We had the good fortune of connecting with Heather Hamilton and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Heather, what do you attribute your success to?
Authenticity. Our brand is all about moving and living optimally. We help people get stronger, reduce pain, and look and feel better through individualized programming and coaching. There are tons of workout programs and coaches out there. Our goal has always been to meet people where they are. Equipment or no equipment. One day a week or seven. We customize everything and we never push shortcuts, gimmicks, or quick fixes. It’s all about small choices every day over time and helping people identify how their body is adapting, responding, and growing with a tailored program just for them. We are LGBTQ and women-owned and we’ve never been afraid to show up in the fitness space with strong opinions and strong language because we believe in everything we teach people.
What should our readers know about your business?
I’m a highschool drop out with a Masters degree. I’m a couch potato turned elite powerlifter. Every setback I’ve encountered in life has taught me a lesson and helped me fight to be more resilient and innovative so that I could achieve success. Barpath Fitness was a dream when my partner and I first started back in 2016. We had no start-up money, but we were two highly educated females with over a decade of experience in fitness at the time. Even with our experience and credentials in strength and performance, we found the “serious” areas of the fitness industry to be dominated by males. We set out to prove that we had nothing to prove. We slowly built a business and a roster of success stories that speaks for itself. There is a tendency in this industry to sell a specific narrative to consumers: “You’re not good enough.” We didn’t want to sell that. We don’t believe that. We wanted to focus on peoples’ strengths and help them discover the best versions of themselves. Additionally, I believe in giving back. I’m also the Director of Fitness at the Colorado School of Mines where I teach prep courses to help students (and non students) prep for a national exam to become Personal Trainers or Group Fitness Instructors. I also mentor a small group of trainers to help them grow their business online. I have always been in leadership roles both within higher education and within the fitness and health club industry, and I think it comes naturally to me to teach and develop those who are looking for help navigating their profession.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I eat very clean most of the time, but I also enjoy delicious food. My favorite Denver restaurant is Just BE Kitchen. This women-owned business delivers gluten-free, grain-free and refined sugar free meals (and cocktails!) that are delicious! They also offer Paleo, Whole30, KETO & AIP friendly options. The owner is very responsive and her team is always coming up with great foods I can eat without having any negative side effects for my gut. Aside from that, I’m a fan of the new Strongman gym Blacklist Athletics in Centennial where I’ll be coaching an Intro to Powerlifting class soon. I’d probably take a friend to hit up one of their classes before dinner. Lastly, my partner and I (and our dog Larry) love hiking and we’d definitely check out some of our favorite hiking spots near Red Rocks, Golden, or Evergreen.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to dedicate my shoutout to my partner (in business and in life) Katie Kollath. She is my rock and my foundation. She helps me recognize my strengths and encourages me to tackle my weaknesses. I am inspired by her knowledge and dedication to her work every day.
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