Vail Health Magazine 2013 - page 15

said DelVecchio. “With this type of
class, in just an hour, you can feel
good about your workout and feel
good for the rest of the day.”
He likes the kettle bells classes.
By throwing one’s weight around,
it’s a quick way to build strength,
flexibility and endurance. They’re
popular locally and nationally,
primarily because they’re used in
two of the hottest fitness trends —
CrossFit and Manic.
Keep Up With CrossFit
CrossFit is a strength-conditioning
program of high intensity and
functional movements.
Avon’s CrossFit Venture gym
is run by co-owners Samuel and
Melissa Matthews and Natalie and
Seth McLain.
“CrossFit works, largely because
it’s always changing, so you are
constantly shocking the body,” says
Melissa Matthews. “Our plateaus
are less common and shorter-lived
than a lot of other fitness plateaus.”
CrossFit is part fitness program
and part “family.” It’s the support
and accountability that often get
people to CrossFit and through
their toughest workouts.
“A lot of people say if you hate
the gym, you’ll love CrossFit,” says
Matthews. “Because it’s not like
going to the gym — no one there
is going to push you through that
last fast mile on the treadmill.
Here, you’re constantly going to
be encouraged.”
CrossFit creates a “workout of
the day,” called a WOD, that every
person does, no matter their age
or ability — though modifica-
tions are made for an individual’s
needs. Workout methods include
everything from pull-ups and
running to squats and snatches,
but Matthews said the key is that
everybody is in it together.
“Nobody walks off that black
floor until everybody else is done,”
she says. “Whoever gets done first
is going to be encouraging others
as soon as they catch their breath.”
Go Manic
Since fitness buffs can’t seem to
get enough out of circuits, Manic
Training is another method of
high-intensity, well-rounded
fitness being introduced to the
Vail Valley.
“Functional fitness is a buzz
word in the industry right now,”
says Andy Picking, endurance
athlete and owner and trainer
at Manic Training in Edwards.
“Really our focus is transferable
mountain movement. We train
based on the cross-body and
non-linear movements that ath-
letes are doing up here.”
Manic includes a large
strength-training component, but
it’s the high-end cardio work that
keeps people at their fitness peak.
The balanced training is what
allows individuals to jump into
a ski or bike season without hes-
itation, and it helps with injury
prevention as well.
“It’s also about training for
that accident or that fall,” says
Picking. “If you are doing our
program, you are more apt to
walk away from a big crash,
versus damaging yourself.”
Manic, too, has a strong element
of community and support.
Intricate Movement
Pure Barre
Pure Barre is a low-impact and
body weight-bearing fitness class,
so it’s accessible and sustainable
for everyone. Focused on building
long, lean muscle mass with small,
tight isometric movements, it’s
most popular among women.
“It’s really challenging, and with
that you are going to see some of
the fastest results and changes in
your body,”says Sandra Goncharoff,
owner and trainer at Pure Barre
Vail Valley.
Yoga and Pilates
Body weight training is one of the
most effective means of working
out. More and more people are
gravitating to yoga for mental and
physical fitness.
“As life becomes more stressful,
people are really seeking how to
stay calm and quiet in the mind,”
says Goncharoff, who also owns
Synergy in Avon.“Yoga brings
in that mind-body connection
—getting into your body and
quieting your mind as you go
through the workout.”
The strength and flexibility in body
and mind from a yoga practice
can carry into every aspect of your
lifestyle, while Pilates classes offer
an effective, low-impact and safe
form of fitness for most people.
“Pilates focuses on full-body
strengthening and incorporates
long, lean muscle mass instead of
building bulk,”she says.“It’s creates
an increase of strength, along with
an increase of flexibility.”
Modern Resistance
Strap resistance has been
trademarked“suspension training”
by TRX, although there are a lot
of versions out there. Personal
trainer Mark DelVecchio says using
a strap allows people to modify or
intensify their workouts.
“It’s good for people coming back
from rehab, because they can use
assistance from the strap,”he says.
“And people who are at a higher
fitness level can make exercises
more difficult as well.”
Another emerging resistance
fitness trend is FitWall, a vertical-
style training where individuals
use strength to resist the pull of
gravity. Vail Cascade Resort’s Aria
Spa and Club is the only center in
the valley currently offering the
technology, and they hold several
classes a week that pair FitWall
workouts with TRX training.
“The theory behind FitWall is that
your body is off the ground and
doesn’t know, so when you move
you go into fight-or-flight response
and you turn on more muscles,”
DelVecchio says. “By using more
muscles, you are burning more
calories in the workout.”
TRX and FitWall are good foils to
each other, keeping individuals’
heart rates high with various
exercises on the wall and angled
movements on the strap.
“we trainbasedon
the cross-body and
ments that athletes
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