After 700 hours of training, the instructors of Bikram's Yoga College at Westminster and Longmont each received their certification from Bikram Yoga's founder, Bikram Choudhury. The team's collective expertise ensures students can safely execute Bikram's 26 circulation-boosting poses and two breathing exercises. During group or private classes, they'll help each student to transition from one stance to another as the studio's heating system incites greater flexibility and a detoxifying sweat. They cultivate a judgment-free atmosphere, welcoming participation from those with no prior yoga or volcano-spelunking experience.
The two Colorado studios host their sessions beneath 10- and 11.5-foot ceilings to foster a spaciously steamy setting. An onsite retail store equips patrons with gear, and a board-certified massage therapist ousts any lingering limb tension with a massage.
UFC Gym?s four fight-centric Denver-area gyms ditch the polished look of wood-floored workout studios for gritty, competitive spaces filled with 150-pound punching bags and intense workouts. Like a baker molding gingerbread men, UFC Gym sculpts six-packs with boxing, kickboxing, and mixed-martial-arts classes. Although instructors and students agree that the gym?s atmosphere may enkindle intimidation in first-time attendees, most experience boosted self-confidence after conquering their first class. Private training sessions further stoke courage with workouts that leave patrons with the exhilaration of having survived 12 rounds in the ring or five minutes in a high-school lunchroom.
An active Denver photographer since 1985, Bart Levy imparts hard-won wisdom to aspiring photographers in upbeat, three-hour workshop. In these workshops, the seasoned shutterbug demystifies DSLR cameras other adjustable digital cameras', teaching pupils how to harness ISO speeds, manual settings, shutter speeds and apertures to produce crisp, memorable images of lens caps. Students also learn how to compose visually striking snapshots and Bart will also demonstrate the differences in digital file formats, so acolytes can upload and share pictures without setting their web browsers on fire.
PlanetSwim founder and owner Stephan's life is a timeline of aquatic achievements, containing awards that he won as a competitive swimmer as well as several teaching titles—lifeguard trainer and Red Cross–certified swim instructor among them. At PlanetSwim, Stephan holds his staff to similar standards. Each teacher has a minimum of five years of swim-instruction experience and has also been Red Cross–certified. Together, the team channels its knack for tutelage into swim lessons for children and adults of all ages in indoor, heated pools, including the one in Louisville, which is filled with warm water to encourage students to get in.
PlanetSwim's philosophy centers around personal attention, an element that demands small class sizes and a supportive atmosphere. Whether they are leading a 10-minute lesson for a water-shy toddler or an intermediate course on different strokes, the instructors monitor their pupils closely to ensure both comfort and development of technique.
B Fitness's owner Mike Byrne writes that he created B Fitness to be a community within a community—a claim that is backed by a wealth of evidence. He and wife Sandy, a local teacher, have been involved in the surrounding community for more than three decades through activities such as the Chamber of Commerce and the YMCA. B Fitness has also hosted a fitness challenge for Westminster's police and fire departments.
The gym itself, which is stacked with strength-training and cardio equipment as well as group fitness, cycling, and CrossFit classes, provides a home away from home for exercisers. A café quenches thirst with nutritious smoothies and refuels hungry patrons with healthy snacks. The child-care center offers video monitoring for parents on their treadmill's personal TV while a Wii, puppet theater, and bounce house entertain children. Kids can expend extra energy during fitness classes such as rock climbing, yoga, and dodgeball.
With 15 instructional DVDs and a slew of international workshops on his resume, Eric ?El Cubanito? Freeman is a master of salsa dancing. But what really sets him apart is his passion. He is constantly on the go learning new techniques, whether jetting off to Cuba to master their style of salsa, taking ballet lessons to approach salsa from a different angle, or writing a thesis on why the Macarena is so popular at weddings. Throughout his busy schedule, he always manages to lead his full roster of salsa classes, which range from beginner?s steps and learning the rhythm to advanced classes which cover a new style of salsa with every new class. If clients want help with the moves of his New York, Los Angeles, Cuban Casino, or Cumbia style moves, he also leads private lessons that speed up the learning process.