Great minds think alike, and this was definitely true for Kyle Baxter—a professional tree climber—and Bridget Baxter—an accomplished high-school and college cross-country and track runner. Each certified instructor owned or worked at a local Bikram studio, but it wasn’t until they met at a Bikram yoga convention in 2006 that they discovered each other. Now the married couple oversees two Bikram yoga locations, which offer classes for students of any level seven days a week. Each studio is kept at a toasty 105 degrees, and sessions are led by a certified Bikram instructor who guides patrons through muscle-building and stretching poses that promote healthy, lean bodies. A large towel, yoga mat, and water bottle are recommended for each class, so the studios offer rental towels and mats for those whose dog ate their yoga mat along with their homework.
In their spacious, bare-bones gym known as “The Box,” Crossfit Battle Ready’s trainers prep students for all of life’s physical activities—work, play, and sport, as well as ordinary daily activities. They do that through a combination of functional movement exercises and cross-training techniques that borrows from Olympic lifting, track and field, and cardio conditioning. While it’s a fast-paced, intense system, its structure allows them to scale it to all fitness levels, opening CrossFit to all ages and experience.
Dribbling dynamo Darren Pitzner leads all clinics and fills sessions with more positive reinforcement than the entire Congratulations section of Hallmark. Expect to get an earful of positive music, motivational speeches, and ethic-enforcing instruction during the practices. Fast-paced drills are organized to whip benchwarmers into big shots and big shots into humungous successes with a variety of game-speed stations (each is 3 to 7 minutes long).
When not busy taming bucking broncos as a professional bull rider, fitness aficionado and owner of Firm Body Boot Camp Ryan Ehmann helps physiques to evict calories during boot-camp workouts and vivacious Zumba classes. Ryan helps guests to blitz unwanted flab with a series of pushups, sit-ups, and various machine and free-weight exercises, each set to the motivational exhortations of the skilled fitness instructor and his animatronic dumbbell backup singers. To help fortify the workout's results away from the gym, Ehmann equips boot-camp contestants with a bundle of exercise extras, including motivational tactics, diet tips, and workout DVDs, which unveil proper warm-up techniques before guiding muscles through a carefully calibrated step-by-step routine.
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.
Technicians at The Wax Factory exude professionalism, but the salon's atmosphere is anything but stuffy. Touting a laid-back approach to appointments that welcomes walk-ins or hirsute skydivers who just happen to drop in, beautifiers lead clients to private treatment rooms where they evacuate fuzz from bikini borders in 10 minutes or tug fringe from brows, lips, and chins. Men can unwind in the calming lobby before gearing up for swimsuit season with a Manzilian or Mankini wax, and both genders can liberate limbs with whole- or half-leg waxing services that accommodate the changing seasons or the rise and fall of kilt hemlines.
Orchards Athletic Club packs skilled personal trainers, dozens of weekly fitness classes, racquetball courts, a heated swimming pool, and a steam room into its modern 30,000-square-foot space. Fitness seekers can mold svelte physiques with group classes including Zumba, spinning, aerobics, and BodyFlow sessions, which meld Pilates, yoga, and tai chi. Dive into the 25-meter four-lane lap pool, heated to a soothing 84–86 degrees, for a solo swim, or partake in a joint-friendly strength- and endurance-building AquaPower class along with buoyant peers. During the two personal-training sessions, experienced trainers shower clients with personal attention and help them to reach fitness goals, from losing weight to digging up the treadmill buried under the backyard deck. Orchards Athletic Club conveniently keeps its doors unlocked seven days a week.