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Vail Goes Vertical with New Peak Performance Training Programs Now Available at Vail Cascade's Aria Spa & Club, Vail’s Largest Fitness Center

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Rocky Mountains’ only FitWall and high-altitude TRX Suspension Training gives muscles new reasons to ache with joy

VAIL, Colo., Apr. 2, 2012 – Athletic training is evolving beyond stationary equipment to integrate full-body regiments that purposefully engage participants both physically and mentally. A beacon for athletic excellence, Aria Spa & Club is embracing this next fitness wave and giving it a dose of high altitude for an additional kick. Starting Apr. 2, Aria health club will be home to the Rocky Mountains’ first FitWall, a state-of-the-art indoor vertical training system that delivers high-intensity workouts on a compressed workout schedule. Aria will also boast a TRX Suspension Trainer, a free-form, bodyweight exercise that simultaneously develops strength, balance, flexibility and core stability. Both of these innovative training systems are part of Aria’s ongoing renovation efforts that also include a new Biospace Body Composition Analyzer, 16 new cardio machines and spin bikes, facility upgrades, and an expanded fitness class schedule.

“For 30 years, Aria has challenged professional and aspiring athletes to take their fitness performance to the next level and the addition of FitWall and TRX Suspension Training simply keep that commitment alive and kicking,” said Shaun Evans, general manager of Aria Spa & Club. “At Aria, we believe that exercise is not an activity, it’s an attitude and everyone has attitude, we just give them the facility and resources to unleash it.”

Hardcore intensity and efficiency are major concepts behind FitWall and TRX Suspension Training. The training involves precise, intensive repetitions that result in performance improvements relatively quickly, without spending an enormous amount of time in the gym. The most noticeable benefits are weight loss, increased endurance, improved flexibility and muscle tone. Another advantage of both systems is they facilitate a constant rotation of exercise variations that keep routines fresh and challenging.

FitWall is a compact, carbon steel vertical training system that maximizes 30-minute workouts by forcing the user to work against gravity. Using body weight for resistance, athletes engage and challenge all muscle groups, burning calories quickly, shaping the body, and increasing functional strength. The system allows for quick transitions between exercise routines without switching machines or adding weights that interrupt the rhythm of a workout. Individual wall stations are placed together to encourage camaraderie and group support, averting the isolation that can occur when working out alone.

Starting Apr. 2, Aria Club, a Colorado mountain fitness club, will feature five new FitWall classes per week. For maximum FitWall experience, each class will be limited to eight participants on a first come, first serve basis or who call to register in advance at 970.476.7400.

TRX Suspension Training
Born in the Navy SEALs, TRX Suspension Training is a bodyweight exercise that develops balance, coordination, flexibility and core stability. Using an assortment of elastic straps, participants work specific muscles through a series of resistance pulling and stretching exercises. TRX can be designed for overall fitness conditioning or can be tailored to accommodate a specific sport or profession.

Starting Apr. 2, Aria will incorporate TRX Suspension Training into the FitWall class schedule.

Aria Club & Spa Renovations
Since March 2011, Aria Spa & Club has been undergoing a multi-phased renovation effort that is set to be completed in May 2012. Spread throughout the 78,000 square-foot facility, renovations include:

  • new flagstone flooring and shower walls in the men and women’s locker rooms
  • 16 new Keiser M3 spin bikes and Cybex cardio equipment machines 
  • retiled and newly refinished exterior pool and hot tub
  • a Biospace Body Composition Analyzer that produces highly accurate measurements of a person’s body fat, protein, mineral, and fluid to determine body composition
  • FitWall and TRX Suspension Training systems
  • increased class schedule to 45 classes including more Zumba, hip hop and modern jazz/fusion classes starting in June

As Vail Valley’s largest health and wellness center, the award-winning Aria Spa & Club is renowned for its precision approach to personal fitness and all-encompassing wellness, along with highly recognized Vail personal trainers. Hotel guests and members enjoy an inexhaustible array of activities and amenities such as an indoor running track, indoor/outdoor tennis courts, an indoor pool, free weights, strength training machines, basketball and squash courts, yoga studio, steam rooms, hot tub, and personal trainers. Luxurious Aria Spa is a few steps away with a menu of exquisite treatments for individuals and couples looking for post-workout relaxation. Aria Spa & Club access is free to hotel guests and is available to local and regional residents on a membership basis. The facility is open seven days a week.

For more information about the new fitness programs at Aria Club & Spa or to schedule a facility tour, please visit or call 970.476.7400.

Lupe Hirt, MindSpeak PR, 303.859.1762,

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