Koa Fit Personal Training and Massage

Koa Fit Personal Training and Massage


Meet the Trainer – Brian Carver

Check out our interview with Koa Fit trainer, Brian Carver.  Scroll below to learn about Brian’s love of learning, his library of unique exercises, and his approach to setting and achieving your goals.

Tell us about yourself personally.

I am originally from Augusta, Georgia. My father was an officer in the Army and my Mother was a reference librarian. As I grow older it becomes more obvious to me how their personalities have shaped me and my approach to training. From my father I gained perseverance and discipline while from my mother I retained her veracity and resourcefulness. 

Growing up I was more into music. I spent most of my time playing in bands with my friends and learning music theory. It wasn’t until I was 24 that I really developed an interest in health and fitness. I used the gym as a way out of a pretty dark time in my life. I still remember my first workout. It was some meathead arm routine I picked up out of a fitness magazine. I never would have thought that something so petty could act as such a large catalyst.

How did you start training?

After my brief foray into fitness magazines I started reading every book I could get my hands on. I read everything from sports conditioning and periodization strategies to biomechanics and therapy manuals. I thought it was really cool being able to gain new knowledge and then apply it to my workouts and observe the results. During that time I was offered a job while working out at my neighborhood gym in Chicago. After a few months of training clients I had way more questions than I did answers. I decided to enroll at The National Personal Training Institute in downtown Chicago. It was a great start. 

How would you describe your style of training?

Although I love to learn, I am hypercritical of any information I am given. I question EVERYTHING, especially the fundamental aspects of human movement. As far as training, nutrition, and lifestyle coaching are concerned, there are tons of modalities and different schools of thought.  Instead of subscribing to just one I pull the pieces from each that I think are correct for the individual client. I even have a library of some unique exercises I created. By the time I left Chicago my “Carver Getup” had become quite popular with some of the local trainers.

How have you helped the people you have worked with?

I think a large part of what I’ve seen work for my clients is realistic goal setting and accountability. It can be easy for people to get comfortable in their routines and hide from forward progress by not setting goals. The people I see benefit most from my training are the ones that set clear achievable goals and then develop a plan of action. It’s my job to equip them with the emotional intelligence to make the right decisions and then hold them accountable. It doesn’t matter if its weight loss, joint pain, sports competition, or general well being, change can be a scary thing. Most people are relieved when they realize that the most important changes are usually much smaller than they imagine. Once I can get someone to realize that, then they have already won 90% of the battle.  

What’s your favorite part about training?

Wearing sweat pants to work.

Seriously though, helping people change. Whether it’s hip pain, binge eating, drugs/alcohol, or a nasty divorce, exercise can be a game changer. It’s great when people start training to “tone up” or “fix knee pain” and then walk away with so much more. I have seen some MAJOR transformations and it is great to be a part of it. 

What are you working towards or want to accomplish next in your career?

I hope one day that personal training will be more integrated into health care. Our current health care system focuses on fixing problems rather than preventing them and it is not sustainable. On the plus side we’re seeing more health insurance companies and work places that incentivize preventative measures. There are also more practices opening that track and analyze health markers and use them from more of a preventative perspective. As things progress and our health care system and personal training integrate I look forward to being able to use my experience to contribute to a more realistic and sustainable model.


Brawn and Brains – Exercise and Cognitive Strength

A Workout for Your Body and Mind

A Be Balanced Community Event

Join us on Thursday, February 22nd at 5:45pm for an exercise class that not only strengthens the body, but the mind.

Recent studies have been exploring the connection between physical exercise and cognitive function.  Working out mindfully and completely focused at the task at hand – including your breath, your posture, your frame of mind – not only makes you more productive in your workout, it also helps strengthen your cognitive function.  By bringing focus and challenge to your workout, you can literally strengthen the entire body and mind.

Join us for a 1 hour class that will challenge you physical and mentally and change the way you look at your workout.

Class is free, but space is limited.  Please click HERE to RSVP.

 


What We Believe – 2018

At the start of the new year, the Koa Fit trainers sat down and wrote out a few things they truly believed.  Below are the answers in no particular order.

We Believe…

Fresh air and sunshine can cure any bad mood.

If you move the body, you move the mind.

Real food, eaten mindfully and with friends, is one of the great pleasures of life.

Working smart is far superior to working hard.

You can teach an “old” body new tricks.

Your support system does not depend on your physical location.

In doing things the right way, even if it is harder.

Peace must be found in one’s own mind before it can ever be found in another person, location, or object.

What goes around comes around.

Within a community where there is mutual love and kindness, we can creatively solve big challenges.

The secret to a healthy body is movement and hydration.

Our bodies are our partners.

Hard work and dedication make our successes taste sweeter.

Communities encourage understanding, love, and camaraderie.

That a walk in nature is some of the best medicine.

Exercise is always more fun with a friend.


Koa Fit is Looking for a New Trainer!

Koa Fit is currently looking for a new intern/trainer.  We are looking to bring someone on, give them the tools they need to succeed, and then introduce them to clientele.  We are looking for certified instructors and trainers who would like to expand their careers.

For more detailed information, please click here.

If this sounds like you, please fill out the form below to get more information.


What does DPT mean?

Written by Pamela Robichaud, DPT and Koa Fit Super Star

Wait, you’re a doctor? I am! What does that mean? It means that I have a doctorate degree and have attained years of formal education. It means I can be the first point of entry in to the medical system.   Allow me to explain.

Having my Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree means that I completed a three-year graduate program in addition to my four-year Bachelors Degree. The doctorate degree incorporates many aspects of physical therapy and healthcare education; the most important one of which allows physical therapists to be the first point of entry in to the medical system. This means that we, as professionals with a professional association and governing body, have had sufficient education to evaluate and diagnosis a medical condition. Most importantly it means that we possess the knowledge to assess a condition and deem it within our scope of practice or not. Therefore, if someone presents to us for an evaluation and we are not able to make sense of their signs and symptoms or if certain red flags appear during the assessment, we are capable of referring that person to the next practitioner in the healthcare chain. Personally I find this one of the most comforting aspects of my chosen profession. Despite what we say, physical therapists cannot fix everyone and it’s important that we refer to colleagues outside of the profession to help when something is presenting outside of our scope of practice

Furthermore, in many states, including Colorado, physical therapists have Direct Access, which means that a physician’s referral is not required to see a physical therapist. However it should be noted that many insurance companies still require a referral for services to be reimbursed. This is a battle the physical therapy community and governing bodies will continue to fight.

In summary patients/clients can feel comfortable and safe knowing when a DPT is evaluating them they are receiving a complete multi-system examination.


Talk with a Doc – Pamela Robichaud, DPT

Do you have a constant ache or pain?  Do you have a reoccurring injury and aren’t sure of the next steps?  Do you want to increase your activity, but pain holds you back?  At Koa Fit, we want you to start your New Year out right, so we are offering a free 15-minute chat with our newest member, Pamela Robichaud, DPT during the month of January.

Pamela is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and her strengths include:

  • Low Back
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Foot Pain
  • Knee Injuries
  • Chronic Pain
  • Balance & Vestibular Disorders
  • Stroke
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Brain Injury & Concussion
  • Pamela is LSVT BIG certified for treatment of individuals with Parkinson’s Disease

We are only offering this January 2nd-31st, 2018.  Times are limited, so book early to guarantee your spot.

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Turkey Day Workout 2017

Join Brenna Backe on Thanksgiving day at 9am for an amazing full-body workout.  Get your strength training, cardio, and stretching done before the feast. We will start with a nice warm up, followed by a circuit of exercises designed for postural alignment, functional strength, and of course…A Strong Core!  Join us for this Koa Fit tradition that is as fun as it is effective.

Class is limited to 12 participants.  Regular class fees apply.  Click here to reserve your spot.


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Recruit the Glute – Be Balanced Community Series Event

Dr. Garrett Neff from Truebility Performance Clinic will be covering the topic of glute activation on a deeper neurological level than you have ever seen before. This workshop is designed to be a follow-up to Brenna’s glute class last month, and will help clients who are struggling to “feel” their glutes in the first place. It will also be very beneficial to painful chronic low back, hip and knee issues. Learn what the latest research is saying about your glutes and their importance for every day activities as well as certain injuries and movement patterns.

This workshop is free, but you must reserve your spot.  Please click HERE to register.


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New Physical Therapist at Koa Fit

Help us welcome Pamela Robichaud, DPT to our Koa Fit team.  Pamela has just returned to Boulder after a 14-month cross-country trip with her husband and dog all snuggled up in their van (read more about the Roaming Robos here).  We are so excited to offer this service to our clients and to have her expertise at our finger tips!

Pamela’s strengths include but are not limited to the following: Low Back, Ankle Sprains, Foot Pain, Knee Injuries, Chronic Pain, Balance & Vestibular Disorders, Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Brain Injury & Concussion. Pamela is LSVT BIG certified for treatment of individuals with Parkinson’s Disease.  Furthermore, Pamela is an RRCA certified running coach and makes custom foot orthotics. Pamela’s treatment philosophy is centered on patient empowerment through education as the primary tool for long-term success.  Read more here…

Schedule With Pamela


Strong Booty, Strong Back – Posterior Chain Activation Workshop

Part of our Be Balanced Community Series

Join Koa Fit owner, Brenna Backe, for this interactive workshop.  Brenna has spent countless hours with Koa Fit clients teaching them how to activate their glutes to help promote low back health and lift properly.  In this workshop she will go over the techniques she has developed over the years to help you build your booty strength so you can decrease your chance of back and knee injury while increasing your lifting power and stability.

  • Review the muscles of the posterior chain and their activation
  • Learn how your posterior chain supports your posture and spinal alignment
  • Learn exercises and techniques to help you activate your glutes and hamstrings
  • Practice proper form in hinging, squatting, and lunging

 

 

When:  Thursday, September 14th at 5:45pm

Where:  Koa Fit Studio

Cost:  Free! But you must RSVP by clicking HERE