Lindsay Chavez, a mom of two, knows what it’s like trying to fit in a physical workout during a demanding work day. The fact that she and her husband Paul own a fitness studio helps, but not always.
“When you have kids, it’s really hard to get your workouts in,” she says. “You feel guilty if, one, you’re paying for a babysitter so you can work out, and two, you feel guilty if (the kids) are just sitting at home. But, if you put everything together, you can actually get your workout done.”
The Chavez’ opened Brewery Boot Camp in 2015 when both wanted to do something different after working for a national fitness chain. What started as a way for friends and family to share workouts with the social element of a beer afterwards has grown into a full-time business.
“We started holding, we called them weekend workouts, at parks and things, but if the weather was bad we would end up having to cancel,” says Chavez. “Then half the time we’d finish the workout and I’d say, ‘Let’s go grab a beer!’ We figured why not combine the two.”
The duo held their first official Brewery Boot Camp at Dry Dock Brewing in Aurora the second week of December 2015. By February they had five breweries involved. Today they have 43 outlets including breweries in Aurora, Golden, Littleton, and Highlands Ranch. Last February, they opened a permanent facility in Centennial on the northeast corner of Colorado Boulevard and County Line Road.
The BBC Headquarters is where Chavez provides weekly Mommy Boot Camp classes where participants can bring their kids along to play in the on-site playroom. The toy-filled playroom has a wall of windows so moms can see what the little ones are doing while they workout. Sometimes the kids join in the workout riding on weight sleds or doing sit ups. The class is for moms (and dads!) of all fitness levels and Chavez often brings in her own kids, ages four and a half and two and a half, with her.
“We want to provide fitness to anyone and everyone,” she says. “Our motto is ‘You cannot be physically fit if you are not mentally fit’.”
In September, the couple hosts a Brewery Boot Camp for Breast Cancer charity workout that has raised thousands of dollars for Drink for Pink, a local organization that funds cancer research here in Colorado.
“This is our third year doing the event and we raised over $7,500 [this year],” Chavez says proudly.
Both Colorado natives, the Chavez’ have degrees in Health and Exercise Science from CSU and are both certified personal trainers. Lindsay also provides certified nutrition coaching.
Need to Know: Mommy Boot Camps are Tuesdays and Thursdays at BBC Headquarters, 4151 E. Country Line Road, Unit B, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Cost is $10 per mom/dad. Brewery Boot Camps are also $10 at various locations and times. Registration and weekly schedules are available on the website.