After 700 hours of training, the instructors of Bikram's Yoga College at Westminster and Longmont each received their certification from Bikram Yoga's founder, Bikram Choudhury. The team's collective expertise ensures students can safely execute Bikram's 26 circulation-boosting poses and two breathing exercises. During group or private classes, they'll help each student to transition from one stance to another as the studio's heating system incites greater flexibility and a detoxifying sweat. They cultivate a judgment-free atmosphere, welcoming participation from those with no prior yoga or volcano-spelunking experience.
The two Colorado studios host their sessions beneath 10- and 11.5-foot ceilings to foster a spaciously steamy setting. An onsite retail store equips patrons with gear, and a board-certified massage therapist ousts any lingering limb tension with a massage.
Since 1977, Longmont Athletic Club has approached physical fitness from several angles, furnishing its two locations with equipment and training for athletes, casual athletic club goers, and families. The main location fills more than 90,000 square feet of space with machines from LifeFitness and Cybex, and more than 65 communal classes, including Zumba and spinning classes, plus indoor and outdoor tennis courts and pools, and amenities such as steam rooms, dry saunas, and jacuzzis. The course lineup covers a broad range of teaching styles, from the highly specialized instruction of gender-specific boxing to the casual provision of razor-edged disks for Extreme Ultimate frisbee. A warm staff of professionals oversees personal-training, massage-therapy, and childcare services, readily guiding members through the club's expansive facilities.
When it comes to comfort food, Two Dog Diner knows when to experiment and when to bank on the classics. That's why the menu has such staples as chicken-fried steak alongside signature dishes like the prawn club sandwich. One quintessential holdover from the golden days, though, is an all-day breakfast selection. No matter the hour, guests can order house-made corned beef hash, chicken-apple sausage, and loaded omelets.
Of course, another mainstay is gravy—you can have it on your chicken and waffle, as well as poured over your fries or into your pocket for later consumption. The rest of the sauces and spreads might be more unexpected. The grilled salmon sandwich comes with basil aioli, for example, whereas the pork chop entree derives flavor from coffee molasses. Many of these fixings are made in house, from the applesauce on the potato pancakes to the tartar sauce served with the fish 'n' chips.
At Full Circle Yoga, experienced and trained yoga instructors welcome students of all skill levels for beginner and advanced classes. The studio boasts traditional yet modern Vinyasa yoga; students relax, breathe, and cycle through motions as they strengthen their bodies and enhance their flexibility. In addition to a weekly schedule of classes, the full-time studio also offers partner yoga workshops and a yoga 101 series that introduces beginners to the foundations of yoga, starting at its origin as a discipline for aspiring mimes. The studio also offers teacher-certification programs, which cover proper alignment, inspiration techniques, and physiology.
No one walks through the doors of CrossFit Longmont and begins a solo workout on a treadmill or elliptical machine. Instead, coaches
lead small-group workouts that incorporate Olympic weightlifting equipment, wooden plyometric boxes, and rows of kettlebells. The coaches guide classes through each CrossFit exercise designed to mimic functional movements in daily life, from lifting heavy objects to jumping onto the kitchen table to eat meals. Workouts can be tailored to ensure participants of all abilities are challenged during adult- and kid-focused CrossFit classes. And during warmer months, classes spill outside and members flip oversized tires and run laps.
After considering that the traditional health club model doesn't really work for many people, a group of fitness industry veterans decided to do something about it. They started Fitness 19. It's a simple concept—a gym with cardio, strength, and free weight equipment—but in a family-friendly atmosphere without the traditional high costs of many gyms. Members get in shape using state-of-the-art equipment or working one-on-one with Fitness 19's personal trainers. Meanwhile, parents can work out peacefully as the kids play in the Kids Room, staffed by professionals who keep kiddos aged 3 months to 11 years entertained and safe.