While spending a summer in Venice, California, scholarship athlete Kent Paul discovered the art of bodybuilding after Ed Connors—the owner of the Gold’s Gym franchise—sensed his potential and began sponsoring him in competitions. During this life changing summer, Paul honed his workout strategies with the help of renowned trainers and nutritionists, kicking off a journey that would eventually lead him to earning a degree in kinesiology, owning his own fitness business, becoming a world-ranked competitive bodybuilder, and winning the title of Mr. Colorado in 1998. Then, after retiring from the sport of bodybuilding, tragedy struck; Paul was involved in a car accident that left him bedridden and suicidal for an entire year. After eventually overcoming his despair, Paul realized that his life calling included more than merely helping others bulk up their muscles—he would develop a total body fitness program that would also incorporate introspection, self-discovery, and inner strength. It was this revelation that led him to open Turbo Training Fitness. He has since garnered endorsements from Donald Trump’s Miss USA and national fitness consultants for his unique approach to inner and outer well-being.
Today, Paul puts his 15,882 hours of experience to use while leading high-impact boot-camp classes, one-on-one or group personal-training sessions, and nutrition programs. He and his team of trainers operate underneath the umbrella of Turbo Training’s personal power program, in which they require clients to fill out a self-assessment packet, list a series of measurable fitness and life goals, and whistle their all-time favorite montage themesongs before flexing one muscle. They’ll then construct a customized fitness and meal program that’s built upon the concepts of accountability and commitment.
Equipment: Rogue Fitness pull-up rig and barbells, Rage Fitness equipment
Students should bring: Water
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Come ready to work hard and learn new skills.
Q&A with Emily, Owner
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
Our workouts are different every day. We change it up with new movements and patterns to avoid boredom, and participants learn functional movements that help them with everyday activities. They also learn new skills, such as gymnastic movements and olympic lifting, which require a lot of practice to master.
Sweating to the oldies is acceptable, but sweating to the blues less so. Do you find that certain styles and genres of music generate more intense workouts?
Dance music, rock, and pop. We listen to anything with a great beat.
Besides working out, what else can clients do to spend their time at your facility?
Yoga, kids CrossFit, community events, and birthday parties.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We are the first and only women-only CrossFit studio in Colorado. We do offer two co-ed classes each week to accommodate families, and have a full service kids CrossFit program.
Up to 800 calories burned. 70%–90% maximum heart rate achieved. One 30-minute workout. To achieve these results, the instructors and nutrition coaches at FIIT WERX have distilled their fitness classes down to a science. They're also committed to championing the benefits of barefoot training, which they say helps to improve posture, balance, and foot strength. In FIIT—full-intensity interval training—circuit classes, instructors lead students through rigorous, shoeless cardio and resistance workouts, which vary to allow other muscles to recover between sessions. Each class is based on the tenets of functional movement, relying on workouts that condition bodies for everyday tasks such as hoisting heavy laundry baskets, chopping logs into firewood, and lifting baby bears into tubs for their baths. Students can measure their progress with MyZone heart-rate and physical-activity monitors.
This same commitment to barefoot training also extends to FIIT WERX's partner gym, willPower Fit Studio. There, instructors lead challenging classes whose blend of yoga, Pilates, boot-camp, and cardio workouts adhere to their philosophy of positive, functional fitness. Scalable for athletes and aspiring athletes alike, classes such as willPower & grace and willPower infusion integrate challenging full-body workouts with sports psychology and multisensory stimulation to leave students as mentally sharp as they are physically fit.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Our gym is not big, we are more like a family and we welcome all individuals no matter what your experience or fitness level is. Every one of our trainers have made incredible fitness transformations themselves and understand exactly how to help you do the same.
Exercise is challenging. How do you keep clients motivated and engaged?
We use FitRanX, a comprehensive and standardized ranking system with 8 progressive levels. You must participate in a fitness test that uses specific exercises to determine strength within each respective muscle group. There is also a conditioning portion required for each level’s advancement.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
This is our passion, this is what wakes us up before the alarm, this is what excites us and opening this business was our opportunity to live our passion every day and transmit that excitement and passion for fitness to other people that are looking to become the best versions of themselves.
What do you love most about your job?
We love everything about this job. From meeting and inspiring people just beginning their fitness journey to see the look on their faces when they have accomplished wonders. It is one of the most rewarding careers in the world and we are blessed to say that we change lives for the better every day.
Zumba is one of the peppiest fitness options on the schedule. Read on to learn a little about where it comes from.
Zumba: A Fitness Style on the Move
Because of its tendency to dissolve inhibitions by the time the beat sets in, Zumba has been deemed "exercise in disguise" by instructors in both The Huffington Post and USA Today. The dance-fitness program—now a mainstay in thousands of gyms worldwide—syncs basic dance steps and calisthenics to upbeat music, often drawing upon Latin styles such as merengue, salsa, and flamenco. Certified instructors demonstrate each piece of choreography at the front of the room, motivating participants to groove at their own pace and add creative flairs as they see fit.
The program currently branches off into eight variations, including Zumbatomic for children, and Zumba Toning for exercisers who wish to incorporate strength-training elements.
Zumba got its start in Colombia in the mid-1990s, the brainchild of fitness instructor Alberto "Beto" Perez. According to Reuters, Beto initially wanted to name it Rumba—a Spanish word that can translate to party—but swapped in the Z when he found his first choice was trademarked. Today, Beto keeps up with the constantly changing musical culture by arranging new routines for his vast network of instructors every two months, incorporating newer styles such as hip-hop and reggaeton and enlisting artists such as Pitbull and Wyclef Jean to record Zumba-specific tracks.
Rhonda Thaxton has exercised rigorously her whole life, engaging in everything from racquetball at the local gym to triathlon competitions. She started getting others into shape in 2000, and while a brief stint in the retail industry fine-tuned her people skills, it wasn’t long before she returned to her passion of getting folks in shape, whether that shape be slim, muscular, or parallelogram. She recertified as a personal trainer, added kickboxing to her athletically rich repertoire, and opened Pilates Infusion.
True to its name, Pilates Infusion offers plenty of classes fueled by nuclear fusion and Joseph Pilates’ now-classic form of exercise, which uses machines that he himself invented to for the exercise program. Former dancers and even physical therapists join Rhonda as instructors, adding their unique talents to the ever-diversifying list of classes. Rhonda and her team keep class sizes small, almost never exceeding seven students at a time to ensure personal attention.
True to its name, Pilates Infusion offers plenty of classes fueled by nuclear fusion and Joseph Pilates’ now-classic form of exercise, which uses machines that he himself invented to for the exercise program. Former dancers and even physical therapists join Rhonda as instructors, adding their unique talents to the ever-diversifying list of classes. Rhonda and her team keep class sizes small, almost never exceeding five students at a time to ensure personal attention.