In the winter, city folk commonly head to the mountains for their exercise and entertainment. In the summer months, though, it’s all about taking advantage of what Denver has to offer. With all the unique exercise opportunities being put on this summer—by gyms, yoga studios, and other local orgs—there’s no excuse not to enjoy the Mile High fitness culture.
Break a Sweat:
Pearl Street Fitness just began partnering with roving yoga studio Fold Yoga to offer three donation-based ($8–12) yoga classes per week. Times change each week (check Pearl Street’s schedule online), but the sessions are available to anyone, not just Pearl Street’s regular clients.
Group exercise studio Vitruvian Fitness is moving from its LoHi digs to a new location in Sunnyside, near West 44th Avenue and Federal Boulevard, within the next few months. Until that happens, workouts focusing on body-weight exercises and cardio will take place at Berkeley Park (Tennyson Street and West 48th Avenue) for only $5—no membership required. Classes start June 18 at 6 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Make reservations online.
On June 20, Lousiville-based yoga studio Figure Yoga will offer a two-hour “Summer Solstice” class, featuring yoga and crystal bowl sound healing as well as snacks and beverages. (If you’re not into marking the change of seasons, head to the “Choco Yoga” session on June 26 to pair your flow with organic cacao and wine.)
Epic Ryde has organized a free community bike ride from the Park Burger location in RiNo to Lookout Mountain on June 27. A Great Divide beer tapping and Epic Ryde prize giveaways (all participants will receive a free credit toward a drop-in class) will take place in Golden with munchies from Park Burger and Biju’s Little Curry Shop available once you arrive back in Denver after your 37.9-mile roundtrip ride. No RSVPs necessary.
Get your land legs with one of three beginner road rides presented by the Denver Athletic Club at 10 a.m. on June 28, July 26, and August 23. Routes vary, but the June ride takes you 22.4 miles down the Cherry Creek Trail and through Cherry Creek State Park.
The Freyja Project is teaching an acroyoga and Thai massage series on three Sundays, from July 12 to 26.
Find New Swag at These Fitness-Related Festivals:
The annual Highlands Street Fair will bring food, drink, live music, and more than 180 artisan vendors to 32nd Avenue between Perry and Julian streets on June 20. Check out booths and swag from Orangetheory Fitness and the Freyja Project.
Spiritual master Sri Prem Baba is visiting Boulder for Yes to Love Week from July 1 to 8. Experience public talks, live music, silent meditation, and other “movement” sessions throughout the om-tastic week.
On July 25, head to Sports Authority Field at Mile High for Fitness Fest at Mile High, one of the largest free yoga classes in the state. In addition to your flow, you can enjoy healthy-cooking demos, health and wellness resources, and free massages at the all-day wellness lounge.
If you do head west, we recommend the Wanderlust Festival in Aspen-Snowmass from July 2 to 5. Not only do you get to do yoga at 6,000 feet set to the tune of live music, but you’ll also have the opportunity to experience a guided adventure (trail runs, sunset hikes, mountaintop meditations), listen to the Speakeasy lecture series on how to live a mindful life, and taste local and sustainable foods. Uh, can we do this all the time?