In yoga, the warrior poses demand strength and a sense of inner calm in order to hold the position?challenging the mind while testing physical ability. This dual challenge is the inspiration for Scott Anderson?s Warrior Academy Yoga (WAY) studio, an institution of learning where he encourages his ?warriors? (also known as students) to remember that practicing yoga is about much more than getting a great workout. While there are plenty of physical benefits from the WAY classes, which combine ashtanga and vinyasa yoga practices, they?re also designed to calm mind and spirit. Set to eclectic music in warm?not hot?rooms, classes combine fast-paced vinyasa moves with cooling sequences that target belly muscles for more body elasticity and range of motion.
At CrossFit LoDo, a muscle-bound cadre of coaches guide exercisers through high-intensity workouts that incorporate functional movements. All the huffing, puffing, and grunting is thanks to CrossFit's central program, the Workout of the Day (WOD). Exercises in each WOD change with every visit to the gym, and might draw from sports such as Olympic weightlifting, gymnastics, and professional sweating. Whatever the routine, a theme of inclusiveness underscores all of the action, meaning that every exercise can be scaled to fit participants regardless of their physical ability, age, or experience.
The coaches at CrossFit 6th Avenue are living proof that a WOD—Workout of the Day—can benefit everyone, regardless of individual exercisers' fitness goals. That's because CrossFit's exercises are scalable by intensity, not by form. Students of all experience levels can perform CrossFit weight lifts and cardio drills, and the shared workout can lead to a strong sense of camaraderie.
CrossFit Elevation's mantra is "Better Every Day," and judging by the gym's growth since opening in 2010, it follows through on the promise. It's grown from a modest 350 square feet to a 2,000-square-foot box populated with barbells, rings, medicine balls, platforms, and athletes committed to achieving their fitness goals. A crew of friendly coaches presides over a lively exercise scene, correcting technique and shouting encouragement while athletes of every age and experience level perform the Workout of the Day, or WOD. The WOD challenges folks to complete new, functional-movement workouts every day and?since every exercise is scalable?they can be adjusted to fit everyone from beginners to elite athletes. In fact, all students who exert themselves can expect improvements in strength, balance, power, endurance, and agility, attributes that can help with leading a long and active life.
Though Soloman Madron had just collapsed to the ground, he was happy?and, of course, exhausted. He had just finished his first ever CrossFit workout. Soloman was no stranger to exercise, having spent time in the Marine Corps, worked in corporate fitness. CrossFit, however, trumped everything else he had tried.
Since that first workout in 2009, Soloman has opened his own studio, West Metro CrossFit, which he runs alongside co-owner and lifelong fitness buff Nate Sappington. Together with a team of fitness trainers, they lead CrossFit classes with ever-changing workouts that combine elements of gymnastics, weightlifting, and cardiovascular training. Aside from CrossFit, the fitness instructors teach posture and mobility clinics, train exercisers in lifting, and work one-on-one during personal training sessions. Whatever the program, they make a point of getting to know their clients, and each month they select a new athlete of the month.
Too many 60-hour workweeks is what prompted Robyn Morrisette to ditch the corporate world for the fitness world. After becoming an ISSA-certified personal trainer, a CrossFit Level 1 coach, and a certified Adventure Boot Camp coach, she ultimately started Front Range Boot Camp, "a women’s boot camp with heart." There, while being spurred on by Morrisette and the other exercisers, women can push, pull, run, climb, and jump their way to health and physical fitness, tracking their progress and becoming part of a fun community along the way.
The exercise program changes daily but always starts with a warm-up and ends with yoga. And it's not just about the exercise—participants can also expect nutritional guidance, fitness evaluations, body challenges, personal coaching, and free events intended to inspire a totally transformed lifestyle.