By Sydney Janssen
The Colorado College student body is very active and is connected by a shared love for the outdoors. While many students take advantage of the opportunities offered by CC’s strong outdoor education program, there are still many other fun ways to stay active off campus. Some of these include spinning classes, various types of yoga, and biking.
Cycology Studio is a spinning studio in downtown Colorado Springs, only about a mile away from campus. Their slogan advertises “the integration of good music, better people, and the best indoor cycling experience resulting in new mental and physical heights.” Most classes last 45 minutes, with the occasional 60-minute ride, and each of their rides is sure to leave you feeling happier and better than before you came. The room is dark with strobe lights, and the instructors play upbeat music and radiate positive energy, making the whole class feel like a dance party and workout in one.
There are also countless yoga studios in Colorado Springs near CC, which specialize in many different forms of yoga, making it easy to find a class you enjoy. One option is Cambio, which offers classes from beginner to advanced. Eighteenth Element Yoga offers similar classes, and additionally specializes in adaptive yoga for wounded warriors and first responders. Hot Asana Yoga Studios and HOTonYoga offer hot yoga classes, while Pravana Yoga Center provides a combination of yoga and meditation. This list only represents a fraction of the studios available — it should be easy to find a yoga class nearby that works best for you.
In addition to more traditional yoga classes, Colorado Springs offers goat yoga classes. Rocky Mountain Goat Yoga allows customers to do yoga with baby goats at their choice of location, whether this is a farm, in a yoga studio, or someplace else. These classes allow you to work out with friends in a fun area, doing yoga while baby goats walk around and all over you.
Colorado Springs also has many bike trails for anyone who enjoys road biking or mountain biking. There are trails for beginners and advanced riders, so no matter how experienced you are, you can appreciate the amazing scenery all around you. If you are interested in a more structured ride instead of going out with a group or on your own, Pikes Peak Bike Tours offer six different tours. Of these, three of the most thrilling are a bike ride down Pikes Peak, a trip through Garden of the Gods, and a combination of biking and horseback riding.
While CC has a great fitness center, we as students shouldn’t forget the fun exercise opportunities available to us off campus. For students who don’t want to work out on their own, the college offers many yoga or CrossFit classes that can be done with friends. However, for any CC students interested in finding a new way to stay active over the weekend, Colorado Springs can provide one.