UPDATED JUL 14, 2020
We don’t always have time to explore the mountains every day, so we head to the gym. And there’s no shortage of places to get you in peak (pun intended) shape around Denver. What sweat spots will hit the sweet spot? Check out some of our favorites below.
We know — it’s the yoga giant of Denver, but they're deserving of recognition. They were born here, and man, did they grow here! With studios all over the city (as of this writing, we're at 18, plus a handful in Boulder) and classes ranging from beginner-friendly Core Restore to intense and sweaty Yoga Sculpt, you’ll find your flow at CorePower.
High intensity and low impact, Fierce45 reps Denver’s Lagree Fitness scene. It’s 45 minutes of full body strength, endurance, cardio, balance, and flexibility. The movements may not look like much, but trust us — they burn. How do they check all the boxes? They inspire you to be fierce in each class by writing your intention on the chalkboard in front of your routine. Motivation and accountability — check! You can find them in six Denver neighborhoods, plus one in Boulder.
When the NYC-famous SoulCycle landed in Cherry Creek in 2018, our cycling scene shook. The iconic studio charges New York prices, but as the pinnacle of modern fitness, the experience pays for itself. Soul is known for cultivating top talent, meaning your instructor will push you, change you, and maybe get a little spiritual in the dim-lit, high-energy room. For 45-minutes, you'll clip in and let loose to some of the hottest curated playlists you'll ever sweat to, and the bath products in the showers afterward will be nicer than what you have at home.
It’s about exercise for your body and your mind at PSF in Wash Park. This bootcamp-style workout fits a ton of different fitness modalities (think kettlebells, TRX, kinesis, free weights) into their studio space. But most classes only have 10 to 15 people, so if it’s personal attention you want, personal attention you’ll get! It’s a supportive community that prides themselves on developing strong, confident members. Can’t make it to Wash Park? Tune in for one of their free weekly live-streaming workouts.
If you’re new to yoga, big can be intimidating. You agree? Then try The River, a smaller community, with multiple locations around the city. Their vigorous but purposeful Power Vinyasa classes manage to be accessible and welcoming to newbies and challenging for regulars. Have an injury or special consideration? The River also offers adaptive yoga classes to cater to almost any need.
Siblings to the ever-popular Movement Boulder, both of Denver's Movement Climbing + Fitness locations are stellar. Check out Movement Denver’s massive and modern space at 6th Ave. and Lipan, or you can head to their newer location at Improper City in RiNo. And in addition to its state-of-the-art climbing at both, Movement has a schedule packed with fitness classes, from climbing fitness to interval training, and indoor cycling to yoga. Fitt Tip: not only does your membership to one Movement gym gives you access to all Movement gyms, but due to a 2019 merger, you also hit up Earth Treks.
With studios all over the city, you’re never too far from an Endo sweat sesh. There’s something for everybody and every part of your body with HIIT, cycle, kinesis, strength, barre, and yoga, plus combo classes like cycle-row and cycle-barre. Endo’s tagline “movement is our drug” describes the vibe well — teachers and students are addicted to this place, and newbies of any level are always welcomed.
This stadium-style studio in RiNo, SloHi, and a forthcoming studio Westminster houses Matrix IC7 bikes. What does that mean? Let us help: Epic Ryde has fancy schmancy bikes with a “coach-by-color” training console that lights up to help riders keep tabs on their WattRate power meter or heart rate output. This technology creates an added element of interaction and motivation. That’s a nice way of saying that you can’t cheat by coasting in a low gear. But you didn’t come to class to coast anyway, now did you? Want to mix it up? Try a cycle/TRX fusion class to take your workout to another level.
Transform in LoDo doesn’t want you to maximize your workout, they want you to optimize your workout. They focus on efficient and intense movements using body weight resistance and state-of-the art equipment. They offer both Lagree Fitness classes and climbing classes. But these aren’t the climbing classes you’re probably thinking of — rather than a rock wall, they use the VersaClimber for a low-impact, full-body cardio and strength sweat. You’ll use every muscle in your body (including ones you didn’t know you had), and yes, it feels like a transformation.
Don’t let the word gymnastics scare you off from Awaken. They’re consistently voted one of Denver’s best gym for a reason. And that reason is that they use effective gymnastics-inspired, mobility-centric training methods to build strength and flexibility like you’ve never imagined. Physical honesty and intelligent training are the name of the game at Awaken. Take a look at the bodies and attitudes of the regulars and you’ll be sold. Find them in the Arts District.
Platform Strength is the concept from podcaster, YouTuber, MTV's The Challenge star, and exercise entrepreneur Emily Schromm. But don't think this "hybrid gym" is well-loved just for its star trainer. In fact, all of the trainers are top-tier, bringing the know-how and support whether you're looking for powerlifting, Olympic lifting, functional fitness, or metabolic conditioning. Whether you've never touched a barbell or your callouses have callouses, you'll find the programming 100% scalable and effective. Fitt Tip: you'll have access to the gym 24/7 with a membership.
Like to have a little space when you're dropping down for burpees? How about some extra form cues when you're under the barbell? You get all that and so much more when you step into the South Broadway warehouse belonging to Compass Fitness. The energy level is always high here, where incredibly friendly and experienced coaches lead you through classes ranging from dance cardio and yoga to boxing and a class called Down + Dirty, where the motto is to "Lift. Heavy. Shit."
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