At Personal Pilates Plus, certified personal trainer and owner, Katie Thornhill, weaves her degrees in exercise and sports sciences with her passion for mind and body wellness. She and her team firmly believe pilates to be the best path to that wellness as it strengthens the core and prepares the body for everything from skiing and running to recovering from injury. They instruct a variety of pilates methods to achieve those goals, including mat, chair, and reformer classes.
The owner of Motion Fitness and Massage, Jessica Rose, is both a certified personal trainer and a certified massage therapist. With Motion Fitness and Massage, she combines all her skills. She leads clients through challenging and always-different workouts that include one-on-one, small group, or large group sessions that fuse cardio, strength, and endurance training. After working out, clients can have their chronic pain and stress reduced through a deep-tissue or sports massage to help keep them mobile and ache-free.
In yoga, the warrior poses demand strength and a sense of inner calm in order to hold the position?challenging the mind while testing physical ability. This dual challenge is the inspiration for Scott Anderson?s Warrior Academy Yoga (WAY) studio, an institution of learning where he encourages his ?warriors? (also known as students) to remember that practicing yoga is about much more than getting a great workout. While there are plenty of physical benefits from the WAY classes, which combine ashtanga and vinyasa yoga practices, they?re also designed to calm mind and spirit. Set to eclectic music in warm?not hot?rooms, classes combine fast-paced vinyasa moves with cooling sequences that target belly muscles for more body elasticity and range of motion.
Genesis Fitness hurts so good! Searching for an all-around raw work-out? Point your biceps to Genesis Fitness LoDo, between Coors Field and Union Station. A recently renovated facility offers their clients state-of-the-art fitness equipment with treadmills, free weights, medicine balls and more, though much of the activity held inside is decidedly primitive. Their 60-minute Power Camps are as diverse as their instructors, and available Monday through Friday mornings before work; mid-mornings three days per week; and evenings four days per week, each designed to get participants back to the basics of fitness. For those exercise-conscious, yet budget-minded clients, Saturday drop-ins offer an affordable, mentored exercise option. Surrounded by the Commons Park, City of Cuernavaca Park and Platte River Trails, Genesis regularly takes the gym outside for workouts.
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.
Nobody should have to suffer through a workout, say the fitness pros who helm Studio Thrive. So, to make exercise as enjoyable as possible, they design group classes that are fun, social, and suitable for all skill levels. Most instructors bring an extensive dance background to the classroom, filling classes such as Zumba and TRX. Personal-training sessions often center on functional-training tools such as TRX suspension straps and kettlebells, both of which foster flexibility and core strength. In addition to designing highly customized workouts, certified personal trainers perform body-composition analyses and fitness assessments to track their clients' progress.
When they're not leading classes or personal-training sessions, Studio Thrive's staffers host private Zumba parties in the spacious studio, lined with oversize mirrors, a polished wooden floor, and a cobalt-blue ceiling. Upon request, they can also bring Zumba sessions to offices, apartment buildings, or painfully quiet libraries.