First things first: Matrix Fitness|Spa is not cheap. You pay for every amenity. But, oh, the amenities. The posh new place in the Beauvallon is packed full of them, from the locker rooms to the spa to the gym floor. The weights are made of urethane, so there's no clanking and clanging. Each piece of cardio equipment has its own flat-screen TV monitor, so there's no fighting over the remote. Plus, the screen gives you Internet access and allows you to order food from the Beauvallon restaurants and read magazines online. And best of all, it's not packed or full of meatheads, so you can get in, get a serious workout and get out. Feel the burn.


First things first: Matrix Fitness-Spa is not cheap. You pay for every amenity. But, oh, the amenities. The posh new place in the Beauvallon is packed full of them, from the locker rooms to the spa to the gym floor. The weights are made of urethane, so there's no clanking and clanging. Each piece of cardio equipment has its own flat-screen TV monitor, so there's no fighting over the remote. Plus, the screen gives you Internet access and allows you to order food from the Beauvallon restaurants and read magazines online. And best of all, it's not packed or full of meatheads, so you can get in, get a serious workout and get out. Feel the burn.

Of course you want to Live Strong. But what if you don't have a multimillion-dollar U.S. Postal Service or Discovery Channel sponsorship: Can you still be like Lance? Yes, thanks to Carmichael Training Systems and the Internet. For anywhere between $39 and $500 a month, the Colorado Springs-based CTS -- and, yes, Chris Carmichael does train Lance Armstrong -- will train you for your next big athletic event via your computer. Packages range from the Classic -- send your training questions to a chat forum -- to the Ultimate, which entitles you to a daily phone conversation with your personal coach. The actual sweating is up to you.


Of course you want to Live Strong. But what if you don't have a multimillion-dollar U.S. Postal Service or Discovery Channel sponsorship: Can you still be like Lance? Yes, thanks to Carmichael Training Systems and the Internet. For anywhere between $39 and $500 a month, the Colorado Springs-based CTS -- and, yes, Chris Carmichael does train Lance Armstrong -- will train you for your next big athletic event via your computer. Packages range from the Classic -- send your training questions to a chat forum -- to the Ultimate, which entitles you to a daily phone conversation with your personal coach. The actual sweating is up to you.

Dolph Grundman, a Metro State history professor, became interested in a lost chapter of Denver's sporting history while doing research for a class. He discovered that for a few decades, Denver was a center of the basketball universe, hosting the annual AAU men's basketball championship on the stage of the Auditorium Theatre. And while the game was light-years away from today's run-and-gun NBA, Grundman found that the corporate-sponsored teams -- including the Denver Piggly Wigglys -- helped pave the way for today's hoopsters. Heck, there was even a squad called the Nuggets. The era lives again in Grundman's tome The Golden Age of Amateur Basketball: The AAU Tournament, 1921-1968.


Dolph Grundman, a Metro State history professor, became interested in a lost chapter of Denver's sporting history while doing research for a class. He discovered that for a few decades, Denver was a center of the basketball universe, hosting the annual AAU men's basketball championship on the stage of the Auditorium Theatre. And while the game was light-years away from today's run-and-gun NBA, Grundman found that the corporate-sponsored teams -- including the Denver Piggly Wigglys -- helped pave the way for today's hoopsters. Heck, there was even a squad called the Nuggets. The era lives again in Grundman's tome The Golden Age of Amateur Basketball: The AAU Tournament, 1921-1968.

Boulder photographer John B. Weller fell in love with the Great Sand Dunes years ago, and he began documenting the beautiful sand swells on repeated trips. His compilation, Great Sand Dunes National Park: Between Light and Shadow, released by Westcliffe Publishers last year, is a stunning introduction to a unique part of our state. And while Weller was torn about over-publicizing the fragile area, he believes that the more people come to love the Dunes, the better the chances of preserving them.


Boulder photographer John B. Weller fell in love with the Great Sand Dunes years ago, and he began documenting the beautiful sand swells on repeated trips. His compilation, Great Sand Dunes National Park: Between Light and Shadow, released by Westcliffe Publishers last year, is a stunning introduction to a unique part of our state. And while Weller was torn about over-publicizing the fragile area, he believes that the more people come to love the Dunes, the better the chances of preserving them.

The Nuggets' barely sophomore star has endured plenty of hardships -- and we're not just talking about the All-Star Game snub. Melo's life gets a frank examination in Carmelo Anthony: It's Just the Beginning, a 48-page hardcover authored by sportswriter Greg Brown, who has also profiled the lives of Vince Carter and Dan Marino. "I lived in depressed places, and I've felt depression," Carmelo told Brown. "My biggest goal growing up was surviving." With the addition of a new coach and gal pal LaLa, it seems that Melo may be moving ahead.


The Nuggets' barely sophomore star has endured plenty of hardships -- and we're not just talking about the All-Star Game snub. Melo's life gets a frank examination in Carmelo Anthony: It's Just the Beginning, a 48-page hardcover authored by sportswriter Greg Brown, who has also profiled the lives of Vince Carter and Dan Marino. "I lived in depressed places, and I've felt depression," Carmelo told Brown. "My biggest goal growing up was surviving." With the addition of a new coach and gal pal LaLa, it seems that Melo may be moving ahead.

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