Originally from Colorado Springs, he went to the University of Northern Colorado where he graduated with a degree in health promotion and teaching. He taught at the high school level for 6 years and coached all sports, eventually focusing on wrestling and track and field. Most notedly, he got married the day he graduated college and went on to have two children.
To support his family, he transitioned his work into business and sales and worked for Jostens rings, and eventually spent much of his career in educational and scholastic publishing. Through these years he lived in Texas, San Francisco and Manhattan. He loved the energy of these places but longed to come back and be near his mountain home.
He and his wife came back and lived in Vail where Kick became a ski instructor once his kids were out of the home. Serendipitously, while doing workouts at the Vail Raquet Club he ended up teaching people there how to use the machines. He loved doing it so much he put up a sign that he was available to do personal training. And he hasn’t stopped since.
Personal training gave him back the ability to teach and coach and he loves getting to know people and build relationships that help others. Kirk has also really loved the sense of community he has gained in this new phase of his career.
Kirk has very direct goals. He hopes to continue to do personal training a long time and he aspires to keep racing with his racing group long term.
We don’t see Kirk changing his plans anytime soon. He has already done the Imogene pass run 6 times. And he has his eyes set on the Mt. Tam Trail Run. It’s only a 50k (30.5miles) that includes 6,800’ elevation gain.
When Kirk isn’t running or training clients he is typically spending time with his wife, their kids or his 2 grandchildren (ages 5 and 9). His grandkids are a chip off the old block- involved in lots of activities in sports. His greatest accomplishment lately was watching them 100% on his own for 5 days.
It makes sense Kirk would be the perfect guy for training Boomers and Seniors. Perhaps you can catch him one day strumming his guitar or catching a local concert in the beauty of the Colorado sun.
Come join Kirk for a complimentary first time Fit After 60 class at 10:30 on Tuesdays at IAMFitness Studio. You can also get more info and contact Kirk on his site http://emryfitness.com/.