Day of fitness planned

Proceeds go toward troop care packages

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As the temperatures continue to drop, exercising outdoors becomes more difficult and painful.

In an effort to keep Steamboat Springs active and to raise funds for the "Support our Troops" care package drive, a day of fitness is being held at the Colorado Mountain College gym on Saturday.

"It absolutely gives people the opportunity to try out a bunch of different things," organizer Kara Mikos said. "Steamboat is so fitness oriented."

Brenda Geisler, Mikos' Pilates instructor, suggested the fitness day and helped Mikos find instructors for the classes.

"Not everybody could help, but everyone was instrumental in putting me in contact with other people," Mikos said.

The result is an eight-hour day filled with various activities for all ages. Some classes will be more relaxed, and others will challenge even the fittest athletes in town.

The cost is $8 for the whole day, but people can attend as many or as few classes as possible.

Each class is an hour long, and the Saturday fitness day begins at 9 a.m. with Bernice Trujillo's kick-boxing class. Trujillo is a personal trainer at Peak Fitness.

Sue Lowrie, who is opening a new personal training facility, Will Power & Grace, is teaching a boot camp workout class at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

"It will be real basic stuff -- easy to follow, but come ready to work," Lowrie said.

"Some of my personal trainers are coming with me."

Geisler, a Pilates instructor at the Steamboat Springs Health and Recreation Center, as well as Forever Fit of Steamboat Springs, will be teaching Pilates mat at 11 a.m.

Rachelle Summers takes the gym floor next with her class titled "Stronger, Bolder Older Adults." She doesn't have a set age bracket.

"My area of specialty as a trainer is older adults," Summers said. "My main goal is to get them moving. We are just going to try and have some fun. I'm just wanting people to get out who maybe have considered starting up exercise but have not. I want them to do it now."

Summers said her noon class is going to focus on balance, coordination and stability.

Kathy Olsen's Tai Chi movement class begins at 1 p.m. Although Olsen is not a certified instructor, she has been practicing martial arts since 1980. She wants to teach her students the importance of breathing and connecting body movements with breath.

"It is more yoga-like," Olsen said. "Saturday's practice is what I like to call a soft, yen practice in that I am going to take the (tai chi) movements and slow them down. This is about slowing down and becoming present in the moment."

If Olsen's class moves in slow motion, Michael David's "Power, Balance and Strength" is the opposite.

He teaches a similar class every Tuesday morning at the Health and Rec, and the PBS class is fast-paced and strenuous.

"This is one of the strongest core exercise programs in town," David said. "It is hard. For anyone who thinks they are a hard-core athlete, this will be a challenge."

The program is well-rounded, David said, because the entire body is incorporated into 60 percent of the movements.

"We move around," he said. "You are up on your feet, down on the ground and moving around. Be ready for anything."

The day is scheduled to wrap up with hatha yoga at 4 p.m. Meghan Stockdale is the instructor, and she said it will be a yoga class for all levels.

CMC is at 1330 Bob Adams Drive, and the gym is in the Monson Building on campus.

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