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.
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.
The trainers at Gym-Synergy temper their students' bodies for more than just fitness. They combine more than 40 years of training experience in mixed martial arts and fighting styles such as Kenpo to guide students toward self-preservation. Lessons in the Filipino Kali method, for instance, teach students how to defend themselves with their hands, sticks, swords, and knives while stressing the importance of acquiring intelligence and discipline. Students can also learn techniques for self-defense in tight spaces, while sitting down, and against multiple attackers. Cardio-kickboxing classes, on the other hand, focus on the body's endurance and composition, using the method's kicks and punches more as aerobic exercise than as instruction for what to do to the next donut you see.
Bodies By Perseverance is an exclusive personal training and fitness gym. This 3,800 square foot and penthouse level gym has a magnificent view of downtown Denver. With weight machines, free weights, a cardio room, fitness studio, and agility area, clients experience high-quality and intense workouts.
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.
A joint venture between a professional boxer and a team of successful kickboxing-equipment tycoons, Title Boxing Club maintains a network of dozens of studios spread across 19 different states, winning over a devoted clientele with its invigorating and engaging boxing- and kickboxing-themed classes. Each workout uses the heart-healthy exercise of cardio training to satisfy people’s innate desire to punch and kick something other than a broken jukebox. Participants build lithe, strong muscle tissue by delivering powerful blows to punching bags, and build flexibility and agility by practicing roundhouse kicks and hooks. Students can build their core strength and endurance with medicine balls and burpees, enlist a qualified personal trainer to practice their newfound skills in the ring, or just torch calories during intense full-body Power Hour workouts.