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MedX celebrates 20 years
providing whole body fitness

By Daniel West

For the last 20 years MedX of Estes has been providing full body exercise and fitness services for the Estess Park community.

"I can't believe it's been 20 years," co-owner Deborah Holmes said. "It's been a wonderful ride.”

Deborah and Bryon Holmes co-own MedX and have helped steward it throughout the last two decades.

Bryon received his Master in Exercise Physiology and Sports Science from the University of Florida in 1987. He has been involved in the peer review research, development of utilization guidelines and certification of MedX computerized spine equipment ever since.

Deborah received her Masters in Health Science Education after achieving her Bachelors in Exercise Science from the University of Florida. She has designed and teaches the senior exercise class (Tri-Fit) at the senior center, coaches middle school and high school swim teams and works on the Estes Park Ambulance as an EMT.

MedX started in Estes Park in 1997 as a small show room displaying MedX machines for strengthening the back, which were also used for physical therapy. After interest in the new machines spread, the show room quickly turned into a small gym. Word of mouth drew in more people and after two years MedX moved to the larger space, at 158 First Street, where it still operates.

That location now includes more than 35 weight machines with two separate strength training circuits designed for full body strengthening. These two circuits were designed to provide basic, full body strength in a way that is convenient requiring the shortest amount of time to complete, according to the MedX website.

"You can do a circuit in 15-20 minutes with supervision," Deborah said. "It's great for a whole body exercise. We also work with people with health issues to customize their work out.”

In addition to the ciruits, which uses MedX machines, there is a free weight room, cardio machines, an exercise class room and three physical therapy rooms. Physical therapy is an important part of the MedX business and its philosophy.

"Chronic conditions affect the whole body," Bryon said. "It's a beautiful match, physical therapy with whole body exercise.”

MedX feels strongly enough in promoting exercise for people with chronic conditions that it offers a free one month gym membership for anyone who has completed their physical therapy there.

Another aspect of MedX that makes it unique among gyms is the internship program it hosts. Every semester it welcomes students studying exercise science to intern at MedX. More than 160 have come through its doors in the last 20 years. Each intern supervises the floor of the gym and works with members on their work out routines.

"Having new energy every semester is good for us and our members," Bryon said.

A few interns have even stayed in Estes Park since interning at MedX.

Going forward Deborah sees some challenges for MedX in the coming years, especially as the new Community Center opens next year offering new exercise options. However, she said MedX will continue to focus on providing great service to keep their loyal customer base coming back.

"We're different and I'd love to keep doing what we're doing," Deborah said. "We've got top of the line machine and a very knowledgeable staff. Our members love what we do."

Did You Know....?

That Meghan Rademacher owner of The Enchanted Florist provides the beautiful flowers that adds a special touch to our clean restrooms.

You may visit The Enchanted Florist web site: http://www.enchantedflorist-ep.com

Did You Know....?

Current Art Work displayed at MedX

About the Artist
Terence 'Terry' Davis

After spending waaay too much of my life not being an artist, at the age of 37 I moved to Estes Park to paint pictures of cars. I love cars: their design, their mechanicals and or course driving them. For more than twenty years I had admired the car paintings in Road and Track magazine, so I had a goal. After spending some time teaching myself how to paint, my Dad and I along with my first two paintings (Rolls Royce and Mercedes SOaK) went to the Pebble Beach Concours (car show) where some artists featured in Road and Track were showing. The art director of Road and Track and car artist Bill Motta was in the tent and he kindly spent the afternoon with me giving tips about art and succeeding in my new world. He later published several of my paintings which meant that over a million readers saw my work in each issue. At that time I was a volunteer pit and grid worker for a vintage car racing club and surrounded by the kid of cars i wanted to paint and their owners - many of whom wanted pictures of their pride and joys. Pretty soon I was going to vintage car races all over the country selling my posters and getting commissions to paint cars. For money. Ha! I did that for twenty years and then shifted to landscape art. And that's my story.

To purchase any of the art displayed at MedX or to commision art please contact 970-586-4500.