The Fort Collins Club helps members feel comfortable in their own bodies by turning flabby flesh turtlenecks into slim, tailored skin suits. During the Club's daily group fitness, spinning, and yoga and Pilates mat classes, instructors guide guests on en masse exercise expeditions ranging from heart-pumping stepping exercises to muscle-toning asana sequences. Independent body-tenders can blaze their own calorie-strewn trails on the hardwood floors of hand, racquet, and basketball courts or the 35 feet of wall-crawling terrain on the indoor climbing wall. Family membership holders can also drop their tender progeny off in the Kids' Club so that they don’t gum up the finely tuned machinery with their oversized lollipops and welding torches.
Equipment: Koko's patented Smartrainer and Precor cardio; Koko digital interface.
Students should bring: Wear comfortable workout gear and bring water bottle.
Average class length: 30-60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Walk-ins are welcome, but a scheduled appointment is recommended.
Koko FitClub?s automated personal-training system rockets both men and women toward fitness goals with 30-minute custom workouts that incorporate cardio and strength training. An initial consultation determines fitness levels and baseline measurements, which Koko?s computerized equipment uses to design a tailored workout plan that precisely measures the weight, pace, and rest time appropriate for each exerciser.
The Koko Smartrainers guide exercisers through each workout and adapt as the user?s fitness needs change in order to constantly challenge the body. Designed by professional trainers, workouts maximize the body?s lean-muscle mass, which can boost metabolism and help fight off disease by challenging viruses to kickboxing matches. Exercisers can track their shrinking waistlines and swelling muscles online by analyzing workout scores and comparing individual fitness levels to the Koko FitClub community.
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.
Lindsay and Darla Roselle, the stepdaughter-stepmother team that co-owns Mindstream Yoga, share their passion for yoga to help their students achieve healthier lifestyles. They've gathered a team of more than 20 instructors to guide students through their signature MainStream Vinyasa flow class, increase intensity during PowerStream's faster-paced sessions, and mix up workouts with weights, cardio intervals, and body-sculpting exercises during CrossStream classes. They kick the studio's high-efficiency heat and humidity system up to 105 degrees during hot yoga classes, which helps bodies detoxify and sink deeper into stretches. The staff doesn't associate their yoga practice with any religious tradition, instead choosing to focus on the connection between the mind and body. Mindstream Yoga's modern studio is a LEED-certified sustainable building, and professional cleaners spruce up the place with nontoxic cleaning products and yoga pants made of Brillo pads. Images of the Colorado landscape, snapped by local photographers, adorn the lobby, where students can grab a complimentary organic apple before heading to the locker room to shower.
Joseph Pilates, the founder of Pilates, famously promised his students, "In 10 sessions you will feel the difference. In 20, you will see the difference. And in 30, you will be on your way to having a whole new body." The staff at Powerhouse Pilates agrees, and they're equally committed to motivating their students to make it through those 10, 20, and 30 classes?and beyond. To do this, they keep classes as fun as they are challenging, and ultimately, rewarding. This includes private and semi-private lessons, as well as Pilates mat and apparatus classes for all levels. Along with Pilates, Powerhouse Pilates challenges students through barre fitness classes, which incorporate the ballet barre, free weights, and other props to sculpt a dancer's physique without ever putting on a tutu.
Anytime Fitness, which boasts more than 1,800 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio and Hammer Strength machines and hoist Iron Grip free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they?re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness?s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or hop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.