Trends in Fitness 6

Finding Your Tribe

The New Year has traditionally become a time to reevaluate our health and fitness goals. This year, you’ll find yourself having more choices overall with the new trend of boutique style fitness studios. These days, across the country, it seems not everyone is headed to the large health club, but more and more fitness enthusiasts are headed to their local hot yoga or Pilates studio, barre class or CrossFit gym. The benefits to this approach includes a more personal connection to the instructors as well as the feeling of “finding your tribe.”

If, like so many others, you’re choosing to work on getting in shape, you’re in luck. Boise has two new fitness boutique options for Treasure Valley residents in Orangetheory Fitness and IM=X Pilates Fitness and Wellness.
IM=X (Integrated Movement Xercize) is an elite fitness formula that marries the muscle toning and lengthening benefits of pilates with strength and cardio training. Created by founder Elyse McNergney, IM=X offers a total fitness approach.

Co-owned by Linda Klena and Andrea Dearden, (pictured below) IM=X Pilates Fitness and Wellness employs master trainers to ensure clients are achieving their goals, whether to reduce back pain, lose weight, improve performance, reduce age-related incontinence or just feel strong. The studio has been open for three years.

“One of the trends in fitness pertains to low impact functional movements that are appropriate for the aging population,” says Klena. “Both of those trends are met with the IM=X pilates brand.”

“Pilates can be used as a powerful rehab tool, in addition to an exercise regimen,” Klena notes. “I’ve helped several clients with back care after disc bulges made it impossible to perform activities of daily living. With the Pilates principles of  strengthening the deep muscles of the trunk, these individuals were able to perform at a higher level with more efficiency, no pain and with improved endurance and strength.”

“One of my favorite things is meeting new clients and introducing them to Pilates,” shares Dearden. “I love watching people grow stronger with each session. Each client is different. Some are there to regain movement after an injury. Others want to lose weight or tighten and tone. I love that IM=X Pilates is a big part of their success story.”

“I have a profound fascination with the human body and its capacity for movement,” enthuses Klena. “I want to inspire people to take care of their physical fitness and health and to move well everyday. Movement creates contentment and happiness. Movement allows us to be free.”

“We take Pilates reformer classes (Xercisers) that are usually reserved for private lessons and offer them in a group setting for a safe and effective workout,” shares Klena. The most popular classes are the reformer (Xerciser) classes, the barre classes, and yoga.

“The biggest challenge in our business is probably the next temporary trend,” notes Klena. “Pilates has stood the test of time because it works.”

“It is an incredible way to strengthen your core,” notes Dearden. “Pilates brings increased flexibility and is easy on your joints. There is also a definite mind-body connection which helps improve coordination and release tension and reduce stress. Men and women of all ages – it’s perfect for everyone”

Klena explains, “We teach correct sequencing of muscle patterning and muscle contractions. I educate my clients on the essence of movement as this will stay with them long after the session ends. Once a client incorporates Pilates principles of proper bio-mechanics and functional alignment into activities of daily living, they will move with more efficiency.  This translates into more energy, less pain, improved endurance and strength, elevated mood, and an increased sense of empowerment.”

“We have 10 instructors including myself and my partner Andrea,” states Klena, whose background includes a Bachelor of Science in exercise science and 20 years as a personal trainer. Klena is Pilates certified and is also trained in yoga, barre, and  TRX.  Andrea used to be a reporter for KTVB and is currently employed with the Ada County Sheriff’s Office as their Public Information Officer.

“We are a family,” states Dearden. “Classes are small so clients get to know each other.  They look forward to coming to the studio for the workout and to see each other.”

OrangeTheory Fitness Meridian

“Fitness is a passion of mine,” says Aundrea McCarroll, Studio Manager of Orangetheory Fitness Meridian.  “Until now there has never been a proven scientific way to guarantee results. Once I tried Orangetheory Fitness I was hooked and knew I had found the new revolution of fitness.”

“People want more engagement and accountability in their workouts,” explains McCarroll. “We provide both with a smaller, more personalized experience, with each member’s workout being tracked through a heart-rate monitor and directed by a personal trainer. Both member and  trainer can determine if the member is achieving the optimal heart rate performance. After the workout, the member receives an electronic scorecard that displays his/her calorie ‘burn,’ as well as duration of time spent in each of the heart rate zones.”

Ranked as one of the best workouts today by Men’s Journal, Orangetheory Fitness ( was called by The New York Times  “The best one-hour workout in the country.”

Orangetheory Fitness is a one-of-a-kind, heart-rate-based, group personal training workout broken into intervals of cardiovascular and strength training, otherwise known as HIIT (high intensity interval training). Backed by the science of excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC), Orangetheory Fitness is designed to stimulate your metabolism and increase energy.

Classes are led by skilled instructors. Using a variety of equipment including rowing machines, treadmills, TRX straps and free weights, participants burn an average of 500 to 1000 calories per class. The result is the Orange Effect–more energy, improvement in endurance, weight loss,  visible toning, and an extra calorie burn for up to 36 hours post-workout (the Orangetheory Fitness after-burn).

Launched in 2010, Orangetheory Fitness has quickly become one of the world’s top fitness franchises, with more than 300 studios in 35 states, and more than 600 franchise licenses awarded in the United States, Canada, Australia, Mexico, Columbia and the United Kingdom.

“It’s incredible that in just five years we’ve been able to muscle our way into the highly competitive fitness industry and become a leader,” says Orangetheory Fitness CEO Dave Long.

McCarroll is looking forward to opening the new studio in January 2016, in time to help those who are establishing fitness goals in the new year. She encourages Boise Lifestyle readers to follow Orangetheory Fitness Meridian on Facebook for updates and information.