Mountains' Edge Fitness, 555 30th St, Boulder, 303-494-5000, mountainsedgefitness.com

Instructor: Mary Siefert is a real estate agent by profession and fitness instructor for fun. For the last 31 years she's taught group fitness classes at numerous gyms. Being a part of the Boulder community is important to Siefert. She fosters that sense of inclusion in her classes and with her students. When she moved locations her dedicated student base came with her. "Mountains' Edge is so warm and welcoming. We found the perfect home," says Siefert.

What is the workout? This is 45 minutes of heart-pumping, toning exercise. Quick movements using weights, a step and resistance bands creates a double-whammy workout. "It really tones your body, so you're leaning with the cardio, but then you get the tone with the weights," says Siefert.

She combines repetitive, cardio-focused movement with added weights and resistance for full-body training. High energy and lots of enthusiasm, the class is fun while getting the heart rate up and arms working.

Music also plays a big part. Siefert likes to switch it up every week to keep her students engaged and on their toes. "I really focus on having them not think about how hard they are working, because they are having fun with the music," says Siefert.


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What's different? Siefert packs an impressive amount of work into 45 minutes. There isn't a neglected body part during the entirety of the class. No muscles is left unengaged. While the legs are kicking or lunging the arms are pressing overhead or biceps curling.

Instructor Mary Siefert leads her class during a Step N’ Tone workout class last week at Mountains’ Edge Fitness in Boulder. For more photos of
Instructor Mary Siefert leads her class during a Step N' Tone workout class last week at Mountains' Edge Fitness in Boulder. For more photos of the class go to dailycamera.com. (Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer)

"We've built these great relationships. I think sometimes life can be tough and it's just good to come into a room where everyone loves each other and we are working out together and you just build a really good bond," says Siefert. At the end of class, she likened the gym to the show "Cheers." Not only does it have a community feel, it also resembles the bar itself. The gym occupies what used to be the old bar and disco in the Rodeway Inn & Suites Boulder Broker, giving it a unique feel. The bar is still there and you can see where the DJ used to set up shop. This gym is proud of its eccentricity, setting it apart from the big box gyms that keep popping up around town.

Cost: Monthly membership is $49 for individuals. Senior and student pricing is $39 a month. If you pay for three months in advance you get two weeks free and a year gets you two free months.

Level: All levels with easy modifications. Siefert knows her students so well that she offers alternatives to specific individuals as she's teaching. A couple students didn't use the steps or the heavier weights, mimicking the movements with low or no impact. If you can't muster up the energy to pack in a satisfying workout in 45 minutes, this class can do it for you.

When: Mondays and Thursdays at 4:45-5:30 p.m.

What to prepare: Workout clothes, athletic shoes and water. Mats and equipment are provided by the gym.

Muscles worked: This was a full-body effort. We ended with outer leg exercises that nearly reduced me to tears. The ladies in my class were tough, while I was whining like a baby.

What I loved: The camaraderie between the students was warm and supportive. Everyone was welcoming and complimentary. They helped each other set up and put the equipment away. It felt like a family.

What I didn't like: I had to drive around the inn to find the place. Despite clear signs pointing to the gym, I still got turned around. This might reflect more negatively on me and not the gym.

It takes a minute to get into the swing of each new move. With the fast pace you have to stay mentally engaged to keep up.

How I felt after the class: I got so many compliments and encouragements. I felt like I was part of a team instead of a workout class.

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