As sunlight pours through floor to ceiling windows, Laurel Fitness's trainers motivate their charges through one more rep in the free-weight room, or one more mile on the treadmills. Though guests can opt to forge their own fitness paths, group classes such as total body toning, high-intensity step aerobics, and core conditioning corral the power of peer motivation to push patrons through workout plateaus. Nutrition assistance supplements physical training and helps members to negotiate the sometimes confusing world of dietetics, with its distinctions between refined and unrefined sugar, and its debates about whether a tomato is a fruit, vegetable, or adverb.The trainers aren't limited to helping adults: youth-fitness conditioning pairs kids with a personal trainer, either one-on-one or with another little buddy, to help them to learn to enjoy exercise and pick up healthy eating habits. Trainer and mom Emily Brown also leads Pur Fit Kids classes, which gets little ones exercising with fun physical games while teaching values such as perseverance, honesty, and when to go all in a high-stakes game of Texas hold'em.
Boot Camp Challenge Denver Metro helps trainees to realize their fitness goals with motivating instructors and encouragement from peers. Classes meet indoors during the morning and evening hours three days a week for six weeks, with participants burning up to 500 to 800 calories per session. Exercises conform to all fitness levels and abilities, and each program includes personalized nutritional guidance that details how to successfully plan meals and mercilessly harpoon wild heads of lettuce.
Members at Curves, a fitness center designed exclusively for women, rotate around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines designed to work with female bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help to manage participants’ machine maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use participants' own body weight, fitness level, and aerodynamic water bottles to create resistance that matches abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can. Between each weight station lies a recovery board where ladies cool down while walking, jogging, or running in place to keep up momentum. With each workout warrior at a different station, the only competition that exists is with one's own burgeoning muscles.
The team of instructors at The Sanctuary Brazilian JiuJitsu and Fitness includes former Olympian in judo Charlee Minkin, and head instructor Ben Lowry, a black belt jujitsu fighter who can trace his fighting lineage back to the renowned Gracie family. The Gracies developed Brazilian jujitsu and helped popularize the fighting art in America. Unlike other styles, Brazilian jujitsu relies less on brute strength than on takedown techniques and ground-based fighting, including locks and chokes. At The Sanctuary, classes for kids and adults are tailored to every participant's fitness and experience level—emphasizing coordination, balance, and discipline.
As master black-belts with years of training in their field, Grand Master Hart and Master Lewis believe that one of the most effective paths to martial-arts training goes through individual attention. At 5280 Karate Academy, their team of black-belt and master-level instructors work with students one-on-one as they delve into training in a safe, non-competitive environment. Taekwondo and karate programs focus on building physical skills such as basic striking technique and self-defense as well as mental discipline and self-esteem. Once students become comfortable with the basics, coaches work with them to develop more personalized training programs designed to accommodate their individual fitness levels and willingness to punch a plank of wood in the face.