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.
NCSF-certified personal trainer Ray Ulibarri founded Progression Fitness with a desire to help others change their lives through fitness. His services include personal training, boot camps, and partner training for those who prefer to workout with a buddy or personal chauffeur. Since Progression doesn't have its own brick-and-mortar location, workouts take place in one of two facilities: Powered By You in Littleton or Absolute Personal Fitness in Lakewood.
Tiffany Coolidge, the head of Blunt Force, was recently named the city's top personal trainer by 5280 Magazine. Once a campaign manager, she quit politics and took up fitness as a career and hobby. As the head of the gym, she draws on her past experience as a boxer, which started with a fight she won by TKO, and culminated in the gym's corner boxing ring. At Blunt Force, Tiffany and her staff of trainers work together to provide a modern approach to traditional workout regimens.
The 9,000-square-foot space hosts far more than boxing instruction, however. Tiffany's team also runs a variety of fitness classes, such as bootcamp workouts that blend kickboxing and yoga as well as functional strength training sessions that incorporate cardio work and core exercises. Their ski and snowboarding conditioning, meanwhile, prepares clients to hit the slopes without having to roll down them. Although the instructors cap class attendance at 12 students—allowing them to provide more personalized guidance—they also offer personal training sessions, which combine one-on-one attention with exercises tailored to the client's fitness goals.
Sisters Rachel and Amy Taylor have done a lot of things together. They both fell in love with ballet at a young age and both achieved impressive hallmarks in their careers as dancers—Rachel danced for the David Taylor Dance Theatre and taught at the Alvin Ailey School, and Amy studied at Juilliard and danced for the Garden State Ballet. Eventually, they both wound up studying Pilates at the original Pilates Studio, taught by Joseph Pilates' heir Romana Kryzanowska. Now, they engage on another co-sisterly journey with The Pilates Center, where they impart the exercises they learned to new generations of Pilates practitioners.
Instructors utilize both classic mat work and reformer machines to introduce beginners to the art of Pilates. The studio encourages as many of it students as possible to strive for instructor certification, as that often sets people on a lifelong quest for health and empowers them to speak in a haughty German accent.
At Full Circle Yoga, experienced and trained yoga instructors welcome students of all skill levels for beginner and advanced classes. The studio boasts traditional yet modern Vinyasa yoga; students relax, breathe, and cycle through motions as they strengthen their bodies and enhance their flexibility. In addition to a weekly schedule of classes, the full-time studio also offers partner yoga workshops and a yoga 101 series that introduces beginners to the foundations of yoga, starting at its origin as a discipline for aspiring mimes. The studio also offers teacher-certification programs, which cover proper alignment, inspiration techniques, and physiology.