Get in shape for your summer exploits, Eagle County |

Get in shape for your summer exploits, Eagle County

Caramie Schnell
Warriors make their way across a rope bridge during a previous Warrior Dash at Copper Mountain.
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Training programs

• Aria Athletic Club’s six-week Spring into Summer program. Starts this week. Free for Aria Athletic Club members and available to non-members with a six-week membership. Call 970-476-7400.

• Obstacle Course Training program, begins May 5. Offered on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. for six weeks. Cost is $150 for Athletic Club members or $225 for the public. Drop-in classes are available for $20 each. Call 970-790-2051 or visit

Upcoming obstacle races

• Spartan Race, Breckenridge, June 13. Visit

• Dirty Dozen 5K family mud run, Gypsum, July 11. Visit

• Warrior Dash, Copper Mountain, Aug. 15. Visit

• Tough Mudder, Snowmass, Sept. 12 and 13. Visit

The quieter days of April and May offer a good time to focus on yourself. Rather than just sneaking in the usual 30-minute gym routine or sticking to your walk-run-or-hike standard, how about trying something new? After a busy season, there’s finally some time to take a breath and reassess your fitness goals.

Two local gyms are offering offseason programs aimed at breaking you out of your workout rut. Aria Athletic Club at the Vail Cascade Resort is hosting a six-week fitness competition that challenges snow enthusiasts to shift their fitness from ski season to their favorite summer sports.

The annual Spring into Summer fitness challenge started April 20, but don’t worry, there’s still time for you to take part.

“Springtime is a welcome respite as we transition from winter sports to summer activities,” said Patti Hyre, personal trainer at Aria Athletic Club. “At Aria, we want to breathe new life into fitness routines and challenge the everyday athlete to become physically prepared for all the outdoor summer activities that we all love to do in Vail. We not only produce athletes, we produce fitness and through this program, we can help participants reach their summer goals.”

The six-week Spring into Summer challenge is designed to get participant’s mind, body and spirit in tune. Participants will track their progress along the way and will measure results with a BioSpace Composition test at the beginning and end of the competition. Earn a point for each minute spent working out; every class or personal training session will earn 20 points. The goal is to reach 1,600 points by June 1.

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Why bother counting points? To win prizes, of course. This is a challenge, after all.

The first 50 participants who complete the contest and those who lose the greatest percentage of body fat will have the chance to win some pretty cool items, like hotel stays in Denver, Bravo! Vail concert tickets, dinner at Atwater, ATV tours, spa treatments, club memberships, personal training sessions and more. The Spring into Summer fitness challenge is free for Aria Athletic Club members and is available to non-members with a six-week membership.

For more information and to register for the Spring into Summer six-week competition, call Aria Athletic Club at 970-476-7400.


Over at the Athletic Club at The Westin in Avon, the six-week Obstacle Course Training Program begins May 5 and is designed to prepare you for the summer obstacle course and mud run race season, specifically for the Spartan Races in Breckenridge in June. A team from the Athletic Club will run the 3-mile Spartan Sprint race in Breckenridge on June 13. That race includes 13 or more obstacles. Looking for an even bigger challenge? The Spartan Beast is 13 miles and more than 25 obstacles.

It’s the first year the program is being offered, said Westin Athletic Club personal trainer and ski conditioning coach Jeff Draper, who will lead the program.

“If we have a good turnout, we’ll definitely look into doing it again because those types of races are getting more popular all the time. There are new ones popping up literally every week,” said Draper, who did his first obstacle course race with a friend five years ago.

“There’s a wide variety of challenges between the different races,” he said. “Tough Mudder is much different than the Warrior Dash.”

But the different races have one thing in common: fun.

“It gets you back to being a kid again, getting dirty and back doing something fun,” he said.

Draper’s program will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. It’s a progressive training course where participants will work on short- and mid-distance running (1/4 to 1/2 mile intervals), as well as crawling, lifting, dragging and jumping. The course will also focus on upper and lower body agility exercises, all in an effort to prepare you for the obstacles you’ll encounter during the Spartan race.

If you plan on competing in the Spartan Sprint race, Draper recommends signing up before you commit to the training program (aka boot camp). Visit and sign up under team name: Athletic Club Westin, promo code: RaceCO. The cost of the six-week program is $150 for Athletic Club members or $225 for the public. Drop-in classes are available for $20 each. For more information or to register, call 970-790-2051 or visit

There are a few other nearby races taking place this summer and fall.

• For the not-so-hard-core set, the town of Gypsum hosts its annual Dirty Dozen 5K Mud Run in Gypsum on July 11 from 3 to 7 p.m.

• The Warrior Dash returns to Copper Mountain Aug. 15. It’s 3.1 miles long and includes 12 obstacles.

• Tough Mudder takes place in Snowmass on Sept. 12 and 13. The team-oriented 10-12 mile obstacle course is designed to test both physical strength and mental grit.

High Life Editor Caramie Schnell can be reached at 970-748-2984 and

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