Hey, Spike! profiles Peak One Fitness guru Mary Scheifley
December 12, 2015
The old Summit Medical Center on the banks of the Tenmile Creek, which feeds into Lake Dillon's Frisco Bay, continues to be the scene of physical transformations.
Located in a portion of the building is Peak One Fitness 24/7, owned and operated by Mary Scheifley, a seventh-generation Coloradan. Her maiden name is Potter.
She opened the doors to Peak One nearly five years ago and has found a strong following in our well-conditioned community, putting her former Denver corporate health club experience to even better use.
"I opened my doors in June of 2011, after deciding to return to my fitness roots," says Mary. "We're doing pretty well. We've have a great group of locals supporting us.
"We've been rated third-best health club following behind Breckenridge and Silverthorne Recreation Centers," she notes of her private enterprise when compared to the two tax-supported entities.
Peak One Fitness membership sales have been stable through the years, but change with the seasons.
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"We are definitely busier during the winter months compared to the summer," Mary explains. "We also accommodate many short-term visitors as well as international ski and snowboard teams from around the world during the racing and slopestyle competition seasons."
The Summit Boulevard-School Road fitness club is open 24/7, but not staffed all the time, so most membership inquiries are made by appointment, or during designated staffed hours.
In addition to her constant companion Flip, an 8-year-old black lab who works as the club greeter, the Peak One Fitness owner is assisted by Abby Edwards, "a great personal trainer, who is excellent and well-qualified."
Mary is assisted in membership sales by Brian Tarola and Jim Scheifley, "both wonderful and essential members of the Peak One community."
The club stresses healthy eating and conditioning to "re-create yourself."
Part of the Peak One concept includes the 12-week Transformations program.
Providing a story worth telling is that of teenage Keegan Cancelosi, son of Kim and Jim.
Peak One's Mary tells Keegan's transformation this way:
"Keegan has been with me since the club opened. He started training with me when he was just 12 years old. He was not thrilled about working out in the in the beginning, however, over the years he has discovered that staying fit and eating healthy is the absolute best route to feeling good."
Keegan's results: "This past year he has made a huge lifestyle shift; he made healthy eating and training his priority, and he has lost 63 pounds since last January. With his willpower change, the support from his parents and the positive motivation from the Peak One Fitness community, he is a whole new person. I couldn't be any prouder of this young man."
Before moving to Summit County in 1999, Mary was the athletic and wellness director of the Security Life Insurance Co. health club in Denver.
"There, I was pretty much a jack-of-all trades. Some of my responsibilities included crafting and teaching fitness and wellness programs, organizing and delegating employees, and most importantly, motivating and keeping workers and members happy and healthy. I am fortunate now to once again do what I love."
After her relocation to the Summit, Mary was a part-time snowboard instructor for 10 years and a full-time mother to daughter Alisha.
Today, 21-year-old Alisha, who grew up here and was a competitive mogul skier for Team Summit, now attends Colorado State University in Fort Collins, and is studying exercise physiology and kinesiology. Alisha will be graduating in May 2016 and plans to have a career in medicine.
As for her own youthful background, Mary grew up in Denver, the youngest of five children. She attended John F. Kennedy High School, and then completed her education at Greeley's University of Northern Colorado on a track scholarship, studying adult health exercise science and business.
Mary is making positive impacts on the lives of her clients, continuing a legacy that goes back to 1848 in Trinidad, down on the southern border of our state.
"My distant grandfather George Simpson was a true a Colorado pioneer and was known as one of Trinidad's true 'trailblazers.' He was also a famous scout, trader, and explorer," she says with pride.
George was born in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1818, but 30 years later he set out westward and landed in Trinidad. A few years later, he decided to settle, making Colorado his permanent home. During his time in Trinidad he worked for the local newspaper, and participated in town council.
"He died in September of 1885, and his final resting place is called Simpson's Rest, located in the town of Trinidad, which is a state landmark honored in his name," Mary recalls.
The club website is: peakonefitness.com.
Miles F. Porter IV, nicknamed "Spike," a Coloradan since 1949, is an Army veteran, former hardrock miner, graduate of Adams State College, and a local since 1982. An award-winning investigative reporter, he and wife Mary E. Staby owned newspapers here for 20 years. Email your social info to email@example.com
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