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Pura Vida is a J. Madden fitness center and spa providing personal training, holistic nutrition consultation, physical therapy, and hospitality to Denver clients since 2007. The center hosts Volo Suspension Yoga sessions, a fitness floor, and physical therapy services in the Cherry Creek North shopping district. Club Business International, Travel + Leisure, Colorado Yoga, and 5280 Magazine have featured Pura Vida in their coverage of Denver health clubs and innovative fitness programming. Read the article.
Class Review: NUFit at Pura Vida
While it’s been over a week since the end of Denver Fitness Week, I’m still coming off the high of trying new classes and being in such positive, beautiful, fitness-related environment. But, alas, at least I have those new classes in my arsenal at the ready for when I want to switch up my workouts, right?! (I’ve already been back to another Burn class at The Barre Code Denver!) But this week, I’m highlighting Natalie Uhling’s NUFit class, which is hosted at Pura Vida in Cherry Creek. Click here for article.
February 5, 2016
LIVIN’ @ ALTITUDE TV
In this episode of Livin’ @ Altitude, we work off all those calories that you gained over the holidays! It’s time to exercise and get back in shape. But are you a person that doesn’t like the routine of a normal gym? Well, there are workouts out there that are fun, unique and will help lose the pounds. Kyle Keefe and Julie Browman’s first stop was to Volo Yoga in the Pura Vida Fitness and Spa in Cherry Creek. Click here to view.
TRAVEL + LEISURE
How to Detox Like a Local in Denver
A guide to feeling good in the Mile High City in 2016.
Everyone knows residents of Denver are an active bunch and fitness goals don't stop just because there's snow on the ground. For those of you who said goodbye to 2015 with a little too much fun, we've rounded up the best spots in town to cleanse the body, tone up, and indulge in food you won't regret later. It's time to start the year off right.
Anyone sick of the same old flow should consider a membership at Cherry Creek's chic Pura Vida health club. Beyond its gorgeous facilities, there's a special 1,200-square-foot aerial yoga studio that uses silk hammocks to take your downward dog into the air. Click here for article.
AMERICAN WAY MAGAZINE
Learn to Fly
Ditch the yoga mat — resorts and spas across the globe are embracing the aerial-yoga trend. Most of us who do yoga strive to feel grounded, legs like tree roots, seeking solid, earthbound equilibrium. But one of the coolest yoga trends — aerial yoga, also known as Anti Gravity Aerial Yoga, Unnata Aerial Yoga and Air Yoga — has its devotees navigate between the floor and the air, at times suspended above the ground in silk hammocks anchored to the ceiling or to a metal frame. Click here for article.
We Tried It: NUFit
Fitness mogul Natalie Uhling combines cardio dance movements with toning exercises for one energetic workout.The Mile High City is bursting with ways to tone your tummy (and your thighs, and your biceps). Every month, new fitness studios open—all with methods sworn to revolutionize the way you work out. While they can’t all be the right fit for everyone, it's worth giving them a try. Click here for article.
Volo Yoga Studio
Volo Yoga has partnered with Pura Vida Fitness and Spa to simultaneously launch the next evolution in practice of yoga. Volo Yoga, a form of aerial yoga, is a purposeful cross training and restorative method designed for the athlete, yet accessible and beneficial for all. The classes have a progression easing the practitioner safely to the next level at their own pace. Click here for article.
AERIAL YOGA TAKES FLIGHT
April 24, 2015
March 27, 2015
Aerial Yoga Takes Off In Denver
by Spencer Campbell
Aerial yoga sounds more like theater than fitness. “People automatically think Cirque du Soleil,” says Keith Moore, general manager of Pura Vida Fitness and Spa, which began offering aerial yoga classes in March. But sometimes even diehard yogis get tired of doing the same ole downward-facing dog. Aerial—or “suspension”—yoga opens up new challenges by using silk supports hung from the ceiling that can be unfurled to the size of a hammock (for seated positions) or rolled up skinny like a sling (providing a crutch while you attempt a handstand, for instance). Click here for article.
The Fitness Side Hustle
by Annie Daly
Counterintuitive Fact of the Day: Moon-lighting can help you feel more energized overall. Think about your favorite fitness instructor. He or she probably spends all day, every day at the gym, right? Not necessarily. We found three women who teach a in addition to their regular 9-to-5s—and say they don’t even do it for the money. And get this: Even though doubling down on two jobs sounds exhausting, all three women say they actually get more done in the end. Find out exactly what drives them, and how their lives have improved as a result. Click here for article.
WALL STREET JOURNAL
Big Gyms Shoot for a Crossfit Vibe, Without Crossfit
by Rachel Bachman
Pura Vida, a health club and spa in Denver, gutted a medical office in the basement of its building and installed a training space used for small-group sessions. It cost $120,000 to complete the hard-core vibe with concrete floors, monkey bars, racks of weights and a thumping sound system, Pura Vida general manager Keith Moore says. “The thing that CrossFit does really well is they build such a strong, devoted community,” Mr. Moore says. “When you put in a studio like this, you’re basically creating a club within a club." Click here for article.
WALL STREET JOURNAL
De-stressing Workout for the New Year
by Rachel Bachman
People with the noble New Year’s resolution to work out or work out more should mark their calendars: That resolve starts to waver in the third week in January, data shows. The pattern shows how difficult it is to make a new habit stick. Click here for article.
ORGANIC SPA MAGAZINE
De-stressing Workout for the New Year
As the New Year's resolutions swing into high-gear, life may start to resemble boot camp class–heavy lifting, expletives and all! No wonder so many members of Denver, Colorado's Pura Vida Fitness & Spa escape to the safe haven of the club's R&R class, which strengthens the body while also softening furrowed brows. Click here for article.
CHERRY CREEK LIFESTYLES
Best of Denver, 2014
Best Luxury Detox for Less
Pura Vida has long been a mecca for the exercise elite — a members-only gym with state-of-the-art facilities and top-of-the-line workout programming. But earlier this year, the fitness fortress opened its doors to non-members with the introduction of the Sunday Afternoon Meltdown, a combination yoga and meditation class focused on detoxing and preparing for the week ahead. Thirty bucks gets you in on a one-hour heated yoga session followed by a half-hour guided meditation, capped off with a specialty herbal elixir to sip while you take advantage of the club's steam room and hot tub. Click for article.
Coloradans in need of a boost as great as the Mile High City turn to Clear Your Mind Wellness Massage ($140, 80 minutes) at SpaVital at Pura Vida Fitness and Spa (Denver). "Clear Your Mind Massage is one of my favorites," says spa director Lindsay Dunsmore. Click for article on page 108.
May 1, 2014
Denver Weekend Trips for Romance
by Carri Wilbanks
Focused on health and relaxation, Pura Vida Fitness and Spa offers guests a complimentary full-access pass to its luxurious fitness club with each visit to its in-house spa, SpaVital. Treat yourselves with side-by-side Swedish massages, chocolates and champagne, then head to a Iyengar yoga class for whole-body well-being. Click for article.
Best Bet: Pura Vida's Sunday Afternoon Meltdown
by Daliah Singer
Pura Vida is doing its best to convert me into a yogi with a gym membership. Having played competitive sports my whole life, yoga has never held much appeal; I've been bored in the classes I've tried and left feeling as though I had barely broken a sweat. And while I work out regularly, I've never been a big fan of the steep membership fees at most gyms (including Pura Vida). But I'm always willing to reexamine my opinions. Click for article.
The New Yoga Hybrid with Spa
by Ashley Watts
SPAVital combines a private suspension yoga class with a craniosacral massage and aromatherapy. Click for article.
Pura Vida Supports Marathon Runner for Water for People
Pura Vida gets behind former employee, Mark Goldfarb, as he runs the Colfax Marathon to raise $100,000 for Water for People.
January 24, 2014
Denver Restaurants Focus on Health
by Emily Hutto
Pura Vida Fitness & Spa at 2955 East 1st Avenue now offers Birch Elixirs, a line of eight non-alcoholic specialty beverages made from the juice of fruits and vegetables, roots, and herbs. Each elixir is designed with a specific purpose— for example the Vital Skin Renewal with burdock root and blood orange juice promotes healthy skin and nails, and the Vital Thrive with elderberry and ginger boosts immunity. These elixirs are created by Birch Foster, who attended the Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies in Boulder and has spent 15 years in the holistic health industry. Click for article.
DENVER'S CHANNEL 4
January 11, 2014
Top Spots to Stay Fit During Your Stay In Denver
The new Ethos Studio at Denver’s Pura Vida Fitness and Spa is evolving the conventional theory of mind/body balance. An advanced form of holistic balance and mindful strength, Ethos introduces a new 360-degree approach to optimal wellness. Click for article.
FAB FIT FUN
February 14, 2014
by Tasha Ball
It’s important to keep yourself a priority no matter how busy life becomes. “When I’m feeling run-down I carve out time to do something for myself whether that’s taking a heated yoga class, sweating it out in a steam room, or relaxing with some detox tea,” said Lindsay Dunsmore, Spa Director of SPAVital at Pura Vida. . Click for article.
February 12, 2014
Healthy Valentine's Day Ideas to Keep the New Year's Resolutions
Keep the “good for the soul” mantra all weekend by enjoying Sunday Afternoon Meltdown at Pura Vida, Sunday at 2 pm. An hour session of yoga and a 30 minute meditation are held on the 4th floor in the club’s heated yoga room and Ethos wellness hub. Click for article.
SWEAT BY BURNTHIS
February 10, 2014
Pura Vida's Sunday Afternoon Meltdown
by Bree DaviesPura Vida in Cherry Creek North is opening its doors to the public for the first time ever this weekend, when it will host the inaugural edition of its new program, Sunday Afternoon Meltdown. The club invites yogis of all levels to wind down and recharge with a combination yoga class, guided meditation and detoxifying experience. Click for article.
Beyond the Juice Bar
by Merritt Watts
Once just places to work off those excess pounds, health clubs are establishing themselves as dining destinations offering nutritionist-approved epicurean meals. Weekend warriors tone up for mountain biking, rock climbing, and skiing alongside pro athletes at the four-story fitness facility.
Top of the Town
Best Fitness Club, Best Spa
2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013
We fell in love with the place when it first opened a couple of years ago, and we still can't deny it: Having a membership here is like having the keys to a secret kingdom. Walking through the Zenlike hallways of this four-story club, past the organic fruit bowls and tea/coffee station, you might actually forget that you're here for a workout. Until you walk into one of the state-of-the-art studios—yoga, indoor rowing, spinning—for your complimentary fitness class (included with membership). Sleek locker rooms and private showers the size of most bedrooms make prepping for the real world a refreshing experience.
America's Hippest Fitness Clubs
From Seattle to Brooklyn, and points in between: These fitness clubs are taking fresh approaches to the whole idea of working out. It’s a fitness center, it’s a spa–it’s the best of both worlds. At Pura Vida, a team of trainers, estheticians, massage therapists and nutritionists work in tandem to promote members’ total body-and-mind wellness. Non-members who visit the spa side of this luxurious fitness club, SPAVital, get a free day-pass to the state-of-the-art club where they can enjoy yoga, Pilates, cardio ballet and more. Click for article.
CLUB SOLUTIONS MAGAZINE
by Tyler Montgomery
A look into the 20 years of J Madden's success, beginning with Greenwood Athletic & Tennis Club and on to his newest addition, the high-end Pura Vida Fitness & Spa. Click for article.
Prêt-à-Ski: Snow Sport Conditioning at Pura Vida Fitness & Spa, Denver
Good form on the hills starts in the studio, with moving stretches (hurdle walks, knee hugs) that develop the postural stability skiiing demands. Cardio is built around deceleration drills, like turn-and-cut sprints, and jumps down from boxes to practice a soft landing (for when skis return to Earth after catching some air). Like the rest of the enlightened exercise world, the program, which emphasizes stability and mobility of ankle joints, recently went barefoot; foot rolls and heel and forefoot walks that target neglected foot muscles are now perfected sans sneakers. The endurance-focused class typically culminates in a meet-up on the mountain for a day with a pro.
Pura Vida Fitness & Spa - Semple Brown Design
Residents of Denver's Cherry Creek neighborhood may fondly recall a certain four-story building as the longtime home of the city's beloved Tattered Cover, an independent bookstore. Today, the building is again imbued with life thanks to a new forward-thinking tenant, Pura Vida Fitness & Spa, and an architectural transformation that opened the structure to sunlight and urban views.
SAVORING THE CITY
Famous for: Gorgeous space and amenities, a staff renowned for excellence and superlative service.
Don't miss: Four Floors dedicated to mind and body wellness, and their luxurious SPAVITAL.
Consistently voted Denver's Best Health Club, Pura Vida is known for taking the typical health club model and turning it on its ear; think The Four Seasons or Ritz Carlton and then add expert instructors, top-of-the-line equipment and outstanding classes. The club struts the line between form and function, boasting flawless contemporary interior design and an unparalleled staff and range of machinery. With extras like fresh organic fruit awaiting you after a challenging workout and $150,000 in sublime original art hanging on the walls, this is no run-of-the-mill treadmill gym.
Its clientele is a literal 'who's who' of Denver, and its social significance doesn't stop at the club - PV maintains an extensive party schedule where members meet up monthly at restaurants, clubs and museums around town.
Best Facial in Denver
Denver's beauty secret? Lots of fresh air - and customized facials at this luxe retreat, where aestheticians go beyond the basic deep cleanse and tone: The vitamin C serum delivers instant brightness; an intense lymphatic massage de-puffs tired eyes.
This spa is for: People who want to relax and pamper sore muscles after a workout; or people who want to skip the workout and just relax. First impressions: Light and breezy, the spa brings to mind the ocean with its aqua decor and minimalist feel. "Pura Vida," a popular saying in Costa Rica, means pure life, which is what you want to have after hanging out there — you leave ready for a healthy salad and a tall glass of water.
The treatment was: Worth the money. Moms-to-be who are dying to lie on your stomach, this is your spa. Foamy pillows with belly and breast cutouts let you lie facedown in comfort, avoiding the side-to-side flip many spas use for pregnant women. The face-down position lets the massage therapist go deeper into sore back muscles, including the sacroiliac joints of the pelvis. At times, this massage was intense, but necessary to improve a sore back — the perfect massage for people who want more for their money than just a relaxing rubdown with oil. Despite the deep concentration on sore spots, the treatment — in a dimly lighted room with soothing classical music and nature sounds — was quite relaxing. Click for article.
What Makes a Great Trainer?
For Pilates director Colleen Glenn - a Pura Vida Fitness favorite - educational empowerment is the ultimate corollary to physical strength. After 26 years spent traveling the globe on a mission to expand Pilates from a "cottage industry" into a worldwide phenomenon, Glenn has discovered that "it's the balance between working out and learning" about structural alignment, proper breathing, and core stability that benefits students above all. Meanwhile, by incorporating dance moves into the traditional Pilates sequence of strengthening and stretching exercises, she also ensures they have more fun than they might in a more rigidly formatted class, "altering their form and their mood without feeling beaten up" from repetitive exertion.
CLUB BUSINESS INTERNATIONAL
Upbeat in a Downbeat Economy: Pura Vida Fitness & Spa Soars On Challenges!
The Denver Market was fiercely competitive. The Great Recession was about to begin. But J Madden was determined to launch a new club. J Madden, the owner of two landmark Colorado facilities - the Greenwood Athletic and Tennis Club, in Greenwood Village, and Pura Vida Fitness & Spa, in Denver - is the first to admit that, if he'd known anything about the fitness industry...things might not have worked out so well.
MODERN IN DENVER
From the crosswalk at First and Milwaukee to the cross trainer three stories above, two Denver-based architects have redesigned the former Tattered Cover book store building into a new landmark for Cherry Creek North.
CONDE NAST TRAVELER
Hot List Spas 2009
Our reviewers left no hot stone unturned in their effort to identify transcendent spots for head-to-toe pampering—rejecting scores of also-rans in the process...Sustainable wood floors and American clay plaster walls lend the 4,000-square-foot space a clean, natural aesthetic. Signature treatments, focusing on decompression and delivered by serene therapists in subtly lit rooms, include the Wild Mint Wrap, which uses Colorado mud to soothe and hydrate, and the deep-tissue Vital Touch massage, designed to knead out the aches of mountain climbers. The Blossom facial, a 30-minute sloughing followed by an intensely moisturizing mask, is the perfect remedy to a few days in the dry altitude of Mile High City. From there, a quick exit path brings you to the downstairs Pura Vida fitness center, where spa-goers can take a full day's spinning, yoga, Pilates, and dance classes for free.
DENVER'S CHANNEL 4
As CBS4’s Fit for Colorado campaign continues, so does the quest for Greg Moody to find a new measure of fitness at Pura Vida and get in shape for the next Ride the Rockies
- Boot Camp: The Latest Trend in Group Exercise
- Moody Gets Help Keeping in Shape in Holidays
- A Virtual Cycling Training Ride Moody Likes
- Goal: Getting Moody’s Head ‘In Right Place’
- The Difference Between Perception and Reality
- Moody Takes First Step in Fitness Plan
Back to School: PUR Power Fitness Class Revisits the Lost Childhood Art of Weird Balancing
“. . . The most difficult part of being on the road is keeping fit. So this year I decided to team up with a very nice athletic club in Denver’s Cherry Creek district called Pura Vida . I wanted to offer this as a way for people to get in shape for my camps I will be holding at the Park Hyatt in December: The Beaver Creek Park Hyatt & Spa Technique Weeks (www.chrisanthony.com) . . . It has been a long time since I have been part of an organized conditioning program, or for that matter had a coach pushing me. This was part of the reason I decided to be the catalyst of a ski-conditioning program called PUR Power at Pura Vida. . . . Then just as the snow fell, day one of Pur Power took place under the leadership of master trainer Tim Harris. Our small but mixed group, a little nervous about what we were getting ourselves into, was enthusiastic, a bit quiet, but ready to jump in. . . The class is on its way, but feel free to join Pur Power anytime over the next six weeks and be able to take advantage of Tim’s guidance, but also Pura Vida itself.”