Beyond the hours it took to become certified yoga and pilates instructors, the staff at The Pilates Yoga Company have spent years immersed in yogic lifestyles. They share the lessons that they've accumulated over the years through a variety of classes that range from traditional Hatha yoga to barre-fitness workouts to Reformer-assisted pilates sessions.
Great minds think alike, and this was definitely true for Kyle Baxter—a professional tree climber—and Bridget Baxter—an accomplished high-school and college cross-country and track runner. Each certified instructor owned or worked at a local Bikram studio, but it wasn’t until they met at a Bikram yoga convention in 2006 that they discovered each other. Now the married couple oversees two Bikram yoga locations, which offer classes for students of any level seven days a week. Each studio is kept at a toasty 105 degrees, and sessions are led by a certified Bikram instructor who guides patrons through muscle-building and stretching poses that promote healthy, lean bodies. A large towel, yoga mat, and water bottle are recommended for each class, so the studios offer rental towels and mats for those whose dog ate their yoga mat along with their homework.
With around 50 classes available each week, Old Town Yoga offers pliancy-promoting programs for all ages and flexibility brackets. A 30-day membership lets fledgling fitness seekers roam and graze openly over the class selection. Rouse debilitated backbones with a Sunrise Yoga course that emphasizes vertebral integrity and spinal alignment, or jump-start bodily batteries with an Evening Energy course that keeps muscle chassis running smoothly. Yoga in Your 50s & Beyond preserves youthful suppleness in more seasoned stretchers. Espoused students are welcome to bring their own yoga mats, and mat-less singles can embark on a blind date with a studio-supplied cushion companion free of charge.
The Fort Collins Club helps members feel comfortable in their own bodies by turning flabby flesh turtlenecks into slim, tailored skin suits. During the Club's daily group fitness, spinning, and yoga and Pilates mat classes, instructors guide guests on en masse exercise expeditions ranging from heart-pumping stepping exercises to muscle-toning asana sequences. Independent body-tenders can blaze their own calorie-strewn trails on the hardwood floors of hand, racquet, and basketball courts or the 35 feet of wall-crawling terrain on the indoor climbing wall. Family membership holders can also drop their tender progeny off in the Kids' Club so that they don’t gum up the finely tuned machinery with their oversized lollipops and welding torches.
Joseph Pilates, the founder of Pilates, famously promised his students, "In 10 sessions you will feel the difference. In 20, you will see the difference. And in 30, you will be on your way to having a whole new body." The staff at Powerhouse Pilates agrees, and they're equally committed to motivating their students to make it through those 10, 20, and 30 classes?and beyond. To do this, they keep classes as fun as they are challenging, and ultimately, rewarding. This includes private and semi-private lessons, as well as Pilates mat and apparatus classes for all levels. Along with Pilates, Powerhouse Pilates challenges students through barre fitness classes, which incorporate the ballet barre, free weights, and other props to sculpt a dancer's physique without ever putting on a tutu.
The goals of Youth Sports Academy are many. The courses here aim to get locals active?youths and adults?while promoting a healthy and active lifestyle, and the importance of teamwork and respect. Programs range in focus from roller derby to Pilates, and take place throughout the week, catering to busy schedules and kids who own a pair of shoes for every sport. Adult athletes can also get fit during one-on-one workout sessions or group fitness classes.