In a Pachanga Fitness workout room, the percussive beats of traditional Latin music create an almost irresistible urge to dance. The Pachanga classes indulge this urge with a fast-paced workout that incorporates elements of Latin dance from the syncopated footsteps of salsa to the sultry hip sways of samba.
Dribbling dynamo Darren Pitzner leads all clinics and fills sessions with more positive reinforcement than the entire Congratulations section of Hallmark. Expect to get an earful of positive music, motivational speeches, and ethic-enforcing instruction during the practices. Fast-paced drills are organized to whip benchwarmers into big shots and big shots into humungous successes with a variety of game-speed stations (each is 3 to 7 minutes long).
The YMCA aims to better Denver-area minds and bodies with fitness classes, sports leagues, and exercise facilities for users of all ages. Membership (an $84 value) grants full access for two adults, their dependent children, and as many imaginary friends they can think up. Members enjoy use of top-notch amenities that vary by location, ranging from free-weight and resistance-machine workout rooms to swimming pools and basketball courts. Outgoing endurance-testers come together during athletic classes to create a calorie-consuming hive mind unattainable to solo toners. New members in need of assistance achieving fitness goals plan out nutritional and exercise routines in their two wellness sessions (a $100 value). Personal-wellness coaches develop a distinct program for each client to help prospective workout warriors evaluate their overall health, identify specific places to improve, and build muscles regardless of superfluous zoning restrictions.
Koko FitClub condenses the expertise and guidance of an entire gym's worth of instructors into a tiny device, which accompanies club members to their workout stations. These minuscule e-coaches begin each session with a FitCheck analysis that privately diagnoses a member's body fat and lean muscle tissue percentage. Using the result of the FitCheck, the digital training system creates a customized strength and cardio plan, and a nutrition program to support it. They machines even provide guidance at each station, prescribing proper form, pace, and when you are ready to pull off a muscle tank top. All of this training is effectively crammed into a 30-minute visit, and results are posted online for members to peruse in the form of quick, handy numbers or progress-tracking charts.
Certified TRX trainer John Drury helps his clients overcome temptation—not with empty words of encouragement, but by detailing his own struggle to lose 50 pounds through the time-tested combination of proper nutrition and hard work. In addition to studying human performance and wellness at Mesa State College, John is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a performance-enhancement and corrective-exercise specialist.
At The Body School, John draws on this experience as he leads a team of trainers who help clients chisel their physiques and deflect persuasive donuts. They rely on services such as personal training, boot camp, yoga, and martial-arts classes that draw on Korean and Japanese influences.