Mind over muscle

Pilates studio to raise funds for conditioning programs

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— Instructors at the Steamboat Pilates & Fitness studio have helped everyone from Olympic competitors to local high school athletes and residents strengthen their muscles with their popular method of conditioning workouts.

Today, the studio's eight instructors will donate their time and expertise for the annual Pilates-a-thon, an all-day event of discounted classes designed to raise funds for scholarships for two Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club athletes.

"It's a nice formula for a fundraiser," said instructor and studio co-owner Wendy Puckett. "You're not just writing a check - people or their kids can do something cool they like to do, like yoga, pilates or ski conditioning."

Mat classes for people of varying ages and skill levels will be held throughout the day on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning at 7 a.m. The cost for those classes is $8. For $25, instructors will hold reformer classes on exercise machines designed for more strength-oriented conditioning. Half-hour massages will be offered at $20 a session.

Puckett hopes newcomers will join classes to give the core strength-based workout methods a try.

"If you've never been in, it's definitely a non-intimidating thing," Puckett said, encouraging people to drop by for food and hourly raffle drawings for prizes or just to demo the exercise equipment for the first time.

Because the event is a fundraiser, the studio's regular punch cards will not be valid. For more information or to sign up for massages, reformer and children's classes, call the studio at 879-6788.

"The bottom line is that we are tying to generate energy around the Winter Sports Club," Puckett said. "They're the heartbeat of this community, and the male and female nominated for these scholarships in the past have been selected based on their attitudes from across the Alpine, Nordic, snowboard and freestyle disciplines."

The Winter Sports Club will follow today's event with its annual Ski and Sport Swap on Oct. 20 and 21. Special Events Director Caroline Bohlmann reminded anyone with used, good condition summer and winter sporting equipment that they can begin picking up tags and event information at the SSWSC office in Howelsen Hill Lodge. Otherwise, consigned items must be dropped off, registered and labeled between 5 and 7 p.m. Oct. 20 at Steamboat Springs Middle School.

"It's kind of easier to get it done in advance so you can just drop the stuff off," Bohlmann said about the large amount of gear that typically is part of the popular swap.

The consigned items - 30 percent of sales go to support the club's athletes - will be available to the public during an Early Bird Sale from 8 to 9 p.m. Friday. There is a $5 fee for that sale. The free Shop 'Til You Drop Sale is from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at the middle school.

"It's a wonderful way to get stuff for your kids or great equipment for a lot less," Bohlmann said, noting that product vendors also will be selling new equipment and apparel in the main gymnasium.

- To reach Dave Shively, call 871-4253

or e-mail dshively@steamboatpilot.com

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