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Holistic Wellness

From Barre To Spin and Yoga, Kondition Fitness Focuses on Holistic Training for Every Age and Life Stage

Article by Kerrie Lee Brown

Photography by Stephanie Mikuls

Originally published in Boulder Lifestyle

Emma Straight has had an entrepreneurial spirit all her life. After spearheading an illustrious tree-planting initiative to combat global warming at the age of ten, Emma went on to pursue a successful recruiting career in the tech industry on the West Coast. Now the owner and founder of Kondition, she says fitness has become her life’s purpose.  

Growing up, Emma’s father always had ambitious ideas that involved creating, inventing and making a difference in the world. As a result, she inherited an unrivaled work ethic and drive that would soon become the backbone of her booming fitness business. Nonetheless, with a die-hard passion for helping people, Emma set forth to start something brand new to improve the Boulder community once more.  

After moving back to Boulder, Emma couldn't find a place where she enjoyed working out on a consistent basis. As a life-long fitness advocate and triathlete, she realized most gyms had a “clinical feel” with no space for congregation or connection with other members.

“There were a lot of yoga-only studios at the time, as well as your typical ‘big’ gyms where classes were mediocre,” she explains. Emma knew something different was needed.

After some intense research and soul searching, she convinced her husband that she should quit her job and open a luxury boutique fitness studio. The goal was to offer variety so clients didn't have to pay for multiple memberships around town. As a result, in 2018, she established an all-encompassing workout space where authentic connection and community can co-exist.

“Kondition always smells good, feels good and provides a ‘kommunity’ to support each person. And, after a little time for self-care, clients should feel more content, stress free and able to care for themselves and others better.”  

Emma hopes that everyone who comes to Kondition experiences a sense of relief and the ability to “exhale” by letting stress disappear for an hour each day. While strength training and barre are tops for injury prevention, she has also brought in various modalities over the years, including Spin classes, Dance, Kaiut Yoga and more recently, AerobiKs—which utilizes ankle/wrist weights and focuses on lengthening and toning. “Kondition is where true friendships are formed and fitness is at the forefront—all while emphasizing the overall experience, including safety and well-being.”

Lastly, Kondition is not intimidating or abrasive.

“You should be supported and encouraged by the trainer but not beyond your safety and interest. As you get older, there’s so much more involved than what you’re doing in the class that day. Our instructors push people but encourage them to listen to their own bodies.”

With that in mind, Kondition continues to promote the importance of mobility and functionality.

Emma is currently creating an eight-week strength program for older clients; as well as a teen-specific program. She also looks forward to partnering with Colorado Women’s Center to offer group support sessions on stress management and mental health. Watch the website for details.   

Did You Know? 

The word “Kondition” means “fitness” in Swedish, an homage to Emma’s Swedish mom. The aesthetics of Kondition are also Scandinavian—with light wood floors, white walls and a clean, bright vibe. 

Kondition 

3161 Walnut Street 

Boulder

303.444.5505

KonditionFitness.com

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