Competitive Edge Mixed Martial Arts' skilled and dedicated instructors help students turn their bodies into streamlined fighting machines with high-intensity fitness boot camps. These sessions include krav maga classes for practical self-defense and kickboxing courses taught by professional martial artists. Adults can turn their cores and limbs into sleek muscle with fitness kickboxing and boot-camp classes, while kids work through martial-arts drills to boost their athleticism and learn to solve challenging moral dilemmas to sharpen their character. Students of all ages can take self-defense, weight-loss, or mixed-martial-arts courses, where they safely spar with one another, punch heavy bags, sprint, lift, and kick their way to good health and self-discipline.
The instructors at Destiny Dance Studio don't just want new dancers to learn the right footwork—they want them to have fun moving to the music. Group classes help beginning to advanced students learn new steps and polish their techniques. They can work on their partnership skills by swapping partners or opting to dance only with the person or cardboard cutout they came with. During 45-minute private lessons, pros address dancers’ individual strengths and areas for improvement and tutor them in styles such as tango, two-step, and swing. Teachers also help soon-to-wed couples perfect their first dance, ensuring they feel graceful as they cut the cake.
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.
A member of the 1996 Olympic fencing team. A three-time NCAA champion. A former top-ranked fencer in the United States. With those myriad career achievements behind him, Tom Strzalkowski now trains the next generation of fencers at Fencing Academy of Denver. Along with his fellow instructors, Tom designs programs for both adults and children of all skill levels. During group and private lessons specializing in sabers, foils, or épées, the coaches teach fencing fundamentals such as identifying target areas and performing basic lunges. Sessions aim to improve stamina and nimbleness, and also cater to each student's personal goals, from competing in national tournaments to rescuing a significant other from swashbuckling pirates.
The YMCA aims to better Denver-area minds and bodies with fitness classes, sports leagues, and exercise facilities for users of all ages. Membership (an $84 value) grants full access for two adults, their dependent children, and as many imaginary friends they can think up. Members enjoy use of top-notch amenities that vary by location, ranging from free-weight and resistance-machine workout rooms to swimming pools and basketball courts. Outgoing endurance-testers come together during athletic classes to create a calorie-consuming hive mind unattainable to solo toners. New members in need of assistance achieving fitness goals plan out nutritional and exercise routines in their two wellness sessions (a $100 value). Personal-wellness coaches develop a distinct program for each client to help prospective workout warriors evaluate their overall health, identify specific places to improve, and build muscles regardless of superfluous zoning restrictions.