Fitness Frenzy aims to help people start 2018 on right track for better health |

Fitness Frenzy aims to help people start 2018 on right track for better health

Leigh Rushton, an Old Town Hot Springs fitness instructor, leads a class at the downtown Steamboat Springs fitness and aquatics center. Fitness Director Marietta Roberts is hoping that a new Fitness Frenzy program will inspire more people to come into the classes and benefit from better health in 2018.
Photo courtesy of Paige Poelman/Old Town Hot Springs

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Old Town Hot Springs Fitness Director Marietta Roberts understands there are people who are intimidated by the classes offered at the downtown fitness facility because she sees it almost every day.

“I see a lot of people looking through the window. I have actually talked to some of them, and they say, ‘That class looks so interesting, but I’m afraid to go in,” Roberts said. “How can I help these people that are looking through the windows that really want to do these classes, and they are very intimidated?” 

She is hoping the facility’s Fitness Frenzy program will be the motivation folks need to sign up for a class, join the Old Town Hot Springs and find better health in the new year.

“My vision for this is that people will go to classes, and we don’t want them to feel intimidated,” Roberts said. “All the instructors got together and said we can help anyone in Fitness Frenzy get used to the classes, and they will come and workout a little more.”

Old Town Hot Springs Marketing Director Nick Esares said the recreational facility normally offers some sort of fitness program this time of year with hopes of offering members the programs they want.

“We try to do a New Year’s fitness kind of program to take advantage of people’s resolutions, and it’s just sort of a time when people are looking to be healthy,” Esares said.

He said Fitness Frenzy was designed with Old Town members in mind, and for $30, they can take part in the five-week fitness program that provides three different core workouts, accountability, encouragement and attention from the fitness staff. Participants will also receive tips about exercises, easy meal recipes and other motivational information that will be posted on the Fitness Frenzy Facebook page.

Those interested in the program can sign up through the membership portal or stop by the front desk and sign up. The program is scheduled to run Jan. 15 to Feb. 16. Once a member has signed up, they can stop by the front desk to pick up a Fitness Frenzy program and all core workouts prepared by the staff.

During that time, a board will be posted outside the fitness office where members can track their workouts and earn points toward end-of-program awards. 

Esares said the program is intended to meet the needs of Old Town Hot Springs’ more than 6,700 members. He added that non-members who are interested in the program can sign up for a month-long membership to participate.

“The program is based on attending classes and attending the facility,” he said. 

While some people will take part in the program to lose weight, Roberts said she hopes participant outcomes will be more long-term.

“It’s a fact that it takes at least three weeks for someone to get used to the workout. It takes that long just to start working out and to get into the habit of working out,” Roberts said. “By the end of the program, hopefully, people have not only created a habit of working out, but now, they are comfortable not only walking into one, but two or three classes, that we offer here at the Old Town Hot Springs.”

To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209, email or follow him on Twitter @Framp1966.

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