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.


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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…

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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


Koa Fit 5th Anniversary Week-Long Celebration!

Help us Celebrate our 5th Birthday!

Koa Fit is turning 5 this September and we want to celebrate all week long! From September 4th-8th we will have daily deals and freebies.  Sign up below to receive all the information and to save on training, classes, and more!!


Strong Balance Class 2.0 – New Online Video Now Available

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This newest version of Strong Balance Class adds new exercises to challenge your core muscles and improve your posture in an express format. Lengthen your spine, strengthen your core, improve your balance, open your hips, and get a whole body workout that leaves you standing taller and feeling stronger. Class includes mobility and stretching exercises combined with functional and dynamic strength moves to increase coordination, agility, and overall power. Specific exercises are used to correct common postural deficiencies to help relieve pain or stiffness in the neck, back, and knees. The class is designed to strengthen you in ways that decrease stress on the joints and the spine, and we use a smart work-to-rest ratio to keep inflammation within your body to a minimum. The Strong Balance Class creates balance and symmetry in your body, instead of just pushing you through a hard workout. Our class helps decrease your chance of injury and sickness, establishes long lasting lifestyle changes, and promotes a functionally strong body.

 


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Weller Endurance Running Workshop

August 10, 2017 at 5:45pm

Join the Koa Fit Run for the Cure team and running coach, Chad Weller for an interactive running workshop as part of our Be Balanced Community Series.  Chad will discuss his training method and run through drills to help you improve your running style.  Whether you are new to running or want to improve your stride, Chad’s experience and knowledge will definitely give you something to take home and practice to help you become a better runner.  This is open to everyone, not just Koa Fit clients, so bring your friends and family.

  • Learn the Weller 5 point Method
  • Tips on running safe and more efficient
  • How running can be fun and not painful

Workshop is Free, but space is limited.  Please reserve your spot HERE.


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Run For The Cure – Eldorado Springs Canyon

Thursday, August 24th 6pm

Join the Koa Fit crew and help raise some money and awareness for the Colorado Cancer Foundation.  Koa Fit will be having it’s own team for this 4-mile benefit run.  We will have scheduled team runs prior to the race that you can join to help you get ready and also a Successful Running Workshop with Koa Fit friend and running coach, Chad Weller.

Click HERE to join the Koa Fit Team and we will send you an email packed with all the info.  There is a $25 registration fee for the race.  ALL proceeds benefit the Colorado Cancer Foundation.

 


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Koa Fit Client of the Month – July 2017

Shireen Day

Shireen is proof that hard work pays off.  While she has been traveling to Chile, Patagonia, Argentina and more these past few months, she has been consistent with her home (or travel in this case) exercise program and it has paid off.  She came back from her most recent trip in the best shape ever!  Her pains have subsided and she has even managed to be pain-free through rent house renovations as well!

What her trainer says:

“Shireen is so interested, motivated and disciplined with her exercise.  She is always interested in the “why” and the “how” of her exercise program and is always looking to get to the next step.  She has become so aware of her body and her movements and takes everything she learns and builds on it!  It is so much fun to watch her progress.” – Brenna Backe