Lance Farrell drew from his extensive background in tae kwon do to take down opponents in the ring for many years before he realized he could use his powers to help others combat obesity and health issues. He developed Farrell's Extreme Bodyshaping to provide patrons of all fitness levels with a comfortable place in which to undergo a mental and physical transformation, much like a crushed-velvet cocoon. He stripped away the sparring and contact drills from his fighter training, leaving just the components that burn fat and build muscle.
When students sign up for a program, they're grouped into teams of peers who encourage one another through moments of weakness and provide a sense of accountability. The instructors and coaches guide these teams toward fitness on a 10-week quest based on four pillars—cardiovascular exercise to burn fat, strength training to build muscle, nutrition coaching to map out a healthy diet, and enthusiastic trainers to provide motivation. At the end of each session, each of Farrell's locations rewards a student with a $1,000 prize—or a year’s worth of high-fives—congratulating them on their dramatic physical transformation. Students who stick around and strive to get healthy over the course of a year get a shot at the $10,000 prize, though winners have reported that leading a healthier life is a greater reward than the money.
For nearly two decades, the nationally certified instructors at ATA Family Martial Arts have taught students how to block, strike, and kick in a series of self-defense patterns. Classes for kids as young as 4 focus on coordination, listening skills, and confidence, and adult-geared classes teach sparring and weapons training.
If you missed your chance to wield a sword during high-intensity cardio workouts in a failed audition for the remake of Karate Kid (spoiler alert), today's Groupon gives you the secret weapon of warrior workout bliss: for $20, you get any five fitness classes at Boulder Quest Center (a $50 value). Choose one or mix and match any of BQC's fitness courses: cardio kickboxing, cardio sword, cardio boot camp, tribal bellydance, yoga, and NinjaFit.
Trainers at The Workout Studio are highly qualified: they've won national martial arts championships and have earned black belts, nutrition certifications, and personal-training certifications. Together, they lead fitness classes that range from intense boot camps and CrossFit sessions to upbeat cardio dance and soothing yoga. Members can also make use of the gym's cardio and weight areas, hitting treadmills and elliptical trainers or hoisting free weights and lifting up machines that other people are trying to use. Gym facilities include full locker rooms with showers and complimentary towels as well as a snack bar that serves up protein shakes and energy bars. The Workout Studio was named best Gym/Athletic Club by Boulder County's Daily Camera in 2002 and 2003.