Kalvin Evans has a way of bringing out the best in people. Five days a week, and before most people have had their breakfast and coffee, Evans is out on the dewy grass of Paonia Town Park, running more than a dozen people through a series of strenuous exercises as part of his signature "Fitness Boot Camp."
Evans began offering the boot camps at Town Park last spring. In May, after word of his camps got out, he went before the Paonia board of trustees to ask permission to utilize the park from 6-8 a.m. on weekdays. Class size would be small, and noise levels would be kept to a minimum.
Trustees were happy to oblige, but asked Evans to pay a small fee to the town for the use of the space.
"I think it's a great use of the park," said trustee Larry Wissbeck, noting the camps' popularity.
Since then, Evans' classes have proven to be quite popular. He is currently leading about 20 campers through his 15-day (three-week) camps, which meet from 6-7 a.m., or from 7-8 a.m., five days a week, regardless of weather conditions.
Evans, a former Airman, moved with his family to Paonia from Durango last year. He has offered his fitness boot camps since 1998. The format is simple, yet very challenging. There is no special equipment, although Evans utilizes the park's playground equipment and other physical features for stretching and strengthening. Mondays and Fridays focus on upper-body strength, cardiovascular training is on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and Wednesdays are lower-body workout days.
Camp opens with a simple fitness test in order to evaluate each camper. Results also help individuals set personal goals and mark their improvement. At the end of the three weeks, they are again tested. That provides a great measure of the individual's improvement. "Most people see their goals reached, and that's what I like about it," said Evans.
While a handful of men attend classes, most of his campers are working women and mothers. Evans said women are amazingly encouraging and supportive of one another, which means they are more likely to succeed at reaching their goals.
Evans said he regards his boot camps, and all exercise, as a preventative measure that can reduce injuries and stress-related health problems, especially during these uncertain times.
When a person exercises, "They think more clearly, deal better with stress, and consequently are able to better deal with issues on a day-to-day basis," said Evans. A body in shape "is like a fine-tuned sports car. When it's not in tip-top form, issues arise."
Evans, who is currently working with the North Fork campus of Vision Charter Academy on fitness, leadership and health and wellness issues, said that even as the days grow shorter, he will continue offering boot camps as long as there is interest.
There is a minimum class size of five. For more information, call 970-823-0511.blog comments powered by Disqus