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As the temperature starts to drop in Denver, it’s time to heat up your fitness routine with a few fun, muscle-burning classes. From flying high at your first aerial yoga experience to finding the beat as you put the pedal to the medal with indoor cycling, trying out a new boutique fitness studio and class on the MINDBODY app can add a little *extra* variety to your workout routine.
If you’re not sure what your next move might be, we’ve got five workouts (and their pretty sweet sweat-worthy studios) that you should you check out next.
With an empowering community (and some Instagram-worthy aerial yoga silks), classes at Atherial Fitness focus on freedom, strength, safety, and technique for students of all levels. Connect your mind, body, and spirit through every pose at this studio, both on and off the mat.
Our Class Pick: Aerial Yoga Flow Basics
The perfect introduction to aerial blended with a calming asana practice, you’ll defy gravity and develop balance while increasing overall mobility and flexibility.
Fun Fact: Their teachers are called “Flight Instructors”... Now, who’s ready to reach for the stars?
You know when their website says “beat-based choreography,” you’ve found the right indoor cycling studio for you. With killer playlists, epic energy levels, and a staff of world-class trainers who will keep you motivated with every spin, High Ride Cycle offers the full-body workout you crave.
Neighborhood: West Highlands
Our Class Pick: The High Ride
The most notable class that fits all fitness levels, you can catch a ride any day of the week. This 45-minute indoor cycling class is a serious heart-pounding party, including weights and resistance so you’ll be feeling the beat… and the burn.
Fun Fact: High Ride Cycle offers themed cycling classes, featuring some pretty sweet playlists (Wake n’ Drake or Kayne Sunday, anyone?). Make sure to book your spot—bikes fill up fast!
A truly unique HIIT experience, you’re guaranteed a serious sweat session at The Rebel Workout. From prenatal classes to fast-paced group workouts, and personal training, you’ll discover your next challenge. Tap into a new, victorious feeling at their open, communal space with experienced instructors.
Our Class Pick: REBEL + MOBILITY
Featuring all the benefits of their of their popular strength and cardio-based REBEL class, this workout incorporates 10-15 minutes of mobility work using things like foam rollers and lacrosse balls to release tension.
Fun Fact: They are all about their rebel tribe vibe, and we LOVE it. Talk about a serious sense of community for seasoned vets and newbies alike.
Specializing in the calorie-burning Lagree Method and cardio-blasting climbing classes, TransFORM Colorado offers workouts that will tone, lengthen and strengthen your body, no matter your fitness level. With workouts on different machines like the Megaformer and Versa Climber, you’ll get the best fitness experience while creating a more balanced body.
Our Class Pick: Lagree
This 45-minute class on the M3 megaformer focuses on making your muscles work in a low-impact, results-driven environment with modifications for all levels. Prepare to feel those oh-so-good post-class shakes.
Fun Fact: TransFORM’s owner, Beth Bedingfield, brings her experience from Los Angeles, where she trained a handful of celebrities, like Kate Hudson, Calvin Harris, and Julia Stiles. That’s some serious star power!
Welcome to the ultimate fitness and music experience. With a mantra rooted in the connection between exercise and sound, Rhythm Revolution is all about the feels you get from working out, and we are totally on board with that. Featuring classes that tap into all components of your well-being, be prepared to go on a beautiful, sweat-inducing journey.
Neighborhood: Park Hill
Our Class Pick: Soundcycle (Barre Edit)
A fusion indoor cycling class that incorporates 30-minutes of barre, this one-hour class will have you moving, grooving, and feeling stronger in no time at all.
Fun Fact: Rhythm Revolution “geeks out” on music, and we’re here for it. Their positive vibes are contagious—did we mention the studio and staff all have tribe titles?
For the first time ever, the globe will be watching surfing take center stage at the 2020 (postponed to July 2021) Olympics. People from all over the world will be appreciating the sport, many for the first time.
This symbolizes the surfing community breaking through centuries of negative stereotypes. Though conditions play a big part in the sport, the biggest hurdle the athletes will have to overcome to see success is mental. The winner will be the one who chooses their waves wisely with their understanding of the conditions and ability to intimidate and therefore overcome components. Meanwhile, they will be challenging themselves to emerge from crashing barrels, fly into the air, and land on the shifting surface gracefully. No big deal.
You’ve probably heard the invention of a wave pool, which creates the perfect man-made wave. In 2007, Kelly Slater founded his wave company with a passion to build the perfectly rideable wave at his surf ranch. It was debated whether the Olympics should be held in the ocean or on a manufactured wave, with many differing opinions on what would be right. The decision was made, and the event will take place in the sea, at Tsurigasaki Beach in Japan, about 40 miles east of Tokyo, where the rest of the 2021 games will be hosted.
As you watch, take a moment to reflect on the century of effort for this to happen. This initiative can be traced all the way back to the 1912 summer games that took place in Stockholm. Duke Kahanamoku, known as the father of modern surfing, won three gold medals in swimming, and while accepting his medal, he expressed that it was his dream to see surfing be added. To add fuel to the fire, International Surfing Association, recognized as the surfing world's governing authority by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), began lobbying for the inclusion of surfing in the Olympics in 1955.
Surfing is a multidimensional sport unlike any other. Nothing compares to paddling out to the serene silence that awaits beyond the breaking waves. Once you get out there, you immediately escape the many annoyances ingrained in everyday life—the constant notifications on your phone and laptop, your back-to-back schedule, answering to other people. You’re no longer on the time that your watch reads, you’re on mother nature’s time. You’re also no longer in control of your surroundings. Now, all you can do is surrender and wait for the next set to come, while trying to position yourself for when it does.
The high from catching the perfect wave is so addicting that surfers would fail on one hundred in a row just to catch that one. After you catch that perfect one, you replay it in your mind for the rest of the day.
A successful session is reliant on so many factors of mother nature—a force way bigger than us. For ideal conditions to exist, a good-sized swell must approach from the right direction, the wind must be flowing offshore, and you have to time your session right with the ebb and flow of the tide.
The sport is always teaching you life lessons. It is humbling, even if you’ve been practicing it for many years. One reason why it takes so long to master is that the conditions are going to be different every time you get out there. You might have caught a million yesterday, but today makes you feel like a kook because you can’t land one decent wave.
The community of people that you become a part of when you surf is special. A shared obsession with the ocean that brings you to dive into the water at dawn to get a session in bonds you quick. When you’re out there, you’ll find yourself interacting with people of all ages and backgrounds. People enjoy sharing the stoke of the sport. When you see someone out there teaching somebody new, you’ll encounter them cheering at the top of their lungs when they catch a good wave, and as you look around, you’ll see smiles all across the lineup. The other day, I caught a long wave in to be met with a cheering crowd of locals who frequent the spot that I do. When I got to shore, a local showed me their secret stash of hot packs to access in case I, or someone else, gets stung by a stingray when they aren’t around.
Being out in the ocean and abiding by her rules gives surfers a deep love and connection to nature. It’s common to see sea animals out there, like dolphins, stingrays, and fish. When you have an encounter, it’s a reminder that we are invading their territory. It sucks when you see trash floating in the water, or on the sand in its route to the water. It’s a sad reminder of the negative impact that humans can have on natural environments. It inspires you to pick up trash and advocate for sustainability so that we, as a collective, can take care of the beauty that we are lucky to have access to.
Tune in to see surfing break into the biggest international sporting event in the world beginning on Saturday, July 24th.
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