Craig gyms providing summer workout classes
Summer classes offered by Trapper Fitness Center:
(Class — times — days)
• Yoga — 6 to 6:45 a.m. — Monday through Friday
• Boot camp — 6 to 7 p.m. — Monday and Wednesday
• Zumba — 7 to 8 p.m. — Monday through Thursday
• CrossFit — noon to 1 p.m. — Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
• Senior fitness — 1 to 2 p.m. — Tuesday and Thursday
• Spinning — 6 to 7 p.m. — Tuesday and Thursday
• Women’s CrossFit — noon to 1 p.m. — Saturday
• Russian Kettlebells — starts mid- to late-June
Summer classes offered by Holistic Health & Fitness:
(Class — times — days)
• Zumba express — noon* — Monday through Thursday
• Zumba express — 4:30 p.m. — Monday and Wednesday
• Tai Chi — 6 p.m. — Monday and Wednesday
• Tai Chi — 6:30 a.m. — Tuesday and Thursday
• Yoga — 5 p.m. — Monday and Wednesday
• Pilates — 6 p.m. — Tuesday
*Open to members and non-members
Jim Gregoire, owner of Trapper Fitness Center, said contrary to popular belief, summer brings a decline in gym memberships.
“People want to get fit for the summer, but they don’t want to be inside when it is so nice outside,” he said. “We have to offer different and unique things to bring them in.”
For Gregoire and Trapper Fitness Center, that means utilizing the facility’s outdoor gym.
While in the past Gregoire said they have moved indoor machines outside, there are more alternatives available this summer.
From Russian Kettlebells to a boot camp course to yoga, Trapper Fitness Center provides alternatives to basic weight-
lifting workouts, and puts them outside.
“The machines have limits to what they can do,” Gregoire said. “They are linear and only move on one axis while your body is more complex than that.”
Gregoire said he is finishing up his certification to instruct the Russian Kettlebells class through a workshop with Pavel Tsatsouline, who has helped make kettlebells popular in the U.S.
The 700-year-old tradition, Gregoire said, was one of the first weightlifting routines created.
“Kettlebells are really useful to help get athletes in shape and work all the muscles,” he said. “These are some old school methods that we can do outside. It has been around for 700 years and I think it will be around for another 700 years.”
Another new course utilizing the outdoor gym will be a boot camp course overseen by Brandi Babin.
Gregoire said the course would have a similar layout and feel to the military.
“There are a lot of workouts that work all parts of the body,” he said. “They use sledge hammers to pound tires, battle ropes and boxing, and it is just really intense.”
The gym also offers yoga classes every weekday morning and zumba classes Monday through Thursday.
CrossFit and spinning courses are also available at Trapper Fitness Center through Colorado Northwestern Community College.
Something for everyone
Holistic Health & Fitness owner Karrie Booth recognizes weightlifting isn’t for everyone.
“It can be hard to motivate yourself,” she said. “It can be hard to come to the gym and work out by yourself and keep doing that regularly.”
Such is the inspiration behind Holistic’s summer exercise class schedule, Booth said.
With classes Monday through Thursday, there is something for everyone, she said.
“Going to a class helps you learn something new and it breaks off from the monotony of the same workout every day,” she said. “A lot of people come with friends and find it easier to follow the schedule of a class than working out on their own.”
The gym offers entry-level yoga classes at 5 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, and Pilates classes at 6 p.m. Tuesdays.
Two big draws this summer, Booth said, are zumba and tai chi classes.
A Monday through Thursday zumba course will be free to members and non-members throughout the summer, while a Monday and Wednesday course will be available only to members.
“Zumba is like a dance/aerobic class where we dance to all types of ethnic music,” Booth said. “It is a fun class and you don’t even realize you’re exercising.”
The tai chi class, on the other hand, is not just for anyone, Booth said.
“The tai chi class isn’t like the normal relaxed, Americanized course that is usually available,” she said. “It is not easy and if someone is going to do it, they need to follow through and not just drop in whenever.”
Booth said she might organize another boot camp this summer if the interest level is there.