The workout hangout of choice at DU and open to the general public, Coors Fitness Center welcomes students and locals alike to its multipurpose exercise wonderland. Its 14,500-square-foot main building sprawls across two tiers, with a lower-level area packed with free weights and an upper-level area housing more than 80 cardio machines from True and Cybex. The El Pomar Natatorium welcomes aquatic adventure with an Olympic-size swimming pool filled with Olympic-size water molecules, and the Stapleton Tennis Pavilion fosters daytime and nighttime volleys atop six lighted outdoor tennis courts. The center is also home to racquetball and squash courts and two NHL-size ice rinks, allowing skaters to practice slap shots or triple toe loops in comfort and safety.
Certified fitness instructors and personal trainers roam the gym’s campus, orchestrating more than 40 weekly group classes and infusing one-on-one workout sessions with instructional and motivational tactics. Post-workout, exercisers can retreat to the locker room, dab their sweaty brows with complimentary towels, and exercise brains by coming up with a list of favorite lock combinations.
Pikes Peak Athletics founders Anna and George Heidinger are a real power couple: he's worked for years as a strength conditioning and swim trainer, she as a swim club coach and former Olympic Trails qualifier. But their decades of aquatic achievement haven't made them narrowly focused swimmers whose skin starts shriveling on dry land. In small-group and private lessons, they view even the most advanced students not as swimmers but as "people who swim," and, consequently, take a relationship-first approach to instruction.
The Heidingers are aided by a squad of experienced junior and senior coaches, each certified in CPR, first aid, and water safety—and each extensively shadowed by a head instructor and a benevolent water spirit before being turned loose to instruct on their own. Beyond basic lessons and intensive coaching, staff also organize seasonal swim teams, and lead an annual swim camp that helps students hone the four major strokes and other aquatic competition skills using video playback.
For Dr. Bruce R. Clark, prevention is key. One missed cavity or undiagnosed gum condition can mean the difference between simple, straightforward treatments and expensive, painful procedures down the road. Relying on his more than 16 years of experience and a friendly, professional staff, Dr. Clark forges enduring patient-doctor relationships that he hopes will lead to lifelong dental health. To do this, Dr. Clark follows the guiding principle of patient communication and education, taking time to thoroughly explain treatment options and expectations before administering any procedure. Dr. Bruce often orchestrates treatments with specialists in dental implants, orthodontics, and restorative procedures so that patients can ensure they are getting the best possible care, whether getting a bridge repaired or tattooing their incisors with reminders to floss.
DaVinci White Smiles specializes in FDA-compliant teeth-whitening systems manufactured in the United States. Unlike whitening gels that are made from a mixture of paste and powdered donut residue, DaVinci's gels are forged from organic plant- and mineral-based ingredients, with food-grade hydrogen peroxide serving as the active catalyst. Made in fresh batches every week, the gels work together with LED whitening lights to demolish stains from teeth or composite materials, such as crowns or bridges, leaving choppers up to 14 shades whiter in just 20 minutes.
The trainers at Streets Fitness believe that to progress physically, fitness relies on variation. To that end, they encourage clients to explore the gym’s full stock of weight-training and cardio equipment, as well as its 40 weekly classes. The class selection includes self-defense training such as boxing and kickboxing, in which guests burn calories as they perfect their martial techniques and figure out their entrance theme songs. And circuit training and core-conditioning sessions are also available, including The Grid, a full-body cross-training workout that was voted one of the area's best workouts by the Daily Camera. Streets also offers one-on-one personal-training sessions, in which coaches fine-tune workouts depending on patrons' goals and the severity of their heavy-bag phobias.