About The Phoenix
We are The Phoenix, and since 2006, our free sober active community has inspired more than 22,000 people across America to believe they have the strength to rise from the ashes of addiction through the support of those who are walking that very same path.
There is something about ascending your first summit that makes you feel like anything is possible. A glimmer of hope arises within that makes you believe that you can beat substance use disorder. From CrossFit and climbing, to hiking, running, cycling, yoga and more, we believe fostering human connections in mental, physical and spiritual fitness is a powerful way to rebuild wounded bodies and spirits, and restore hope.
The only membership fee is 48 hours of continuous sobriety… And we’re here for you when you’re ready, because together we are stronger…
Together We Rise
Beyond overcoming the physical, mental and spiritual challenges of recovery, we know the hardest part can be breaking away from the people and places that surrounded one during addiction. Whether it’s finding new friends at home or starting over in a new city, this critical phase of recovery can leave people utterly isolated when they are most in need of connection.
That’s why The Phoenix harnesses the transformative power of community to give people in recovery the support they so desperately need. Whether you’re 10 years sober, just starting down the path to recovery or supporting someone who has made the decision to get clean and sober, our community is full of people who not only understand what you’re going through, but are ready, willing and able to give you the support to rise above addiction/substance use disorder…
All you have to do is take the first step through our doors.
Stronger Than Stigma
The stigma around addiction and recovery can create isolation and shame. We aim to shatter those stigmas from the inside out by helping our members establish their sober identity and imagine new possibilities for their lives through fitness and community. Each class helps them become less defined by their substance use disorder and identify more as a so that one can of a runner, yogi, climber or boxer, and overcome isolation by fostering human relationships that endure long after the workout ends.
And whether we’re sharing our stories in the gym, or turning heads in our “sober” shirts in the community, we empower members to be proud of and talk openly about their sobriety. Because the more open we are about our stories of hope, we can use them to show those suffering that they’re not alone and, most importantly, inspire them to seek help without fear of judgment.
Rise With Us
The goal of The Phoenix is to help as many people as possible find a clear path to recovery, so we make every effort to remove any barriers to getting involved with our community — this includes financial barriers. We host daily, FREE classes and events where the only requirement to attend is at least 48 hours of continuous sobriety. We also provide all necessary gear to make the activities accessible., as the equipment required for the disciplines we teach is often expensive and can deter people from taking up certain activities.
We understand that walking into one of our gyms for the first time can be intimidating. But make no mistake that before coming to The Phoenix, many of our members had never stepped into a gym or have never been tied into a climbing rope. That’s why we host classes ranging in difficulty from beginner to expert that are led by we employ highly trained peer instructors who will meet you where you are at on your fitness and recovery journey. by hosting classes ranging in difficulty from beginner to expert.
We believe that fulfillment in sobriety is found through dreaming what’s possible in recovery and by giving back. So, we don’t just take you along for the ride, but rather also equip you with the skills necessary to live your sober dreams with The Phoenix community. Many of our members go on to become volunteer instructors and find work at The Phoenix, or in the fitness or recovery field.
Finally, though we do not charge for membership, we do ask members that members sign a Team Member Agreement to help establish a healthy, positive and safe environment at all events.our gyms and events The agreement includes things like a 48-hour sobriety policy, no tobacco use at events, and appropriate behavior among team members designed to create a supportive and nurturing environment space.
The Phoenix Boxing will teach you the fundamentals and techniques involved in this discipline. This program is aimed for all skill levels, from first timers to the advanced fighter. Our boxing coaches pride themselves on taking their time with each athlete to ensure that he/she is learning this sport properly and efficiently!
Climbing is also a great social sport and a good way to build trusting friendships. The relationship between climber and belayer is like no other. Learning to let go and put your life in someone’s hands isn’t easy, but it’s incredibly rewarding to do.
CrossFit begins with a belief in fitness. The aim of CrossFit is to forge a broad, general and inclusive fitness. We have sought to build a program that will best prepare trainees for any physical contingency — not only for the unknown, but for the unknowable. After looking at all sport and physical tasks collectively, we asked what physical skills and adaptations would most universally lend themselves to performance advantage. Capacity culled from the intersection of all sports demands would quite logically lend itself well to all sport. In sum, our specialty is not specializing.
Phoenix offers weekly hikes in the Boulder, Denver and Colorado Springs areas. These hikes are a scenic experience with an emphasis on getting outside and enjoying time with friends, or making new friends with the same interests and passions as you. We host hikes year round at easily accessible locations like Chautauqua Park in Boulder or the Columbine Trail near Colorado Springs. In the winter months, we head up to the mountains with snowshoes and check out places like Brainard Lake, Lost Lake, and the Moffat tunnel area near Rollinsville. For those looking for a challenge or wanting to take it to the next level, we also host monthly training hikes up Sanitas, Flat Top Mountain, or Bear Peak. When you’re ready, we have three annual trips to hike 14ers such as Bierstad, Grey’s, and Torres, as well as one overnight trip (the location of which will be determined based on conditions). Though these are all fairly challenging adventures, the emphasis is always on the enjoyment of being outside with one another. These are great trips for anyone to join.
The Phoenix offers mountain bike events for riders of all levels, including clinics designed specifically for beginners as well as advanced rides on technical terrain. As this can be a daunting sport to delve into, we provide very basic beginner clinics in which little technical ability or cardio endurance is necessary. Picture a wide, mostly flat dirt trail…if you are comfortable riding a bike on the road, you are ready to attend one of these clinics! We also provide bike maintenance clinics which cover pre-ride checks and making basic repairs on the trail. As your skill level improves, you can begin attending intermediate and advanced clinics and rides.
As with anything, the biggest rewards come from stepping outside your comfort zone and doing things a little differently. At Phoenix you will find a supportive, safe place to take these risks, surrounded by other team members maintaining a sober lifestyle. As The Phoenix continues to grow, you can expect even more options for honing your running skills and developing personal goals.
Scandinavians used primitive skis for transportation as long ago as 5000 B.C., the modern recreational sport began in the mid-19th century with the advent of telemark skis in Norway. Alpine skiing (with heels attached) grew in popularity in the US throughout the 1900s, but hit a plateau in the 1980’s as the limits of long skis began to be pushed. Around the same time, Snowboarding began to attract more young riders with new and exciting tricks. Eventually, skiers began to co-opt some of the elements of snowboarding, and skiing technology took a leap forward with shorter “parabolic” skis that allowed for a different style of skiing.
In the 1960’s and ‘70’s, inspired by the increasing popularity of surfing and skateboarding, pioneers like Jake Burton and Tom Sims began to commercially produce and market snowboards, and the sport took off in the late 1980’s. Initially there was a backlash from many skiers, and dozens of resorts banned snowboarding. In recent years, however, ski and snowboard designers began to share technologies, benefiting devotees of both sports, and the rivalry has all but died. Snowboarding remains a sport that challenges you with balance and training the mind to overcome adversity.
Building a community is a very important piece of The Phoenix, and we want to make sure everyone feels comfortable doing so. Not all of our members or potential members are athletic, and some are intimidated by the thought of starting a new athletic activity. Our social events are a great way to get involved with us and meet other members of our community. Time after time we see new members excited to explore other activities Phoenix offers after attending a social event.
Strength training is really at the core of what The Phoenix stands for: sober, ACTIVE lifestyle. Not everyone wants to scale a mountain or go for a long bike ride, but physical activity is extremely important to long-term well-being. Done properly, weight-training helps develop well-rounded strength. This may include learning stretches to maintain flexibility or dynamic movements to increase power. Many of the movements we teach at strength training can be practiced in the comforts of one’s own home.
The Phoenix is happy to offer yoga classes to our community. Classes are for all levels and experience. Yoga is a great way to balance your body while participating in other Phoenix events that are more physically demanding.
Yoga is an outstanding way to connect mind and body to find relaxation through movement. Yoga combines breath and movement, which helps to bring balance. The Phoenix yoga classes are adaptive, so all skill levels are welcome. Our classes are fun and restorative. All of the The Phoenix yoga teachers are encouraging and supportive. Along with teaching classes for The Phoenix members, we also teach yoga at treatment centers and for the integrated drug treatment courts in Colorado. The benefits of yoga go far beyond a physical level and The Phoenix is proud to offer this wonderful gift to the community.
“What is addiction, really? It is a sign, a signal, a symptom of distress. It is a language that tells us about a plight that must be understood.”
– Alice Miller
Workforce Development Program
The Workforce Development Program allows The Phoenix Team Members to pursue a career path in health and wellness. Our experienced coaches and mentors help Trainees to prepare for the NASM personal training certification exam or the CrossFit Level 1 exam. After passing the exam, Trainees gain valuable work experience by coaching Per Ignem CrossFit classes and working one-on-one with personal training clients. There are several requirements to participate, including a minimum of six months sobriety, six months participation with The Phoenix, and demonstrated adherence to our Mission and Code of Conduct. For more information, email Dana Smith
Volunteer Programs & Opportunities
The Volunteer Program is an essential part of all The Phoenix operations. In order to provide daily events free of charge and to continue our expansion in Colorado and the rest of the country, we need a lot of help. The Phoenix is almost funded entirely through grants and individual donations, and volunteering is an extension of this willingness to give. We believe that volunteering and being of service to others is beneficial in working toward the formation of a positive sober identity. Volunteer opportunities are plentiful at The Phoenix and might include any of the following: seconding an instructor at active event, helping put together mailings to be sent out, working at an aid station for a race, supporting staff during a multisport trip, prepping for the opening of a new building, cleaning and organizing The Phoenix gear, spreading the mission of The Phoenix at an outreach event… the list goes on.
Through volunteering, The Phoenix members further strengthen not only their own recovery but the recovery of hundreds of others. Volunteerism is highly encouraged both for The Phoenix and other community organizations. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Kristen Starra