‘We push them, we challenge them’

Fitness franchise Burn Boot Camp opens first Colorado location

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A new boot camp just put down stakes in Parker, but don’t look for tents or flags outside.

Owned and operated by husband and wife Carman and Sarah Ragatz, Burn Boot Camp opened a location at 12840 Stroh Ranch Court on Feb. 20, bringing a high-energy, supportive approach to fitness.

Carman says clients are already seeing results, like being able to do push-ups on their toes.

“We push them, we challenge them,” he says, “but it’s like a triumph for the entire gym community as a whole seeing them do it.”

The coaching from Sarah and fellow trainer Duvi Vargas blares over up-tempo music from loudspeakers throughout the gym, pushing the participants to push themselves, while maintaining a positive atmosphere.

A runner who avoided gyms by nature, Sarah joined a Burn location in North Carolina in February 2016 to get back in shape after a lengthy hiatus from exercise. She said the supportive, fun experience surpassed her expectations.

“From day one, I noticed there was something different there,” she says. “The workouts were different every day, the atmosphere was different. Everybody was high-fiving each other … I fell in love with it.”

The “community of ladies” Sarah worked out with motivated her to keep coming back, and eventually she and Carman decided to make a career with their own Burn franchise. They moved to Parker with their four children in November and have been putting what free time they have into the gym.

The 45-minute camps are organized in groups, but tailored to individual clients. Each member receives personalized focus meetings with one of the trainers to outline their fitness goals. Some camps are open to men and women, but Carman and Sarah say the gym’s communal atmosphere, and free child care during workouts, makes it especially appealing to female clients.

The community atmosphere that begins in the gym continues on its Facebook page, administered by Sarah. The page contains information on schedules, upcoming camps and deals, such as membership discount of $30 for 30 days, available until March 20.

Carman says Sarah also shares client testimonials, messages of encouragement and success stories to the page, to “keep the community going outside of the gym.”

“That’s why we’re doing this,” he says. “And it’s only the beginning.”

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