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.
Although Prestige Fitness' new facilities sparkle with brand-new cardio and strength-training machines and freshly painted walls, they still possess an air of intensity found in most worn-in gyms. Personal TVs on each piece of cardio equipment wire members into their favorite shows as they slay calories, saving them from the standard gym entertainment of harmonized grunting. Group exercise classes challenge members to burn calories in tandem, as they engage in the intense routines of Lance Armstrong Livestrong group cycling, Zumba, or yoga. Massage therapists help melt away the tension of a hard workout, plying their trade in quiet massage rooms isolated from the rest of the gym's hubbub. A two-story mini gym keeps tykes active in the Kids Club, where they shoot down slides, clamber up and down climbing equipment, and give kisses to punching bags.
With their indoor facility, The Spot Bouldering Gym has built its reputation upon a mountain of lofty numbers:
15,000 square feet of climbing space and bouldering terrain
17-foot free-standing boulders and walls
200-plus boulder problems, with new ones set weekly
Thanks to that diverse range of challenges, The Spot has cemented itself as a haven for climbers of all abilities. What's more, it models some of its routes and obstacles after some of the most-famous bouldering sites in the world, including Fontainebleau, Hueco Tanks, and Yosemite. A spacious workout area with free weights and cardio machines also resides under The Spot's roof, as does a refreshments area complete with tap beers from local breweries.
Students should bring: Yoga mat, water bottle, and towel
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 11–25 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Arrive early to fill out a new-student waiver and get a spot.
Q&A with the Manage/owner/instructor
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
We make this experience about more than just fitness. This is a lifestyle change and a way to grow as a person. We offer many different styles of yoga, and our instructors are here to challenge you in a safe manner.
What is the biggest mistake you see people make when trying to get fit on their own?
They lose momentum and they end up with injuries due to poor alignment.
What is a typical session of your program or class like for a student?
Our 60–75 minute classes feature different styles of yoga, such as vinyasa, ashtanga, restorative, kundalini, and Forrest.
Inside Black Line Athletic Club's main training room, CrossFitters utilize the minimalist space by dragging sleds or sprinting across AstroTurf along personal training clients lifting HammerStrength weights. The facility hosts classes such as Blac Core, an intense conditioning class, and Performance, a dynamic-resistance-cord class used nationwide by professional athletes and champion chess players who need to be in peak physical shape. The training center also has facilities designed for a variety of workouts, including calorie-torching spin classes, muscle-sculpting ballet barre classes, flexibility-boosting yoga classes, and heart-pumping cardio dance classes.
Equipment: TRX Suspension Trainers
Students should bring: Towel, mat, and water
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Average class length: 30?60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5?10 people
Class location: Indoors only
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Please bring your clean shoes to change into; no outside shoes allowed.