Halfway through a 1080, a glove slips—it's time to bail. Normally, the prospect of landing means crashing a shoulder into snow and ice, but instead a cloud seems to catch the fall. At Progresh, a giant indoor airbag absorbs the impact of falls as skiers, snow- and skateboarders, BMX bike mechanics, and gymnasts practice airborne tricks in a controlled training environment. Before designing the jumps, ramps, rails, and trampolines that fill the 11,000-square-foot suite, the gym's founders each spent more than 20 years riding slopes and working with children in gymnastics programs. Using that experience, the staff helps athletes master everything from grinding rails and jibs to dropping off 10-foot cliffs and vert walls—all with the greater safety and confidence afforded by the inflatable airbag.
Instructors at ROCK'n & JAM'n invert worldviews as they train students to scale stretches of mountain. Attendees balance and belay along the training walls as teachers impart the essentials of safety, rope control, and which Disney songs echo most effectively off of mountainsides. The regularly updated facility features a slew of updated equipment that utilizes both ancient and recently conceived training methods to promote a well-rounded repertoire of climbing skills. The lesson includes all necessary gear and all-day access to the gym's facilities after the initial two-hour training session, letting neophytes test their new skills on the rocks in a safe, forgiving environment.
When Royce Gracie defeated his opponents at three UFC matches, spectators took notice. That’s because they each had at least 50 pounds on the relatively compact competitor. But that was of little consequence since Royce was well versed in the family technique, known as Gracie Jiu Jitsu. This form of martial art emphasizes leverage over brute strength, and it’s the method taught to teens, women, and men at Low Summit Jiu Jitsu. Instructors cultivate sharp instinct in their students, so they can react to danger in an instant. In addition to Gracie Jiu Jitsu, the roster of fitness classes also includes boxing and women’s self-defense.
In October 1995, the Colorado Rapids were introduced as one of Major League Soccer’s 10 charter teams. As one of the league's longest tenured members, the organization has brought a number of landmark moments to Denver, highlighted by a MLS Cup victory in 2010. Three years before their championship campaign, the Rapids became the centerpiece of Dick’s Sporting Goods Park—a sprawling complex that features a total of 24 fully lit sports fields. During Rapids matches, fans get swept up in the park’s lively atmosphere driven by Centennial 38, the team's official supporters group. In their designated “Supporter’s Terrace”, C38 members lead raucous cheers and wave massive flags to inspire their side.
SkateStart owner Patrick O'Toole started his skating career as many people do: by falling down constantly while skating a faulty board. He wanted to spend time with his skateboarding cousins, so his father bought him a generic, unresponsive deck from a big-box store. It barely rolled and always cancelled their playtime last minute to watch soap operas. His junky equipment and lack of knowledge kept him from keeping up with his peers. It wasn't until his father surprised him with a safe, professional skate set that his cousins finally slowed down and began teaching him the ins and outs of thrashing cement waves.
Now in his 20s, Patrick makes it his professional mission to teach the next generation of skaters the proper techniques they need to enjoy the sport. He and his team of certified instructors use his patent-pending skateboard system that shows beginners where to place their feet to push off, perform an ollie, and avoid tripping a board's self-destruct countdown. In addition to imparting fundamental skills, their lessons also build up the confidence necessary to tackle more complex maneuvers.
Femme Fatale Denver offers a variety of signature parties, special events, and more. For example, Girls Night Out parties devote up to two hours to the daring dances, during which ladies learn routines, then pick classic outfits from the studio's collection of clothes and accessories to vogue for the camera. Instead of ongoing classes, students of this retro, cheesecake academy attend self-contained, two-hour lessons. Each session culminates with a photo shoot, allowing pupils to immortalize their newfound sauciness.
Jason M. Anderson recognizes that hearing what's wrong with a golf swing is nowhere near as valuable as seeing what's wrong with the swing. That's why the Director of Instruction at Park Hill Golf Club's Tru Swing Golf Academy incorporates video analysis into each lesson, from one-on-one lessons to sessions with groups of four or more students. Jason also heads out onto the course alongside his pupils to engage in nine-hole playing lessons. The play-along format not only presents plenty of teachable moments but also reveals just how the player performs under pressure—which can only be measured on the driving range by blasting air-horns during each backswing.