Koa Fit Personal Training and Massage

Koa Fit Personal Training and Massage


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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


A Night with Legendary Athlete, Colleen Cannon

Tuesday, April 10th at 6:45pm

Colleen Cannon, World and National Champion triathlete and founder of Women’s Quest Adventure Retreats, will talk to us about being a pioneer in women’s sports and beyond.  Join her for an evening of inspiration, laughter, and triumph.  Colleen will talk about her start in triathlons, her training regimen, and how that led her to taking women on retreats across the globe in search of adventure.  Colleen’s enthusiasm for life, her addiction to laughing, and her hunger for play rubs off on just about everyone she meets.  Don’t miss this chance to hang out with a legend.

Sponsored by Petunia Mafia Women’s Cycling Team.

*Sorry guys, this is a ladies only event.


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Low Back Pain Community Workshop

Part of the Be Balanced Community Event Series

April 12th at 5:45pm

Do you have low back, hip, or leg pain?  Are you unsure of the cause or the source of your pain?  Join us for a free community workshop with Physical Therapist, Katharine Hauge and Koa Fit owner and Personal Trainer, Brenna Backe to learn what your symptoms can tell you about the source of your pain and how to prevent future pain.  Learn the typical pain patterns that result from trauma or issues at the lumbar spine, the SI joint, and the hip.  Gain knowledge about the cause of your pain, so you can have a clearer understanding of how to move forward to get rid of your pain and never have it return.
This workshop will contain:
  • Information on pain patterns and symptoms of low back pain
  • Tools to test and diagnose the source of different types of low back and hip pain
  • Exercises to help prevent low back pain

This event is free, but you must reserve your spot.  Click here to register now!


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 Intern – 10 Questions with Rebecca South

We sat down with our new intern, Rebecca, to get to know a little about her.  Read on to learn about this Colorado native’s love for movement and baking.

Where did you grow up?

Niwot, Colorado

Who is your family?

Joshua, Husband

Jackson and Sebastian, 5 yr-old energetic, redhead, twin boys

What do you spend most of your time doing?

Chasing my boys, moving in a class, laughing, and connecting with lovely people.

What’s your favorite hobby?

Baking

What’s the coolest thing you have done recently?

We moved from NYC and began a new life in Boulder. So, all the Colorado joys of skiing, hiking, biking, and breathing are the coolest things.

Where is the coolest place you have EVER been?

Tough………… Coonor, India

What is one thing that would surprise people about you?

I can only find a place after I have walked or rode a bike to it first.

How did you get interested in movement and exercise?

I started dancing at 3 yrs old, and never stopped. I find movement to be the best way to communicate with people who are movers, or not.

What are you most excited to learn at Koa Fit?

A fresh look at a people. Seeing their body discrepancies and guiding them to heal themselves through re-patterning movements.

What is one thing you want people to know about you?

Newly back to Boulder, I spent 20 years traveling, dancing, and training people in NYC.

Koa Fit has been a warm welcome back. I can see why people flock to the space.


HIIT – Brenna’s Booty Camp

March 23rd at 12pm

Part of the Be Balanced Community Event Series

Join Brenna Backe for an hour of High Intensity Interval Training(HIIT).  HIIT workouts have been scientifically proven to burn more calories than steady cardio, reduce blood sugar levels, increase your VO2 Max, and more.  This hour class will run your through fun intervals to push you to your limits followed by a recovery period to bring your heart rate and breathing down to baseline levels.  Expect to work hard, have fun, and burn, burn, burn!

Class is free, but you must RSVP to save your spot.  Click here to sign up.

Click here to learn more about the benefits of HIIT.

 

 


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.