Donation-based exercise group continues fun classes for local charities
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Like Reall Regan isn’t busy enough as a realtor, community activist, avid outdoorswoman and personal fitness instructor, now, her personal charitable endeavor has really taken off in its second year.
Regan’s Rise Steamboat program started with just circuit training last year. She asked community members to come to the Steamboat rodeo grounds at 6:30 a.m. Wednesdays, and she’d put them through the paces — cardio and strength exercises.
If they donated at least $5, she promised that an “angel” donor would match it. The money raised would be given to a different charity each week for eight weeks. During that time, she raised $1,000.
This year, word got out, and she’s exceeded that amount in four weeks.
“We increased our marketing drastically, and we expanded classes to include yoga and barre,” Regan said.
Rachel Masters is one of Rise Steamboat’s biggest fans and prefers the circuit training.
“It’s a perfect way to start your day … the sun starts rising over Buff Pass, and you’re with a bunch of locals who you get to know,” said Masters, who serves on the Yampatika nonprofit board.
“It’s a neat concept, and to see it helping local nonprofits makes it really special,” she said.
Regan’s boss Nick Metzler is one of the angel donors along with the Colorado Group Realty Charitable Foundation.
“Reall has a gift, and she is one of those people who are willing to share that gift,” said Metzler, who heads up the Metzler realty team at Colorado Group Realty.
Even CEO Steve Goldman had to try out the class, bringing his 13-year-old and her friends.
“I did it last year, high intensity, but it’s still great for all levels of fitness,” Goldman explained. “Reall is fun, creative and motivating, and every class is different.”
Regan volunteers her time, and this year she managed to talk yoga and barre instructors into joining Rise Steamboat.
Jackie Harrell, yoga guru and mother of five, said joining Rise Steamboat was a no-brainer.
“I think Rise Steamboat exemplifies Reall’s core values. She has high standards in everything she does,” Harrell said. “It’s a great endeavor, and everything goes back to the community.”
Starting this week, Harrell and Regan decided to change the yoga classes from Sunday evenings to Wednesday mornings in hopes of getting more yoga participants.
“We’re hoping to tap into more of the morning crowd and maybe people who have never tried this studio,” Harrell said.
For a $5 minimum donation, Harrell said you also can’t beat the view at the Out Here Yoga Studio located above McKnight’s Irish Pub & Loft in Wildhorse Plaza.
“There are glass patio doors that overlook the mountain. It’s amazing,” she said.
Rebecca Williams teaches the barre classes at Sundance Studio.
This week’s money raised at Rise Steamboat classes benefits the Steamboat Movement Fest. They expect to hold classes through mid-August. For the official schedule, visit risesteamboat.com.
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