How Do Fitness Trackers Impact Fitness?

How Do Fitness Trackers Impact Fitness?

How Do Fitness Trackers Impact Fitness?

Activity trackers have been around for a decade, with early versions such as the original Fitbit worn clipped to the waist. They have come a long way since then, and their popularity has only increased as they have become more technologically advanced. Now many trackers, usually worn on the wrist, can make phone calls, send and receive texts, and much more.

If you take a look at Manic Training members at our Highlands Ranch gym, it seems that almost everyone has a Fitbit, Apple watch, or some other type of gadget on their wrist.

But what impact, if any, do fitness trackers have on your fitness? Let’s take a look.

#1—Fitness Trackers Can Motivate

Let’s face it: Many of us lead a pretty sedentary life. Not even a Fast Friday Manic Training workout can counteract the damage we might be doing to our bodies by spending most of our time sitting at the computer. (As “they” say, sitting is the new smoking.) Fitness trackers, however, can be set up to remind us to get up and move at regular intervals. Keeping track of your steps each day to reach that ubiquitous number of 10,000 is also a good thing.

#2—Fitness Trackers Can Help You Set Measurable Goals

If you’re coming off the couch into the fitness world, a fitness tracker can be a great way to help you set goals that are actually achievable. You may not be a top-notch athlete after a month, but you might hit 5,000 or 10,000 steps for the first time. This is a great way to establish good lifestyle habits.

#3—Fitness Trackers Can Help You Monitor Your Health

These days, many doctors are even recommending mobile health technology as a way to track resting heart rate, sleep cycles, calorie burn, and other data. Although trackers aren’t 100 percent accurate, they can detect trends that provide useful information to the wearer as well as medical professionals. (Some people even claim that activity trackers helped save their lives: Read here.)

If you are looking for more motivation to improve your fitness, bring yourself and your fitness tracker to Manic Training, your Highlands Ranch gym. In addition to Highlands Ranch, we have locations in Steamboat Springs, Fort Collins, and East Greenwich and Wakefield, RI. All offer a free week trial.

Member Spotlight on John Newman: Youth Coach, Financial Professional, and Special Needs Parent

Member Spotlight on John Newman: Youth Coach, Financial Professional, and Special Needs Parent

Member Spotlight on John Newman: Youth Coach, Financial Professional, and Special Needs Parent

If there is one thing you can say about the 5am crew at Manic Training Highlands Ranch, it’s that they are driven. Plenty of people cannot fathom getting up at that hour to do anything—let alone coming to a Highlands Ranch gym where you are more than likely going to have your butt handed to you.

Longtime Manic member John Newman is one of those driven folks. This fifty-something Denver native does his best to bring his A game to each workout, although he admits that it doesn’t always happen. That’s where the group fitness dynamic comes into play because when the person sweating next to you is working hard, you are just naturally going to push yourself just a little bit more.

Recently, as part of the Manic podcast series, Coach Scott Jones sat down with John to give members an opportunity get to know him a bit better. After all, there isn’t a lot of conversation happening at the 5am class—unless it’s Coach Pete Beuth advising you on how you can enhance your partner’s workout experience or telling you to quit leaning.

When your fellow class members are giving a workout their all, you quickly learn what kind of people they are—but you don’t get to know a lot of “data” about their lives. That’s where the podcast series comes in. And here are some of the highlights of this one.


Plenty of Manic members are involved with sports outside of the gym in some capacity—whether they are participants, competitors, or coaches. John, the father of four, has been coaching for years. He and his wife Stacy are preparing for their youngest to finish up high school next year, so this summer will be his last as a youth coach.
The basic tenets he tries to instill in the kids he coaches pertain to Manic members when they come to the gym:


As a financial professional, John has worked his way up the ladder at the firm he started with fresh out of college at the tender age of 22. Spending 33 years at the same company—through more than one buyout—is somewhat unique in this day and age, and John is grateful for the experience. He says it’s been a great ride that has brought a lot of consistency to his family life.
He attributes his success in part to being willing—eager, even—to step out of his comfort zone and seeking out opportunities that scared him. (Kind of like a Manic Training workout!)


John and his wife have three sons and one daughter—Kyle, Jack, Brett, and Kelsey. All of their kids are special, but 21-year-old Jack has special needs that require a family commitment to his care. Diagnosed with cerebral palsy when he was an infant, Jack’s condition has had a profound impact on John and the rest of his family.
John says that the physical part of meeting his son’s needs makes a Manic membership “almost a requirement.” He credits a lot of the movements in a typical workout with keeping him strong enough to care for his son as needed.
Find out more about John and his family by listening to him and Scott talk; you can find the entire podcast here.

If you want to find out more about the great community at this Highlands Ranch gym (as well as our other locations in Fort Collins and Steamboat, CO; and East Greenwich and Wakefield, RI) and unique workouts of Manic Training, sign up here for a free week.

3 Tips for Starting Your Fitness Journey

3 Tips for Starting Your Fitness Journey

Starting any journey is wrought with unknowns—and that includes starting your fitness journey. Whatever the catalyst that put you on this path—an unexpectedly high number on the scale, finding yourself uncomfortably out of breath after playing with your kids, or any other reason—you know you want to take it. So where do you start?

Certainly a Google search of “fitness classes” is one way to proceed. But keep these three tips in mind as well.

#1—Find a Workout Regimen You Can Stick With

You don’t need to spend hours at the gym, and you don’t need to do things you hate. In fact, you are more likely to stick with something if you like it. The fitness classes at Manic Training, for example, are designed to be taken three times a week, and there is a different workout every other day. You’ll never get bored, and your muscles will never get complacent.

#2—Surround Yourself With Like-Minded People

Group fitness classes can be particularly motivating because you are surrounded by people who are going through the same thing you are. Everyone is at a different point in their own fitness journey, but there is something special about sharing it with others. It is also easier to be accountable!

If you are truly seeking a lifestyle change, a place like Manic Training also offers plenty of extracurricular activities to keep you active—and social. Organized group activities are on the calendar frequently and include things like hikes, runs, rides, and SUP.

#3—Stick to the Plan

It’s a marathon not a sprint. You didn’t become overweight and/or out of shape overnight, and you won’t change dramatically within a couple of weeks. Consistency is key.

Are you ready to start your fitness journey? You don’t have to go it alone! Join us in Highlands Ranch or at any of our locations for a free week of fitness classes by signing up here.


What’s the Story Behind “Train In to Adventure Out”?

What’s the Story Behind “Train In to Adventure Out”?

What’s the Story Behind “Train In to Adventure Out”?

If you’ve ever tried Manic Training, you already know there isn’t anything typical about this gym in Highlands Ranch (with other Colorado locations in Steamboat and Fort Collins as well two in Rhode Island: East Greenwich and Wakefield). If you’ve never tried Manic Training, here’s what you should know about our philosophy and getting “ready for life.”

What Is Manic Training?

Manic Training program is a high intensity interval training (HIIT) workout developed to improve functional fitness. The programming is designed to increase strength, power, work capacity, and durability to tackle real world challenges through exercises of purposeful variety. Manic Training doesn’t just prepare you to excel at one sport: It prepares you to excel at any of them.

The sessions are intense and challenging to everyone on many levels. Manic Training brings programmed sessions into a hybrid style of training.

The strength and conditioning aspects of many sports have been aligned to bring challenging, beneficial workouts to our members. These sessions use full body workouts and compound movements utilizing free weights, medicine balls, sandbags, kettlebells, Airdyne bikes, rowers, SkiErgs, ropes, push sleds, and many bodyweight exercises. Three different workouts each week are presented, in many different formats, across all planes of motion.

Who Should Do Manic Training?

We can’t emphasize this enough: The Manic Training programming is designed for ANYONE and EVERYONE with the desire to better their health and lifestyle. Whether you are a teenager, a working mom or dad, or a retiree, and regardless of your fitness level, Manic Training is for you. Whether you are a seasoned athlete or a bonafide couch potato, Manic Training is for you. The program can be modified as necessary so that you receive the maximum benefit from each and every workout.

The Manic goal is to program workouts that challenge and benefit every participant in all aspects of athleticism, to achieve long-term goals, and to improve fitness and health. Manic Training prepares you to feel better, to perform better, and to be stronger—from the core out!

What Else Does Manic Have to Offer?

Sure, our training is unique—our members will tell you there is nothing quite like a Manic workout. But we are also a community. From the camaraderie that is built during the workout when you are sweating with like-minded people, to the friendships that are created at a Dudes and Brews evening or a Ladies Night, we know how to have fun.

We are also a community of people who are committed to fostering a lifestyle of outdoor adventures and experiences. To that end, we socialize outdoors, and there are always organized group activities on the calendar, including hikes, runs, rides, SUP, and other outdoor mayhem for our race team, such as Ragnar and Spartan.

This where the “train in to adventure out” mantra comes into play. After all, it’s not all about what you can do in the gym but what you can do outside the gym for whatever life throws at you—whether it’s hauling in groceries from the car or hiking a fourteener.

We are vested to be a leader in training for LIFE! Join us at our gym in Highlands Ranch or any of our locations for a free week by signing up here.

Staying Motivated This Winter

Staying Motivated This Winter

If you have been in Denver for a while, you know this already: It’s been a tough winter. Those of use who have lived on the Front Range for more than a few months have grown accustomed to lots of 50-degree sunny days in January and February, with a few days of 70 degrees tossed in for good measure. We may not be experiencing the polar vortex the Midwest and Northeast are experiencing, but that doesn’t make this any more difficult to take.

The cold and snow make it tough to get to the nearest gym in Highlands Ranch sometimes, but here are some tips for staying motivated for workouts when the weather is cold:

  • Try to put some variety into your workouts. If you lift weights as part of a routine, try to change it up a bit. If you are used to free weights, try to work out on some machines. Don’t blow off your usual workout structure—just try something new.
  • Work out with a friend. If you normally train alone and your resolve to get your workouts in is waning, partner with a friend to shake things up a bit. And if you’re smart, you’ll find a friend who is more experienced than you are, and you could learn a thing or two about techniques or workout variations.
  • Set a new goal. Whether it’s mastering the 5k run or doing 10 consecutive pull-ups or whatever your personal goal is, work toward it during these months.
  • Try out a new gym. You don’t need to leave behind your old gym but check out a new place as a guest or try a new group fitness class just to keep things interesting and fresh. (If you haven’t tried Manic Training yet, you can try it for a week for free!)
  • Challenge yourself by setting specific goals for each workout. Visualize yourself just plowing through your workout. Plan your reps and sets ahead of time, and get it done!
  • Take advantage of fitness events to help keep you motivated. Manic Training offers great ways to stay connected to the nearest gym in Highlands Ranch with some fun things to do with fellow fitness-minded people.
  • Think about how great you’ll feel when you’re done. Studies show that exercise can help boost your mood and even keep long-term depression at bay. Even a bad workout is better than no workout!

You can do this! Keep your training extra consistent during the winter because spring is just around the corner.

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Gym in Highlands Ranch Is Essential for SWAT Team Member and Father of Five

Gym in Highlands Ranch Is Essential for SWAT Team Member and Father of Five

One of the best things about Manic Training is the diversity of its membership. Kyle O. has been a member of this gym in Highlands Ranch pretty much since it opened its doors in 2016.

Like many members, Kyle is a busy professional with a family—although with five kids, his family is probably bigger than most. He and his wife Holly, homeschool their five boys, whose ages range from six to 16. Both of them appreciate how the tightly scheduled Manic Training workouts help them maintain a healthier body as well as a healthier work/life balance.

Kyle recently sat down with Manic coach Scott Jones for a podcast to share a bit about his life, his work, his faith, and his fitness. Here are some of the highlights.

Manic Member, Police Officer, and Family Man

When he first started hitting the Manic workouts, it became a bit of an obsession, Kyle says. Current status? He admits that it is tough to make it in consistently given his job—he works nights—and his busy family life. (Kyle adds that the people around him can tell when he is not getting it done on a regular basis!) With his boys all involved in various activities, and since he and Holly share homeschooling duties, getting in workouts can be a challenge.

Kyle has been a SWAT member of the Lakewood Police Department for the past 20 years and a K9 handler for the past eight years. He is the first to admit that not all police officers are in good physical shape, although he says there is more focus now on changing that. “It’s the job,” he says. “The hours, the stress…you don’t really have the option to eat well unless you plan ahead.” At 46, Kyle says he is probably more fit than the majority of the guys in his unit, most of whom are in their early to mid-thirties.

Kyle goes on to say, however, that his department has been supporting fitness a lot more over the past few years, even offering health screening to its members.

He enjoys his work as a SWAT member but points out that it is not nearly as glamorous as many people might believe. Kyle jokes that he once heard a typical 10-hour shift described as “eight hours of boredom, 15 seconds of excitement, and the rest of the time writing about it in a report.”

Being a K9 handler was one of his goals from back in his police academy days, says Kyle, although because there are so few in the department, many thought it was an unlikely dream. But after about 12 years on the force, he got his wish.

Married for just over 16 years, Kyle says he and Holly opted to homeschool their boys so they could put more emphasis on their faith. The couple divides homeschooling duties, with Kyle handling the primary years and Holly taking over once the boys are older. Balancing their time with the boys is always a challenge, to which most parents can relate to—especially when there are five kids in the mix.

Find Out More About Manic Training

Looking for a gym in Highlands Ranch that will challenge you and put you in the best shape of your life? Contact Manic Training and sign up today for your free week trial!

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