Fitness

Fitness comes to breweries

Trainers behind Brewery Boot Camp say the whole point of fitness is being able to enjoy a beer

Posted 7/17/16

For personal trainers Paul and Lindsay Chavez, physical fitness is important. But so is enjoying your life.

“You can’t be physically fit, if you’re not mentally fit,” Paul said.

That’s the idea that led him and his wife, Lindsay, to …

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Fitness

Fitness comes to breweries

Trainers behind Brewery Boot Camp say the whole point of fitness is being able to enjoy a beer

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For personal trainers Paul and Lindsay Chavez, physical fitness is important. But so is enjoying your life.

“You can’t be physically fit, if you’re not mentally fit,” Paul said.

That’s the idea that led him and his wife, Lindsay, to bring their full-body workout classes to breweries around the metro area through their company, Strength Train 4 Life.

“If you can’t enjoy a good beer,” Paul said, “it’s not worth it.”

Plenty of people agree. Back when the Chavezes ran workouts for groups of their friends in parks on weekends, they noticed a trend.

“Afterwards, everybody would go get beers,” Lindsay said.

In December of last year, the couple held their first Brewery Boot Camp event at Dry Dock Brewing Company in Aurora, where they live.

Since then, they’ve held workouts nearly every weekend at different breweries, including St. Patrick’s Brewing Company and 38 State Brewing Company in Littleton, Lone Tree Brewing Company in Lone Tree and Elk Mountain Brewing in Parker.

“We eventually want to be in the whole Denver area,” Lindsay said.

Paul and Lindsay both have bachelor’s degrees in health and exercise science. They also are homebrewers, so combining the two seemed natural.

In a blog post on their website last month, they offered tips on following a healthy diet and workout plan without completely cutting out alcohol, reminding readers that alcohol is a sugar and to consume in moderation.

At their home base of Dry Dock, the Chavezes typically draw about 35 participants. About 15 showed up to a workout at 38 State on Memorial Day weekend. Participants have ranged in age from too young to buy a beer up to the mid-70s.

Breweries typically open at noon on Sundays, so the Chavezes and their clients meet at 11 a.m., warm up and then go into a 50-minute workout.

“We’re ready to drink beer at noon right when the brewery opens,” Lindsay said.

It’s a symbiotic relationship with the breweries. Steve Schuett, general manager of 38 State, said the bootcamps help boost their numbers on Sundays.

“It is a perfect event for our space and patrons,” he said.

Jodi Levine of Denver, who participated in the Memorial Day weekend workout at 38 State, had been to one of Brewery Boot Camp’sworkouts at Dry Dock as well.

“I think it’s awesome, and you get a reward afterward,” she said as she stretched before beginning the workout.

Like Levine, many participants have returned multiple times. Steve and Angie Mueting of Aurora, visiting 38 State for the first time, have been to several boot camps.

“The workouts kick your butt,” Angie said.

But they’re not so hard as to scare away the uninitiated. The workouts feature mostly bodyweight movements, with some kettlebell or medicine ball activities.

“We want to be able to cater to all fitness levels,” Paul said.

At 38 State, participants spent 50 minutes cycling through 15 stations, using the inside of the brewery, the patio and the parking lot.

Moving to a new station about halfway through the workout, Steve Mueting was winded.

“I’ve been doing too much breweries and not enough boot camp,” he said.

But after the workout, it was time for a beer or two — at a discounted price.

“I usually go for an amber or a red,” Steve Mueting said, before ordering the 38 State Red.

The workout also passed the test for Martino Martinez of Highlands Ranch, a personal trainer with South Suburban Parks and Recreation District.

“It was awesome,” he said. “A total body workout — and a beer after.”

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