Power Life is committed to keeping our students and staff safe. We’ve implemented many new safety measures over the last 6 months, but one safety measure that we’ve had in place since day one is our fresh air HVAC systems. These systems are constantly pulling in fresh air from outside, heating the air and then using that fresh air to heat our studios. The initial reason we chose to install fresh air HVAC was to avoid stagnant, recycled, air that is often found in group fitness studios, the added benefit now is that practicing in a Power Life studio is essentially like practicing outdoors in the fresh air.
I sat down with Power Life President, Adam Geneser, to get a better understanding of fresh air HVAC. Keep reading to learn more about these systems.
Abby: What is a Fresh air HVAC?
Adam: A fresh air HVAC system operates by constantly bringing in fresh air from outside. Generally, a typical HVAC system uses recirculated air and very little outside air. Our systems bring in 100% fresh air from outside, heat that air, and then pump that air into our studios. Our system is bringing in 5-10x more fresh air than the best regular ventilation systems. From day one we have an air system that uses only outside air and does not recirculate the air – this is very uncommon in fitness.
Our systems are better than the air in an airplane, and on par with that of a hospital.
Abby: How does it work?
Adam: Each facility has large louvers or air intake systems that are connected to the outside of our studios. These louvers are always bringing fresh air into the system and it is heated in the system and then pumped into the studios and the old air is exhausted outside.
Abby: How hot does it heat the air before pumping it into the studios?
Adam: Generally, over 150 degrees – and we have read research that the virus gets killed at 132 degrees.
Abby: Why did you decide to install these systems?
Adam: I want people to understand that we have had these systems in place from Power Life day one. We decided to install them due to experience with other group fitness studios; in studios that don’t use fresh air the air can be pungent, heavy, or hard to breathe. We wanted really good quality crisp air – and the only way to do that is to use fresh air.
The reason that most studios don’t use these systems, especially in the Midwest, is that they are really expensive. The initial investment is high and then think about heating air to 150 when it is 0 outside – it is not cheap. But regardless of expense, it was important to have the best quality air as possible from the get go.
Abby: How does a fresh air HVAC system keep our students and staff safe?
Adam: You’re always breathing outside air. Fresh air systems do wonders for indoor air quality. ‘When an air conditioner does not bring in fresh air, people may end up being more exposed to pollutants indoors than outside as the system will be circulating old air rather than drawing new clean air from outside.’ – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Our system also increases air exchange. Increasing air exchanges is one of the technical points behind a fresh air system. That said, we push enough CFMs to do a fresh air exchange (or the amount of time to completely change out the air of the room) every 3 to 5 min depending on occupancy and how physical the activity in the room is. Said another way… every 90 seconds half the room is already exchanged with fresh air as the fresh air is constantly being pushed into the studio and the old air is exhausted or removed. Occupancy is determined by CO2 PPM, so the more people or the more physical the activity, the more air exchanges. On top of that the air is heated up to 150 which helps in relation to control of airborne type viruses.
If you have more questions about our HVAC system or any of the other safety measures that we’ve put in place to keep you safe please do not hesitate to leave a comment, or contact us!
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Kirk was working 80-hour weeks and wearing his shoulders as earrings when he found yoga in 2005. Forever the competitive athlete, he loved the physicality of yoga. When the spiritual and philosophical side of yoga were exposed to him, Kirk was hooked. Yoga provided him with what other activities couldn’t -- the ability to foster the benefits of practice both on and off of the mat. Yoga was something that Kirk could bring into all aspects of his life.
Kirk knows that yoga can be intimidating, so he crafts a class that is playful and inviting, while still being challenging and safe. His creatively planned classes build strength and flexibility in your body and mind while establishing clarity, giving you more confidence to overcome obstacles in your life, and keeping you injury-free. His classes are themed with a message that is relatable and will inspire you to take it with you off your mat. Kirk has been teaching yoga since 2008 and lead his first teacher training in 2012. Where Kirk truly shines is in coaching, developing and bringing out the best in others.
Kirk enjoys traveling (40+ countries to date!), snowboarding, and cherishes time with his wife and two daughters.
Christen Bakken’s yoga journey began in 1998 in a Bikram studio that provided a safe and secure place to practice. She saw the yoga mat as a place to remember her purpose and a place to play. As she continued her studies and began her journey to teaching in 2006, Christen infused yoga classes with devotion and the yoga mat became a place of personal transformation and healing. Her classes are filled with laughter, song, sweat, and usually heart openers. In 2013, Christen began training yoga teachers. This is the place where she finds the most joy - in community with folks looking to grow and be of greater service in their homes, on their mats, and in the world. Over the years, she has led trainings in Denver, the Midwest, Florida, and now abroad. She has trained in continuing education modules, 200-hour, 300-hour, and 500-hour programs. Beyond the mat, Christen is a passionate adventure seeker - she loves to bike, snowboard, and spend time with her husband and pups. She sees each day as a blessing and hopes to remind all who interact with her of this truth.
Did you know that we validate parking for TWO garages?!
For the Two Light garage, please bring your ticket inside for validation. For the Power & Light garage, please ask for a parking pass at the front desk. (Hot tip: the Power & Light garage has a ton of space! But be sure to give yourself a little extra time to walk to the studio.)
If you find that you are running a little late, please call the studio to let the instructor know to keep an eye out for you.
We have partnered with our friends at Greenslate to provide 1 hour and 15 minute validated parking for Power Life students in the lot at 36th and Harney (just south of the Cottonwood Hotel). Read below to learn how to take advantage of this perk:
Step 1: Scan the QR code located in the lot.
Step 2: Select your destination (i.e. “yoga studio”).
Step 3: Ask for the validation code at the Blackstone studio front desk and enter it on your phone.
Step 4: You are all set! Have fun at class!
The validation provided by Power Life and Greenslate is for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Need to add additional time to your parking space? You can do that conveniently from your phone!
This option is valid once per day per license plate.
There is a paved lot and gravel lot on the West side of the building.
Meters on Court and 4th (by Peace Tree) for $0.25/hour, 9am-9pm Mon. – Sat. 12-hour max
Meters on 4th (to the North) for $1.25/hour. Mon – Sat. 4-hour max.
All meters are free on Sundays and major holidays.