For more than 30 years, The Point Athletic Club has been a hub for sports training and achieving fitness goals. An expert team of athletes and trainers collaborate to help clients navigate the facilities, which include an indoor running track, two six-lane pools, and a 35-foot climbing wall featuring a range of lead routes. Three indoor, climate-controlled tennis courts are open for free or league play, as well as lessons taught by two USPTA-certified tennis professionals. Two large weight rooms offer multiple options for circuits, while three hot tubs and spacious pool-side decks provide a space to rest sore muscles or use mind control to grow muscles. Group fitness classes includes sessions in Pilates mat, swimming, indoor spin, and squash and raquetball on five indoor courts.
In addition to its official name, The Gates Tennis Center can claim a few other titles: the largest tennis center in Colorado, for one. The host of the Colorado State Open. Home base to internationally renowned tennis instructors?including a former New Zealand junior champion and a coach of 25 years who has worked with players from Canada to the Caribbean.
For the past 30 years, the public tennis center has drawn on strengths like these to celebrate its signature sport through lessons and events, which include tournaments, tennis opens, and convivial socials. Students of all skill levels can attend lessons or ball-machine practices, which are far more effective than playing wallball with a mannequin.
The city lights of Denver twinkle in the distance from Mount Vernon Country Club, a 90-year-old private club that is not only proud of its picturesque views from atop Lookout Mountain—which also include the Genesee Mountain and the snowcapped Rocky Mountains—but of the activities it affords both members and guests. Making membership even more affordable due to their lack of a golf course on the grounds, Mount Vernon Country Club is not just your average country club. Members are welcome to enjoy the main dining room and Fireside Lounge’s menus of savory steaks and seasoned seafood dishes, or to dig into the weekly king-crab buffet and weekend brunch. On Friday and Saturday nights, the Fireside Lounge keeps diners entertained with live music, which has included past jazz performances by Kenny Barron, Billy Higgins, and the Fort Apache Band.
Along with a bounty of savory cuisine, Mount Vernon Country Club also offers a variety of indoor and outdoor activities. Members can splash around the club’s 25-yard outdoor pool—complete with tube slide and poolside restaurant—or swing rackets day or night at three clay and three hard-court tennis courts. Though the club's original golf course was converted into a water resource and lost-ball orphanage decades ago, members can still swing and putt amid the manicured greens at Evergreen and Raccoon Creek golf courses for a discounted rate.
To keep Mount Vernon Country Club in tip-top shape, the club has undergone remodeling and updating through the years, which has included the addition of banquet halls and an exercise facility. The curvy bar and contemporary chandeliers give the almost-century-old establishment a modern feel, while the grand wood- and stonework still exude the club’s authentic, rustic-cabin charm.
Located within the Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center, JCC Sports & Fitness welcomes people of all religions, ethnicities, genders, and walks of life. Inside, members audition new sweatbands atop Precor, Cybex, StairMaster, and other cardio machines, or head to the weight room to test their strength by arm-wrestling equipment by Cybex and FreeMotion. Between the spinning, heated yoga, and group exercise studios, instructors teach more than 100 group classes each week, but personal trainers are also available for one-on-one or small-group training.
Parents on their way to the full-size gymnasium or indoor or outdoor pools can drop their kids off at the childcare center, or suit up alongside them to wade in the kiddie pool. Steam rooms and whirlpools help men and women relax and shed stress after a long day of work, and men can also head into a traditional shvitz, or steam bath.
Tennis players of all skills and sizes blast neon orbs over the nets year-round on JCC Tennis Center’s array of eight courts, including four indoor hard courts, two lighted outdoor Classic Clay courts, and two outdoor post-tension hard courts. Adult and junior players can hone their forehands and backhands during lessons with the club’s team of tennis professionals, then show off their skills during singles and doubles leagues and tournaments. After a lengthy match or rigorous drill session, players can retire to the locker room and lounge area to reenergize by smelling freshly opened tubes of tennis balls.
As a mobile tennis teacher, Chris Greenlee travels to courts convenient for his students to teach them how to hit solid serves, volleys, and ground strokes. After playing singles and doubles tennis at the collegiate D-II level, Chris moved on to teaching the game to all levels of players and has helped students improve their skills for 8 years. This body of experience lends his instruction a confident, understanding tone, necessary when explaining to six-year-olds and grown adults that the point of tennis goes beyond sniffing the ball tube.