Nobody should have to suffer through a workout, say the fitness pros who helm Studio Thrive. So, to make exercise as enjoyable as possible, they design group classes that are fun, social, and suitable for all skill levels. Most instructors bring an extensive dance background to the classroom, filling classes such as Zumba, Baby and Me TRX Suspension Training, and TRX. Personal-training sessions often center on functional-training tools such as TRX suspension straps and kettlebells, both of which foster flexibility and core strength. In addition to designing highly customized workouts, certified personal trainers perform body-composition analyses and fitness assessments to track their clients' progress.
When they're not leading classes or personal-training sessions, Studio Thrive's staffers host private Zumba parties in the spacious studio, lined with oversize mirrors, a polished wooden floor, and a cobalt-blue ceiling. Upon request, they can also bring Zumba sessions to offices, apartment buildings, or painfully quiet libraries.
The pole classes at Studio 3sixT, featured on 9news' “Wargin’s Workout” segment, boost cardiovascular health, strength, and self-confidence for ladies of all fitness levels. The studio's supportive instructors herald from diverse backgrounds, each bringing complementary skills gleaned from careers in dance and gymnastics to the schedule's many classes. The classes accommodate pole scalers of all sizes and abilities, catering to beginners in the introductory course and challenging pros in Pole Method: Level 5—in which men and ladies hone advanced skills such as inverted aerial handsprings and shoulder mount hops. In addition to the pole-dance classes, the instructors also lead barre and flexibility classes to help gals whip into shape sans vertical movement.
Zumba is one of the peppiest fitness options on the schedule. Read on to learn a little about where it comes from.
Zumba: A Fitness Style on the Move
Because of its tendency to dissolve inhibitions by the time the beat sets in, Zumba has been deemed "exercise in disguise" by instructors in both The Huffington Post and USA Today. The dance-fitness program?now a mainstay in thousands of gyms worldwide?syncs basic dance steps and calisthenics to upbeat music, often drawing upon Latin styles such as merengue, salsa, and flamenco. Certified instructors demonstrate each piece of choreography at the front of the room, motivating participants to groove at their own pace and add creative flairs as they see fit.
The program currently branches off into eight variations, including Zumbatomic for children, and Zumba Toning for exercisers who wish to incorporate strength-training elements.
Zumba got its start in Colombia in the mid-1990s, the brainchild of fitness instructor Alberto "Beto" Perez. According to Reuters, Beto initially wanted to name it Rumba?a Spanish word that can translate to party?but swapped in the Z when he found his first choice was trademarked. Today, Beto keeps up with the constantly changing musical culture by arranging new routines for his vast network of instructors every two months, incorporating newer styles such as hip-hop and reggaeton and enlisting artists such as Pitbull and Wyclef Jean to record Zumba-specific tracks.
Exercising in the dark is typically a recipe for bruises. However, on one day of the year at the Denver Coliseum, the lights shut off, the music turns on, and the workout begins. OMG Fitness Concert decks out its guests in glow sticks, glow necklaces, and washable glow paint as they arrive on the floor, their bodies illuminated by black lights and the concert's vibrant displays.
This year, the festivities kick off with a glow-in-the-dark obstacle course. Bright tires, stairs, and other pieces of obtrusive terrain, all of which are in keeping with the theme "Neon Everything," stand between challengers and the finish line. Next is a LesMills Body Combat course led by onstage instructors. As they guide the group through strikes from martial arts such as tae kwan do and kickboxing, invigorating music follows the pace of the action. Lastly, a jungle-themed Zumba session teaches participants to groove to a celebratory cardio-dance routine. The event also hosts vendors of gym apparel and accessories, enabling visitors to bring home a more practical memento than a vial of their own forehead sweat.
At Mile High Fitness, a staff of certified trainers across a variety of disciplines—from strength conditioning to Pilates and yoga—helps clients build their self-confidence muscles with classes and one-on-one personal training. Members slim down with fun, engaging Zumba dance workouts, or maintain a holistically healthy lifestyle with corporate wellness-challenge programs or fitness assessments.
Healthy vibes emanate from Ascent Fitness, a facility that comprises a gym, Pilates studio, group-fitness studio, and plush locker rooms with towel service. High ceilings and turquoise walls surround clients working out with TRX straps and free weights, while hardwood floors support several Pilates reformers. Amid these amenities, owner Doug Quinlivan joins forces with his team, which includes fellow certified personal trainer April Sharrock, doctor of chiropractic Jennaleigh McKinley, and the licensed massage therapists from Elevated Health Massage. These specialists offer 10 types of massage therapy onsite, including the traditional Swedish massage as well as reiki, hot-stone treatments, and prenatal services.