When Billy Corbett was still in high school in the late 1970s, he wrote letters to personal trainers in Hollywood, asking their advice on how he could become one too. Some of the trainers wrote back, giving him advice that he still remembers and utilizes today as head of Billy Corbett's RetroFit. There, he and his team of instructors lead groups through high-energy boot camps and personal-training sessions catered to individual goals. They also guide young people toward a healthy lifestyle with youth sports-conditioning classes.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing With the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to develop cardiovascular fitness, improve metabolism, improve flexibility and balance, and more with each go-round.
The YMCA aims to better Denver-area minds and bodies with fitness classes, sports leagues, and exercise facilities for users of all ages. Membership (an $84 value) grants full access for two adults, their dependent children, and as many imaginary friends they can think up. Members enjoy use of top-notch amenities that vary by location, ranging from free-weight and resistance-machine workout rooms to swimming pools and basketball courts. Outgoing endurance-testers come together during athletic classes to create a calorie-consuming hive mind unattainable to solo toners. New members in need of assistance achieving fitness goals plan out nutritional and exercise routines in their two wellness sessions (a $100 value). Personal-wellness coaches develop a distinct program for each client to help prospective workout warriors evaluate their overall health, identify specific places to improve, and build muscles regardless of superfluous zoning restrictions.
Pilates Central offers three levels of mat classes to accommodate physical-activity activists of all shapes and skill sets. Dedicated, professional instructors introduce novices to the basic principles of Pilates in beginner mat classes, helping them establish proper breathing, alignment, and pose-sequencing techniques. Intermediate classes translate the movements into complete, fluid workouts, whereas advanced classes up the fluid ante even further with expert-level exercises that produce sizable sweat puddles. Regardless of current fitness level, all students' workouts are custom-fit to their body, as mat classes trade cumbersome gym gadgetry for body-weight resistance exercises and shrink wrap.
Club Form’s body buffs guide students of all levels through a weekly schedule of 18 exercise classes to cultivate strong, marble-cut physiques. Inspired by dancers’ graceful, stretchy limbs and ability to juggle boulders, Barre Form sessions build flexibility, coordination, and strength with 60 minutes of ballet-barre exercises. To increase balance and hasten recovery from injuries, small-group Power Plate and Kinesis workouts employ full gravity-resistance equipment and vibrating platforms that promote therapeutic muscle contractions. Up to seven fitness seekers choose their own resistance levels in one-hour cycling classes, which burn calories and tone thighs and calves. Like finding a piranha in a wading pool, the boot-camp-style workout known as The Bear makes hearts pound and sweat flow.