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Rhonda Thaxton has exercised rigorously her whole life, engaging in everything from racquetball at the local gym to triathlon competitions. She started getting others into shape in 2000, and while a brief stint in the retail industry fine-tuned her people skills, it wasn?t long before she returned to her passion of getting folks in shape, whether that shape be slim, muscular, or parallelogram. She recertified as a personal trainer, added kickboxing to her athletically rich repertoire, and opened Pilates Infusion. True to its name, Pilates Infusion offers plenty of classes fueled by nuclear fusion and Joseph Pilates? now-classic form of exercise, which uses machines that he himself invented to for the exercise program. Former dancers and even physical therapists join Rhonda as instructors, adding their unique talents to the ever-diversifying list of classes. Rhonda and her team keep class sizes small, almost never exceeding seven students at a time to ensure personal attention. True to its name, Pilates Infusion offers plenty of classes fueled by nuclear fusion and Joseph Pilates? now-classic form of exercise, which uses machines that he himself invented to for the exercise program. Former dancers and even physical therapists join Rhonda as instructors, adding their unique talents to the ever-diversifying list of classes. Rhonda and her team keep class sizes small, almost never exceeding five students at a time to ensure personal attention.
100 S Madison St.
Denver,
CO
US
Spanish Is Fun founder Silvia Cubillos Velez knows that learning Spanish will be of great practical use in her students’ lives and careers, but the school’s goals don’t stop there. "We want people to be enchanted with the classes so they, too, can love the language and the culture," she told Viva Colorado. Though she traveled to Spain to complete her language education, Velez retains a deep love for the traditions of her Colombian homeland, and accordingly makes sure to weave Latin American literature and culture into her classes. No matter what age or ability level they teach, the school’s staff of native Spanish speakers focus on communication rather than just conjugating verbs and memorizing vocabulary. Their formula has now been bringing students toward comprehension and fluency for more than a decade. Instructors immerse language learners in Spanish through techniques such as leading them in discussion groups or dunking them in a replica of the Alhambra fountain. They’ll also often swap classes to familiarize students with an array of accents and sounds, making full use of backgrounds that range from South America to Europe.
400 South Colorado Boulevard
Denver,
CO
US
1385 South Colorado Boulevard
Denver,
CO
US
When they met in kindergarten more than 35 years ago, Tracey Lanham and Heather Lindemann sensed they were kindred spirits, forming a fast friendship and a lasting bond. Finding themselves ever more drawn to yoga with each passing year, they launched Mudra Yoga Studio (formerly Pearl Street Yoga), and set about building a space where anyone could come to experience the transformative power of the practice. The newly rechristened and remodeled Mudra Yoga Studio continues to offer a safe haven for body benders and a safe house for any exiled member of Gumby's gang. Experienced instructors lead a cornucopia of classes within the studio's friendly confines, ranging from traditional yoga to specialized classes for expectant mothers and those suffering from injuries.
1550 S Steele St
Denver,
CO
US
Captain James Cook's nautical adventures have taken him from delivering yachts across oceans using only sextant navigation to earning the ASA's most-advanced instruction certification. Since 1986, he's channeled that oceanic expertise into Victoria Sailing School, where expert instructors help students of all skill levels earn ASA certifications and endorsements through hands-on techniques. Before they set foot on a boat, however, aspiring seafarers get their feet wet in a safe classroom setting in the Colorado Executive Club Building. Upon passing their exams, they move on to practical sessions on the Cherry Creek, Lake Carter, or Chatfield Reservoirs, where they learn basic maneuvers or rig spinnakers on a J/22. More advanced students cut their nautical teeth on a J/30. Along with sailing courses, 10-week coastal- and celestial-navigation classes help guests master the skills necessary for steering a course through the open seas, including an ability to decipher longitude, latitude, and the shouted, arcane demands of the moon. Weather for the Mariner classes teach students to analyze weather maps and prep strategies to avoid hurricane hazards.
1776 S Jackson St
Denver,
CO
US
Both the male and female DU Pioneers execute ally-oops in Magness Arena all season long, combining athletic prowess with top-notch coaching to thrill the hoops-loving masses. The men’s team, led by senior captain Kyle Lewis, starts the season backed by last year’s 15-game home court winning streak, the ninth longest in the nation and the fourth sweatiest in the Rockies. The women’s team returns this year with four of its five starters from last season, and a 18-13 record produced under the consummate leadership of head coach Erik Johnson. Once the last last-second three-pointer has swished, the players will happily sign their John Hancocks on shirts, photos, basketballs, and firstborn sons.
2240 Buchtel Blvd
Denver,
CO
US
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