Whether you’re looking to make exercise a more regular part of your life, bounce back from holiday indulgences, or simply change up your normal routine, the beginning of a new year is a great time to get moving. Denver’s fitness scene is in full swing, with many new facilities, from spin classes to yoga-strength training hybrids, opening new Front Range locations just this past year. Sure, spots like SoulCycle—which doesn’t ‘do’ memberships and drop-in rates are $28 per class—might feel out of reach, but countless other local spots open their arms to newbies with deals, discounts, and donation-based classes. Here are five ways break a sweat (without breaking your bank account).
RiNo Social Club does things a little differently than most other yoga studios. First, the space itself is unique: The subterranean studio in the heart of RiNo’s Art District has glow-in-the-dark paint on its mirrorless brick walls, a padded floor for a more comfortable cat-cow, and an edgy but inclusive vibe. After all, that is the point of RSC—to make the practice of yoga accessible to everyone. The studio requires no membership, and all of its regular classes are a $10 drop-in or donation-based (for those who need it). In addition to providing accessible yoga to all, RSC also excels in fostering the business of local, independent yoga teachers.
3101 Walnut St., Denver, 720-724-8393
Denver Parks and Rec offers several different price points and membership options to accommodate its many unique residents. The Mile High City is home to 29 DPR fitness centers, each of which offers group classes as well as gym space and other varying amenities (hello, outdoor swimming pools). Depending on your age and the type of membership you want—there are three different levels: regional, local and neighborhood—year-round access for an adult could be as little $171 (or $76.50 for seniors and $17.50 for your kiddo). That means if you worked out an average of three times a week for one year, you’d be paying less than $1.10 for every time you went. That’s what we call motivation!
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One of Denver’s most popular yoga groups, each of Kindness’ nine Front Range studios has its own personality but each maintains a grounded, tranquil, and welcoming vibe. Kindness’ robust daily schedule includes myriad types of yoga, from yin (a deep stretch sequence similar to restorative) and nidra (akin to meditation), to its “signature series” (a sequence and balance and strength-training poses in a heated room). In short, it has a little something for everyone. Kindness also hosts workshops, organizes retreats, and offers teacher training once yogic ambitions—and funds—are ready.
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The River Yoga invites newcomers to practice one month of unlimited yoga for $39, but the Golden Triangle studio also partners with of Civic Center Moves, a city-run campaign to provide free fitness to any and all Denverites. Every Monday evening, a River-certified teacher runs an hour-long, all-levels flow at the McNichols building—and it’s totally free and open to the public. The River also partners with its next-door neighbor, Fitness in the City, for a noontime class on Thursdays. The “Yoga Cross” class is a half-hour of functional strength-training followed by 30 minutes of power flow.
Find free yoga every Monday at 6 p.m. at the McNichols Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave., Denver. Yoga Cross takes place at noon every Thursday at the McNichols Building as well. Check the full Civic Center Moves schedule here.
Stepping foot into a gym—whether after a long time or for the first time ever—can seem like a chore at best, and overwhelmingly intimidating at worst. But Planet Fitness’ low-commitment and judgment-free ideology alleviates some of that pressure. The global chain touts an all-are-welcome mission, and does its best to make sure newcomers feel safe and comfortable moving about the facility and handling equipment. The best part? Memberships start at $10 per month, and for $21 a month, you can get access to all nine of Planet Fitness’ Denver-area locations. Make sure to take advantage of the free training session offered to new members.