Denver & Colorado

I live in and LOVE Denver. As much as I enjoy traveling, I am so happy to call Denver home. There is always something to do in this city! From racing to restaurants, there’s something here for everyone.

Here, you’ll find posts about my favorite things to do in Denver/Colorado.

Red Rocks: Workouts / Film on the Rocks

2011 Denver Out of the Darkness Walk

Bike Riding on the Cherry Creek Path

A Bachelorette Weekend in Vail

Denver Patio Ride

Canvas & Cocktails, Girls Night at Canvas and Cocktails!

Tease Studio (Pole fitness class!)

Bella Glass Studios

First Fridays: True Love Shoes  & Infinite Monkey Theorem

Indoor Skydiving

Yelp! Denver Events: Monster MashUp, Elite Event at Capital Grille

Rugby Games at Infinity Park

Gun Safety Class at Cherry Creek State Park

Get Out and PLAY! Colorado is one giant playground for people who love to be active and explore. 

Coloradocation (Part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4)

Glacading at St. Mary’s Glacier

Birthdaycation in Breckenridge! (part 1, part 2)

Learning to Winter Camp (part 1)

Denver Eats! There is no shortage of great food in this city.

Izakaya Den Sushi

India Oven

Banzai Sushi

Bull And Bush

Dining Out Paleo: Chipotle, HBurger, Garbanzo

Euclid Hall

FMS Screening at Therapydia Denver

[DISCLOSURE: Therapydia offered me a free Functional Movement Screening (FMS) in exchange for my honest review. All opinions and thoughts below are my own.]

It’s no secret that with my job change last year, I found myself with a lot less free time and a lot less motivation to get out and exercise. In recent months, I’ve made it a high priority to fit in a work out – climbing before work, a run at lunch or after work, longer walks with Philly. When the fine folks at Therapydia Denver reached out and asked if I was interested in a Functional Movement Screening to assess current limitations or deficiencies to avoid injury, my interest was piqued. I know I’m not in prime fitness shape so I was interested in an analysis of where I could focus on improving.

I scheduled an appointment and visited Therapydia Denver before work on a Wednesday morning. The office is located just outside downtown proper (Lincoln and 8th, for the locals) and is nestled inside a gym.

FMS Screening - Therapydia Denver // lgsmash.com

When I arrived, I met Casey McNitt, Clinic Director, and Josh Hardy, Physical Therapist. I sat down with Casey for a few minutes before we started the screening to chat about my background, his background and what makes Therapydia different.

The first thing I loved about Therapydia is that both Casey and Josh are active – Josh even climbs at Movement, like I do! Because they’re active, they understand the passion athletes and active people have for recovering from an injury or getting stronger/better in their fitness.

Casey has also worked with NFL and NHL teams in preventative and rehab roles – so he knows what he’s talking about! Both Casey and Josh have significant experience but talk to patients in language we non-medical-world folks can understand. Through my many knee surgeries over the years, I’ve definitely encountered my faire share of PTs who did not speak in easy-to-understand lingo so Casey and Josh’s approach is much appreciated.

After our chat, it was time to start the screening!

The objective of the FMS screening is to identify potential areas of concern that could lead to injury. The whole process took 20 minutes and involved me doing a series of movements while Casey recored my ‘points’ based on how cleanly I was able to perform the movement. These movements measured flexibility and strength of key muscle groups; the lower the points I earned, the more prone to injury I am in that muscle group.

FMS Screening - Therapydia Denver // lgsmash.com

As I completed the movements, Casey explained the points I earned for each and recorded it in the FMS online system. At the end of the session, Casey reviewed my results with me on his iPad, highlighting exercises I can do to improve a few key areas (glutes and back/core strength, overall flexibility) and let me know that I’d receive detailed results through an email.

FMS Screening - Therapydia Denver // lgsmash.com

I’ve definitely made it a point to start incorporating the exercises after a run and I’m focusing on stretching before and after any exercise where I usually jump straight into the activity and jump straight out when I’m done.

For me, the FMS reinforced my need to make strength training – no matter how minor – part of my regularly scheduled fitness routine. I’m not as spry and bendy as I used to be and doing the same ol’ same ol’ exercises won’t yield effective results. I need to build and maintain a muscular base if I expect to get any better at climbing/running/backpacking/etc.

If you’re a Denver athlete or fitness enthusiast, I’d highly recommend the FMS screening with Dr. Casey and the Therapydia Denver team to learn about where you can improve your strength and flexibility.

Local Love: Stonewear Designs + Stem Cider Event!

Calling all Denver local ladies!

Next week, one of my favorite Colorado companies, Stonewear Designs, is hosting a fun night of shopping and cider at Stem Ciders next Tuesday!

Stonewear will be showcasing their new Spring line that is SO COMFY and super flattering as well as raffling off prizes and giveaway. And did I mention ciders are $2 for 10? Yum!

If you plan on stopping by, let me know! I’ll be there and would love to say hi!

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