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.
Beginning in 2001 as a small fitness operation in the basement of an office building, Pure Barre has since blossomed into a widely acclaimed, widely publicized approach to exercise with a nationwide following. Dancer, choreographer, and fitness buff Carrie Rezabek Dorr founded Pure Barre more than a decade ago in Birmingham, MI. Since then, Carrie has traveled around the country, hopping from gym to gym demonstrating the innovative program that draws techniques from ballet. Much like angering a witch with a penchant for frog spells, performing the Pure Barre technique can be a fast and effective way to transform your body. Motivating music slices through the 60-minute workouts, each of which utilizes a ballet barre and small isometric movements designed to burn fat and tone muscles.
At The Ballet Physique, they believe that you don't have to be a dancer to look like one. Their fresh approach to barre fitness is a total body workout accessible to students of all fitness levels. Each class combines strength training, cardio, Pilates, and classical ballet techniques such as ripping a tutu in half with your bare hands. Seasoned instructors enhance the workout experience with individualized attention and innovative choreography to sculpt and tone the entire body.
Setting aside experience and fitness level, Lone Tree CrossFit's coaches strive to create an environment where motivated individuals of all body types can work together, find support, and improve their physical well-being. The CrossFit program combines elements of weightlfting, gymnastics, and calisthenics to create a workout regimen based around simple, functional movements, which bolster strength and stamina over time. Most importantly, every attendee has the ability to scale the intensity of the exercises while still pushing themselves to the next level. Safety remains a priority for the trainers, so they lead specialized introductory sessions that help visitors master the fundamental techniques and learn the nicknames of each dumbbell.
If you've never stepped onto a yoga mat before, Yoga Trigo may be the best place to start. The beginner-friendly studio offers a Trigo Foundations workshop that introduces newbies to basic yoga poses and breathing exercises?and even covers topics such as what to wear, which props to use, and how loud you should bark when performing downward-facing dog. Experienced yogis, meanwhile, have their pick of Yoga Trigo's large variety of classes, all performed in a studio heated to a comfortable room temperature. Vinyasa power classes, for example, allow students to practice advanced balancing postures and inversions, whereas Yoga Fusion classes focus on proper alignment as students learn to sync breath and movement.
Within two studios, spanning across 2,800 square feet of dancing space, ballerinas-in-training of all ages prance across the floor under the instruction of an expert teacher. The teacher holds Dinky Dance classes for children ages 2?6 and power ballet fitness classes for adults, but the real specialty is Dance Academy. The program is designed to teach youngsters ages 2 and older the discipline and artistry of their preferred style, whether it?s ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, or hip-hop. Three times per year, students flaunt their moves for friends and family in a choreographed, costumed dance recital.