While spending a summer in Venice, California, scholarship athlete Kent Paul discovered the art of bodybuilding after Ed Connors?the owner of the Gold?s Gym franchise?sensed his potential and began sponsoring him in competitions. During this life changing summer, Paul honed his workout strategies with the help of renowned trainers and nutritionists, kicking off a journey that would eventually lead him to earning a degree in kinesiology, owning his own fitness business, becoming a world-ranked competitive bodybuilder, and winning the title of Mr. Colorado in 1998. Then, after retiring from the sport of bodybuilding, tragedy struck; Paul was involved in a car accident that left him bedridden and suicidal for an entire year. After eventually overcoming his despair, Paul realized that his life calling included more than merely helping others bulk up their muscles?he would develop a total body fitness program that would also incorporate introspection, self-discovery, and inner strength. It was this revelation that led him to open Turbo Training Fitness. He has since garnered endorsements from Donald Trump?s Miss USA and national fitness consultants for his unique approach to inner and outer well-being.
Today, Paul puts his 15,882 hours of experience to use while leading high-impact boot-camp classes, one-on-one or group personal-training sessions, and nutrition programs. He and his team of trainers operate underneath the umbrella of Turbo Training?s personal power program, in which they require clients to fill out a self-assessment packet, list a series of measurable fitness and life goals, and whistle their all-time favorite montage themesongs before flexing one muscle. They?ll then construct a customized fitness and meal program that?s built upon the concepts of accountability and commitment.
After completing years of training, earning their certifications, and memorizing more than 500 Pilates movements, aspiring instructors still aren't ready for recruitment at Vita Movement. Owner Patricia A. Robinson looks for one other crucial quality on potential résumés: adaptability. She and her highly trained staff members distinguish their teaching from rote instruction by making personal adjustments for each client. These modifications can be minute or broad, and cater to different fitness levels as well as conditions such as injury or pregnancy. In fact, Patricia specializes in pre- and postnatal workouts, regimens that have been featured on 9 News for their ability to reduce the physical stresses of motherhood. No matter the course, instructors keep a careful eye on their pupils' progress, displaying the keen attention to anatomical detail that helped them win the award for Best Pilates Studio on the 2011 Denver A-List.
The studio keeps its sessions intimate to better tailor its lessons. Reformers by Balanced Body line the brightly lit space, vying for attention with Wunda Chairs and other equipment in addition to a supply of mats, bands, and rollers. The machinery helps tone and strengthen bodies’ "powerhouse," or core, relying on springs for resistance as students stretch into adapted Pilates motions. In addition to Pilates courses, such as jump-board and Reformer classes, students can partake in TRX suspension training and indoor cycling. Pilates Vita also acts as a boutique gym, granting members full access to the all equipment as well as three genie wishes that don’t involve flying or the ability to eat 12 wedding cakes without getting sick.
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Fluff* Bar, whose opening was recently profiled by Denver Westword, brings together talented stylists and mixologists to pamper patrons with upscale salon services and expertly crafted libations. Los Angeles celebrity stylist Britt Chambers was inspired to meld a salon and bar by her experiences primping stars for red-carpet events such as the Oscars in LA, according to The Denver Post. The resulting Fluff* Bar is lined with creamy white surfaces, ivory leather, and chandeliers dripping with crystal, designed to evoke the inside of a jewelry box. Within the salon, shears snip locks into precision cuts, deft hands craft close up-ready coifs, and a makeup artist uses experience with countless celebrities to perfectly primp faces.
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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.
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