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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 Quilts Displayed at MedX
Dorothy Jane's, LLC Longarm Quilting in Estes Park
Ronna Boles, Owner
(925) 300-8004

Ronna Boles is an Estes Park local and Longarm Quilter. She started by making quilts for her two children and husband, but quickly realized the gap in having a local longarm quiter available. Ronna offers longarm services as well as quilt sales.

A member of the local Estes Valley Quilt Guild she is also a stay at home mom. The business name of Dorothy Jane's is a nod to her grandmother who would take she and her sister shopping for clothing patterns and fabric to come home and sew them together.

Dorothy was also an accomplished quilter who quilted by hand while watching the local baseball team on TV. Please enjoy all the hard work and time put into these heirlooms!