Check out some of the best specialty studios in Colorado Springs below.
I was curious about F45 Training after hearing raves from friends, and the format sounded interesting. F is for functional, as in everyday movements; the 45 is for minutes. When I walked in for the first time, I loved that the trainers greeted me right away and walked me through the class plan. They asked me about my fitness goals and any former injuries, and soon enough the workout was starting.
The class blends high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and circuit training, using free weights, bodyweight exercises and plyometrics. Every day features a different class. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays are cardio. Tuesdays and Thursdays are strength, and Saturdays are an hour-long combination of the two. We warm up together, then move through stations on our own circuits.
The exercises play on a TV at the front of the room for reference. Trainers walk around to help with form or modifications and to keep everyone on track.
Cardio days are my least favorite. When the trainer yells out that we have 20 seconds left, I usually want to fall on the floor. But there always seems to be a trainer like Marlon nearby to give me an encouraging push to do my best. Even during the hardest workout, I always feel like I can finish. It’s a rewarding workout that keeps me coming back for more.
F45 Sample Cost:
$25 7-day trial (consecutive classes) | $199 10-class pack
5182 N. Nevada Ave, Ste. 120; | 5860 Barnes Rd.;
More Specialty Fitness Studios in Colorado Springs
Got 30 minutes and want to punch or kick a heavy bag? 9Round’s guided workouts take you through nine stations that include resistance and cardio exercises and, of course, power-, speed- and coordination-building kickboxing moves.
Sample Cost: Free new member workout class, approximately $100 monthly after enrollment fee
1001 S. Tejon St.; 4337 Centennial Blvd.; 5490 Powers Center Point, Ste. 156
Clip-in and rock out during your spin workout at the Springs’ first devoted—and locally owned—bike-to-the-beat studio. Each instructor brings a different style of music to their many theme rides. Book early, as popular instructors and theme rides often sell out a week in advance.
Sample Cost: $25 single class, 4 rides for $72/month, 8 rides for $140/month
117 E. Bijou St.
Want to train like pro and collegiate athletes? At D1’s nontraditional fitness facility, workouts are based on a progression of performance, strength and conditioning exercises. Programs are geared for beginners to serious athletes. If you’re looking to push yourself, hit a class with lead coach Kit Dupreez.
Sample Cost: Free trial
While mat Pilates is effective, FlyLife’s key is the Megaformer. The multi-movement, Lagree Fitness machine maintains constant tension for a low-impact, high-intensity blend of strength training, cardio and Pilates meant to tone and strengthen. Group classes are most common, and we hear owner John O’Connor is a favorite instructor.
Sample Cost: $5 for first class | $79 four classes a month | $199 unlimited monthly membership
1743 Briargate Blvd.
Orange Theory Fitness
Science, coaching and technology blend into 60-minute workouts that push you to at least 12 minutes in the “orange zone” in order to charge your metabolism. A heart rate monitor tracks your progress as a coach leads the class on treadmills, rowers and in the weight room. Watch the schedule for coach Kelley Millsap, a local favorite.
Sample Cost: Free for your first class. Membership costs varies by fitness plan.
7469 N. Academy Blvd.; 5990 Stetson Hills Blvd.; 13492 Bass Pro Dr.
There’s more to it than just getting swole. Known for its intensity, CrossFit blends HIIT, functional movements like squats, pushups and plyometric jumps, and often Olympic style weightlifting. The “workout of the day” (WOD) will push you at the many CrossFit box gyms all over the Springs, but it’s scalable to any level. At standout SoCo CrossFit, the goal is “sign in, work out, be happy.” Your classmates might be fit, but the vibes are supportive.
Sample Cost: Prices start as low as $20 per class and go up to $160 per month for unlimited access.
2310 W. Colorado Ave.
Find a variety of classes, workshops and private sessions, all based on Pilates philosophy of breath and movement for optimal alignment. Specialized Gyrotonic classes blend dance, yoga, tai chi and swimming to stimulate the entire body.
Sample Cost: $15-$35 class, $130-$300 10-class pack
816 S. Tejon St.; 750 U.S. Hwy. 24, Woodland Park