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.
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.
The expert instructors at Aiki-Kenjundo lead adults and children through the martial art of kenjundo. The form is designed to help students avoid rather than engage in physical conflict by teaching students to become more acquainted with their bodies and minds.
The technicians at Auto Hail Pros draw from 15 years of experience to repair dents in automobiles with a process called paintless dent removal. They massage damaged metal from beneath its surface, ironing out dents left by hailstones or ping-pong balls volleyed by a vengeful neighbor. They also offer a convenient pickup and drop-off service and outfit patrons with rental cars for the duration of service. As an added bonus, they back their work with a lifetime guarantee. After suffering much damage from the Moore Tornado, the techs at Auto Hail Pros are happy to be back servicing Moore and Oklahoma City, ridding cars' storm damage showing off its "Oklahoma Strong."