Equipment: Two complete circuits: weighted and hydraulic
Average class length: 30-60 minutes
Number of Staff: 11?25 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
"You fight like a girl!" would be considered a compliment at Paulsen's Family Martial Arts. In fact, being able to fight like a girl is the main goal of aptly named Fight Like a Girl self-defense classes, taught by the certified instructor, Diane Paulsen. But self-defense classes represent just a small portion of the sparring techniques taught at Paulsen's?go jiu bujitsu, a hybrid martial art, is at its core. A blend of karate, judo, and jujitsu, the MMA method teaches every aspect of combat, from strikes and kicks to traps and locks.
Even though running around after children is more than enough to keep most mothers fit, sometimes they need an exercise that targets both body and mind. Stroller Strides of Southern Col Springs coordinates classes for moms of all ages to get in a burst of physical activity in a social setting. Stroller Strides classes encourage moms to blend baby outings with power walking. At regular intervals, the group stops for a series of strength and body toning exercises using the stroller and exercise tubing.
When Dave Solon Kia needed a choreographer to create routines for its touring "Hamstars" mascots, it turned to Joseph Cantu. A master of hip-hop dance—from the pop and lock to krumping—Joseph incorporated some of his freshest moves into the Hamstars show, which was performed on Fox and at several Colorado Springs high schools. At J & J Hip Hop Dance Instruction, Joseph teaches the same dance styles to beginning and intermediate students, who hone skills such as breaking, tutting, and sliding.
Baby Boot Camp Colorado Springs’s owner and trainer, Alexandra, attended pregnancy boot-camp after the birth of her first daughter and found the workouts so effective that she decided to open her own branch of the business. In her classes, moms push their babies around in strollers as part of the routine, which relies heavily on strength training moves. Baby Boot Camp’s founder, Kristen Horler, designed the boot-camp-type workouts as a way for new moms to regain their pre-baby bodies in a supportive, women’s only environment using strength training and cardio.
Matt and Hannah, the owners of CrossFit Pick It Up, are passionate about helping their clients get into shape. At this no-nonsense gym, personal-training sessions and customized small group classes are offered, allowing each participant to build lean muscle and shed fat in a supportive and motivational environment. Each class led by a certified trainer is a mixture of cardio and resistance training, and everyone trains according to their personal, specifically designed fitness program.