The owners of Qi pool their experience to design innovative, unique exercise classes. Leading a staff of personal trainers and experienced instructors, the club maintains meditative training studios where yoga and cycling fuse in courses such as QiCycle-Yoga, and Qi Ryders, which uses RealRyder bikes.
The resulting roster of classes have earned Qi a second- and third-place spot on 5280's 2011 readers’ choice awards for Health Club/Gym and Yoga respectively. Such classes include Qi Yoga, a unique focus on core energy and muscular strength, and QiCycle-KORE, a cycling program blended with a bootcamp workout. The commitment to healthy living extends beyond the gym, with community programs, such as the free running club, a group that meets regularly to jog through City Park, Congress Park, and local Thanksgiving dinners.
In the sunlight that streams in through the floor-to-ceiling windows at pH7 Pilates, students bend and fold into challenging positions, all for the health of their body. Expert instructors meander through the group, adjusting postures and doling out encouragement as the students feel their core muscles working. These students are practicing a classic form of Pilates, using their body weight, Reformer machines, or giant pet parrots as resistance. The classes offer challenges for all skill levels, and include mat Pilates classes, yoga classes, and jump board cardio classes.
Within iLiv Yoga’s heated studio, expert instructors lead students of all levels through six sweat-filled varieties of yoga classes. Passionate instructors lead students through traditional Vinyasa flow postures, combining breath and movement as the studio’s elevated temperatures open up limbs and deepen stretches. They also lead classes set to music for more experienced yogis, allowing the rhythms of the music to set the pace of the class, be it a soothing jazz tempo or the cacophonous sound of a marching band trying to break the land speed record.
The certified and licensed aestheticians at Maral Day Spa defy aging and environmental forces with facials, body treatments, and microdermabrasion. The staffers are also tech-savvy and licensed in both the anti-cellulite lipo-massage system and the hydrafacial, a new technology that balances uneven skin tone and shrinks pores. Waxing treatments remove unwanted hair and shape comely arches above the eyes, which can also be enhanced by eyebrow and eyelash tinting or by super-gluing a bedazzled monocle to the bridge of the nose.
In a Pachanga Fitness workout room, the percussive beats of traditional Latin music create an almost irresistible urge to dance. The Pachanga classes indulge this urge with a fast-paced workout that incorporates elements of Latin dance from the syncopated footsteps of salsa to the sultry hip sways of samba.
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.