Clambering up a brick wall. Vaulting over a railing. Somersaulting down from the top of a wall. It's all part of parkour. In APEX Movement’s 11,000-square-foot gym, parkour classes build a fitness foundation for students aspiring to these advanced tricks. APEX’s founder, Ryan Ford, mastered these moves—as well as basics such as quadrupedal movements, basic gymnastics, and freerunning tricks—through trial and error. Now that parkour has become a more established sport, he teaches newbies more efficiently than he taught himself, aided by a team of instructors. All have completed a 120-hour training program, and are well-versed in subjects such as “Demon Drills,” an online series focused on complex parkour stunts rather than on donning a horn-equipped headband.
The team complements their parkour training with a variety of other classes in gymnastics, freerunning, and daily changing CrossFit workouts. The gym also hosts solo workouts, where visitors can conquer Ninja Warrior obstacles such as the salmon ladder and the unstable bridge or bounce on trampolines and other gymnastics equipment. They can also wield strength-training tools such as kettlebells, dumbbells, and bells that have hands and try to push pack.
At Melonlight Dance, students make art on the dance floor, painting the dark-stained hardwood with their graceful movements and flourishes of fancy footwork. DVIDA-certified instructors Emily and Ray lead these lessons, teaching students to waltz, strut, and scamper in private and group settings. Students train for upcoming competitions or even a flash mob in a warm studio lit from above by twinkling Christmas lights and the traveling essence of Giorgio Moroder. In addition to its artful dance sessions, the studio also plays host to soothing, restorative yoga classes as well as personal training and fitness sessions.
The staff at Colorado Sports and Fitness includes doctors, trainers, therapists, and nutrition specialists. These professionals offer a variety of fitness and health services, including personal training and nutrition supplementation. They also lead "Crush 20" group fitness classes, which, like the television show made about each person's life, condense everything important into 20-minute sessions.
The team of instructors at The Sanctuary Brazilian JiuJitsu and Fitness includes former Olympian in judo Charlee Minkin, and head instructor Ben Lowry, a black belt jujitsu fighter who can trace his fighting lineage back to the renowned Gracie family. The Gracies developed Brazilian jujitsu and helped popularize the fighting art in America. Unlike other styles, Brazilian jujitsu relies less on brute strength than on takedown techniques and ground-based fighting, including locks and chokes. At The Sanctuary, classes for kids and adults are tailored to every participant's fitness and experience level—emphasizing coordination, balance, and discipline.
At CrossFit Unbroken, visitors immerse themselves in challenging, ever-changing WODs, or Workouts of the Day, which are designed to build strength and agility while spurring weight loss. Routines constantly rotate to keep participants from getting bored and fleeing the building to chase the ice cream truck. Classes may include kettlebell swings, pullups, 400-meter dashes, burpees, squats, and lunges. The arduous nature of the workouts also helps to boost camaraderie between members, an aspect not always found at traditional gyms.
Arthur Murray Dance Studios has been a leading name in social dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and the Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, the Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Clients who arrive to lessons partnerless will be paired up with certified instructors. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.