Bally Total Fitness enshrines exercise classes, calorie-burning equipment, and a fitness-focused staff within its sanctuaries of health. A 30-day guest pass includes access to a spread of group exercise classes, including Pilates, Reaction Cycling, Step Fitness, and High-Impact Hopscotch (class offerings vary by location). For self-guided worker-outers, cardio equipment such as treadmills, elliptical machines, cross-trainers, and stair climbers torch calories while entertaining the brain with video entertainment and integrated music systems that occasionally whisper quotes from Charles Atlas. Bally also boasts a bulk-building army of strength machines, free weights, and small-apparatus equipment, and grants gym-goers access to on-site locker rooms, showers, and, at some locations, a pool and steam room. Visit each location's webpage for a list of specific amenities and the lineup of classes.
The Fitness Factory of Colorado Springs bases its workouts on the simple idea that people can have fun and get a rigorous cardio workout at the same time. Bumping Latin and international tunes set a dance-party rhythm in the studio’s Zumba classes that blend cha-cha, salsa, reggaeton, rumba, and other dance styles to create high-energy routines. The beginner-friendly courses range from traditional Zumba to Zumba Toning sessions, designed to sculpt specific muscles, and Zumba Gold, aimed at exercise newbies. Yoga sessions and hip-hop lessons complement the core of Zumba offerings. Students can sample four different styles at the Saturday Morning Mixer, where they can select their own workouts from 30-minute mini-classes rather than cobbling together an entire gym from used shoes.
Mark and Dorie Wexler—along with a staff of instructors that hail from Panama, Brazil, and Peru—enthusiastically spread the irresistible rhythm of Latin beats through their signature Zumba and salsa classes, earning their Colorado Avenue location the title of Best Dance Studio from Colorado Springs Independent in 2011 as well as Best Adult Dance Studio from the Gazette in 2010. The Wexlers view dance as a form of fitness rather than one of competition, allowing students to enjoy themselves and experiment without the fear of being rated or punched in the knees by ornery judges.
As a wife and mom, certified trainer Victoria McCullough helps women of all fitness levels kick-start sputtering metabolisms through 30- and 45-minute workouts. In spite of her military background, she motivates her students with encouragement rather than intimidation. Victoria augments the fat-burning effects of boot camps with nutritional advice and by teaching workout-at-home routines.
Suzanne Smith incorporates a background in neuromuscular massage therapy into her Pilates curriculum to help participants increase flexibility and free themselves from joint aches and body pains. Using an array of specialized body-limbering equipment, such as the Reformer and Cadillac, Suzanne brings stiff and stubborn sinews under her gentle yet firm tutelage, teaching them to open up to a fuller range of motion while letting go of tightly clasped tension and faded photographs of old flames. Classes meet six days each week and are capped at five students, creating space for intensive personal instruction and individual muscle whispering.
Named the Best Pilates Studio by CityVoters in 2009, Pila Vires wins over clients by offering expertly individualized attention in a fun group setting. The studio's friendly instructors are highly trained and certified, ensuring that every student under their guidance learns and performs each movement properly without spraining a muscle or offending a double-jointed wombat. With today's Groupon in tow, you get to attend five floor classes of your choice, which include Pilates mat, which welcomes students of all skill levels to stretch and sweat through 60 minutes of challenging poses and prop-wielding; Gyrokinesis, which serves up a fluid blend of yoga, dance, gymnastics, and tai-chi techniques to promote deep relaxation and alleviate chronic pain (please bring a large bath towel or blanket); yoga gentle flow, which is as gentle and flowing as a feather adrift on an early-autumn sneeze; and yoga power Vinyasa, which is geared toward students seeking a high-energy core-strengthening workout.