Too many 60-hour workweeks is what prompted Robyn Morrisette to ditch the corporate world for the fitness world. After becoming an ISSA-certified personal trainer, a CrossFit Level 1 coach, and a certified Adventure Boot Camp coach, she ultimately started Front Range Boot Camp, "a women’s boot camp with heart." There, while being spurred on by Morrisette and the other exercisers, women can push, pull, run, climb, and jump their way to health and physical fitness, tracking their progress and becoming part of a fun community along the way.
The exercise program changes daily but always starts with a warm-up and ends with yoga. And it's not just about the exercise—participants can also expect nutritional guidance, fitness evaluations, body challenges, personal coaching, and free events intended to inspire a totally transformed lifestyle.
At Axistence Athletics, you're just as likely to lift a barbell as you are to hunker down in a bear crawl. The gym has a pick-and-choose approach to its workouts: pick what works from various fitness styles, and combine them into a new regimen. Their CrossFit/MovNat classes are a prime example. They blend CrossFit lifts and drills with movements that have real-life relevance?you might balance, jump, climb, crawl, and throw during a single class, just as you might need all those skills to be the first to use the office microwave. And because the student-to-trainer ratio never rises above 7:1, you'll have personalized guidance the whole time.
The gym wouldn't have such a diverse exercise program without its two leading men, Dan Jimenez and Ryan Humphries. Their combined resumes speak to their experience in several fitness fields, including TRX, CrossFit, NASM, Taekwondo, and military training. Aside from being an Eagle Scout, Dan is also a certified wilderness first responder, and his passion for nature drives specialized outdoor courses. Students can learn how to backpack, how to survive outside of civilization, and how to navigate using the detailed maps that grow naturally in moss.
In yoga, the warrior poses demand strength and a sense of inner calm in order to hold the position?challenging the mind while testing physical ability. This dual challenge is the inspiration for Scott Anderson?s Warrior Academy Yoga (WAY) studio, an institution of learning where he encourages his ?warriors? (also known as students) to remember that practicing yoga is about much more than getting a great workout. While there are plenty of physical benefits from the WAY classes, which combine ashtanga and vinyasa yoga practices, they?re also designed to calm mind and spirit. Set to eclectic music in warm?not hot?rooms, classes combine fast-paced vinyasa moves with cooling sequences that target belly muscles for more body elasticity and range of motion.
Although Prestige Fitness' new facilities sparkle with brand-new cardio and strength-training machines and freshly painted walls, they still possess an air of intensity found in most worn-in gyms. Personal TVs on each piece of cardio equipment wire members into their favorite shows as they slay calories, saving them from the standard gym entertainment of harmonized grunting. Group exercise classes challenge members to burn calories in tandem, as they engage in the intense routines of Lance Armstrong Livestrong group cycling, Zumba, or yoga. Massage therapists help melt away the tension of a hard workout, plying their trade in quiet massage rooms isolated from the rest of the gym's hubbub. A two-story mini gym keeps tykes active in the Kids Club, where they shoot down slides, clamber up and down climbing equipment, and give kisses to punching bags.
The coaches at CrossFit Encounter follow the philosophy of athlete Chris Spealler: "to teach people to move better through practice; to use novelty and intensity to create a fun environment of constant progress; to maintain education as our primary goal for both coaches and clients." That's why they ensure their students have a great time even as they conquer titanic physical struggles. Combining body-weight movements, interval training, and multi-joint weightlifting into unexpected daily workouts, they keep fitness regimens varied and engaging. And their programs include workouts for people of all experience levels, too. While their wards work out, they shouldn't be surprised to see a tiny coach zipping around?the youngest member of the team only deadlifts 35 pounds, but that's not bad for someone born in 2011.
The Westminster branch of Fitness 19 boasts a long line of cardio machines perched in front of TVs. Free weights and weight machines stand opposite of the treadmills, and guests can workout at their own pace or under the guiding eye of a personal trainer who customizes workout routines to suit each guests’ goals.