The trained instructors at Urban Acrobatics run, tumble, and dance their way across a 14,000-square-foot gym that welcomes guests of all skill levels. Inside the creative movement room, padded obstacles and landing mats help students learn the unconventional gymnastic art of parkour before taking their skills to FreeRunning City?a course that simulates an urban environment with building structures and construction pieces to spring from. The 5,000-square-foot fitness room features wood flooring and a wall of mirrors that reflects classes ranging from yoga to break dancing led by instructors who bolster a community feel in the gym by equally engaging newcomers and familiar faces.
Nobody should have to suffer through a workout, say the fitness pros who helm Studio Thrive. So, to make exercise as enjoyable as possible, they design group classes that are fun, social, and suitable for all skill levels. Most instructors bring an extensive dance background to the classroom, filling classes such as Zumba and TRX. Personal-training sessions often center on functional-training tools such as TRX suspension straps and kettlebells, both of which foster flexibility and core strength. In addition to designing highly customized workouts, certified personal trainers perform body-composition analyses and fitness assessments to track their clients' progress.
When they're not leading classes or personal-training sessions, Studio Thrive's staffers host private Zumba parties in the spacious studio, lined with oversize mirrors, a polished wooden floor, and a cobalt-blue ceiling. Upon request, they can also bring Zumba sessions to offices, apartment buildings, or painfully quiet libraries.
The pole classes at Studio 3sixT, featured on 9news' “Wargin’s Workout” segment, boost cardiovascular health, strength, and self-confidence for ladies of all fitness levels. The studio's supportive instructors herald from diverse backgrounds, each bringing complementary skills gleaned from careers in dance and gymnastics to the schedule's many classes. The classes accommodate pole scalers of all sizes and abilities, catering to beginners in the introductory course and challenging pros in Pole Method: Level 5—in which men and ladies hone advanced skills such as inverted aerial handsprings and shoulder mount hops. In addition to the pole-dance classes, the instructors also lead barre and flexibility classes to help gals whip into shape sans vertical movement.
When Roald Dahl wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he imagined a much-coveted golden ticket that granted access to myriad wonders and unveiled the inner workings of an entire industry. MetaBody created a real-life version of that ticket with the MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass, though it applies to fitness instead of candy. The pass grants access not to a single gym but to classes at a variety of local studios, specializing in everything from yoga to boot camp. With the freedom to move from location to location, students can sample different regimens, instructors, and styles of exercise to cobble together a program that fits their needs and goals. MetaBody's nutritionists supplement class packages by coaching clients in healthy eating, recipe cooking, and speed-reading nutrition-fact labels.
Zumba is one of the peppiest fitness options on the schedule. Read on to learn a little about where it comes from.
Because of its tendency to dissolve inhibitions by the time the beat sets in, Zumba has been deemed "exercise in disguise" by instructors in both The Huffington Post and USA Today. The dance-fitness program?now a mainstay in thousands of gyms worldwide?syncs basic dance steps and calisthenics to upbeat music, often drawing upon Latin styles such as merengue, salsa, and flamenco. Certified instructors demonstrate each piece of choreography at the front of the room, motivating participants to groove at their own pace and add creative flairs as they see fit. The program currently branches off into eight variations, including Zumbatomic for children, and Zumba Toning for exercisers who wish to incorporate strength-training elements.
Zumba got its start in Colombia in the mid-1990s, the brainchild of fitness instructor Alberto "Beto" Perez. According to Reuters, Beto initially wanted to name it Rumba?a Spanish word that can translate to party?but swapped in the Z when he found his first choice was trademarked. Today, Beto keeps up with the constantly changing musical culture by arranging new routines for his vast network of instructors every two months, incorporating newer styles such as hip-hop and reggaeton and enlisting artists such as Pitbull and Wyclef Jean to record Zumba-specific tracks.
Exercising in the dark is typically a recipe for bruises. However, on one day of the year at the Denver Coliseum, the lights shut off, the music turns on, and the workout begins. OMG Fitness Concert decks out its guests in glow sticks, glow necklaces, and washable glow paint as they arrive on the floor, their bodies illuminated by black lights and the concert's vibrant displays.
This year, the festivities kick off with a glow-in-the-dark obstacle course. Bright tires, stairs, and other pieces of obtrusive terrain, all of which are in keeping with the theme "Neon Everything," stand between challengers and the finish line. Next is a LesMills Body Combat course led by onstage instructors. As they guide the group through strikes from martial arts such as tae kwan do and kickboxing, invigorating music follows the pace of the action. Lastly, a jungle-themed Zumba session teaches participants to groove to a celebratory cardio-dance routine. The event also hosts vendors of gym apparel and accessories, enabling visitors to bring home a more practical memento than a vial of their own forehead sweat.