In a city where there is over 300 days of sunshine, CrossFit (both indoor and outdoor box gyms) has transformed Denver training regimens for the better.
As boxes (aka CrossFit gyms) continue to pop up in Colorado, people continue to become hooked on the WODs and incomparable communities that come with them. It’s true — CF can be semi-addicting, but we can’t blame you — the proof is in the puddin’ (and in your growing biceps).
If you’re looking at where to start or how to eat PRs for breakfast, we’re here to help point you in the right direction.
You’ll come for the workout but you’ll keep coming back for the community. Crossfit Train and its three fearless female trainers have created something badass within and outside of these four walls. “Position before performance” is a motto they run by, meaning you’re going to lift right or not at all. Plus, the atmosphere at their downtown box will truly cancel out the intimidation factor for new CrossFitters.
You can now find this 2000-square-feet box in the heart of Santa Fe’s Art District. The art they create, however, is with barbells and bumper plates. Really, if you’re looking for the motivation to hit a new goal, CrossFit Elevation takes pride in pushing you to find it. So much so, your first visit comes with a free non-sweat consultation with their head coach to determine goals and aspirations. They’ll truly do anything to help elevate the athlete inside (oh, the irony).
In the heart of LoDo, CrossFit Verve welcomes all skill sets — from “never done a burpee” to “ring muscle-up”. Here, you can split jerk your way into the WOD coached by friendliest coaches in town, or become part of the Skilz program — a great beginner program for those looking to build a strong foundation. Looking for more endurance? They have that covered too by offering a row/run/lift WOD. So when we say “any skill set is welcome”, we mean it. Verve also offers babysitting and kid-friendly CF courses. Come one, come all.
Aside from being the top-rated box in the Denver area, CF Broadway offers another way to spice up your daily CF routine with their exclusive F.I.T. classes. It’s not only the name we love. This bootcamp-style workout pushes your body in a different way than classic CF, but just as effective… your shrinking waistline will thank us later. CF Broadway has a philosophy we can stand behind and a community we’d stand with any day!
Buried in the Sloan Lake neighborhood, CrossFit Jai offers unique programming that we love. Forget the stereotypical intimidating box gym, Jai offers the LeanFit program, which gives you the same badass sweat without the Olympic lifts (save your back). CF Jai has two gyms (double the goodness) allowing classes to be 8-10 people big, ensuring you get the attention you need — that’s a huge plus if you ask us!
CrossFit Wash Park
Wash Park is home to just about everything great: Cozy cafes, excellent eats, beautiful parks… So it’s no surprise Wash Park is home to one of the top CF box gyms in the area. Not only do the coaches at CFWP push you, but the members are all your cheerleaders as well. That’s come in handy whenever you’re trying to stand up a PR squat. Still have hesitations? First-timers are given a free trial, and we guarantee CFWP will put you to work!
Well, the name says it all. Active + existence = Axistence (yay math!). And this Glendale CrossFit gym is rated for its stellar coaching on anatomy and nutrition, specialized functional fitness classes like “how to climb a 14er”, and promotes you getting moving in your everyday life. This all gives your typical CrossFit WOD a twist to help train for just about any outdoor, Denver-y activity.
Who doesn’t love a mountain view? Well add “enjoy mountain view” to your WOD checklist. At MBS in Broomfield, you can cross that one off. Run by a legend, Pat Burke, this CrossFit gym is full of athletes who are not trying to compete with you, but rather encourage you. We know it can be hard to find legitimate coaches who will tell you the truth about your form, but have no fear here — the coaches at MBS won’t hold back. This gym is dedicated to make you a better athlete (while providing the quintessential Colorado views). All the better reason to WOD here.
With downtown catching the eye of cultured restaurants, craft beer breweries, and people moving from all over the globe, CrossFit 720 found its home right in the heart of it all. Offering all classes for all size, shape, and types of athletes, CF 720 is truly a hometown crowd-pleaser run by its fearless leader (and Crossfit Games vet), April DiGiannantonio.
CrossFit LoDo greets anyone who walks in with open arms, whether you’re a disciplined, paleo-eating WOD-er, or a newb. CF LoDo recently moved to a larger spot in the beautiful Ballpark area and offers not only your typical WOD, but Level 1 coaching for those looking to improve their form, and yoga for CrossFitters on your off days. If you ask us, our bodies need the CF LoDo treatment.
Uniting CrossFit tactics with a healthy dose of badass makes this Lincoln Park box a great place to get ripped while having fun. CF DeCo is built by athletes and your everyday exercisers who truly believe in the power of community. So much so, they offer a free class every Saturday…you heard us — FREE!
And speaking of community, you can find a pretty solid team in the Berkeley neighborhood. They believe community is best built through sweat, offering classes of all ranges (including ladies-only class – hey ladies!!!). CF Vantage helps members seamlessly progress through milestones of becoming an everyday WOD’er. So, whether you’re looking to continue your professional CF career or have never lifted a barbell, Vantage has the solution for you.
CrossFit Per Ignem
There’s nothing we love to see more than fitness changing lives. In the heart of LoDo, Per Ignem CrossFit does just that. While Per Ignem fosters peak performing athletes, they are more about promoting physical and mental health to lead a well-rounded life… and we LOVE the sound of that. Plus, with access to all three studios (Hey, Boston! Hey, Newport Beach!), members are always welcomed to workout with the Per Ignem family from coast-to-coast.
York Street CrossFit
Offering eight different programs and courses (including Youth Gymnastics, Elements CF training, Ladies-only, and more), York Street CrossFit is literally for anyone and everyone. True community-builders, YSCF has empowered the City Park area and surrounding communities to embrace the power of the body through CrossFit and CF hybrid training. They also know that without proper diet, you can only get so strong — so you know their nutrition program is on-point.