At 6,531 feet above sea level, Security Service Field is the highest professional ballpark in the United States. It was built in 1988 on the edge of Colorado Springs, and, in August 2012, it welcomed its six millionth fan through the turnstiles. This feat of fandom was but a dream in 1903, though, when the Sky Sox—then the Sacramento Solons—became a charter member of the Pacific Coast League. In 1961, the Solons became the Islanders and relocated to Honolulu, where the franchise remained until 1988, the year it finally moved to Colorado, and the year Pikes Peak began mysteriously sprouting foul poles. Upon arriving in its new city, the franchise adopted the Sky Sox moniker—a tip of the cap to the Sky Sox of the 1950s, who played in the Western League as an affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. The modern-day Sky Sox have been the Triple-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies since 1993, and in 2011, the team earned the nod as Triple-A Organization of the Year courtesy of Baseball America.
Like a ninja star thrown into a westerly wind, Universal Kempo Karate worked its way east from its first Hawaii location, founded in 1966. It arrived in Colorado Springs in 1980, expanding quickly to multiple locations. The instructors honor the programs that were passed down to them, teaching kids physical fitness combined with mental discipline and expanding into combat techniques as they become adults. Students engage calories in battle, burning them in cardio-focused kickboxing classes that eliminate moves with a risk of injury.
Equipment: Freestanding bags, boxing gloves, resistance bands, and medicine balls
Students should bring: Completed risk agreement to the first class
Average class length: 30–60 minutes
Class location: Indoors only
Good for beginners: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Classes are 45 minutes.
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
The community we have in our facility is something you look forward to everyday. Friends are quickly made and everyone is very encouraging. The variation in the workouts and the ongoing training keep you engaged and spark that desire to excel at what you're doing. We're not just providing a workout, but a proven program.
Sweating to the oldies is acceptable, but sweating to the blues less so. Do you find that certain styles and genres of music generate more intense workouts?
Absolutely. We carefully select the music for our workouts, even ensuring it has the proper number of beats per minute and quality sound equipment to play it on.
Optique de Mel's optician owner, Mel Clague, personally assists customers while cultivating a stylish garden of designer frames and lenses for men, women, and children. Pick a set of eye fences from the almost 40 frames populating the Richard Scot collection, which pairs thin, impact-resistant lenses with metal, plastic, or handcrafted frames available in two to three colors. An invisible, anti-reflective coating covers each lightweight, UV-resistant lens to improve night driving, thwart fluorescent lighting fatigue, combat computer glare, and increase the chance of victory during staring contests with laser-eyed robots. It typically takes at least a half hour for Clague to properly fit glasses before sending a courier owl to the land of frame-forging with the order, expecting the majestic creatures to return 2–5 days later with the personalized spectacles. Each lens is then carefully finagled into its home on-site. The one-year limited warranty covers manufacturer defects to guarantee a level of quality normally reserved for the royal retinas of duchesses, dukes, and calculator salesman.
Sleuthing out clues to move beyond symptoms to root causes, the network of chiropractors at each of 100% Chiropractic's eight Colorado locations expedites healing with an assortment of noninvasive preventive care services. That includes everything from instilling better eating habits through nutrition workshops to combating the effects of stress with chiropractic services and massage therapy. What you won't find is the body's natural healing mechanisms being spurred by drugs or surgery.
Happiness is a state of being, and Elements Therapeutic Massage knows that massage helps clients reach this state. Its licensed massage therapists tailor their strokes to clients' needs, helping them reap the benefits of therapeutic bodywork, which include pain relief and improved circulation. Even immune systems get a boost from pampering kneads that leave muscles loose, relaxed, and healthy.