The FERZa CrossFit story, like the American story, began more than 10 years ago when Francisco Zambrano decided to get in shape. At his then 245 pounds, it would take years of training, proper nutrition, and determination to sculpt him into the lean and brawny CrossFit trainer he is today. Eager to share the fitness expertise he cultivated on that journey with others, Francisco began holding CrossFit sessions with a few friends within a small garage. Amid handmade dumbbells, custom pull-up bars, and boxes, the group would practice CrossFit workouts each day. As interest in the sessions grew, Francisco began leading three or four workouts each day, and CrossFit FERZa was born.
Today, Francisco and his team of certified trainers continue to guide students of all ages and experience levels through CrossFit’s high-intensity workouts of functional movements, while striving to create a supportive community among all participants. The trainers also supply students with nutritional advice, promoting diets of garden vegetables and lean meats from livestock and poultry with little to no history of cigar smoking.
In 1959 German dancer Lotte Berk turned a back injury into the beginnings of a fitness phenomenon. Whether it was clairvoyant foresight, a prophesy spelled out in alphabet soup, or just plain stubbornness to dance her way through an injury no one knows, but her combination of ballet training and rehabilitative therapy formed the foundation of The Lotte Berk Method exercise studio. In 2001, after decades of running her own Lotte Berk studio, journalist and entrepreneur Burr Leonard teamed with a physical therapist to refine the movements of this workout to target specific muscles while reducing the impact on joints. The result became known as the Bar Method. Since the opening of Burr’s first studio, The Bar Method franchise has grown to 65 locations in 18 states across the United States and British Columbia, Canada. More than 80,000 students take these classes per month including celebrities Drew Barrymore, Ricki Lake and Anna Paquin.
As Joana Canals reported on Colorado's Best, "There's something magical about Pearl Street Fitness." The unmistakable energy of husband-and-wife team Scott and Laura St. John is present in each and every unique workout, as Pearl Street never does the same workout twice. The result is a dynamic and engaging environment, where more than 100 sessions a week keep participants motivated to achieve their fitness goals while helping them avoid the boredom of repeating the same routines on the Sisyphus workout plan.
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.
The expert trainers at The Good Life Personal Training help guests of all shapes and sizes reach their goals through a variety of fitness services. They lead small groups through intense boot-camp sessions or help athletes improve their game with athletic training or celebration-dance choreography. They also help guests make all-over lifestyle changes with nutrition analysis and coaching.
After completing years of training, earning their certifications, and memorizing more than 500 Pilates movements, aspiring instructors still aren't ready for recruitment at Vita Movement. Owner Patricia A. Robinson looks for one other crucial quality on potential résumés: adaptability. She and her highly trained staff members distinguish their teaching from rote instruction by making personal adjustments for each client. These modifications can be minute or broad, and cater to different fitness levels as well as conditions such as injury or pregnancy. In fact, Patricia specializes in pre- and postnatal workouts, regimens that have been featured on 9 News for their ability to reduce the physical stresses of motherhood. No matter the course, instructors keep a careful eye on their pupils' progress, displaying the keen attention to anatomical detail that helped them win the award for Best Pilates Studio on the 2011 Denver A-List.
The studio keeps its sessions intimate to better tailor its lessons. Reformers by Balanced Body line the brightly lit space, vying for attention with Wunda Chairs and other equipment in addition to a supply of mats, bands, and rollers. The machinery helps tone and strengthen bodies’ "powerhouse," or core, relying on springs for resistance as students stretch into adapted Pilates motions. In addition to Pilates courses, such as jump-board and Reformer classes, students can partake in TRX suspension training and indoor cycling. Pilates Vita also acts as a boutique gym, granting members full access to the all equipment as well as three genie wishes that don’t involve flying or the ability to eat 12 wedding cakes without getting sick.