A former staff sergeant in the Air Force. An airplane mechanic who repaired oxygen masks. A master massage therapist, registered medical assistant, and certified laser technician. Tina Long is all of these things and more. As the owner of Parker Med Spa, she combines her unique background with innovative technology to offer clients the latest anti-aging and beauty solutions.
Long helps her clients to deal with the frustration of weight loss with body-contouring treatments such as the Zerona and Yolo laser systems, having herself lost pounds, inches, and degrees of insulation with the fat-emulsifying devices. The historical ambiance, array of facial and body treatments, and advanced technology earned her spa recognition on ABC 7 and CityVoter's 2011 A-List; it was named a finalist in the Best Day Spa category and nominated in the Best Medical Spa category.
The practice is located within the charming yellow Hoskins House, a century-old Victorian landmark surrounded by cottonwood trees, complete with a porch swing. Inside, massage therapists and aestheticians perform relaxing massages, hot-stone pedicures, and skin-rejuvenating chemical peels in 15 private rooms. Technicians use seven different lasers to perform procedures ranging from vein and hair removal to nonsurgical face-lifts.
The pole maestros at Mile High Pole Club integrate floor-to-ceiling poles, chair props, and flirtatious dance moves into fun, empowering workouts. The dedicated instructors offer classes with names such as Pole Vixens, Chairlates, and Belly Dancing, teaching students to spin, whirl, and slide on poles like jousting knights gone wild. The Combolicious class lets indecisive students try out a blend of chair- and pole-based dance moves, and the male-friendly Pole Trix & Play gives Y-chromosomed dancers a place to learn. All classes featured in the schedule run 55 racy minutes each and require class-specific fitness attire.
Josh Stanton's passion for sharing fitness with others has led him to a variety of careers—he has worked as manager and lead personal trainer of a fitness studio, as a YMCA program director, and as a crisis-intervention counselor who helped at-risk teens via fitness. Today, he channels that passion into Generation Fitness, his own total-body training program that has earned a feature on the NBC 9 news and local accolades. He brings his tough, no-frills approach to exercise to Castle Rock and Parker, helming fun boot camps for students of all fitness levels looking to bolster their weight loss, strength, agility, and overall attractiveness in a muscle shirt. He blasts energetic music as he leads campers through boxing drills, weight exercises, and varied routines that he changes each session to keep things exciting and prevent muscle boredom.
Dribbling dynamo Darren Pitzner leads all clinics and fills sessions with more positive reinforcement than the entire Congratulations section of Hallmark. Expect to get an earful of positive music, motivational speeches, and ethic-enforcing instruction during the practices. Fast-paced drills are organized to whip benchwarmers into big shots and big shots into humungous successes with a variety of game-speed stations (each is 3 to 7 minutes long).
The monthlong membership begins with a 30-minute orientation and health evaluation on the first day to determine fitness goals. Once students are sized up, they will begin the 30-day journey toward sizing down. Each 45- to 60-minute boot-camp session differs in its specific weight training, cardio, and flexibility workouts, but consistently combines the dedication of a personal trainer with the camaraderie of like-minded exercisers. MissFits offers participants more than a fitness regimen designed to shed pounds and tone muscle; it is a way for positive ladies to motivate each other to improve all aspects of lifestyle, including nutrition and self-image. Check out the schedule to decide which location and class times best fit into your agenda—you can switch between locations and class times as often as you like.
Giant floor-to-ceiling windows afford visitors views of the mountains as they practice yoga inside iThrive Yoga, a calming yoga and wellness center where community members can come to recharge. Offering a host of yoga classes for children, teens, and adults, certified instructors lead students through all levels of instruction from beginning poses to challenging advanced sequences. After classes, clients can head over to a private room for a massage, detox in the infrared sauna, or visit the onsite meditation room, where they can relax by counting backwards from one million.