Denver >Genesis Fitness
A Great Workout!!.
I completed my first Power camp at the Lodo location. The camp exceeded my expectations. I am not in shape and was nervous that I was not in shape enough to start a boot camp. I was definitely incorrect. I was able to do modifications when needed. The instructors pushed me and were always encouraging and respectful. You just need to give them 100% and you will do great.
You have a different instructor each day of the week. They ensure that you have a full body workout for the week. It is definitely a boot camp and not an aerobics class.
I left camp in much better shape and felt great. I look forward to taking another camp. They offer memberships now and you get a discount on the camp.
I put price as a con. I definitely feel like I got my money's worth. I just cannot afford to do this every month. It is comparable to gyms in the downtown area.
Love my workouts. I go to Genesis Fitness and I have been an athlete for many years. I played football in college, so I know what a work out is about. I think the workouts at Genesis are great! The work outs are always very well planned out and the instructors are very knowledgeabIe. They keep the class motivated, and keep me going. I enjoy my work out every time I am there. By far this is the best total body work out I have ever had.
Genesis Fitness. Honestly I can say that Genesis Fitness has changed so many things for me in my life, and all for the positive. I am a stay at home mom. I have always been "into" working out. Running on the treadmill, or doing a little work out video in my basement. I was finally able to go outside of my home to work out, and thought I'd check out Genesis. I LOVED the first day, and couldn't wait to go back the next. Through Genesis, I realize that I am capable of so much more than I have ever given my self credit for. I myself, with the encouragement of my fantastic instructors can go way beyond what my mind says I can't. The boot camps there have transformed me not only physically, but mentally as well. I am so grateful for the concept that has been created. I will be a loyal camper for as long as my body will allow me.
This is legitimately bootcamp.
The thing about Genesis Fitness is this: they are committed to providing the best workouts available. The instructors know when a class has done the workout already, and they are constantly coming up with new methods to keep people motivated, excited, and thrilled to be apart of something great. People from all walks of life, age range, and physical ability come to Genesis for two reasons:(1) to get a butt kicking workout, (2) to meet motivated people ensuring you will always work your hardest. The camaraderie involved is contagious. Bootcamp is meant to be tough, it is meant to be challenging, and it is meant to inspire you to a lifestyle change. For goodness sakes the US military (the greatest military in the world!) employs the same sort of physical training to their recruits and we have a lot to be proud of our service men and women. They are disciplined, motivated, and 100% professional. Genesis Fitness has the same background (about half of the trainers have a military background!): all of their instructors care about you. I hear them talking after class about things we need to improve on, things we can do in our free time to better ourselves physically. They offer criticism too, which not many people offer. No one is going to get better if they do the wrong thing and no one tells them otherwise.
My take on the situation below: I am ALL for rehabilitation. How else are you going to get better? But from my perspective of how the classes at Genesis work she should have never signed up in the first place. Genesis Fitness is unlike any other gym out there: they take into consideration everything (injuries, travel, your physical background as a whole) and if YOU TELL THEM you have an injury and what part was injured I can guarantee the instructor will do their best to modify. One class I was in an instructor simply told the person we are doing strictly shoulders (she had recent surgery) and gave the camper the opportunity to take the day off, or go into the other room and run on the treadmills. She of course opted to stay, but the fact of the matter that the instructor cared enough about her so she wouldn't hurt herself again. One person cannot dictate what the entire class does. If one person had an injury on, say, their legs, the entire duration of the camp isn't going to just cut out legs completely. To me, that would be unfair to everyone else, or say one particular camper in the class whose target may be to improve their leg strength. Genesis Fitness is balanced, but if you have had a serious recent injury/surgery that will severely hinder your participation in constant movement group exercises maybe you should consider gaining your full ability back via personal training before you decide to join these camps because these bootcamps are just that: they are intense military oriented workouts.
That having been said, take a serious look at their website. They explain all of their programs. Do note that the lowest intensity of their classes is HIGH INTENSITY. They stay true to their word. Even their "easiest" class is a real butt-kicker but they have a very good reason. They take what they teach to heart: these are military workouts. Our military wouldn't be anything like it is today if people were allowed to go into bootcamp and dictate what they want to do. That would be a disaster! Therefore if you are ready to commit to the best workout in the world that improves your physical ability, your motivation, your determination, and your ability to succeed your goals, then join Genesis Fitness. I GUARANTEE that if you walk in there with a great attitude and a drive to improve there is nothing that the instructors and fellow bootcampers wouldn't do to ensure you meet your personal goals. Take a camp! They offer anyone who's a first timer through those doors to take one camp free of charge just to see what a daily workout is like. That way you can see just what they're all about.
i too was in the class and neither account is accurate. it is more down the middle than either point of view, from what i observed. in this instance, both the student and the instructor were wrong. it was wrong of the student to walk out and it was wrong of the instructor to make her feel belittled. i knew of her injury because i was standing next to the instructor when she informed him of it but was not sure how it affected her and we should be careful to criticize as no one can know the extent of it. either way, the matter should have been handled more maturely on by both parties.
i have been through three genesis fitness programs and have had interesting experiences in each of them. most of the instructors are incredibly friendly and great at motivating but i have seen a few of them, including the one involved in this matter, use slightly negative means to motivate students. while it is a good workout, i am still not convinced. i prefer the 5 day workout to the three day as the instructors are more committed to the students progress but after going through this last program and reading what people are saying im not sure this is the place for me.
Another observer in the "injured" person's class.
I was also in the class with the incident between the instructor and injured person, if it can even be called an incident. The particular class that we were all taking was only a 50 minute workout, and she consistently came 15 minutes late to every class, and then proceeded to do a completely different workout than the rest of the class. I'm still confused as to what her injury was as she was able to do some things for all body parts - it seemed like she was just avoiding the things that are difficult, or not the most fun to do. (Like running on an incline - not the most fun, but a fantastic workout). This was extremely disruptive to the class as a whole - motivation is hurt when there are such negative people present. On the particular day in question, the instructor very kindly told her the proper way to do an exercise (as they do for all campers, caring about form and trying to avoid injury), and she freaked out. At this point the instructor nicely (not in a raised voice whatsoever) that for rehab she might be more suited to personal training instead of the group workout environment. At this point she threw down her weights and stormed out.
I have been a loyal customer to Genesis Fitness for almost 3 years and have taken numerous classes. I have never seen an individual use the classes the way this particular individual did. If you are not going to attend the whole class and are going to do your own workout, why would you not just go to the gym or work out on your own for free?
I have also taken classes where I've had an injury going into them, and the instructors are more than willing to show you how to modify the specific exercise to accomodate the injury. I think part of the problem was that this girl not only did not communicate what her injury was, but didn't even seek the advice from the instructors as to what she could do differently, but rather would snap at them whenever they offered suggestions.
As a member of this specific class, I was relieved when she was finally gone, and that seemed to be the mood of the entire class.
The other side of the story.
I have to rebut CO24's post "Personal Trainer Instead". I was in the class that this person is referencing and their comment is a very biased view of the incident. It looks like someone is using the third person to try to legitimize their personal complaint.
As a neutral observer in this class, the fault for this incident does not belong to Genesis Fitness, but to the person that took the class. This person was consistently late to class, forcing the instructor to stop instructing the entire group to bring this person up to speed on the workout. I am empathetic to this person's injury, however this person went well beyond asking for a replacement exercise to accommodate their injury rehab. Virtually every exercise presented in the class she asked for a replacement exercise. Her antics were consistently disruptive to the class. All of the trainers we worked with tried their best to accommodate her, but her constant demands for individual attention were over the top.
In regards to the specific incident, the trainer merely suggested the correct way to do the exercise. This person threw down her weights and snapped back at the trainer. At that point the trainer nicely and not in any way aggressively told her that this is a group class and she might be better suited for a personal trainer. At that point she stormed off in a huff. At the end off the class, the trainer apologized for the incident to the rest of the class. Not a single member of the class seemed upset by what happened and I think everyone was a little relieved because we were all tired of her distractions, tardiness and poor attitude.
I have taken several Boot Camp classes at Genesis and I have enjoyed every class. It is an enjoyable and challenging workout. The trainers are top notch and are quite respectful to the different fitness levels within each class. If you are looking for an engaging and unique workout, I highly recommend taking a class at Genesis Fitness.
Personal Trainer Instead. I was recently in a class at Genesis Fitness and witnessed an incident which shocked me. A woman in the class had been hurt and using the class as rehab. When she could not perform the stated task she was yelled at, told to get a personal trainer, and to get out of the class immediately. IF you are looking for a fun way to get in shape with great instructors, this is not for you. While the instructors are knowledgeable, they are brash and dictatorial. If it's not their way its the highway. And if you are not in shape enough to do a push up i guarantee you will feel unwelcome.
Best Fitness Boot Camp. This gym is not for someone that wants an easy or light workout. Everyday has been different and draining, but worth every minute of it. Each day I leave feeling like I am getting stronger and stronger. Great instructors, very professional and highly motivating. They are not going to just leave you on your own. Don't join something like this if you are not willing to make time for it either, you need to go often to see results. Will do another one for sure, loved it!!!!
Great way to get in shape with friendly people. Being completely out of shape, I was quite nervous about joining any sort of fitness group. I looked at gyms and was scared away. When I finally got dragged into a fitness boot camp at Genesis, I felt welcome, comfortable, and not looked down upon. It's rough at first, but the trainers are kind and willing to help people of all levels. Every night is a different workout and they keep it balanced. If you're looking for help getting back into the realm of being fit, this is definitely the way to go; don't be scared off by the suggested requirements.
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