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.
The owner of M2 Core +?came to the fitness industry through necessity, as she struggles with?scoliosis. By leading?the?studio's Megaformer?workouts, though, she's so far kept?her core?stomach and back muscles?strong; thus, helping to keep her condition under control. The person she has to thank for all this? Sebastian Lagree.
Lagree is the fitness titan who?invented the aptly named?Lagree Method, a full-body conditioning regimen that promotes fat-burning without resulting in?bulky muscle. Thanks to the workout style's wealth of drills and modifications, the routines can be adapted for exercisers of all abilities and those with back and knee injuries, as well. It's the linchpin of M2 Core +'s workouts, and is backed by the Megaformers?the custom-weighted?resistance equipment students sweat on. To boost motivation, the team plays high-octane songs during workouts, rather than just singing "Happy Birthday (to Muscles)" throughout each class.
It’s all about personalization at Fitness together. Here, certified personal trainers guide clients of all skill levels through motivating one-on-one and small-group training sessions designed to meet goals loftier than a giraffe’s basketball hoop. To help their charges torch calories and tone muscles as efficiently as possible, the trainers customize programs to individual goals and incorporate evidence-based training methods, such as intervals, tempos, and fartlek, into each fitness regimen. In-studio sessions take place in a studio flush with energizing green walls and functional training tools such as medicine balls, kettlebells, and TRX trainers.
Members at Curves, a fitness center designed exclusively for women, rotate around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines designed to work with female bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help to manage participants’ machine maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use participants' own body weight, fitness level, and aerodynamic water bottles to create resistance that matches abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can. Between each weight station lies a recovery board where ladies cool down while walking, jogging, or running in place to keep up momentum. With each workout warrior at a different station, the only competition that exists is with one's own burgeoning muscles.
On 10 a.m. on the first day of 2013, City Park's Great Lawn will fill with people ready to start the year off not with a resolution, but a commitment—a commitment to a healthy lifestyle. They'll run, walk, or jay-walk through the park and Marconi Drive on the flat, fast course, which it circles back to the Great Lawn where they started. After the race, runners can stick around for a post-race party to celebrate a successful first morning of the New Year.
In more than 30 cities across the nation, other runners will be participating in similar events as part of a movement that aims to stymie the rising rates of obesity and inaction in the United States.