Going Ape

Animal Fitness isn’t like any exercise class or boot camp you’ve ever done. “We’re just trying to set up cool, innovative fitness courses for people and trying to distract them from the boredoms of what the trends are now,” says Animal Fitness’s Scott Jones of the weekly mini-adventure, which is themed around a different animal each session.

Attendees at this week’s Funky Monkey challenge will find themselves swinging from monkey bars, running and crawling as part of a calorie-blasting workout that’s not supposed to feel like work. “We’re all exercise physiologists, so we base the courses on what people need physically. But it’s like playing a sport: You don’t realize how much fun you’re having. We try to make it wild and crazy and fun,” Jones says. “Everybody’s loved it, really. The courses are difficult, but people go at their own pace. It’s not a race. You can come out with a friend; you don’t have to listen to an instructor the whole time. You can socialize while you exercise.”

The monkeying around begins at 9 a.m. today at Clement Park, 6001 South Pierce Street in Littleton. The drop-in fee is $13 ($11 for AF members); sign up at www.active.com. Animal Fitness is also going to start incorporating Young Animal courses for ages five through twelve; for details, visit www.animalfitness.net.
Sat., May 15, 9 a.m., 2010

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Amber Taufen has been writing about people, places and things in Denver since 2005. She works as an editor, writer, and production and process guru out of her home office in the foothills.
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