The 10,000 square feet of space at Easton Training Center is well outfitted for a variety of classes that balance fitness, self-defense, and respect better than battling off a gang of thieves hungry for your Aretha Franklin albums. A 30-foot octagon, atop 5,000 square feet of mat space, beckons students of all ages and fitness levels. The fitness center can host additional exercising after class, and a locker room equipped with showers brings workouts to a fresh ending.
To involve more of the community in their center, the staff expanded their class schedule to include intense group fitness classes, such as cardio kickboxing and core training. Boot-camp sessions sprinkled throughout the schedule steel muscles with an intensive rotation of weightlifting, cardio, and resistance work.
In July 2013, Scott and Heidi Moore achieved the title of godan, or fifth-degree black belt. Since they have over 50 years of experience combined and have acted as coaches and participants in countless competitions (including the Olympic trials and Paralympics), the belts were well-earned. At Denver Judo, they and a team of first-, second-, and third-degree black belts teach the art of judo to practitioners of all ages and abilities, including those who are blind or otherwise visually impaired. The martial art focuses on throws and grappling as opposed to punches and kicks.
When Royce Gracie defeated his opponents at three UFC matches, spectators took notice. That’s because they each had at least 50 pounds on the relatively compact competitor. But that was of little consequence since Royce was well versed in the family technique, known as Gracie Jiu Jitsu. This form of martial art emphasizes leverage over brute strength, and it’s the method taught to teens, women, and men at Low Summit Jiu Jitsu. Instructors cultivate sharp instinct in their students, so they can react to danger in an instant. In addition to Gracie Jiu Jitsu, the roster of fitness classes also includes boxing and women’s self-defense.
Tran’s Fitness & Kickboxing’s trainers marry the ancient discipline of martial arts with the newest of newfangled technology to jumpstart each exerciser’s flagging willpower and defibrillate their steely resolves. Before each session, trainers hand out heart-rate monitors at the front desk so that students can begin to understand their peak performance and zero in on it. A 52-inch screen displays jumps in heartbeat frequency alongside the number of calories likely being burned by each participant. The system’s design tends to motivate people to push themselves, soldering strain and hard work to palpable results, and strengthening resolve during particularly fatiguing RealRyder and kickboxing sessions. Other classes forego the device in favor of old fashioned fisticuffs, including Brazilian jujitsu, which strengthens bodies and teaches people self-defense tactics such as how to leverage spindly limbs to best a bigger opponent.
As a kid, About Time Fitness founder Dena Stodola learned to appreciate the exercise provided by working on her family’s Wisconsin dairy farm. Since then, she’s been passionate about fitness and About Time Fitness is a physical representation of that passion. Its schedule of classes features yoga, martial arts, Pilates, kickboxing, and more, giving everyone the means to reach their goals in a motivating and upbeat group atmosphere.
Tiffany Coolidge, the head of Blunt Force, was recently named the city's top personal trainer by 5280 Magazine. Once a campaign manager, she quit politics and took up fitness as a career and hobby. As the head of the gym, she draws on her past experience as a boxer, which started with a fight she won by TKO, and culminated in the gym's corner boxing ring. At Blunt Force, Tiffany and her staff of trainers work together to provide a modern approach to traditional workout regimens.
The 9,000-square-foot space hosts far more than boxing instruction, however. Tiffany's team also runs a variety of fitness classes, such as bootcamp workouts that blend kickboxing and yoga as well as functional strength training sessions that incorporate cardio work and core exercises. Their ski and snowboarding conditioning, meanwhile, prepares clients to hit the slopes without having to roll down them. Although the instructors cap class attendance at 12 students?allowing them to provide more personalized guidance?they also offer personal training sessions, which combine one-on-one attention with exercises tailored to the client's fitness goals.
With a staff of trainers handpicked by owner Trevor Wittman, Grudge Training Center spurs all sorts of exercisers to get in shape through boxing, kickboxing, wrestling, and mixed martial arts. The center's family-friendly 6,000-square-foot training area features several modern amenities and regulation facilities.