In the sunlight that streams in through the floor-to-ceiling windows at pH7 Pilates, students bend and fold into challenging positions, all for the health of their body. Expert instructors meander through the group, adjusting postures and doling out encouragement as the students feel their core muscles working. These students are practicing a classic form of Pilates, using their body weight, Reformer machines, or giant pet parrots as resistance. The classes offer challenges for all skill levels, and include mat Pilates classes, yoga classes, and jump board cardio classes.
As Joana Canals reported on Colorado's Best, "There's something magical about Pearl Street Fitness." The unmistakable energy of husband-and-wife team Scott and Laura St. John is present in each and every unique workout, as Pearl Street never does the same workout twice. The result is a dynamic and engaging environment, where more than 100 sessions a week keep participants motivated to achieve their fitness goals while helping them avoid the boredom of repeating the same routines on the Sisyphus workout plan.
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.
The owners of Qi pool their experience to design innovative, unique exercise classes. Leading a staff of personal trainers and experienced instructors, the club maintains meditative training studios where yoga and cycling fuse in courses such as QiCycle-Yoga, and Qi Ryders, which uses RealRyder bikes.
The resulting roster of classes have earned Qi a second- and third-place spot on 5280's 2011 readers’ choice awards for Health Club/Gym and Yoga respectively. Such classes include Qi Yoga, a unique focus on core energy and muscular strength, and QiCycle-KORE, a cycling program blended with a bootcamp workout. The commitment to healthy living extends beyond the gym, with community programs, such as the free running club, a group that meets regularly to jog through City Park, Congress Park, and local Thanksgiving dinners.
Bling Bling Window Cleaning purges panes of invading dirt and sanitizes homes sullied by the grime and gunk of daily living. Choose the first option, and two or more capable cleansers arrive at your home equipped with all the materials necessary to clean panes ($4–$7/pane) that have transformed from clear viewscapes to murky canvases from domestic gray periods. After consulting with customers about the correct pollutant-free cleansers to use, washers go to work on windows, removing dirt, sopping up standing or pooled water, and washing sills and tracks. A window restoration ($5–$10/pane) involves a more refined rinsing, during which scrubbers also remove overspray and extra paint to return glass to a more air-mimicking state. For those opting for the house cleaning, Bling Bling's two-hour service leaves laundry washed, dishes dried, surfaces sanitized, and sheets changed after technicians expertly expunge the clutter of previous evenings' indoor pie-eating contests while leaving the glory untouched.
Exercise enthusiasts Annie Garland and Lori Melchior founded Epic Ryde to provide indoor cyclists with an experience that rivals that of outdoor cycling. Their modern facility recreates everything but the wind in riders’ hair, with bikes positioned in stadium seating in view of Sloan's Lake and immersive widescreen video of outdoor scenes. Completing the scene are RealRyder ABF8 stationary bikes, whose articulating frame allows riders to lean from side to side to simulate turns or demonstrate extreme swagger.
Epic Ryde’s facility also incorporates TRX training, which uses resistance from suspended body weight and gravity to give exercisers a full-body workout. A team of certified instructors teaches the array of classes, which include Mountain Ryde and Epic Mix, a combination of cycling and TRX training.