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Fit City Guide: Denver, Colorado

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Each year, the American College of Sports Medicine releases the American Fitness Index reporting on how people in the top fifty metropolitan areas in the United States live. We reached out to unique businesses in each of the top five rated cities across the country. Read on to learn about what an active lifestyle looks like in third-ranked Denver, Colorado.

Overall Rank: 3

Overall Score: 72.6

Personal Health Rank: 1

Community Health Rank: 8

“Regardless of season, there are addicting activities at the fingertips of Denverites basically every day of the year. It is that drive and the ease of access to world class outdoor activities that naturally lead people to be fit and get in shape to do the outdoor activities they love.” –Fit36

Studio 1: Mile High Monkey Bar Gym

“No machines. No mirrors.”

Mile High Monkey Bar Gymnasium is not your typical gym. Mile High Monkey Bar Gymnasium specializes in natural, useful movements, for the development of functional fitness without the use of machines. The system relies on body weight training, resistance, and kinetic energy.

When we asked Mile High Monkey Bar about health and wellness in America’s third most fit city, they told us that people in Denver tend to have a more holistic mindset toward health and fitness, which fits their facility model very well. “We promote the use of fitness and nutrition as a means for a higher quality of life and better overall health and wellness as opposed to aesthetic-only fitness goals.”
Where You Can Find It: 2243 Curtis St.

Studio 2: Fit36

“Fit36 is the next level in fitness”

Fit 36 is a high intensity interval training / HIIT class that provides results in 36 minutes or less. They run biweekly circuits, allowing their customers’ bodies to go from unable to able to expert on these movements in a two-week span. Nick, a FIT36 member says, “I regularly burn 550-650 calories in each 36-minute class. The workout is truly a full body workout, but unlike other group training full body workouts, it is strength based and focused.”

Nick says, “The outdoors is just such a natural part of our community that people are instinctively driven to be outdoors and enjoy what the area has to offer. Regardless of season, there are addicting activities at the fingertips of Denverites basically every day of the year. It is that drive and the ease of access to world class outdoor activities that naturally lead people to be fit and get in shape to do the outdoor activities they love.”

Where You Can Find It: 4 Locations: Lodo, Highlands, Denver Tech Center, Highlands Ranch

Studio 3: The Yoga Mat

The Yoga Mat is a yoga studio built around community, providing a space that is authentic and welcoming. They offer numerous styles of yoga: Vinyasa Flow, Power, Ashtanga, Yin, and Restorative—just to name a few. Not only does The Yoga Mat offer great classes in their studio but they offer additional workshops and outdoor sessions in neat locations such as wineries and breweries.

Where You Can Find It: 3563 Larimer St.

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This blog post is the third in our series on the cities ranked in the American Fitness Index. Read our other posts in the series here. You can access the full American Fitness Index here.

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