Inside the 6,500-square-foot interior of CrossFit Allegiance, chiseled athletes and first-time students work and play using modern fitness methods and equipment. Each Workout of the Day (WOD) may include a bout of Olympic lifts, a turn on the gymnast’s rings, or a springy set of box jumps. The key is to keep workouts intense and muscles confused, and beginners may be surprised when they find themselves bounding up thick climbing ropes or pulling weight sleds across the swath of AstroTurf. All workouts can be scaled to meet the fitness needs of each student, allowing experienced athletes to train alongside senior citizens.
Devan Kline was a pitcher in the minor leagues for the San Francisco Giants, focusing his attention on making it to the majors when another career opportunity blindsided him. In the summers of 2009 and 2010, he began helping Vanessa—the mother of the host family he lived with during home games—train to get back on shape. Devan witnessed firsthand her rapid transformation as she lost 45 pounds, and he saw the positive impact it had on her and her family's lives. The grateful clan told Devan that his time with them had changed their lives, and it’s then that he knew he wanted to dedicate himself to helping others in the same way. That’s when he founded Burn Boot Camp.
Now, Devan—with the help of a coterie of trainers—conducts indoor boot camps in six locations, using exercises that Devan himself used to get into shape during his days as a professional athlete. The team supplements those regimens with loads of body-weight-resistance training and heart-pounding cardio drills that include sprinting short distances or boxing defibrillators.
In Motion Fitness builds comprehensive programs to inject clients straight into the beating heart of their fitness goals. Its staggering roster of services surrounds pain, obesity, high cholesterol, and other blights on good health and attacks them from all angles with physical training, online nutrition programs, exercise-program prescriptions, and scientifically calibrated fitness assessments. Although the entire staff holds physical-education degrees and licenses, their wildly divergent backgrounds range from arena-football coaching to zoology, and they bring their unique perspectives into personal training, group fitness classes, physical therapy, and massage. The staff's exercise philosophy combines the principles of corrective exercise with traditional methods such as pushups or dodging meteors to create regimens that not only make the body stronger but do it safely and scientifically.
The instructors at Denver Yoga & Wellness believe yoga can benefit anybody, be they young or old, strong or weak. This belief is echoed in the intimate studio's seven-day schedule, which is filled with classes focused on relaxation or the Vinyasa Flow method for a more challenging mental and physical workout. With room temperatures set to up to 100 degrees, hot yoga courses help yogis experience a deeper stretch and cause toxins to flee out the pores. So its clients look the part, Denver Yoga & Wellness keeps a well-stocked boutique with apparel from teeki, Manduka, and ToeSox as well as all-natural skincare and luxury home spa products.
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates in cardio routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
Steve Halloran, one of two owners of FastFit Boxing, has more than 12 years of fighting and fitness experience. The other owner, Lisa Halloran, is a nutritionist. Together, they combine their knowledge of the body to help clients get into the best shape of their lives. They utilize the principles of boxing and kickboxing training during 30, 45 and 60 minute classes that start when you walk in the door. no class times. Clients of every skill and fitness level soak up self-defense techniques while toning muscle and burning calories.