcare services. The childcare facility features a vibrantly colored play area and various toys, with plenty of room and fun gadgets to entertain children ages 12 months–13 years old. While small tykes romp through the soft play zone decorated with pretend rivers and flowers, older kids can indulge creative impulses with arts and crafts or challenge high scores at the video-game center. Parents can either provide meals for their young or purchase prepackaged fare at the play center.
At Rich City Skate, enthusiastic staffers emphasize the athletic benefits and sheer fun of skating. Kaleidoscopic washes of red, yellow, and blue sheathe the voluminous facility, which houses a sprawling hardwood arena. Skaters soar in circles while mustering the courage to hold their sweetheart’s hand or knock the fez off a nemesis' head. Clacking billiard balls pair with the bleeps and bloops of arcade games in the food court, which serves all-beef hot dogs and fizzy sodas. Skating lessons are also available, instructing beginners on the proper posture, basic technique, and how the rise of roller skates came to render horses obsolete.
The wheels on Fitness Fun on Wheels’ fun buses certainly go round and round, but they also bring active children’s games, exercise, and play sessions directly to schools and daycares. Each climate-controlled bus has its seats removed to make room for a variety of soft-play equipment, such as swinging ropes, crawl tunnels, and giant slide that children use to exit the bus at the end of each session. And instead of inviting customers to travel to a single location, the fun buses travel to customers’ locations, parking wherever there’s an available spot, saving caregivers the hassle of loading kids into the car and hitching the horses to the bumper.
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.
At Tiger Rock Academy of Colorado Springs, fitness stands on three legs. Combined, these are called Kisado, and like a tripod, if any one is taken away, the whole is likely to fall. The first leg is strictly physical—interval workouts that pair short, high-intensity, 8–20 second bursts with a phase of rest. Each movement incorporates punching bags, kettle bells, resistance bands, or body weight to scale difficulty to each individual participant. The second leg is called I-X Awareness, which focuses on bulking up mental strength through breathing exercises and relaxation techniques. The final leg, then, is nutrition, with coaches discussing the importance of following a well-rounded diet built on fruits and veggies instead of packing peanuts.