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Published Friday Jan 11, 2019 by Brittany Raine

4 Fitness Finds Around Denver for the New Year

Fitness
Pilates
Yoga
Interval Training
Cycling

2019 is the year we wake up, sweat it out, repeat. From empowering your mind to increasing your strength, there are thousands of options in the greater-Denver area to help you get after your fitness and wellness goals. 

Here are a few of our favorite classes and studios across town that keep us motivated (and inspired) long past January—no commitment required! So get out there and find what makes your fitness routine more fun. Maybe we’ll see you on the mat?

 

MEDITATION 

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The River Yoga 
1212 Delaware Street
Denver, CO 80204

Looking to add a little *extra* zen to your day? Well, you’re in luck at The River. A beautiful and tranquil space, The River is all about elevating your wellness in an open and inspiring environment. With a second location in Five Points and over 11 class varieties, you can find the right practice to motivate your mental and physical being, any day of the week. 

Our favorite class: Deep Stretch & Meditation — the best way to release tension and promote active recovery. 

 

HIIT 

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Pearl Street Fitness
1107 S Pearl Street
Denver, CO 80210 

This is no ordinary gym—Pearl Street Fitness is a community. Featuring all the positive neighborhood vibes, this boutique studio offers unique workouts to fit your needs and activity levels. Plus, Pearl Fitness offers 100 classes weekly, so you’ll never get bored… just stronger and more confident with their amazing full-body workouts! 

Our favorite class: Full Body Conditioning AM — start your morning off with a seriously fun sweat session.

 


CYCLING 

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Rush Cycle - Highlands 
1493 Park Central Drive
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129

Get ready to pump up the jams—and your heart rate—at one of Rush Cycle’s envigorating indoor cycling, cardio blasting classes for athletes of any level. Featuring motivating instructors with killer playlists, you’ll be pedaling to the beat in no time at all. Be prepared to clip in and sweat it out. 

Our favorite class: Rush Ride — this workout is what made The Rush famous, enough said! 

 


PILATES 

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Fierce45

527 East Mississippi Avenue
Denver, CO 80210

One class at Fierce45 and you’ll be hooked on their high-intensity, mindful movement mentality. Offering one-of-a-kind workouts on their FierceFormer™ resistance machines, you’ll get a full-body sweat session any day of the week at one of their awesome Denver locations. And with a focus on community and intentions, your mind and body will be begging for more Pilates! 

Our favorite class: Fierce45 - Full Body Workout — 45 minutes to a more powerful body (and being). 


From discovering a meditation session near you to trying your first cycling class, easily find and book any workout or wellness service around the greater-Denver area (or anywhere in the world!) on the MINDBODY app and MINBODY.io.

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Brittany Raine
Consumer Content Program Manager
About the author
A free-spirited farmgirl from New York, Brittany traded her job as a journalist and newspaper editor for the San Diego sunshine. Brittany now leads the curation of all creative content. There are rumors she was Middle Earth's warrior elven queen in a past life.
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Fitness
Published Wednesday Jul 28, 2021 by Bree Lewis

Sweat Redemption: 5 Tips for Getting Back Into Your Hot Yoga Practice

Yoga
Fitness
Expert Advice

If you’ve ever taken a hot yoga class, you know it’s always going to be one thing—outrageously hot. Not the “let’s hang by the pool and get that sun-kissed glow” kind of hot either. I’m talking that “I can't believe I have this much sweat in my body” and “I may or may not pass out” kind of hot. It’s nothing to mess around with, and after a year or so of not being able to go, it’s easy to forget just how serious that heat can be.

To get the maximum enjoyment and benefits out of your heated yoga classes, you need to prepare yourself before and take care of yourself afterward. Luckily, I’ve been taking some classes (sweating enough for the both of us) and I’ve listed my five favorite must-dos to help you readjust to your heated classes and get back to the hot yoga summer that we all want.

1. Go at your own pace

Heated classes are difficult in nature. The normal difficulty of regular poses is mixed in with the added challenges of sweating and dealing with the humidity and the heat (at times, I’ve seen the thermostat climb to 108 degrees—yikes!). Depending on what type of yoga class you’re taking (sculpt, Bikram, power vinyasa), the difficulty level and temperature are going to vary. It’s also important to remember that each person in the room is going to practice in a way that’s unique to them. Hours slept, hydration levels, food intake, and different lifestyles are all contributing factors that make our practices different. What you practice on your mat is your own––trust your body and only do what feels right to you.  And remember, it’s okay to take breaks!

2. Hydrate like your life depends on it (honestly, it might)

The rise in temperature mixed in with the humidity that we all know and love creates the perfect recipe for sweating—like A LOT. You go into a heated class dry and come out feeling like you just took a dip in the pool. Before heated classes, I had no idea it was physically possible to sweat that much. If you’re going to a heated class, especially after a long break, it’s easy to forget just how much you might sweat. Is it possible to lose that much water if you haven’t consumed it first? Trust me, going into your heated class super hydrated is going to make a world of difference and help you feel good throughout your practice. And don’t forget to take some sips of H2O while you’re practicing!  

3. Nourish your body

Heated classes are challenging, but I can’t stop going. Nothing quite compares to overcoming the challenge— and experiencing the cleanse my body feels after I’m done. It’s the perfect blend of hard and rewarding, but I couldn’t do it if my body wasn’t properly nourished. On the days I know I have a heated class booked; I like to make sure I am eating right. I make sure to take my vitamins and fuel my body with fruits, vegetables, and my favorite superfood shake. I hold off on food about an hour before my practice, so I feel comfortable. After the class, I like to replenish with a big protein shake (boosted with collagen to aid with muscle recovery and skin elasticity). There is no one-way path for properly nourishing your body but making sure you’re fueled for the challenge of a heated class is essential for getting the most out of your practice and feeling good on and off your mat.

4. Replenish those electrolytes

Increasing and maintaining your water intake on the days you take a heated class is important, but sometimes you need something a little extra. If you’re sweating that much, you’re basically an athlete (at least in my book) and if you’re performing like a rockstar yogi, you need to hydrate like one as well. That means replenishing those lost electrolytes. Reward yourself and your body for the hard work and treat yourself to your favorite drink. I switch off between electrolyte-boosting drinks and coconut water depending on what I’m in the mood for that day. Adding these to my post-practice self-care routine has helped me feel more hydrated after and ready to take on the world again after especially sweaty classes.

5. Bring the right equipment

Usually, a yoga mat is all you need for your practice––but heated classes are a different ballgame. I’ve gone with just a mat, and I’ve slipped all over the place. Let me tell you, there’s nothing worse than having sweat drip all over the place while you’re trying to hold a pose that makes you grip your mat for dear life (never again). Make sure you bring a towel to place over your mat, this will help with support and grip. Bringing a smaller towel is also a good idea. You can use the smaller towel to dry yourself off during water breaks or whenever you’re feeling just a bit too sweaty. This is a small step that makes a world of difference during those super-hot classes.

So, there you have it. Five of my favorite tips (more like lifesavers) that have helped me readjust to those heated classes I love so much. Getting back into it is a challenge for us all, so know you’re not alone. No matter where you’re at in your practice, remember to be kind and gentle to yourself––celebrating your health and your body’s ability to do what you love. We’re all just getting back out there, together.

Ready to jump back into your hot yoga routine? Browse Mindbody to find the perfect class for you

While you’re at it, check out some Intro Offers near you that can help you get back to your cadence of hot yoga classes.

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Written by
Bree Lewis
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Born and raised in a small mountain town just south of Yosemite National Park, Bree is an avid lover of health, wellness, and connecting to the outside world around us. As a Cal Poly English major alumn, she has a knack for books, writing, and all things words. In her free time, she enjoys being outside, drinking craft beers, and keeping life jazzy!