Hi from chilly but sunny Denver!
Most of you know already that for the past 10 months I’ve been traveling to Denver on weekends to visit my boyfriend Hilton – at least when he’s not coming to visit me in LA. On this particular trip I arrived a bit earlier as my best friend Lisa and her husband Michael also came to visit. Before their arrival, I decided to check out some fitness happenings in the Denver scene…
I love trying out the hottest dance and fitness programs as it helps me continue to grow as an instructor, choreographer and person. Plus, I LOVE being a student, and shared this guilty pleasure with all of you a couple of blogs ago.
Today I had the opportunity to take class at the NEW willPower FIT Studio located in downtown Denver, co-owned and created by Stacey Lei Krauss. The Studio is located in a very up and coming area that is minutes away from Coors Field. It is cool, edgy and fresh…totally love it! Prior to taking the willPower & Grace class I did some research and discovered the class is done barefoot, everyone wears black and it focuses on cardio, flexibility and functional strength.
When I entered the studio, it brought back memories of me as a young dancer dressed in her pink tights and black leotard for ballet class. This dress code that taught us the proper discipline and etiquette we needed at the ballet barres. Standing in front of the mirror in the willPower & Grace class in my blacks matching the other students set the mood of the class and immediately gave me that “Team” feel that we were all in this workout together.
The instructor, Niya, was just a breath of fresh air. She led us in the workout with so much positivity and motivation that the class felt we could anything we wanted. Sound familiar? She reminded me of some of the things that I say when I teach; the music was great and the workout powerful.
Wearing no sneakers allowed me to feel the floor and pay attention to how my feet were leaving the floor and returning to it. Stacey says it’s all about “Trust Your Feet,” and I totally see why. We must build strong feet to build a stronger body. As a dancer, this is SOOO true and important.
My experience today was incredible, and I highly recommend you finding a willPower & Grace class near you. The willPower Method has been around since 2000, so there are well-trained and qualified instructors all over the country to take you through the fun time that I had today.
Thanks Niya and Stacey! You both ROCK and I will for sure come back to jump around again soon (which will make Hilton very happy)!!