Total-body health and well-being requires a balanced fitness approach that incorporates different types of training. With more than 20 years of experience as a nurse and a fitness instructor, Amy Melnick Immel believed in that idea so strongly that she made it the guiding mission of Sound Body Sound Mind Fitness when she founded the studio.
The group classes draw inspiration from various workout regimens, allowing a combination of classes to provide a more well-rounded approach to improving a member's physical and mental health. Cardio-intensive kickboxing sessions and indoor-cycling workouts help get pulses racing while strengthening hearts. Pilates and dance-inspired stretching sessions forge cast-iron cores and lean, toned muscles. For a more strength-oriented focus, the instructors also lead outdoor boot camps and classes that use barbell lifts to work major muscle groups across the body and teach students what to do if they come across a dumbbell while on a nature hike.
Sound Body Sound Mind Fitness is also home to a number of Fitwalls: technologically advanced, wall-mounted equipment that provides vertical training that uses students' body weight as resistance. Throughout workouts, the equipment tracks each person's muscle activity in real-time and controls intensity by altering the room's gravity.
Surrounded by graffiti-strewn brick, exercisers at Endorphin box, cycle, and push themselves to the limit in a motivating space. Coaches guide groups through rigorous, endorphin-boosting classes, which include CrossFit and high-intensity interval training (HIIT). Numerous yoga classes help students strengthen both mind and body during candelight or detox flow and various sunrise, vinyasa, and barre options. Those looking to get fit know they can count on Endorphin for challenging workouts and a more acceptable spot to showcase their new sweatbands instead of in the office, and group settings mean exercisers feel supported in their goal-setting sojourns.
Equipment: Matrix S Series indoor cycling bikes, and a TRX suspension-training system
Students should bring: Water, tighter clothing, and comfortable athletic shoes
Average class length: 30?60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5?10 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
The owners of Qi pool their experience to design innovative, unique exercise classes. Leading a staff of personal trainers and experienced instructors, the club maintains meditative training studios where yoga and cycling fuse in courses such as QiCycle-Yoga, and Qi Ryders, which uses RealRyder bikes.
The resulting roster of classes have earned Qi a second- and third-place spot on 5280's 2011 readers’ choice awards for Health Club/Gym and Yoga respectively. Such classes include Qi Yoga, a unique focus on core energy and muscular strength, and QiCycle-KORE, a cycling program blended with a bootcamp workout. The commitment to healthy living extends beyond the gym, with community programs, such as the free running club, a group that meets regularly to jog through City Park, Congress Park, and local Thanksgiving dinners.
When Roald Dahl wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he imagined a much-coveted golden ticket that granted access to myriad wonders and unveiled the inner workings of an entire industry. MetaBody created a real-life version of that ticket with the MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass, though it applies to fitness instead of candy. The pass grants access not to a single gym but to classes at a variety of local studios, specializing in everything from yoga to boot camp. With the freedom to move from location to location, students can sample different regimens, instructors, and styles of exercise to cobble together a program that fits their needs and goals. MetaBody's nutritionists supplement class packages by coaching clients in healthy eating, recipe cooking, and speed-reading nutrition-fact labels.
There's more to teaching Pilates than understanding how to work a piece of equipment or unroll a mat. That's why the Pilates Method instructors at Pilates Vita of Denver have all completed an extensive certification program, wherein they've mastered more than 500 exercises?including modifications and variations?so they can effectively adapt to each student's physical needs. In addition to Pilates lessons, the studio provides various group fitness sessions, including barre, cycling, and TRX-suspension classes. Members can also can work out independently, using cardio machines and weights during the boutique gym's open hours.