Consultation, muscle confusion, and nutrition. These are the main principles of Kosama Highlands Ranch, and the foundation upon which their guaranteed training programs are based. Certified trainers welcome every new client with a one-on-one consultation, complete with measurements, goal setting, and strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular health assessments. From there, clients embark on a personal training or group-fitness journey. The enthusiastic staff challenge participants’ muscles with high-intensity exercises using tools such as kettlebells, TRX training, and kickboxing moves. Six themed workouts throughout the week change constantly to ensure muscles never adapt and continually progress. An online meal planner complements in-studio training by giving members 24-7 access to weekly menus, recipes, and a list of holidays on which calories do not count.
Dancer, teacher, lawyer, salesperson. These were the titles held by Functional Strength Pilates’s staff before they ditched their day jobs to pursue their passion for the more-than-80-year-old practice. Out of two Denver–area locations they teach traditional Pilates, which shows students how to breathe mindfully while aligning their spines to strengthen their cores. Continued practice can help students to decompress their joints so they can move more fluidly than the Vitruvian man doing the backstroke. The exercise also integrates well with rehabilitation regimens, which explains why the staff works closely with area physical therapists, orthopedic doctors, and chiropractors and their patients. Each of the two studios bolsters the Pilates curriculum with different supplemental practices—personal training at the Lone Tree location and yoga classes in Castle Rock.
The monthlong membership begins with a 30-minute orientation and health evaluation on the first day to determine fitness goals. Once students are sized up, they will begin the 30-day journey toward sizing down. Each 45- to 60-minute boot-camp session differs in its specific weight training, cardio, and flexibility workouts, but consistently combines the dedication of a personal trainer with the camaraderie of like-minded exercisers. MissFits offers participants more than a fitness regimen designed to shed pounds and tone muscle; it is a way for positive ladies to motivate each other to improve all aspects of lifestyle, including nutrition and self-image. Check out the schedule to decide which location and class times best fit into your agenda—you can switch between locations and class times as often as you like.
The students at Vertical Academy Workout spend very little time on the ground. Led by certified instructors, they climb and spin on the studio's poles, practicing everything from basic grips to full routines. Depending on their level of experience, they take one of four levels of classes that teach proper pole form. Many classes also incorporate costuming and props that embrace the art's theatrical side, though only the most advanced teach the infamous pole-dance scene in Shakespeare's Macbeth. Other classes focus on fitness, integrating ballet barre exercises that tone the entire body.
Having a baby presents a new set of challenges to any family, as Stacey Bergin-Melito, very well knows. As the founder of Natal to Nest and a mother of two, Stacey works to ease the stresses of childbirth via fertility workshops, pre- and postnatal yoga classes, and support groups. Her staff features health specialists including a board-certified lactation consultant, a nutritional-therapy practitioner, and a registered nurse, among others. Together, the team brings moms closer to new babies as well as to fellow parents in a relaxed setting.
Andrea Richards is a cosmetologist and master stylist with more than 15 years of experience in her field. She welcomes clients into her chair at Cashmere Salon & Day Spa with a complimentary drink before rolling up her sleeves and setting to work designing a new cut, color, or hair treatment. To ensure clients leave looking their absolute best, Andrea uses products from Pureology and Bumble & bumble. And, she can even turn her attention to the body, waxing away unwanted hair to reveal smoother, softer skin.