Monday, April 25, 2016

Let your fitness make a difference

It's impacted or will impact all of us at some point in our lives. Whether it's personal, a family member, friend, or acquaintance, cancer will impact your life at some point. Over our lifetimes, we've watched parents, relatives, friends and co-workers fight for their lives to overcome this insidious disease. Some have been fortunate to win the battle, others, we remember and miss everyday. 

This year KOLIfit is dedicating it's 6 peaks challenge to the fight against cancer, and we want you to help make a difference. We're asking all KOLIfit members, family, friends, and co-workers to use their love of fitness and the outdoors to let their fitness make a difference in the lives of others.  KOLIfit has paired with Huntsman Hometown Heroes to raise money to support their efforts to rid the world of this terrible and often devastating disease.  

Our fundraising goal: $53,739 or $1 for every foot climbed throughout each of the six peaks. Gather your friends and family, and challenge each other to not only accomplish the 6 peaks, but to raise money that really does make a difference for all of us. 

There are many ways you can participate in the 6 peaks challenge, even without taking a single step (although we want to see you out there on the trails with us.)

  • For those who are or have been engaged in the battle with cancer, either personally or with a loved one, dedicate the 6 peaks challenge, or even just one peak to your fight or that of your loved one(s). Carry the name(s) of those you represent as you summit each of the 6 peaks. Share your challenge with those who are fighting and cannot climb with you. Or, dedicate your challenge to those who tragically lost their fight, and honor their memory with each step and each peak you climb.  

  • For those who are active and looking for challenging summer hikes, the 6 peak challenge offers you the opportunity to explore the Wasatch Front in new and unique ways with a group who shares your same passion. At the same time, your passion for outdoor fitness will help make a difference in the fight against cancer and directly impact those who are effected by it. 
  • Not ready, or able to participate in the challenge, you can still make a difference. Sponsor someone who completing the challenge by making a donation to their fundraising page. If you don't know someone, make a donation directly on KOLIfit's page.

Here's how it works:

  • In order to qualify for the challenge and receive the benefits and perks, you must be a member of KOLIfit.
  • Each month, beginning in May, KOLIfit  has selected one peak to summit. Go to to get a schedule of peaks and dates. You can choose to climb the peak with KOLIfit on the scheduled date (encouraged), but you may also summit solo as well. In order to qualify for the challenge, you will have to upload your GPS track into your KOLIfit account.
  • Fund raise for the peak(s) you are planning on doing. KOLIfit will send a fundraising packet to each person who joins the 6 peak challenge to help with your efforts. Although there is no minimum required, we are suggesting at least $100 per peak.
  • Each month for every person who completes the challenge they will be eligible for a drawing of a $100 gift card to the sponsor of that month's challenge. For example: May's sponsor is Wasatch Running. If you complete the challenge and are chosen in the drawing, you receive $100 to Wasatch Running. Each month presents a different sponsor and a new chance to win. You can increase your chances of winning by raising additional funds, recruiting friends, and sharing on social media.
  • KOLIfit is offering practice hikes each month to help you prepare for the month's challenge peak. The practice hikes are a part of your KOLIfit membership and give you the opportunity to sharpen your skills as well meet people who share your goals.
  • For each person who completes all 6 peaks, we have custom swag from Huntsman Hometown Heroes just for you.
For more details and information visit

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Know it Live it - A reason to go to the gym

We all know we are supposed to exercise, we've been given countless reasons and yet somehow the message is just not getting through. The message is getting both lost and distorted, often portraying fitness as unattainable, or even worse, miserable.

Having worked in the fitness industry for nearly 20 years I am continually surprised by the misconceptions surrounding exercise, and the incredible resistance to starting  and maintaining an exercise program. Admittedly I have a bias, and what some would consider and unfair advantage, I'm a trainer and make a living prescribing exercise. But, that's not accurate, I genuinely love to move, I find freedom in movement, especially when it takes me outside and to new places.

I see it everyday, we blindly trudge off to the gym and wander, generally aimlessly, from machine to machine with a blank stare that clearly states "when is this going to be over!" Grateful when it finally ends, we head off to live the rest of our day and attend to the" important things in life." This lack of purpose, these feelings of drudgery and obligation are devastating to attaining and maintaining fitness as an important part of increasing health and wellness. I spend hours trying to diffuse these perceptions and provide an outlet that makes the gym not only a place to look forward to, but more importantly give purpose to.

I am a strong advocate that exercise involve being outdoors, but in a world of YouTube and social media we are continuously bombarded with images of people doing extreme sport, losing site that this population represents only a tiny fraction of recreational activities. We set the bar for participation so high we forget that exercise can be an enjoyable and valuable experience in life. It can be enjoyed in many environments without the risk of serious injury or worse, death. We have an endless variety of activities that allow us to interact, not only with our environment, but our communities as well. It can be as simple as walking through a local park, hiking on a nearby trail, a bike ride through your community, or a day on the water with a stand-up- paddle board. We carry this misconception that exercising outdoors needs to involve some extreme element, it has to be hard and only real athletes do it. KOLIfit was founded to remove these barriers to participation and provide a path to enjoyable and sustainable interaction with one's environment and community. 

It's not that the gym doesn't play a valuable role in maintaining health and fitness,it does,  but I believe it should be viewed as tool to help enhance your experiences in outdoor recreational pursuits.  Going to the gym with a purpose, one that says this will make what I really enjoy doing even better takes away the dread and drudgery that generally accompanies gym workouts.

KOLIfit Founders and Professional
 trainers Aaron and Scott
If your not sure how to make the best use of your gym time, consider consulting with a trainer, preferably one that understands integrating gym fitness and outdoor recreation.  A qualified trainer can give you the tools and confidence to apply your gym experience to more meaningful outdoor experiences.

Scott Browning - KOLIfit founder and Professional Fitness Trainer