Denver residents are blessed to live in a place where they can enjoy being outdoors at least some part of all 12 months of the year. One of the top 10 healthiest places to live, Colorado offers a plethora of opportunities for you to get fit, have fun and soak up a little sun all at the same time.
It Burns Joe Fitness
Club Form Fitness
1125 17th St.
Denver, CO 80202
Price: free weekends at redrocks/$5 Wednesdays at Club Form
Hours: Wed – 5:50 p.m.; Sat and Sun – 8 a.m.
At the top of the list a gut-busting bootcamp called It Burns Joe Fitness. Joe promises boot camp participants three hours of the most intense workout they have ever had and a warning that they will be walking funny for a few days after their session. It meets in several outdoor locations, the most popular and well attended of which is the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison. Joe Hendricks leads these free, killer sessions, and only asks for occasional donations to replace broken equipment. Team work and friendly competition are just a part of the experience. Joe has had as many as 200 people show up for these high-intensity, fat-burning, muscle-building classes at Red Rocks. Weeknight sessions are at the Club Form Fitness in downtown Denver.
2373 15th St. Unit B
Denver, CO 80202
Price: $129 intro lake or river lessons
Hours: outdoor lessons available April through October
Confluence Kayak can help you cross “learn to kayak” off your bucket list and help you get in shape at the same time. From April through October take classes at Chatfield State Park in Jefferson County. Full-day lake or river intro lessons start at $129 with private and small group sessions available. It offers additional skills classes year round at the pool at the Ritchie Center at Denver University that cover all aspects of kayaking with classes for everyone from first timers to serious experienced athletes. Anyone who’s ever rowed before knows these classes are guaranteed to exhaust and exhilarate any athlete.
Yoga Rocks the Park/Kids Camp Yoga Rocks the Park
Denver City Park
17th Avenue and Colorado Boulevard
Denver, CO 80205
Alamo Placita Park
Corner of Ogden and E. 3rd Avenue
Denver, CO 80203
Price: $10 in advance/$15 at the event
Hours: registration 9 a.m.; yoga 10 a.m.
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Kick off your shoes and join the sensation of Yoga Rocks the Park’s fourth year all summer long at City Park and Alamo Placita in Denver. Yoga Rocks the Park combines not only the area’s top yoga instructors but incorporates live music from Denver’s top artists and traveling musicians. Check in starts at 9 a.m. music at 9:30 a.m. with Yoga instruction from 10 a.m. to noon. Take a look at past event videos here. There is also interactive option for kids ages 5 to 10. This fun option to teach your kids to get and stay active includes instruction on yoga postures as well as fun activities including face painting and hula hooping. After the yoga instruction the music continues and participants are invited to browse the fitness, organic food and drink vendors, and other alternative therapy exhibits.
Related: Top Yoga Studios in Denver
Parker Recreation Center
17301 E. Lincoln Ave.
Parker, CO 80134
Corner of Parker Road and Mainstreet
Price: Class prices vary per activity
The Parker Recreation Center in Parker offers multiple outdoor fitness events and classes throughout the year including outdoor zumba, Yoga in the Park , the PlayCalleSoccer 3 v 3 Tournament, Partner Fit and Zumba Gold in the Park for ages 50 and older. Seniors are also invited to join the seniors walking club that meets from May through October at the Parker Recreation Center and walks the Cherry Creek Trail. The staff at the Parker Recreation Center also plans outdoor fun and fitness for the kids with day-camp programs including fun run 1K competitions along the Cherry Creek Trail and outdoor inline skating rink and soccer field events. The Kids Tryathon happens every September, making fitness fun in a non-competitive atmosphere in which everyone who trys is a winner. It combines swimming, biking and running in a fun annual event.
1010 Bannock St.
Denver, CO 80204
Hours: Mon to Thurs evenings; Sat – 10 a.m.
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Price: $39 per week/$20 a class
Scott Harwood, a personal trainer and ex-Marine, promises to get you in the best shape of your life at his year-round outdoor bootcamps at Washington and Cheesman parks. The bootcamp alternates between the two parks and moves indoors if the weather is too extreme to its location on Bannock Street in Denver. Classes include an hour of cardio and weight training. From triathlons to better golf games, Harwood promises improvement with more than 10 years of experience to back him up.
Chrissy Morin is a third-generation Colorado native, wife, mom, freelance writer and web developer living in South Denver . Her work can be found here.