Take a minute to sit down with three trendy, unique studio owners sharing new ways to workout.
THE DAILEY METHOD BOULDER
The Dailey Method philosophy (created by Jill Dailey) had taken off around the world when Emma Heckman Updike and her three silent partners Carrie Krane, Katie Cook and Natalie Gorman knew Boulder needed to open its own location. And so, the Dailey Method Boulder opened in April 2015. The studio offers various Dailey Barre courses that aim to work and sculpt muscles as well as high-energy spin classes complete with fun music and upbeat instruction. There is also the option to take Cycle/Barre classes, which include 40 minutes of heart-pounding, beat-driven cycling and 20 minutes of muscle stabilizing, toning, stretching and core-strengthening off the bike. These are dynamic workouts meant to be low-impact while still sculpting and strengthening the body.
Q&A WITH EMMA HECKMAN UPDIKE
Why did you start The Dailey Method in Boulder?
I was a big runner and a gym rat when I first tried a class. I was under the impression that to ‘workout’ I had to sweat and put in hours at the gym. My very first experience was a truly humbling one. I realized this was a practice that challenges my body and mind. I noticed was an immediate change in my flexibility, strength and tone within one month’s time.
What exactly are the benefits of barre workouts?
Barre is based on ballet fitness. We’re different from others in Boulder by having a heavier focus on alignment and incorporating more orthopedic exercise into each class. I like to say that class is a ‘souped up PT session.’ Our Barre class is for every type of body. We tailor a class to everyone’s needs with cueing (both visual, verbal and tactile) to allow you into optimal alignment for your body and deeper engagement.
In one word, how would you describe a workout at The Dailey Method?
Number one goal for your studio right now and for the next five years?
Increase awareness of our brand and cycle component. It really is a sweet offering, especially when combining with our barre practice.
“I was a big runner and a gym rat when I first tried a class. I was under the impression that to ‘workout’ I had to sweat and put in hours at the gym. My very first experience was a truly humbling one. I realized this was a practice that challenges my body and mind.” -Emma Heckman Updike, The Dailey Method
BOULDER MOVEMENT COLLECTIVE
A wall at Boulder Movement Collective reads, “Live life dynamically. Move. More.” The words are by Ido Portal, an influential figure within “movement culture” and the teacher who inspired Zack Finer and Matt JW Bernstein to open Boulder Movement Collective (BMC) in February 2015. Matt and Zack both come from various fitness backgrounds including CrossFit, and upon visiting the Collective, it’s easy to say most people have never been to a gym like this before. BMC is a unique fusion of diverse disciplines including yoga, martial arts, gymnastics, strength conditioning, modern dance and more. While every class is different, the main emphasis is to move in unique and dynamic ways to generate changes not only in the body but also the mind. Attendees range from locals with memberships to people who have relocated to Boulder or traveled from far away specifically to train and take courses at BMC.
Q&A WITH ZACK FINER AND MATT JW BERNSTEIN
How would you define “movement practice” or “movement culture”?
Matt: We help people learn how to research their bodies. Some days we are deadlifting, and other days we are working on mobility to achieve full range of motion. The idea is not to be tethered to a specific theory.
Zack: A generalist practice. We take the most useful aspects of other fields to create our practice. Like a physical art.
Do you think people attending Boulder Movement Collective take this work beyond the gym?
Zack: Absolutely. A lot of the pain people feel is simply our bodies telling us to move.
Matt: Moving in various planes allows us to restructure and that can help with things like joint prep or spine work. Outside of the gym, we want people to be aware of things like posture or how they walk.
What range of fitness levels that you see in classes?
Zack: There are dancers, martial artists, an Olympic snowboarder, an ex-college wrestler. You name it.
Matt: We have 55+ Class, a Fundamentals Class, a Mobility Class and more. We also have our senior students paired with new students so they can mentor them.
In one word, how would you describe a class at Boulder Movement Collective?
Zack: Three words: brain-body attachment.
“Moving in various planes allows us to restructure and that can help with things like joint prep or spine work. Outside of the gym, we want people to be aware of things like posture or how they walk.” -Matt JW Bernstein, Boulder Movement Collective
Mecha officially opened at the end of December 2016 when Kate and Josh Swartz purchased what used to be BOCO Fitness. Today, Amy Dalton is the Director of the central Boulder studio offers RESISTANCE and HIIT (high-intensity interval training) classes that focus on a combination of cardio workouts and full-body muscle strength. They also recently added weekly mobility classes, which consist of almost an hour of delicious, deep stretching.
“Mecha” is rooted from the word “mechanical” (and fun fact: it’s also an anime term for machines that give humans extra abilities). All levels and ages of athletes can be found attending the dynamic, injury-friendly classes at Mecha. The studio plans to open its second space in Denver by March 2018.
Q&A WITH AMY DALTON
Mecha offers RESISTANCE classes, can you describe what those are like?
We follow the Lagree Method to build deep core strength, long and lean muscles, balance and flexibility, improved concentration and a body that is less prone to injury. The machine used is called the Megaformer, which is like a next-gen Pilates reformer. All exercises are performed until your muscles are fully fatigued. We think it’s the best and fastest way to get stronger and leaner. No muscle is left untouched.
Mecha also offers HIIT classes, can you explain what those consist of?
A sequence of sprints, time trials and endurance intervals on VersaClimbers and Schwinn Airdyne Bikes. Your cardiovascular system is the primary focus of these classes.
In one word, how would you describe a workout at Mecha?
What range of fitness levels do you see in classes?
We cater to all levels. We often have professional athletes in class alongside people trying to lose weight and get in shape.
“We follow the Lagree Method to build deep core strength, long and lean muscles, balance and flexibility, improved concentration and a body that is less prone to injury.” -Amy Dalton, Mecha