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.
The goals of Youth Sports Academy are many. The courses here aim to get locals active?youths and adults?while promoting a healthy and active lifestyle, and the importance of teamwork and respect. Programs range in focus from roller derby to Pilates, and take place throughout the week, catering to busy schedules and kids who own a pair of shoes for every sport. Adult athletes can also get fit during one-on-one workout sessions or group fitness classes.
Dancer, choreographer, and certified Pilates instructor Alisa Schillinger fell in love with dance as a high-school student—a love that she now passes on to the students at Axis Of Movement. Teaching dance styles including hip hop, breakdance, tap, ballet, jazz, and lyrical, Schillinger and her staff help students to master leaps, turns, taps, and splits. When not pirouetting through the studio, Alisa also teaches Pilates, and an on-staff massage therapist helps keep bodies limber in ways that have nothing to do with spelling out YMCA with your arms.
After 700 hours of training, the instructors of Bikram's Yoga College at Westminster and Longmont each received their certification from Bikram Yoga's founder, Bikram Choudhury. The team's collective expertise ensures students can safely execute Bikram's 26 circulation-boosting poses and two breathing exercises. During group or private classes, they'll help each student to transition from one stance to another as the studio's heating system incites greater flexibility and a detoxifying sweat. They cultivate a judgment-free atmosphere, welcoming participation from those with no prior yoga or volcano-spelunking experience.
The two Colorado studios host their sessions beneath 10- and 11.5-foot ceilings to foster a spaciously steamy setting. An onsite retail store equips patrons with gear, and a board-certified massage therapist ousts any lingering limb tension with a massage.
Elevate Fit Club is more than a fitness center—it’s a welcoming, supportive place to work out that was founded by two fitness-instructor sisters, who offer classic and alternative exercise options. The club has Pilates, Pilates Reformer, and yoga classes, and it also boasts a FitWall, a vertical-training exercise apparatus that engages all 603 muscles of the body just to stay on.
Talia Jimenez knows what it takes to get in shape. After the birth of her daughter, Talia was determined to shed the excess weight from her pregnancy and leave her diet of fast food behind. She not only found success with exercise and healthy eating?she learned how to help others find it, too. At L.E Workout, Jimenez and fellow coach Erick Ramiro lead group classes that blend weight training and cardio to blast calories and build lean muscle. They also run weight loss challenges and offer up nutritional supplements that complement workouts.