Why I love Personal Training

Hey there!  

I have been thinking a lot lately about our weekly group personal training sessions with Tim and my own personal transformation since I started group sessions in October 2017.  For those of us who have been going regularly, the results really are incredible!

I wanted to quickly share some of the reasons why I love working with a certified personal trainer:  

1) A personal trainer holds you accountable. You want to make the gym today but there are about 20 things that come up before you get out of work. Having a trainer to meet you there is a great way to hold yourself accountable and make sure you don’t bail on yourself.

2) A trainer will make sure that your workouts are in line to how you are feeling. If your energy is low, or you feel tired, tell your trainer and they will adjust the workout accordingly. Alternatively, if you are feeling awesome, they can really maximize the workout for and you will probably accomplish more than you might have done on your own. 

3) A trainer will ensure that your workouts never get stale. Are you sick of the same ole' thing every time you go to the gym? Well working with a personal trainer will take care of that and you will learn the proper form for each new exercise. Your workouts will be fresh and fun! 

4) A personal trainer will help you maximize your goals. We all have different things we want to accomplish in our gym workouts. Some people are recovering from an injury, others want to lose fat, some want to tone and build muscle, some want to increase their endurance or are training for an event. Working with a trainer you will get the right workout to match your exact fitness goals. If you are not into going to the gym 5 or 6 days a week this is an excellent way to maximize your 2-3 days at the gym and get exactly what you want out of your training.

5) A trainer won't push you to do anything you do not feel comfortable doing. Personal Trainers love and value their clients. They want you to be able to move the next day (and not be cursing them from soreness). They will structure the workout to your needs and not have you do anything that you do not feel comfortable with. They have your best interest at heart. 

6) A trainer knows about a lot more than just lifting weights. Do not underestimate the value of a person who has dedicated their life to fitness, wellness, and overall health. Many trainers know about topics like nutrition, preparing for competition, stretching and recovery tactics, proper diet, supplements, gut health, and so much more!

As for me, I’m not a personal trainer, and I’d never worked with one until we opened CB South Fitness in 2016. Over these last 10 or so months, I see more and more value in working with Tim Skafidas, and it’s so cool how each workout is structured to meet my specific fitness goals, and he helps me get the most out of the limited time I have to spend in the gym. It really has been a game changer in my personal health and fitness journey.

For those of you interested in joining our weekly group training sessions, they are open to the general public. This means that you do not need to be a member of the gym to check it out. If you are planning to attend training, please email ( or call (970.765.7009) to let us know you will be joining. The cost is reduced down to $30 per session and we meet weekly.

Thanks so much for reading. 

Kristin King  

Week #11 6-Pack (Abs) Project

Hola!  Many weeks have passed since my last blog about the #6packproject, Primal Blueprint, the keto diet.  I believe I last left off at week 8 and here we are in week 11. Wow - I cannot believe how the time has flown by! 


There are so many things that I would love to share in this blog!  Unfortunately, I need to break it down.  When considering the demands of running CB South Fitness, growing another business, raising our 3-year old, training, and preparation / education to the Primal/Keto diet, it leaves little extra time for blog posts. :)  I am fighting a nasty cold which has slowed down my workouts this week (and probably for the first time in months).  I did attend our gyms group training this week, and as usual it was awesome!  It's a great group of Crested Buttians and Tim is an awesome trainer and coach! 

Earlier today I jotted down a few things that I want to touch on this week: 

1) My workouts

2) My diet

3) DNA fit

4) Intermittent fasting

5) Recipes! 


1) My #6packproject ab workouts are awesome! I love them and never get bored with what I am doing! I have only missed a few days of abs in the 11 weeks and they were due to sickness (mostly what I am dealing with now).  Travel hasn’t stopped my dedication to my 6 pack abs, which was a huge concern of mine in January when I started this journey.  I have a great floor ab workout I can do, a lengthy plank workout I mix in, and I love kettle bells and do them every time I am in the gym.  Kettle bells are still a favorite of mine, and I change up the exercises that I do to keep it fresh! 

After 11 weeks of hard work I do not have a 6 pack, and last week I asked my trainer why that is. He says that I need to be down to around 12% body fat to see my abs pop and thinks that I am probably roughly a couple of points above that mark.  In February when I checked I was at 16% body fat and so I still have some work to do.  He encouraged more low and moderate intensity workouts (brisk walks, easy jogs, moderate bike rides, and just being on my feet more that I am now).  Longer periods of time in a fat burning zone will help me shed that last percentage of body fat to hit my goal.  I immediately thought of #Athenathebear and how happy she will be to get more walks and hikes as a result of Tim’s advice. 

2) Eating Keto - I love what I eat on a daily basis.  I do not feel famished ever, and I love not having to count calories.  What I eat is pretty consistent with what I have written in previous posts - including, eggs, bacon, and avocado most of the time for breakfast.  I make a mean omelet, and they are my absolute favorite!  I eat breakfast as late in the day as I can, usually between 11am-1pm. 

If I eat three meals a day then I will have a salad in the afternoon.  I throw all sorts of yummy things on my salads, and they never disappoint.  Topped with avocado oil and peach white balsamic vinegar, I can’t go wrong.  Regular salad dressings are a no-no on the Keto plan. 

Dinner consists of chicken, pork or fish with one or two amazing vegetables prepared in a variety of ways.  We have tried many of the recipes in the Keto reset book and they have been wonderful!  I really suggest picking up your own copy if you want to try them for yourself -

3) DNA Fit - In December I decided to take a fitness DNA test to learn about how I am wired.  I signed up online, they sent a package with a vile, I then spit in that vile and sent it away in the mail to a company named Helix.  What I signed up to learn was not 'how likely am I to get cancer or Alzheimer’s', but to find out what type of diet, and fitness plan would help me maximize body composition, athleticism and help me feel my best.  It took about 10 weeks after submitting the vile of saliva to learn about my DNA and I finally got the results a couple of weeks ago. 

The biggest eye opener in my results is that I have a “very high response rate to carbohydrates”.  To provide a little background, if I had a neutral response then it would have said "medium", but no, I got a "very high response", and they recommend that only 8% of my daily intake consist of carbohydrates!  Um, what?!  Me?  Are you sure?  The girl who used to eat french toast for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch, and pizza for dinner?  The girl who made panini’s almost everyday and ate chips, and chocolate and whatever she wanted (and usually like it was going out of style).  The girl who had ice cream in her freezer 98% of the time and almost never missed a night of ice cream.  How it the world do I have a "very high response" to carbs?!  I still have yet to learn what how many grams of carbs this 8% recommended amount is, but I am happy that I am already eating a low-carb diet so I can nip it in the bud.  Here is the link for those wanting to out DNAFit and if you message me I can share more about it as well.

4) Intermittent Fasting - Earlier, I mentioned not eating breakfast until between 11am - 1pm. There’s a reason for that, and I am doing it intentionally to reap the benefits of intermittent fasting.  I drink decaf coffee in the morning with half and half, and that satisfies me until breakfast.  I can go to the gym for workouts in the morning and have awesome energy to take me through my workout without crashing.  It's the opposite of how I used to feel and I always ate before my workouts to fuel me until the end.  To read more on intermittent fasting and learn about all of the other great benefits, I highly suggest this article -

5) Recipes - Okay, the fun stuff - these are all so freakin’ good! 

Low carb chicken tenders - 

Garlic spaghetti squash with herbs -

Keto no-bake cookies in 5 minutes -

Low carb coleslaw - 


I think one of the things I get asked the most is "do you think you will be able to do this diet for a while?"  The answer is absolutely, "YES"!  I want to stress that eating on the Keto or Primal Diet is not that strict, if you consider other "diets" out there.  We've had so many amazing meals the last few months and you would never know were low carb.  These meals fill us up, incorporate many great vegetables, spices and flavors and we can eat portions that make our bellies happy.  Because none on them include gluten, soy, or harmful oils, and the carb count is small, even when I feel "full" after eating I'm no longer bloated and yucky feeling like I used to be.  Two thumbs up to that! 

Beach day in Florida with the family :) 

Beach day in Florida with the family :) 

Adult ski day and apres ski with my babe

Adult ski day and apres ski with my babe

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Fat burning hike with Athena on a hiking trail new to us.  A great morning adventure! 

Fat burning hike with Athena on a hiking trail new to us.  A great morning adventure! 

Pumping some iron with my dad while on vacation. Thank you Mellodies gym! 

Pumping some iron with my dad while on vacation. Thank you Mellodies gym! 

Easter dinner consisted of carnitas from the Keto book with Keto approved cole slaw, salsa, cotija, on butter lettuce. It was delicious! 

Easter dinner consisted of carnitas from the Keto book with Keto approved cole slaw, salsa, cotija, on butter lettuce. It was delicious! 

Some of my favorite snacks, including, an omega-3 mix that tastes incredible! 

Some of my favorite snacks, including, an omega-3 mix that tastes incredible! 






Training and Nutrition

Are You Ready For Winter???

We are excited to offer and promote CB South Fitness group training each week, and a FREE nutrition discussion on 10/24 at 7:15pm, BOTH ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! 

Training is $30 per session and will focus on ski conditioning and strength & interval training.  Participants can join for just one training session or attend each week.  It's up to you! 

Please contact us for more information about either offering or about membership - 970.765.7009.






We are excited to welcome Yoga for the Peaceful CB South to the neighborhood and encourage you to stop by for their open door hours tonight!  This is a brand new studio that will offer a variety of classes starting later this week.  Welcome Y4P to 310 Elcho Ave! 

For those members or non-gym members curious about the new facility please stop by for Y4P's opening tonight 6/5 from 4-7PM!  It's a great way to meet the new owner and find out about rates and class schedule. 

Switching gears....HEAD TO cb south fitness DURING OPEN DOOR HOURS THIS WEEK! 



SUNDAY 6/11 FROM 8 AM - 10 AM


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The fields are green, the snow is slowly making its way off the big peaks, and we are gearing up for another epic summer in Crested Butte!  For those of you that are visiting or have a home in Crested Butte, please stop in during Open Door Gym hours and take a look around the gym!  We post Open Door Hours each week on the home page of times when we will be at the gym with the door propped open, and we're happy to answer questions and show you around! 

CB South Fitness is excited to offer summer membership specials to those who want to get in the gym.  Strength training and functional training helps us in all areas, and although it may be easy to get cardio in on the hiking trail, lifting weights will tone and build muscle, which burns more calories, and helps improve overall performance, while preventing injury.  

Summer Membership Options:

1-Week Unlimited Membership $35*

1-Month Unlimited Membership $80*

2-Month Unlimited Membership $140*

3-Month Unlimited Membership $195*

*An enrollment fee of $25 will be charged for membership set-up and key card. 

Give us a call to inquire or get set up as a member (970.765.7009) and we look forward to helping you meet your summer fitness goals and preparing you for the trail! 

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The Benefits of Training Year-Round

Greetings!  As many Crested Butte locals have noticed, this is day 2 of snow, sleet, sun, repeat (and that's "repeat"seven times per day!).  It's humid outside and very wet and sends chills straight through to your bones.  When you walk your dog you get pelted in the face with sideways snow while mud splashes up on the back of your pants from the muddy roads.  Days like today can make even the most motivated person want to snuggle under a warm blanket, sip hot cocoa, and mentally check-out for a while.  Ahhhhh...that sounds nice, doesn't it? 

The feelings we have this time of year can be challenging as we battle gray days and bizarre weather, and it's easy to forget the benefits of strength and cardio training when you are considering hibernation.  This article is to highlight several reasons why training year-round should inspire us to get to the gym and just keep moving! 


  • Reduces risk of diabetes and insulin needs.
  • Lowers risk of cardiovascular disease.
  • Lower high blood pressure.
  • Lowers risk of breast cancer - reduces high estrogen levels linked to the disease.
  • Decreases or minimizes risk of osteoporosis by building bone mass.
  • Reduces symptoms of PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome)
  • Reduces stress and anxiety.
  • Decreases colds and illness.


Increased muscle strength, power, and endurance. Enhanced performance of everyday tasks. You will be able to do everyday tasks like lifting, carrying and walking up-stairs with greater ease.


By working the muscles through a full range of motion, weight training can improve your overall body flexibility. Increased flexibility reduces the risk of muscle pulls and back pain.


Strong muscles, tendons and ligaments are less likely to give way under stress and are less likely to be injured. Increased bone density and strength reduces back and knee pain by building muscle around these areas.


Boosted metabolism (which means burning more calories in a state of rest). Reduced body fat. Your overall weight may not change, but you will gain muscle and lose fat. Over time you should notice decreases in waist measurements and bodyfat measurement.


The conditioning effect will result in firmer and better-defined muscles.


The way you sit and stand are influenced by the health of a network of neck, shoulder, back, hip and abdominal muscles. Stronger muscles can help you stand and sit straighter and more comfortably. Improved balance and stability.


As you begin to notice the positive physical changes in your body and develop a regular exercise routine your ability to handle stress effectively will improve. Weight training allows you to sleep better, i.e. fall asleep quicker and sleep deeper. Studies have shown regular exercise to be one of the three best tools for effective stress management.


In closing, make it a priority to improve your personal health, and commit to training in the gym year-round.  After-all no one else will do it for you!!  

*Much of the content in this post comes from

GROUP TRAINING - Join in the Action!

Happy Daylight Saving Day! 

I think we can all appreciate the days as they are now starting to get longer.  Spring and Summer bring about an entirely new reason to be excited about living in Crested Butte, and enjoying the local appeal here in Crested Butte South, including mountain biking, and hiking to name a few local favorites.  From the infamous 401 to the Ferris Creek Trail, Crested Butte has hundreds of places to explore, and endless opportunities for adventure.  

At CB South Fitness, the changing season is bringing about another change inside the gym's four training sessions for gym members!  Kristin & local trainer Tim Skafidas want to invite you to join us for training, and at a reduced rate.  Sessions will be limited to 5 people groups, and cost just $25 per person!  Tim will bring in some equipment of his own and create cool circuit training to work a variety of muscle groups and help members see the best possible results! 

Contact Kristin at and let us know if you want to get in on this great opportunity to train!  We'll put together the days/time once we gauge interest among CB South Fitness members. 

Make it a great day! 

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CB South Fitness presents THE GT TRAINING SERIES with local pro trainer Tim Skafidas

This 8 week program is designed to get athletes of all levels in top shape for the Grand Traverse.  Package includes a 3-month membership to CB South Fitness, as well as group training sessions with 20-year trainer, Tim Skafidas!

The GT Training Series is designed for athletes looking to elevate their abilities and mix up their normal training routine.  Tim's training is efficient and highly effective for those with limited time.  The series will be open to all level of participants, and is not exclusive for Grand Traverse entrants.  This session will be for a group restricted to 10 individuals, with the first training starting Tuesday, January 17th, and the last ending Tuesday, March 21st.  


There are many ways competitors can train for an event as committing as the GT, most of which involve perfecting technique, and long hours skinning in preparation of the event.  As an athlete, if you want complete training before the Grand Traverse, then Maximum Sustained Power Workouts, in the gym at CB South Fitness, will help you achieve the most power and speed for the big day. Tim’s targeted training sessions will help members gain a competitive advantage, in less time, and with maximum efficiency. - CB South Fitness


Tim Skafidas has had a passion for outdoor fitness and weight training starting at an early age. He has a degree in Exercise Science from Colorado State University, and worked as an intern at the Center for Sports Medicine in Steamboat Springs, where he studied physical therapy to gain knowledge in injury treatment and prevention.

In December 1997 he began his professional career in Personal Training and Wellness Coaching. After working at One to One Wellness in Jackson, Wyoming in 2003, Functional Training for sport performance became his passion.  Over the past few years Tim has been studying the latest proven techniques to maximize performance, fat loss, nutrition and advanced recovery techniques. Using Heart Rate Variability to aid recovery, faster workouts for fat loss, and super slow reps for strength, are just a few of Tim’s advanced training methods used for clients and for himself.  Focusing on “Trimming the Fat” in a client’s current workout and focusing on the right combination of exercise, nutrition, and recovery is his well-rounded approach that yields fast results.

Most recently in the summer of 2016, Tim won the Eddyline Brewery Trail Running Series in Crested Butte. Tim had minimal time for training, but his focus was precise, and efficient, helping him finish first in the series


Athletes typically train for endurance events doing "blended training sessions" combining weights and cardio. This is a good method for general fitness but not for endurance athletes. Competitors rarely fail in endurance events because "they were winded".  Blended workouts are too similar to cardio sessions to get maximum benefits; a serious endurance athlete needs a more targeted approach.

Maximum sustained power workouts are designed to maximize the power and/or speed an individual can sustain. This type of training conditions the resiliency and output of an athletes nervous system, more so than traditional cardio conditioning. These workouts are punchy and short but extremely efficient.

Tim says, “After finishing first place in a running series with minimal training volume, I can attest to the fact this method works.  My clients will progress by making their overall volume higher, and not by having ‘increasing to heavier weights’ the goal (unless it gets too easy).

The top Tour de France and Iron Man athletes use these methods, and I'm willing to show my clients my underground training technique to give them a competitive advantage during the race. You will maximize your time in the gym, training routine, and target the right muscles that will power you through a very successful Grand Traverse!” - Tim Skafidas




One training session per week. Athlete’s commit in advance to one Tuesday or Thursday session each week at 5:30PM*

Jan. 31st & Feb 2nd (8 weeks out from GT)

Feb. 7th & 9th (7 weeks out from GT)

Feb. 14th & 16th (6 weeks out from GT)

Feb. 21st & 23rd (5 weeks out from GT)

Feb. 28th & Mar 2nd (4 weeks out from GT)

Mar. 7th & 9th (3 weeks out from GT)

Mar. 14 & 16th (2 weeks out from GT)

Mar. Saturday 18th & Tuesday the 21st (the week of the GT)

*Tim has recorded himself doing the exercises to email his clients after sessions. This makes it easy so that his clients don’t have to remember the sequence, and can reference his videos for proper form, while working out on their own.





  • Unlimited, key card gym access from 5am - 10pm, everyday!
  • An all-inclusive 8 week program with Personal Training pro, Tim Skafidas (Tuesday or Thursday evenings at 5:30PM - member picks one of those nights every week that they want to train)
  • Videos of training exercises emailed to participants showing technique and form.
  • Information sessions with Tim.
    • Nutrition (date TBD)
    • Injury Prevention (date TBD)

**CB South Fitness members who are signed up for The GT Training Series have all the typical perks to membership that other members at CB South Fitness have, plus the training series, information sessions, and recorded videos outlined above! 

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Trainer Tim

Trainer Tim





January 1st is an interesting and exciting time of year.  It really is the best time, in my opinion.  January is a time to reflect and feel grateful for the year past, and a time to look to the upcoming year and the upcoming accomplishments that will be achieved.

It's easy to sit back, and state a couple of 'New Year's resolutions' and then let the months pass, not really paying attention to the days passing you by.  This used to be my way each year.  Let me ask you this, isn't it more exciting to affirm exactly what you want to accomplish in the coming 12 months and then feel good about knowing that each day gets you closer to that goal?   Things will happen that you could not have imagined, and you find yourself paying attention to things that seem to be pulling you in a new direction.  The right direction!  Ever since my husband and I have started being strategic about goal setting, and keeping a journal, we have experienced a complete 180 to what we encountered our first couple of years as a couple. 

With much encouragement I suggest getting out that piece of paper and a pen and writing down exactly what you want to accomplish in 2017, and while you're at it, why not sketch out your 3 and 5 year plan?  Revisit this every week, or at least once a month.  What can you do to help yourself get to where you want to be?  If you've thought about keeping a planner to help hold yourself accountable (and you are not sure as to which one), The Inner Guide planner has been a game changer for me, and I will never consider anything else.  This is my second year using it and it has helped me in more ways than I could describe.

Here's a thought provoking question, and I hope that someone reads down this far and sees it (note: if this reaches only one person then it was worth taking the time to type this blog):


Come see us at at CB South Fitness if we can help you get to where you want in 2017.  We are all about helping our members achieve their personal health and fitness goals in this coming year and have some amazing partnerships and fun stuff in store.  I dare you to come and see for yourself.   


Also, OPEN DOOR HOURS from 1.2.17 - 1.8.17

The owners will be down at the gym this week, with the door propped open, and can show you around the gym and answer questions.  It's a great time to swing by! 

MONDAY 1/2 FROM 4 PM - 6:30 PM



THURSDAY 1/5 FROM 4 PM - 6:30 PM


SUNDAY 1/8 FROM 10 AM - 12 PM

*You can also call 970.765.7009 to set an appointment, or schedule one on the 'join us' page of the website