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.
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.
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.
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.
Pilates of Cherry Creek offers a fully equipped studio for fitness seekers looking to firm up and shed pounds in a welcoming and supportive atmosphere. Opened in 2001, Pilates of Cherry Creek uses the tried-and-true Pilates method to strengthen cores and increase dexterity much more effectively than untangling the tedious knots of a Sega Master System’s controllers. During the 55-minute one-on-one lesson, students will receive attentive instruction to help overcome weaknesses and reinforce strengths. The Sunday mat class provides a supportive group environment where participants can obtain a challenging yet accessible workout that’s much more fun than attending boot-camp sessions with Fristensky, the circus strongman. Additionally, an experienced staff of flexible body benders guides students toward the elusive realm of tip-top form.
Since TNT's inception, 26 years ago, over 570,000 team members have raised more than $1.4 billion in the fight against blood cancers. Experienced, certified coaches prepare teams to walk or run half or full marathons, cycle century rides or complete triathlons, helping individuals achieve fitness goals while forming new friendships and making a difference in the lives of cancer patients.