Every year when we choose our picks for Best of Denver, we’re celebrating everything the city has to offer, from the best banh mi sandwich to the best all-day happy hour. If you’ve managed to make your way through even a portion of the Best Food and Drink awards in the Best of Denver 2016, both your wallet and your jeans might be begging for some TLC at this point. So here are our top ten gym deals for those on a budget, culminating with our number-one pick.
10. Brewery Boot Camp
The best workouts all end with an ice-cold beer. Husband-and-wife team Paul and Lindsay Chavez are personal trainers and the owners of Strength Train 4 Life, and on weekends they bring their equipment and expertise to craft breweries around Denver. For only $10, they’ll run you through an intense full-body workout that’s designed for any skill level, and at the end of the hour you’ll get happy-hour specials (if you’re at least 21). Workouts start at 11 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays and the locations rotate, so visit the boot camp's Facebook page for more information.
9. Dumbbells Too
403 16th Street #200
For those working downtown, Dumbbells Too is worth a visit. Memberships start at $55 a month, which gets you group classes, the strength-training floor and personal training sessions. For couples, there's an even better deal: just $89 a month. Dumbbells Too prides itself not just on its rates but its 45-minute classes, which make it easy to sneak out of the office for a lunch-time workout.
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Yoga can be one of the most expensive workouts. While many studios will offer a free week, their monthly packages, especially for unlimited sessions, usually end up between $100 and $150. That's why Endorphin is a breath of fresh air. Their drop-in rates are just $10 at all of their Denver locations, and if you want to kick it up a notch, there are a variety of membership options, including an unlimited monthly membership for $89 — which you might be able to manage if you tighten your budgeting belt.
3660 Downing Street
GenFit features boot-camp workouts with great drop-in prices. The workouts range from box jumps to the occasional Red Rocks trip, carrying rocks all the way up the stairs. Drop-in rates are $15 during the week, except for Tuesdays, when it offers yoga for $10 for non-members. And you can get GenFit for just $5 on Saturdays. If you decide you like the “physical, mental, team fitness” aspect of the gym, you can choose from a variety of membership options, ranging from $99 to $129 monthly for unlimited morning, midday and evening classes. And if you don’t see a membership option you like, the owners will work with you to create a plan that satisfies your wallet and your workout schedule. Visit getgenfit.com for more information.
6. Kindness Yoga
The six Kindness Yoga studios offer welcoming environments for all yogis: the broke ones, the beginners and even those who can easily get into an advanced crow pose. They say they “operate a bit differently,” meaning they allow their students to pay what they can afford for their classes — a deal rarely offered in the fitness world. They encourage all new clients to try their 30-days-for-$30 yoga deal, and while they do offer membership packages, the donation-based drop-in rate stands for all regularly-scheduled classes.
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5. November Project Denver
Civic Center Park and other locations
Some people like waking up at the crack of dawn and getting in a full-body, outdoor workout before heading into the office. If you happen to be one of those people, and you also like a lot of running, high-fives and hugging in your workouts, consider joining the November Project “tribe.” The group's members meet at the Civic Center Park amphitheater from 5:30 to 6:15 a.m. and then again from 6:15 to 7 a.m. every Wednesday morning for the free exercises; on Friday mornings they meet at the same times but at different parks throughout Denver. Visit their Facebook page for more information on where to catch them.
4. Planet Fitness
The giant purple-and-yellow billboards on East Hampden Avenue say it all: $10 gym memberships at Planet Fitness. The judgment-free zone has a strict “no lunks” policy, meaning no gym jerks allowed. In fact, an alarm will go off if a “lunk” is spotted taking selfies with their protein shaker. Since the most expensive Planet Fitness membership is only $20 a month, those rules are worth obeying.
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3. Topeira Boxing Club
2710 West Alameda Avenue
Tucked away on Alameda Avenue is one of Denver’s best boxing gyms, with a very affordable price. Topeira Boxing Club is run by Joaquin Romero, known to his students as “Coach.” He teaches two levels of boxing, and kids' classes, too. Monthly unlimited memberships are $50, but a drop-in class is only $5. You can also purchase a punch card in $5 increments if you may not attend enough classes each month to make an unlimited membership worthwhile. Topeira Boxing Club has gloves and wraps for those who don’t have their own, and Romero works with every student to make them feel comfortable with the art of boxing.
2. Whole Yoga
1735 East 17th Avenue
If you’ve been searching for a studio that combines yoga and meditation at an affordable price, look no further than Whole Yoga. Drop-in rates are $11 for both the 90-minute and 60-minute class. Because the instructors at Whole Yoga believe yoga and meditation should be accessible to everyone, they’ll work with students to find affordable rates if none of the rates prove affordable.
1. Denver Parks and Recreation
Our Best of Denver 2016 pick for the Best Gym Membership on a Budget has more than just a few locations and comes with a variety of pricing options: Denver Parks and Recreation centers are open seven days a week, and Denver residents between the ages of 25 and 64 can purchase unlimited access for as little as $30 a month. (Seniors and youth get an even better deal.) With prices so low, be sure to take advantage of the classes and training offered with your membership.