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Calendar at a Glance

July 13th – Youth Strength and Conditioning Camp continues July 18th – “Bring a Friend to Workout” Day! July 21st – Step Interval Workshop – 10:15-11:15AM – complimentary August 19th – Shining Stars “Spin-a-Thon” – 8:15 – Indoor Cycling Class and 9:15AM Indoor Cycling Class

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Authentic High Intensity Interval Training

High intensity interval training (HIIT) programming plays a major role in the design of many fitness programs. As fitness professionals, we integrate HIIT into many of our program formats for small and large group exercise programs as well as the personal training programs we create for our one-on-one clientele. However, what is authentic HIIT? There…

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Fitness Expectations versus Fitness Reality

One of the initial questions we ask our clients is what their specific expectations are regarding their fitness program outcomes. We ask this question to determine if their expectations are realistic and those which we are able to meet or exceed within the time frame suggested. A primary reason for why there are many unrealistic…

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Finding the Right Group Exercise Class Program for You

You have made the decision to pull the trigger and are ready to begin attending group exercise classes at your trusted fitness facility; however, with so many exercise class formats to choose from, it might seem a little daunting to determine which direction to head. However, by following these five guidelines, you may eliminate some…

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Summer Eating From A to Z

Enjoy all of the delicious summer foods by following the summer eating from A-Z guidelines this week! A – Make applesauce from scratch, chill it and then serve it with a healthy entrée—delicious! B- Blend your favorite veggies or fruits for a delicious, fresh, healthy shake! C- Crepes, when made on the light-side, may be…

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The Benefits of Pilates Reformer Training

If you have not had the opportunity to train on a Pilates Reformer (apparatus), it might be time to add this training tool and modality into your macro exercise program. Joseph Pilates designed the reformer originally in the latter part of World War I when working as an orderly in a hospital on the Isle…

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Training Your Posterior Chain

When considering the muscles of the posterior chain, keep in mind that this includes the entire posterior aspect of the body, not just the glutes and hamstrings. In fact, the posterior chain involves all of the muscles from the base of the skull to the heels of the feet. Why is it imperative to train…

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Wear Your Heart Rate Monitor for Every Workout!

Whether you are working out in your health club or outdoors exerting, keep your heart rate monitor on to ensure that you are keeping track of your exercise performance data.  Every action you take matters and counts toward your health and fitness goals, specifically the caloric expenditure.  However, differentiate between your structured workouts and recreational,…

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Consider These Five Great Exercise Program Formats

While there are virtually dozens of excellent exercise program formats available, integrating the programs highlighted this week may add variety and challenge to your existing program keeping you on track and adhering to your macro exercise program. There is something for everyone within these five program formats, so diversify your program and consider adding a…

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Eight Tips for Increasing your Workout Intensity

Almost daily clients ask me how they may increase the intensity of their workouts and so, this week, eight tips for increasing your workout intensity will be featured. While not exhaustive, these eight tips are effective if applied properly, following the protocols closely. As always, prior to beginning any exercise program, please consult your physician.…

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