Residents in need of a new workout routine should look no further. The Highlands Ranch Community Association offers more than 100 fitness classes per week at its four recreation centers. And unlike some cost-prohibitive boutique fitness studios in …
Residents in need of a new workout routine should look no further. The Highlands Ranch Community Association offers more than 100 fitness classes per week at its four recreation centers. And unlike some cost-prohibitive boutique fitness studios in the south metro area, HRCA’s classes average $5 to $10 for Highlands Ranch homeowners and guests.
“We just want you to come and work out,” said Dru Connolly, HRCA’s fitness coordinator.
Different from exercising solo in a gym, group classes offer a social experience in a fun atmosphere. Benefits include a safe and effectively designed workout, a consistent exercise schedule and an accountability factor for participating, American College of Sports Medicine says.
The HRCA offers a mix of traditional and hybrid classes. Below are five to try.
Set to energizing music, Cardio Kickboxing is a kickboxing-based workout featuring kicking and punching movements. No bags are used, but participants still get a total-body workout, Connolly said. The format builds strength, alleviates stress and provides a self-defense element.
What: Cardio Kickboxing
When: 5:15-6:15 a.m. on Tuesdays
Where: Eastridge Recreation Center, 9568 S. University Blvd.
Barre classes cater to people who are looking to “strengthen and lengthen,” Connolly said. The ballet-inspired workout features small isometric movements at a high repetition rate. Benefits of the low-impact workout include improved balance, strength and flexibility and a stronger core.
What: Barre Conditioning
When: 7:20-8:20 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays
Where: Southridge Recreation Center, 4800 McArthur Ranch Road
HRCA offers indoor cycling classes everyday of the week, suited for the beginner and seasoned cyclist. Classes include Indoor Cycle, an hourlong ride geared toward traditional cycling. Set to high-energy music, Cyclebeatz amps the intensity. A hybrid class, Cycle Yoga begins with 45 minutes of cycling followed by 25 minutes of yoga.
When: 9:15-10:15 a.m. on Tuesdays
Where: Westridge Recreation Center, 9650 Foothills Canyon Blvd.
Historically, Boot Camp was a contracted class that residents and non-residents had to purchase separately at a higher cost. The class moved in-house earlier this year and is now taught by HRCA instructors for the same price as other fitness classes.
The full-body routine includes partner work and exercise stations.
What: Boot Camp
When: 9-10 a.m. on Wednesdays
Brand new to the schedule, Aqua Zumba teaches the Zumba format — described as a dance fitness party — in water. The class offers a joint-friendly, high-resistance workout without muscle soreness the next day. The instructor teaches from land and the class is set to upbeat music.
What: Aqua Zumba
When: 7:05-8:05 p.m. on Wednesdays
Where: Eastridge Recreation Center
To view all HRCA fitness classes, visit hrcaonline.org/classes-camps-activities/recreation-center-amenities/schedules/fitness-schedule.