Four-ward Fitness 10

Find your momentum


Getting–and staying–in shape looks different today than it did just a decade ago. Specialized clubs bring people together in community, keeping them engaged and moving. We’ve homed in on four fitness regimens that can boast a growing following. From barre fitness to finding the calorie-burn zone, these trends should keep you moving in 2018.

Orangetheory Fitness

The popularity of Orangetheory Fitness can be attributed to the exhilaration of “getting into the zone” just as much as to the fun and energy of group exercise.

“The goal is to achieve after-burn.”

“It’s science based,” says OTF Head Coach Lise Howard. Based on a five-zone, heart rate-based training, the goal is to try and get 12 or more minutes in zones 4 and 5 (the orange and red zones) to achieve optimum Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption (EPOC) or after-burn.

“Members burn about 15-20% more calories workout for up to 36 hours post-workout,” says Howard.

Enter the group dynamic that makes it so much fun. “Members get the energy of the group environment but with the attention of an experienced personal trainer” for a healthy, positive, all-inclusive environment, Howard says. “It keeps you coming back for more–and this gets results.”

Orangetheory Highlands Ranch 

9559 S University Blvd


Orangetheory West Highlands Ranch

1493 Park Central Dr, Suite 300


TRX Suspension Training:


TRX Training is a total-body workout that uses your own body weight along with a durable nylon tool to build strength, balance, agility and power. 

A TRX rope can be set up anywhere, but we decided to explore the TRX class taught by trainer Danni Marie at the Westridge Recreation Center in Highlands Ranch. (INSERT LINK)

“You get a much more effective workout than with machine-based training.” 

“There are six basic basic body positions that develop strength, balance, flexibility and core stability,” explains Marie. 

To test the claims of so many benefits, the American Council on Exercise studied the long-term benefits of TRX. Their findings? By taking a one-hour 60-TRX class three times a week for eight weeks, participants:

  • • burned about 400 calories per session 

  • • had significant decreases in waist circumference, body fat percentage and resting blood pressure

  • • greatly improved muscle strength and endurance, most significantly in leg press, bench press, curl-up and push-up tests

“I love TRX,” says Marie. “With all the ranges and angles involved, you get a much more effective workout than with machine-based training.”   

Highlands Ranch Rec Center Westridge

9650 Foothills Canyon Blvd


The Ballet Physique

“There is such a strong connection to dance in The Ballet Physique program,” says Ballet Physique founder and owner, Kristen Zurek. “At the same time, it’s accessible to everybody—I’ve been doing it several times a week for 10 years—and now, after having a baby, I’m still seeing results!”

Many clients become members because it’s low-impact and easily modifiable. “It helps rehabilitate injuries and can prevent injuries,” Zurek says.

The studio hires professionally trained dancers who are also certified fitness instructors. “They understand the human body—the way muscles work and respond to training. They’re equipped to give you results driven workouts that are also very safe.” 

All classes are 60 minutes, with the exception of the more aerobic Physique Rev, which is 45 minutes. Clients are encouraged to attend 3 to 5 times a week. 

Regulars to Ballet Physique attest to the essential strength for living they gain from the focused, core-strengthening regimen. “I just spoke with a client who told me she has a better sense of vitality—that she’s stronger than she was 20 years ago.

“Many clients feel their ‘happy place’ is at Ballet Physique.”

“Many clients feel their ‘happy place’ is at Ballet Physique. It becomes a second home for them, which makes it easier for them to commit to their workouts.”

The Ballet Physique Downtown Littleton

2539 West Main Street


The Ballet Physique Lone Tree

7600 Park Meadows Drive


Yoga Pod

The Yoga Pod Southglenn studio is part of franchise that has mushroomed due to its combination of expert instructors, finely-tuned formatting and most of all—a personal touch. “You are instantly welcome—everybody seems to eventually know each other,” says Emily Maxfield, who co-owns the studio with her husband, TJ.

“Teachers make sure they know of any injuries or restrictions, and they ask if there’s anything you need to work on today,” she says. “They will also adjust form and make the corrections if you need them.” 

Emily believes that Yoga Pod’s specialized offerings are au courant. “It’s that boutique-style exercise that people enjoy these days. We have been incorporating some other activities in addition to yoga that people like, such as the opportunity to do a barre class, or a fit class that tones and sculpts,” she says.

“You are instantly welcome—everybody seems to eventually know each other,”

As Emily’s enthusiasm for yoga spills out from her own experience. “When my husband and I started having kids, we went together once a week. It was a time for peace and reflection for us,” she says. “After a serious car accident in 2013, I was stiff and needed physical therapy. Yoga, over time, has helped me to get back mobility—I can chase around my two-year-old!”

6870 S University Blvd, Centennial