Your workout is a little different a mile above sea level.
If you're looking for a Rocky Mountain "boot camp" to jump-start your summer conditioning, here are several public places you can work out while enjoying the scenery, the camaraderie and the fun of being outdoors in Denver's clean, dry, mile-high climate!
ROCKY MOUNTAIN BOOT CAMPS
Red Rocks Fitness Challenge
WHEN: Every Saturday morning, April 9–May 28, 2016, 7–8 a.m.
WHERE: Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre
COST: $40 for four sessions
This isn't your ordinary workout — or your ordinary gym. A team of fitness experts and certified personal trainers guide participants through a one-hour workout at scenic Red Rocks Park & Ampitheatre while giving them important nutrition and health advice and instructing them on physical activities they can use in everyday life to improve their health and wellness. Purchase a four-pack of tickets online for $40.
Civic Center MOVES
WHEN: Mon.–Thurs., April 25–Oct. 6, 2016
WHERE: Civic Center Park
Civic Center MOVES is a free summer fitness series for all experience levels right in the heart of Downtown's beautiful Civic Center Park. Produced by the Civic Center Conservancy, the classes include:
- Monday Evenings (6–7 p.m.): Yoga with Fold Yoga
- Tuesday Lunchtimes (12:15–1 p.m.): Full-Body Workout with Pearl Street Fitness
- Wednesday Mornings (6:15–7 a.m.): Free Fitness Tribe with November Project-Denver
- Thursday Lunchtimes (11 a.m.–12 p.m): Yoga Cross with The River and Fitness in the City
- Thursday Evenings (6–7 p.m.): Power Vinyasa Yoga with The River
MILE HIGH ZEN: SUMMERTIME YOGA
Yoga at Denver Botanic Gardens
WHEN: Tuesday and Thursday mornings, May 3–Sept. 29, 2016; Wednesday evenings, year-round
WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens
COST: $10 members, $12 non-members
At Denver Botanic Gardens, awaken your energy and unlock your inner potential through breathing, movement, stretching, meditation and mantra. Just bring your yoga mat and a bottle of water, and breathe in the fresh, floral air.
- Tuesday and Thursday Mornings (8–9 a.m., May 3–Sept. 29, 2016): Sunrise Vinyasa Yoga
- Wednesday Evenings (6–7 p.m., year-round): Evening Vinyasa Yoga
Yoga on the Rocks
WHEN: June 4, 11, 18 and 25, July 30, August 6, 13 and 20, 2016, 7–8 a.m.
WHERE: Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre
COST: $12 single session, $44 four-pack, $89 season pass
Join up to 2,000 other yoga enthusiasts for a sunrise session at Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre, one of the most spectacular venues in the world. The sessions are led by instructors from The River and CorePower Yoga. Bring your yoga mat and a bottle of water, and make sure to purchase your tickets online — there are no drop-in sales at the entrance.
Yoga Rocks the Park
WHEN: May 29, June 5 and 26, July 10, Aug. 21 and 28, Sept. 11 and 18, 2016, 8–11:30 a.m.
WHERE: Sunken Gardens Park
Yoga Rocks the Park started in Denver eight years ago and has since expanded to other cities, including Omaha and Phoenix. The event features an outdoor, all-levels, 75-minute yoga class taught by the area's most inspiring local and national yoga teachers, accompanied by live music. A fun kids program for your little yogis is also available.
Denver Yoga Brunch
WHEN: First Sunday of every month, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
WHERE: Savoy at Curtis Park
COST: $30 per class, includes yoga, brunch and a mimosa
How about a morning cocktail with your yoga? The Denver Yoga Brunch class begins with 45 minutes of active flow, followed by a 30-minute restorative cool-down. After you've finished your workout, fuel up with a healthy brunch and a mimosa.
RUN IT OFF
Run clubs let Denverites socialize during their workout. Meet some locals, try some beers and burn some calories while exploring some of Denver's hippest neighborhoods.
Denver Beer Company Run Club
WHEN: Every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., year-round
WHERE: Denver Beer Co.
Show up at the brewery, do a little stretching, learn the route and then set off on a 5K walk/jog/run through the beautiful Riverfront, LoHi and Highlands neighborhoods. The run is followed by a free pasta dinner on Denver Beer Co.'s sunny patio — and a few craft beers, of course.
Highland Tap & Burger Run Club
WHEN: Every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., year-round
WHERE: Highland Tap & Burger
Meet up with fellow fitness enthusiasts at Highland Tap & Burger and run a four-mile loop around the historic neighborhoods of Lower Downtown and the Highlands. All runners get free pasta and salad as well as 20 percent off select beers. Highland Tap & Burger features dozens of Colorado craft beers on tap and in bottles.
Wash Park Pub Run
WHEN: Every Wednesday at 6 p.m., April 6–Oct. 26, 2016
WHERE: The Pub on Pearl
Join your neighbors at The Pub on Pearl for an evening run around Washington Park. Each week neighborhood restaurants like Aiko Pops, Kaos Pizzeria and Uno Mas Taqueria serve up post-run dinner, and runners get two-for-one domestic beers all night.
WHEN: May 20-21, 2017
WHERE: City Park
Denver’s springtime race is the ultimate running tour of the city — with mountain views. The marathon starts and finishes in City Park and travels through the Mile High Stadium (where the Broncos play) and along seven miles of rivers, lakes and bridges, while a half marathon takes a route through the zoo. Ten-mile and 5K options are also available.
With 85 miles of paved bike trails and a gigantic bike-sharing program, Denver is a one of America's top cycling-centric cities.
Denver Cruiser Ride
WHEN: Wednesdays in the summer, May–September
WHERE: Various locations
COST: $15 for a basic membership
This free, weekly pub crawl meets every Wednesday to cycle safely through the streets of Denver. A mid-week Mile High City tradition for over a decade, each of the 20 summer rides boasts a different theme — often involving zany costumes. With close to 60,000 people turning out over the season, the Denver Cruiser Ride has become the largest weekly bike party on the planet! Past themes have included Denver 1894, Dungeons and Drag Queens, and Pirates, Sea Men and Mermaids. Check the website Wednesday afternoon for that night's starting point. Bike rental locations are available around the city, or hop on a Denver B-cycle at one of 80+ stations and join the energetic crowd!
WHERE: 80+ stations throughout Denver
COST: $9 for a 24-hour pass with unlimited 30-minute trips
Explore The Mile High City using Denver B-cycle, Denver's pioneering bike-share program. It's easy, cheap, fun — and a great way to get some exercise on Denver's 85 miles of paved bike paths. More than 700 shiny red Trek bikes are available at 80+ self-serve stations, all conveniently located near major attractions and neighborhoods. Spectacular rides from Downtown include the Cherry Creek Bike Trail (one of the top five urban bike trails in America, according to USA Today), or the 43-mile-long South Platte River Trail.