Baby Boot Camp Colorado Springs’s owner and trainer, Alexandra, attended pregnancy boot-camp after the birth of her first daughter and found the workouts so effective that she decided to open her own branch of the business. In her classes, moms push their babies around in strollers as part of the routine, which relies heavily on strength training moves. Baby Boot Camp’s founder, Kristen Horler, designed the boot-camp-type workouts as a way for new moms to regain their pre-baby bodies in a supportive, women’s only environment using strength training and cardio.
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.
At DanceZ, experienced instructors help booty-shakers of varying ages harness the body-slimming power of shimmying. A dynamic dance workout, Zumba combines Latin rhythms with aerobic interval training, and features simple yet fancy footwork that activates sweat glands, burns calories, and sculpts shapely bodies. Though Zumba's easy-to-follow moves and fun dance steps make it an approachable workout for calorie-burners of all abilities, DanceZ adds variety by tailoring typical routines—from Zumba Gold classes for older adults and beginners to bright lights and club-style lasers in nightclub Zumba. Classes are offered five days a week, so be sure to check the schedule for dates, times, and locations.
Dance mavens James and Victoria Stowell conduct a full schedule of dance classes that conform to DVIDA and ISTD training syllabi in one of the biggest ballrooms in Colorado Springs. Students of any skill level can shimmy and groove their way across the studio's more than 3,500 square feet of combined dance-floor space during ballroom and Zumba sessions. Just as Dakotans divide into east and west factions, swing classes break apart into East Coast and West Coast camps. Salsa lessons similarly divvy up their attendees, staging separate meetings for beginner, intermediate, and advanced dancers. The studio's fully digital sound system floods dance floors with the melodies of the waltz, the tango, and the foxtrot, inspiring precisely executed gyrations without a Twister mat.
Uncle Bud and Aunt Brinda Yates founded Pikes Peak Tattoo in 1978. After years of honing her craft, Brinda took home the first-place trophy in the Best Use of Tribal category at the 2009 Colorado Tattoo Competition. Now, when she isn't inking, she actively participates in the National Tattoo Association—of which Uncle Bud once served as president—and sings doggy lullabies to her herd of six chihuahuas.
To help with the shop, Brinda hired current manager, Barrett Leary, a skilled artist who got her start as the apprentice for Dan McClure of Bullwinkle's Tattoo and Body Piercing. Her artistry is wide reaching, as she also earned a bachelor of fine arts in ceramic sculpture from Kansas City Art Institute and was featured in the documentary Craft In America for developing a distinctive ceramic technique. Barrett skillfully draws custom designs and comfortably transitions between different styles, though she retains a fondness for large-scale pieces with bright colors. She and her fellow certified artists also offer permanent makeup, tattoo removal, and piercing. They perform all their services with hospital-grade sterilization techniques and keep their single-use-only equipment in special sterilization pouches, discarding each tool immediately after use.
Master-certified trainer Joe Ramirez’s ample experience and endless support for his fitness clientele caught the eye of the Gazette, which named him 2014’s Best Trainer as part of the paper’s annual Best of the Springs awards. By actuating fitness knowledge honed during 20 years in the business, Joe guides ladies through 60-minute, indoor boot-camp or kickboxing workouts that populate a robust weekly schedule. Kettlebells, resistance bands, and medicine balls sway and fly through the air during toning and firming exercises that chisel more muscles than Michelangelo after an inspirational viewing of Rambo.
During kickboxing, the curriculum takes a fight-centric turn. There ladies strike bags, dummies, and focus mitts, sharpening participants' self-defense skills. WBCF makes weight loss a priority in all of its classes, and Joe also heaps individual attention on each client during a consultation to set attainable goals.