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.
Founder and CEO Allison Beardsley's passion for Pilates sparked after struggling to find exercise that would not aggravate her basketball-related ailments. The discovery that the efficient resistance moves helped her to develop a strong core without subjecting her joints to pain inspired her to spread the word of Pilates's benefits to others, which she does from 23 clean and sunny Club Pilates?studio locations. A team of certified instructors teaches the group classes, which are designed to strengthen, tighten, and tone the entire body. The staff leads students through controlled movements and breathing techniques performed on specialized Pilates machines, such as the Reformer, a Pilates ballet barre, and retired kitchen chairs. To ensure each patron can craft a well-rounded workout regimen that suits his or her needs, the studios offer stretching and sculpting classes that touch upon a variety of fitness modalities.
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 addition to its official name, The Gates Tennis Center can claim a few other titles: the largest tennis center in Colorado, for one. The host of the Colorado State Open. Home base to internationally renowned tennis instructors?including a former New Zealand junior champion and a coach of 25 years who has worked with players from Canada to the Caribbean.
For the past 30 years, the public tennis center has drawn on strengths like these to celebrate its signature sport through lessons and events, which include tournaments, tennis opens, and convivial socials. Students of all skill levels can attend lessons or ball-machine practices, which are far more effective than playing wallball with a mannequin.
After donning an apron and grabbing a brush, students in a two-hour Vino & Picasso class can sip on drinks while dabbing out their own painted masterpiece. Led by an experienced artist, aspiring Picassos follow straight-forward, step-by-step instructions to complete the featured artwork during that session, which might be an abstract landscape or a photo-real still life of a bacterium.
Kindness Yoga owner Patrick Harrington is dedicated to establishing a thriving yogic community at both of his studio locations, where yoga practitioners of all skill levels flock to achieve physical invigoration and mental centering. Kindness Yoga’s dozens of instructors share their limb-stretching expertise and breathing techniques with visitors during classes that focus on a wide array of styles, such as gentle Hatha, challenging Vinyasa, and sweat-inducing Kinda-Hot, which is practiced in a heated room. The veteran yogis also host extended workshops that thoroughly discuss themes including prenatal yoga and hoop dancing.