Koa Fit Personal Training and Massage

Koa Fit Personal Training and Massage


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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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6th Annual Stand Up Paddleboarding with Koa Fit

Friday, July 27th 8am-10am

This will be our 6th year out on the water with Rocky Mountain Paddleboards.  Join the Koa Fit crew on July 27th out at the Boulder Reservoir for some Stand Up Paddleboarding as part of our Be Balanced Community Series. Enjoy the early morning light and the calm water as you get a great core and balance workout. Paddleboarding is easy to learn and fun. Explore the Reservoir in a completely different and rewarding way.

This event has sold out the last three years.  Please reserve your spot early.

Click here to reserve your spot. Cost is $25 (entry fee to Boulder Rez not included).


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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.

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Missy’s Bon Voyage Party

Friday, June 22nd 4pm-6pm

Missy is off on a new adventure and moving out of Boulder. Help us send her off with a bang with a Happy Hour celebration at Brenna’s house.  Light appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.  Please BYO (wine, beer, etc.)  Also, please leave your furry friends at home.

Please RSVP by June 19th by clicking here or email info@KoaFitUSA.com


Running Clinic – Think and Grow Faster!

Canceled 

Thursday, May 17th at 5:45pm
With Running Coach, Art Ives
In many ways the sport of distance running is beautifully simple, all you do is lace up your shoes and head out the door. But even though endurance sports provide an opening to greater health, happiness and confidence, there’s no easy way of running. Sometimes it hurts! There certainly are many ways to make it easier however. Knowledge, training, and coaching can dramatically increase your efficiency and enjoyment while reducing the risk of injury and burnout.
This talk will speak to those who want to improve their health and speed in order to run 5K,10K or move up to 1/2 marathon distance. As well as those who couldn’t care less about racing, who simply want to fall in love with running more and discover a new direction for themselves.
 
Answers:
  • How much should I train?
  • How long is long enough, how fast is fast enough?
  • What are the best times to do each workout?
  • Who are the most important people to work with?
  • What are the most important things to do at all times?

About Art Ives:

Art has either coached or competed at every running distance from 100 meters to 100 miles. His love of running is matched only by his love of helping other runners surpass their personal goals. His holistic, comprehensive approach to running creates positive, lasting changes in his clients’ biomechanics, physical capabilities, and mental attitudes.  Learn more about Art, his clients, and his coaching at www.thewayofrunning.com.

Clinic is free and open to the public, but please reserve your spot below.  If you have any questions, please contact us.

Click here to register.


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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.