Certified personal trainer Julie Tubbesing is a one-woman gym. She transports weights, kettlebells, resistance bands, and even music to her clients' homes, planning customized and private workouts in the comfort of their yard or living area. These sessions rely on a mix of fast-paced cardio intervals and functional strength exercises. However, Julie adjusts the program depending on each person's goals, and has coached her pupils toward toned muscles as well as dramatic fat loss—some of her past clients have shed more than 50 pounds. For those who would prefer a different setting, she also hosts appointments in a fully equipped studio.
Anytime Fitness, as the name suggests, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days a year with nonstop security. Novice calorie burners and ripped Michelangelo models alike can take advantage of a one-month membership, which equips bodies with enough treadmills, cycles, elliptical machines, and weights to train them to run a marathon inside of a swimming pool filled with mud. Highlight the results of fat-frying and muscle-mass-magnifying sessions with one month of unlimited tanning in high-powered beds that paint ripply physiques a brilliant shade of bronze.
Members at Curves, a fitness center designed exclusively for women, rotate around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines designed to work with female bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help to manage participants’ machine maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use participants' own body weight, fitness level, and aerodynamic water bottles to create resistance that matches abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can. Between each weight station lies a recovery board where ladies cool down while walking, jogging, or running in place to keep up momentum. With each workout warrior at a different station, the only competition that exists is with one's own burgeoning muscles.
Too many 60-hour workweeks is what prompted Robyn Morrisette to ditch the corporate world for the fitness world. After becoming an ISSA-certified personal trainer, a CrossFit Level 1 coach, and a certified Adventure Boot Camp coach, she ultimately started Front Range Boot Camp, "a women’s boot camp with heart." There, while being spurred on by Morrisette and the other exercisers, women can push, pull, run, climb, and jump their way to health and physical fitness, tracking their progress and becoming part of a fun community along the way.
The exercise program changes daily but always starts with a warm-up and ends with yoga. And it's not just about the exercise—participants can also expect nutritional guidance, fitness evaluations, body challenges, personal coaching, and free events intended to inspire a totally transformed lifestyle.
Bling Bling Window Cleaning purges panes of invading dirt and sanitizes homes sullied by the grime and gunk of daily living. Choose the first option, and two or more capable cleansers arrive at your home equipped with all the materials necessary to clean panes ($4–$7/pane) that have transformed from clear viewscapes to murky canvases from domestic gray periods. After consulting with customers about the correct pollutant-free cleansers to use, washers go to work on windows, removing dirt, sopping up standing or pooled water, and washing sills and tracks. A window restoration ($5–$10/pane) involves a more refined rinsing, during which scrubbers also remove overspray and extra paint to return glass to a more air-mimicking state. For those opting for the house cleaning, Bling Bling's two-hour service leaves laundry washed, dishes dried, surfaces sanitized, and sheets changed after technicians expertly expunge the clutter of previous evenings' indoor pie-eating contests while leaving the glory untouched.
Though Soloman Madron had just collapsed to the ground, he was happy—and, of course, exhausted. He had just finished his first ever CrossFit workout. Soloman was no stranger to exercise, having spent time in the Marine Corps, worked in corporate fitness. CrossFit, however, trumped everything else he had tried.
Since that first workout in 2009, Soloman has opened his own studio, West Metro CrossFit, which he runs alongside co-owner and lifelong fitness buff Nate Sappington. Together with a team of fitness trainers, they lead CrossFit classes with ever-changing workouts that combine elements of gymnastics, weightlifting, and cardiovascular training. Aside from CrossFit, the fitness instructors teach posture and mobility clinics, train exercisers in lifting, and work one-on-one during personal training sessions. Whatever the program, they make a point of getting to know their clients, and each month they select a new athlete of the month.