While bullets streak down the lanes at most shooting ranges, the more than 40 avenues of fire found on Monaco Street host a different projectile: arrows. No Limits Archery features 31 20-yard lanes with paper targets—ideal training grounds for beginners hunting the broad sides of barns. Deep-woods verisimilitude increases across a dozen 40-yard ranges, where arrows glance off the oblique flanks of 3-D faux animals.
The facility rents out compound bows to beginners who don't yet possess their own equipment, and an onsite pro shop provides extra ammo and mid- to high-end compound weapons to more serious practitioners. Each Friday, instructors oust adults from the range to provide targeted instruction to youngsters, and they host tournaments and leagues for pros on weekends.
Expert gourmand Jackie Rebideau has a peculiar passion for cheese. In an effort to share this ardor with the public, she created Fromage to Yours, a company that holds classes and special events to educate people about this celebrated edible. In addition to her recently launched grilled cheese food truck, Mobile Meltz, Jackie teaches pupils about the art of making artisan cheeses such as mozzarella, halloumi, ricotta, and paneer, demonstrating tasteful techniques and dispelling myths that the holes in swiss cheese are formed by mini meteors training for future journeys to the moon. Fromage to Yours also orchestrates special events such as the Colorado Cheese Festival, which more than 150 samples of artisanal American cheese.
In addition to its official name, The Gates Tennis Center can claim a few other titles: the largest tennis center in Colorado, for one. The host of the Colorado State Open. Home base to internationally renowned tennis instructors?including a former New Zealand junior champion and a coach of 25 years who has worked with players from Canada to the Caribbean.
For the past 30 years, the public tennis center has drawn on strengths like these to celebrate its signature sport through lessons and events, which include tournaments, tennis opens, and convivial socials. Students of all skill levels can attend lessons or ball-machine practices, which are far more effective than playing wallball with a mannequin.
Three professional sports teams. Five levels. Forty-five acres. More than 200 events per year. Although these numbers don’t define Pepsi Center, they certainly highlight the impact the entertainment emporium has had on the community since it first opened its doors in 1999. Here, visitors can attend a rousing NBA basketball game, watch Disney stars twirl on ice, or sing along as Madonna belts out her greatest hits and imparts the health benefits of drinking glow-stick juice. They can also dine at one of three distinct restaurants, and, during tours of the impressive facilities, marvel at backstage areas and the 2,000-pound statue in the Grand Atrium.
In the sunlight that streams in through the floor-to-ceiling windows at pH7 Pilates, students bend and fold into challenging positions, all for the health of their body. Expert instructors meander through the group, adjusting postures and doling out encouragement as the students feel their core muscles working. These students are practicing a classic form of Pilates, using their body weight, Reformer machines, or giant pet parrots as resistance. The classes offer challenges for all skill levels, and include mat Pilates classes, yoga classes, and jump board cardio classes.
At CrossFit LoDo, a muscle-bound cadre of coaches guide exercisers through high-intensity workouts that incorporate functional movements. All the huffing, puffing, and grunting is thanks to CrossFit's central program, the Workout of the Day (WOD). Exercises in each WOD change with every visit to the gym, and might draw from sports such as Olympic weightlifting, gymnastics, and professional sweating. Whatever the routine, a theme of inclusiveness underscores all of the action, meaning that every exercise can be scaled to fit participants regardless of their physical ability, age, or experience.