Javier Lozano Jr.'s passion for physical fitness began during his martial-arts training. Since then, he's become a personal trainer certified by the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America and the International Sports Science Association. He's also a black belt in Wado Kai, and a Colorado-state karate champion. Along with his wife Susan, who is a certified boot-camp coach, he shares this passion for fitness with others during intensive indoor and outdoor boot-camp classes. During the always-changing sessions, the Lozanos help clients of all fitness levels sculpt fitter frames using functional movements augmented by kettlebells, resistance bands, and plump sandbags. They aim to further the effects of these workouts with their complimentary nutrition program, which overhauls unhealthy lifestyle choices with practical plans for swapping out bad diets with proteins, whole grains, and nonwax fruits.
Boot Camp Challenge Denver Metro helps trainees to realize their fitness goals with motivating instructors and encouragement from peers. Classes meet indoors during the morning and evening hours three days a week for six weeks, with participants burning up to 500 to 800 calories per session. Exercises conform to all fitness levels and abilities, and each program includes personalized nutritional guidance that details how to successfully plan meals and mercilessly harpoon wild heads of lettuce.
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.
At Axistence Athletics, you're just as likely to lift a barbell as you are to hunker down in a bear crawl. The gym has a pick-and-choose approach to its workouts: pick what works from various fitness styles, and combine them into a new regimen. Their CrossFit/MovNat classes are a prime example. They blend CrossFit lifts and drills with movements that have real-life relevance—you might balance, jump, climb, crawl, and throw during a single class, just as you might need all those skills to be the first to use the office microwave. And because the student-to-trainer ratio never rises above 7:1, you'll have personalized guidance the whole time.
The gym wouldn't have such a diverse exercise program without its two leading men, Dan Jimenez and Ryan Humphries. Their combined resumes speak to their experience in several fitness fields, including TRX, CrossFit, NASM, Taekwondo, and military training. Aside from being an Eagle Scout, Dan is also a certified wilderness first responder, and his passion for nature drives specialized outdoor courses. Students can learn how to backpack, how to survive outside of civilization, and how to navigate using the detailed maps that grow naturally in moss.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
We are a brand new CrossFit owned by Monica Ward, who has more than 18 years in the fitness industry, and more 8 in CrossFit as a Masters athlete and Coach.
Exercise is challenging. How do you keep clients motivated and engaged?
CrossFit is constantly varied, high intensity, functional movement aimed to forge a broad, general, and inclusive fitness.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
As a fitness professional, I have been personal training from house to house and gym to gym for a very long time and decided it's time to house my skills and passions in one place.
What do you love most about your job?
I love see people take what we do in the gym to the "streets" if you will.
I believe that your fitness level should be reflected through sport and everyday life.
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