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.
At Mile High Pole Club, flirty fitness moves on poles and chairs do more than just build muscle and flexibility. They also build a sense of empowerment in their students, one that stems both from the accessibility of the classes and the emotional bond formed between students. Co-owner Lauren Saenz says that one of her favorite parts of pole fitness is the attainability of "mini-goals… It's not like [training for] a marathon" and having a single, daunting aim. With pole fitness, "you can really accomplish one [goal] per class… which is fun." Five classes sorted from intro to "vixen" send women of all shapes, sizes, and fingertip stickiness up and around stainless steel poles to learn tricks catered to each skill level. The intimate atmosphere also makes for strong class camaraderie. "My students confide in me," Saenz says. "Everyone seems to have something going on in their life that they're not happy about," and they use pole classes as "an emotional outlet." But blowing off steam is fun at Mile High; in an interview with CNTV, Dionne, an instructor, says that pole fitness isn't all sultry moves and intense workouts. "Women in here are laughing."
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.
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.
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.