Inside Pilates Denver’s "movement studio"—a name adopted from its always-in-motion instructors—students draw both knowledge and inspiration from tenured masters, whether working to shed fat or unwind after a long day. Six days a week, students strengthen their cores during private, semi-private, and group-equipment classes in the Pilates studio. In the movement studio, instructors teach pupils traditional Pilates mat exercises to strengthen, tone, and elongate muscles. Meanwhile, other groups make use of a ballet barre while moving to high-octane music, or flow through sun salutations during Vinyasa and Hatha yoga classes.
Pangea Integrative Therapies aims to keep body and soul together, must like how the massive supercontinent it's named for pressed modern continents into one piece. The wellness center integrates mind, body, and spirit with massage therapy. Modalities include classic Swedish, deep-tissue, sports, and cranial-sacral massage. Some methods use heated stones, breath work, or psychotherapeutic elements to relax and unlock deep-seated tension. The center also catalyzes healing with counseling, personal coaching, and yoga and meditation sessions all bundled together using rubber cement.
Boot Camp Challenge Denver Metro helps trainees to realize their fitness goals with motivating instructors and encouragement from peers. Classes meet indoors during the morning and evening hours three days a week for six weeks, with participants burning up to 500 to 800 calories per session. Exercises conform to all fitness levels and abilities, and each program includes personalized nutritional guidance that details how to successfully plan meals and mercilessly harpoon wild heads of lettuce.
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.
In 2001, a car accident left Russ Shadron fighting for his life in a Chicago hospital. He had suffered a brain injury and was in a coma, and it was unclear whether he would ever wake up. After a month, he regained consciousness, but his challenges were just beginning, as his entire left side was weakened by the accident and he was confined to a wheelchair, facing many surgeries to repair his injuries. But he was determined to show there was no way this would be how the story ended.
Years of rehab and training later, he worked himself out of the wheelchair and into walking with the aid of canes, to ditching the canes to walk normally, to training for short races, to training for long races, to climbing peaks in the Front Range. And he has become a personal trainer through his own business, Finding Fitness, to help others achieve their own goals. Shadron helps his clients pursue anything from a general improvement in fitness to a personal best in a road race.
Bally enshrines exercise classes, calorie-burning equipment, and a fitness-focused staff within its sanctuaries of health. A 30-day membership includes access to a spread of group exercise classes, including Pilates, Reaction Cycling, and Step Fitness (class offerings vary by location). For self-guided worker-outers, cardio equipment such as treadmills, elliptical machines, cross-trainers, and stair climbers torch calories while entertaining the brain with video entertainment and integrated music systems that occasionally whisper quotes from Charles Atlas. Bally also boasts an array of strength machines, free weights, and small-apparatus equipment, and grants gym-goers access to on-site locker rooms, showers, and, at some locations, a pool and steam room. Visit each location's webpage for a list of specific amenities and the lineup of classes.