By Damien Williamson | April 7, 2015 | Lifestyle
We round up the best ways to get into shape just in time for the warmer months.
Hi2T at the Aspen Club & Spa
Cross Fit might be all the rage, but the Aspen Club & Spa has designed a class that offers all the benefits of its more cult-like cousin with none of the injuries. High-Intensity Interval Training (Hi2T) is the brainchild of Aspen Club personal trainer and fitness guru Dirk Schultz. This safe and effective class will whip you into shape through its use of proper exercise technique, varied sequences of exercise and combinations of movement patterns, and workload. Pronounced “hit,” this hour-long session (there are more than a dozen classes every week) combines short, intense anaerobic exercise and brief recovery periods to increase stamina and endurance in a safe environment.
Downhill Skiing at Aspen Snowmass
Fortunately for Aspenites, our main winter activity, skiing, is already pretty good training to get into spring and summer shape. It’s estimated that skiers burn north of 400 calories per hour (exact calories burned are dependent upon age, weight, overall fitness, and how vigorously one skis). But even the most casual skier feels the quad burn at the end of a ski day. Bonus: It’s fun, so you forget you’re even working out!
In the world of skiing, skinning refers to the act of attaching climbing skins to the bottom of alpine touring skis or split-boards so as to allow uphill travel. Once the ascent is complete, the skins are removed before shredding the slopes. The effect is similar to hiking, with the added benefit of being able to ski downhill. Some ski resorts have begun to charge uphillers for the privilege of skinning on the groomed runs, but Aspen/Snowmass still allows you to do it for free. Most mountains have designated routes. For specific information, visit aspensnowmass.com. To rent gear, swing by the Ute Mountaineer.
MOi Cycle at the Aspen Club & Spa
MOi cycle is more than an indoor cycling class. MOi, or Mind Over Intensity, gives you the tools to control your ride and make it work for you. Based on years of research and analysis, the Aspen Club has established proven guidelines on how you need to train to achieve and maintain ultimate fitness by tracking your progress and monitoring your heart rate.
Master Swim Classes at the Aspen Recreation Center
Training for a triathlon? Recovering from an injury? Or just looking for that long, lean look? Then head to Aspen Recreation Center’s (ARC) bi-weekly Master Swim classes. Hosted every Monday and Thursday from 6-7:30 p.m., the class is led by former competitive swimmer and lifeguard Marshall Abramczyk, who will help tweak your stroke and make sure you’re beach-ready come summer. Classes are free with entrance to the ARC.