"Get in shape" hovers near the top of many New Year's resolution lists, right next to "deal with raccoon infestation" and "figure out how raccoons get trapped in the TV." Stop watching so many TV shows starring raccoons with today's Groupon to Take it Out! in Boulder. Classes meet in downtown Boulder on the northwest corner of 13th and Arapahoe, weather permitting. Choose between the following options:
- For $15, you get five outdoor fitness classes (a $60 value).
- For $20, you get one month of unlimited outdoor fitness classes (a $75 value).
The results-driven trainers at Take it Out! combine strength training, core conditioning, and fresh air during a weekly schedule of 50- to 60-minute outdoor fitness sessions. Al fresco boot-camp classes blend a vigorous variety of squats, lunges, bicep curls, and high-intensity cardio intervals to reinforce each muscle group and bulk up the flagging specters of two-dimensional shadows. Weights and resistance bands give a voice to weaker appendages during strength and sculpt sessions, and cardio-dance classes alchemize a soulful cocktail of kickboxing and hip-hop. Trainers additionally hasten somnolent hearts with a range of running workouts that include semiweekly trail runs, speed drills, hill jogs, and marathon screenings of The Running Man.
Take it Out!
The instructors at Take it Out! aren't exactly anti-gym, but they are anti-ceiling. They prefer to sweat beneath the sky alongside their students, who follow them through boot-camp drills, running routes, and strength-building exercises in Boulder Central Park. Their classes combine the galvanizing energy of group workouts with the sense of liberation that comes from exploring nature—a counterpoint to the constricted, crowded feeling of indoor fitness venues and home gyms inside your broom closet. Even their personal-training sessions can be scheduled outside.
Their curriculum covers sports- and triathlon-focused training in addition to more generalized routines. Each lesson takes a balanced approach to conditioning with movements that improve core power, agility, and endurance. And, if the weather is bad or too cold, classes move to shelter at Body Dynamics.
13th St. and Arapahoe Ave.
Boulder, Colorado 80302