Koa Fit Personal Training and Massage

Koa Fit Personal Training and Massage


Hike with Koa Fit

Join us and enjoy the last days of summer as we take a mellow hike at Chautauqua on Friday, August 24th at 9am.  This hike is open to all levels.  We are expecting the loop will take a little less than 2 hours.  Park at the main trailhead off of Baseline and we will meet you at the start of the trails by the Baseline entrance.

Please click HERE to RSVP so we know to expect you.


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Meet the Intern – 10 Questions with Amy Briggs

We sat down with our new intern, Amy Briggs to get to know a little more about this strong woman.  Read below to learn more about her ultra running, piano playing, yoga teaching life!

Where did you grow up? In Canterbury, New Hampshire…on a small farm in a 200+ year old house!

Who is your family? My folks went through a ‘back-to-the-land’ phase in their 30s; hence the move to the Good Earth Farm.  I am the eldest of four; I have two sisters and a brother, and we are all in different parts of the country.  My mom, Janis, was a music teacher and avid organic gardener, before organic was popular. She passed away in 2013.  My dad, Craig, was a state court administrator and avid woodworker.  He now lives in North Carolina with his second wife, Frieda.

What do you spend most of your time doing? These days, I divide my time between playing and teaching piano (more on that below), teaching and practicing yoga (I teach classes at CorePower, Kondition, and prAna), and trail running.  I’m an avid ultra runner, and moved to Boulder two years ago from Chicago, partly because of my love for trails.  I also love the time that I spend at Koa Fit, learning about functional movement from Brenna, getting to know the team, and learning about all aspects of the business.

What’s you favorite hobby? These days, spending time up at higher altitudes, whether that’s trail running/hiking, snowshoeing, or backcountry Nordic skiing, which I started to do this past winter.

What’s the coolest thing you have done recently? I’m about to run the San Juan Solstice 50-miler; it’s supposed to be a tough race. I’ve loved training for it, and regardless of the outcome, it will be an amazing experience!

Where is the coolest place you have EVER been? Kathmandu, Nepal.  I went there a long time ago to play a concert, but want to go back and trek!

What is one thing that would surprise people about you? I spent a couple of decades + as a concert pianist.  I was the pianist for the Chicago Symphony’s MusicNOW ensemble, and played all over the world as a soloist and chamber musician.  You can find my recordings on Spotify and Amazon. I also taught on the music faculty of the University of Chicago for six years, before moving to Boulder.

How did you get interested in movement and exercise? I’ve been an avid runner since my late 20s.  I started a yoga practice around that time, mostly to heal or avoid running injuries.  My yoga practice became consistent a few years ago, and I completed CorePower’s 200-hour Power Yoga Teacher Training.  Trying to figure out soreness and injury from running and playing piano led me to reading about anatomy and trigger points; as I develop as a yoga teacher, I’m fascinated by the way the body moves most efficiently and pain-free. I’m really excited to work with people to help them feel better in their bodies, and be able to take on more activity in their daily lives.

What are you most excited to learn at Koa Fit? I’m in awe when I watch Brenna and Siri make evaluations of clients, either standing or walking.  I’m excited to learn how to tell what’s going on in the body, and then be able to find the best steps to undo patterns and relearn new ones.

What is one thing you want people to know about you?  I’m excited to work with people, one-on-one, and in groups, because I love connection, and the relationships that form over time with clients and students. I’ve had enough life experience to know that this is one of my strengths, and it feeds me!


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Knee Pain? Chat with our Physical Therapist

Summer + knee pain go together like campfires + marshmallows

The days are long, the miles are up and the rest days are down.  For a lot of us summer means a huge increase in activity because we live in Colorado, the daylight is abundant and there’s so much to do.

If you’ve got an aching knee that talks to you with every pedal stroke, trail step, pavement contact, dance move or kick, don’t ignore it.  We have a lot of awesome left in this season.  Address the issue now so you can carry on with everything you do for fun.

For the month of July, our physical therapist, Pamela, is offering free 15 min chats to address the little things that might be creeping up and holding you back.

With over 12 years of experience as a PT (including a life long relationship with endurance endeavors + everything that entails), Pamela is a tremendous resource to talk about what might be going on with knees and your body.  Use her as a resource. Get her on your team so that you can keep doing what you love with more comfort.

Space is limited and is first come, first serve.  Please reserve your spot early.

Click here to schedule


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Koa Fit Potluck and Singing Concert with Siri Nicolella

May 12th, 3pm-6pm at the home of the Readey’s

Join the Koa Fit crew for a potluck and singing concert from Siri Schubert Nicolella! Our awesome clients, Mary Beth and Michael Readey have offered their amazing home to host this event. Party starts at 3pm with Siri singing at 4pm. Bring finger foods, salads, or snacks to share. There will be chicken provided. Non-alcoholic beverages will be provided, please ring your own alcohol. Also, we love furry friends, but please leave them home for this event.

 

 

The Readey House

1038 Cherryvale Road, Boulder, CO 80303


Mt. Sanitas Sunrise Hike

April 6th at 5:45am

Sunrise Hike 2014

Part of the Be Balanced Community Event Series

Join Pamela Robichaud and the Koa Fit crew on Friday, April 6th at 5:45am for a Sunrise Hike up Mt. Sanitas. Start your day off right by getting some fresh air. Sunrise is at 6:37am so we should catch the sunrise close to the top of our climb. This Koa Fit tradition is the best way to start the day. We will meet at the small parking area on Mapleton, right after your cross 4th street, in front of the old hospital. We will hike up the stairs side and come down the valley.  Please bring headlamps or flashlights as we will be starting the hike in the dark.

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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.