CrossFit Julia’s husband-and-wife team takes a personal approach to fitness. Rather than set their clients loose in a jungle of workout machinery, they structure their daily CrossFit workouts around functional strength and cardio exercises in a supportive group setting. The classes themselves constantly vary; one day’s deadlifts and pushups are another day’s sprints and burpees. Success is determined not by any uniform standard, but by each student’s ability to meet or exceed his or her own fitness expectations. Just as CrossFit differs from normal workouts, CrossFit Julia’s facility differs from a normal gym. Ropes hang from the ceiling, and the rows of cardio machines found in typical gyms have been replaced with heavy tires lifted from cars illegally parked outside.
The teachers at the Spanish Institute do more than teach a language; they immerse students in cultures that they’ve experienced firsthand. In addition to their qualifications as educators, all instructors hail from Latin American countries. They mine their life experiences to share the Spanish language in a natural style, which helps students learn vocabulary and grammar through interactive speaking and listening exercises. Their adult courses range from beginner traveler classes designed to impart basic communication skills to intensive studies of the language aimed at fluent conversation. For kids, teachers tone down the classroom vibe with fun games, stories, and songs that impart new knowledge more subtly than pop-up periodic tables.
According to a 2013 article in the New Yorker, Colorado is No. 3 in the nation in terms of number of craft breweries (it has 151 altogether). According to that same article, the number of craft breweries continues to grow every year in almost every state. It seems like people can't get enough of the inventive craft beer flavors made by beer lovers from breweries such as Broomfield's Big Choice Brewing.
Owners Nathaniel Miller and Tyler Ruse pour pints and growlers of their 10,000 Summers Saison, which is brewed with Madhava wildflower honey, or their #42 Poblano Stout, which contains actual poblano peppers. To make the beer tastings more of an experience, Big Choice offers in-house movie nights and trivia nights.
At five Chipper's Lanes FUN Center locations, colorful balls sail down glossy lanes, overseen during weekends and birthday parties by the center's mascot, Chipper the Chipmunk. During special events, guests can go to Chipper for a warm hug and supplement bowling fun with occasional live music performances and cosmic bowling at select locations. Between frames, players restore energy with burgers or pizza at the full-service, onsite restaurant.
Pilates Central offers three levels of mat classes to accommodate physical-activity activists of all shapes and skill sets. Dedicated, professional instructors introduce novices to the basic principles of Pilates in beginner mat classes, helping them establish proper breathing, alignment, and pose-sequencing techniques. Intermediate classes translate the movements into complete, fluid workouts, whereas advanced classes up the fluid ante even further with expert-level exercises that produce sizable sweat puddles. Regardless of current fitness level, all students' workouts are custom-fit to their body, as mat classes trade cumbersome gym gadgetry for body-weight resistance exercises and shrink wrap.