Pilates Central offers three levels of mat classes to accommodate physical-activity activists of all shapes and skill sets. Dedicated, professional instructors introduce novices to the basic principles of Pilates in beginner mat classes, helping them establish proper breathing, alignment, and pose-sequencing techniques. Intermediate classes translate the movements into complete, fluid workouts, whereas advanced classes up the fluid ante even further with expert-level exercises that produce sizable sweat puddles. Regardless of current fitness level, all students' workouts are custom-fit to their body, as mat classes trade cumbersome gym gadgetry for body-weight resistance exercises and shrink wrap.
Fitness expert Christina Lucy founded Code Pink Boot Camp and has since expanded her fitness program into numerous locations throughout the western United States. Each of the trainers working for Code Pink claims extensive training and accredited certifications in the industry, and must undergo a strict audition to demonstrate their fitness prowess and knowledge of how many annual budgets each U.S. president could bench-press. With a schedule that includes several sessions throughout the weekday, the classes accommodate clients with varying schedules. During each session, instructors guide participants through high-intensity exercises that aim to incinerate fat, tone torsos, and improve overall well-being. The program caters to women of all ages and fitness levels and stresses safety, fun, and perseverance.
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.
At Personal Pilates Plus, certified personal trainer and owner, Katie Thornhill, weaves her degrees in exercise and sports sciences with her passion for mind and body wellness. She and her team firmly believe pilates to be the best path to that wellness as it strengthens the core and prepares the body for everything from skiing and running to recovering from injury. They instruct a variety of pilates methods to achieve those goals, including mat, chair, and reformer classes.
With a schedule of classes including Sunny Side Up and Not-So-Rushed-Hour, The Yoga Mat cultivates a welcoming, playful environment for yogis of all levels. Seasoned instructors link breath and movement in Vinyasa classes and focus on alignment and anatomy in classes influenced by Iyengar. Classes begin as early as 6:30 a.m. and as late as 7 p.m. on weekdays. On Saturday afternoons, the studio's Made You a Mix-Tape class combines yoga with the energetic sounds of Arcade Fire, Michael Jackson, and golden retrievers.
Jill Dailey McIntosh has always been intrigued by the human body and how it moves. So much so that she graduated in 1991 with a kinesiology degree and soon thereafter decided to open her own Pilates teaching studio. But it wasn't until years later that this curiosity would manifest itself in a single question: "How can one aggressively transform the shape of their body while still maintaining proper alignment of the spine?" Eventually Jill began to examine her diverse fitness background, pulling low-impact movements from ballet, Pilates, and even orthopedic-exercise routines to create the basis for her fitness style, The Dailey Method.
Now, more than a decade later, Dailey's fitness routine has ballooned into studios sprawled across more than 10 states and gained praise from Self, Allure, FitPregnancy, and InStyle magazines. Regardless of the location, instructors remain true to Jill's mission of offering a diverse series of exercises that focus on toning and lengthening the body while lengthening the spine and building strong core muscles.
Owner Carrie Krane, who personally trained under Jill Dailey McIntosh in 2009, helms the Denver-Highlands location. At Carrie's studio, guests are encouraged to take advantage of locker rooms with built-in showers and towel service before and after they sculpt their bodies in the studio's two light-filled rooms. Additional perks include nearby nonmetered parking as well as childcare services offered Monday–Saturday.
Up to 800 calories burned. 70%–90% maximum heart rate achieved. One 30-minute workout. To achieve these results, the instructors and nutrition coaches at FIIT WERX have distilled their fitness classes down to a science. They're also committed to championing the benefits of barefoot training, which they say helps to improve posture, balance, and foot strength. In FIIT—full-intensity interval training—circuit classes, instructors lead students through rigorous, shoeless cardio and resistance workouts, which vary to allow other muscles to recover between sessions. Each class is based on the tenets of functional movement, relying on workouts that condition bodies for everyday tasks such as hoisting heavy laundry baskets, chopping logs into firewood, and lifting baby bears into tubs for their baths. Students can measure their progress with MyZone heart-rate and physical-activity monitors.
This same commitment to barefoot training also extends to FIIT WERX's partner gym, willPower Fit Studio. There, instructors lead challenging classes whose blend of yoga, Pilates, boot-camp, and cardio workouts adhere to their philosophy of positive, functional fitness. Scalable for athletes and aspiring athletes alike, classes such as willPower & grace and willPower infusion integrate challenging full-body workouts with sports psychology and multisensory stimulation to leave students as mentally sharp as they are physically fit.