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.
UFC Gym’s four fight-centric Denver-area gyms ditch the polished look of wood-floored workout studios for gritty, competitive spaces filled with 150-pound punching bags and intense workouts. Like a baker molding gingerbread men, UFC Gym sculpts six-packs with boxing, kickboxing, and mixed-martial-arts classes. Although instructors and students agree that the gym’s atmosphere may enkindle intimidation in first-time attendees, most experience boosted self-confidence after conquering their first class. Private training sessions further stoke courage with workouts that leave patrons with the exhilaration of having survived 12 rounds in the ring or five minutes in a high-school lunchroom.
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.
In a Pachanga Fitness workout room, the percussive beats of traditional Latin music create an almost irresistible urge to dance. The Pachanga classes indulge this urge with a fast-paced workout that incorporates elements of Latin dance from the syncopated footsteps of salsa to the sultry hip sways of samba.
Koko FitClub’s automated personal-training system rockets both men and women toward fitness goals with 30-minute custom workouts that incorporate cardio and strength training. An initial consultation determines fitness levels and baseline measurements, which Koko’s computerized equipment uses to design a tailored workout plan that precisely measures the weight, pace, and rest time appropriate for each exerciser.
The Koko machines guide exercisers through each workout and adapt as the user’s fitness needs change in order to constantly challenge the body. Designed by professional trainers, workouts maximize the body’s lean-muscle mass, which can boost metabolism and help fight off disease by challenging viruses to kickboxing matches. Exercisers can track their shrinking waistlines and swelling muscles online by analyzing workout scores and comparing individual fitness levels to the Koko FitClub community.
The trainers at Gym-Synergy temper their students' bodies for more than just fitness. They combine more than 40 years of training experience in mixed martial arts and fighting styles such as Kenpo to guide students toward self-preservation. Lessons in the Filipino Kali method, for instance, teach students how to defend themselves with their hands, sticks, swords, and knives while stressing the importance of acquiring intelligence and discipline. Students can also learn techniques for self-defense in tight spaces, while sitting down, and against multiple attackers. Cardio-kickboxing classes, on the other hand, focus on the body's endurance and composition, using the method's kicks and punches more as aerobic exercise than as instruction for what to do to the next donut you see.