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.
An active Denver photographer since 1985, Bart Levy imparts hard-won wisdom to aspiring photographers in upbeat, three- or four-hour workshops. In these workshops, the seasoned shutterbug demystifies DSLR cameras, teaching pupils how to harness ISO speeds, manual settings, and flash settings to produce crisp, memorable images of lens caps. Students also learn how to compose visually striking snapshots and Levy will also demonstrate the differences in digital file formats, so acolytes can upload and share pictures without setting their web browsers on fire.
Engaging chef instructors instill lessons of kitchen etiquette and safety in youngsters growing up in a world full of laser can-openers and sharp pasta rakes, giving children a capable handle on their surroundings as they journey into the land of food. Classes educate a variety of age groups, with specially catered classes for the kindergarten elite and junior line cooks, combining nutritional meals with basic food-prep skills that teach how to correctly follow a recipe to edible fruition. Senior flambéists are offered advanced classes that dig deeper into kitchen secrets and hone specific skills and techniques that expand the parameters of cooking creativity. Most classes last 90 minutes. The lessons learned from early cuisine classes spark a valuable communion between a child and a stove. Imaginations stretch as they contemplate the infinite possibilities that exist among ingredients, spices, and food presentations so astute they beg to be stapled to the refrigerator door.
B Fitness's owner Mike Byrne writes that he created B Fitness to be a community within a community—a claim that is backed by a wealth of evidence. He and wife Sandy, a local teacher, have been involved in the surrounding community for more than three decades through activities such as the Chamber of Commerce and the YMCA. B Fitness has also hosted a fitness challenge for Westminster's police and fire departments.
The gym itself, which is stacked with strength-training and cardio equipment as well as group fitness, cycling, and CrossFit classes, provides a home away from home for exercisers. A café quenches thirst with nutritious smoothies and refuels hungry patrons with healthy snacks. The child-care center offers video monitoring for parents on their treadmill's personal TV while a Wii, puppet theater, and bounce house entertain children. Kids can expend extra energy during fitness classes such as rock climbing, yoga, and dodgeball.
Aiming to showcase an eclectic collection of handmade works of art, unique paintings, and musical instruments, RockleyArts is a destination for homeowners, collectors, and musicians alike. Visitors browse the inventory of acoustic and electric guitars, violins, and pianos, or they head into the art gallery to examine hand-painted canvases, blown glass, and sculptures of what we ate in the '90s.