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Meet Nadia Walker of Vertical Academy in Highlands Ranch

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nadia Walker.

Nadia, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
When Barre Forte decided to open its second location, the owners thought it would be fun to bring something sexy to the fitness space. Inspiring women to “Meet Your Best”, embrace who they are in their journey brought Vertical Academy to life.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
No! Insert giggle here. To be honest, the hardest part about running a pole studio is finding instructors. Although pole has been on the fitness scene for quite some time, the pool of educated fitness-minded instructors is small.

Please tell us about Vertical Academy.
We are a locally women-owned and operated fitness concept that specializes in barre (ballet based), pole fitness and our newest addition to the family BAR(RE)BOUND™ (the crazy effective/crazy fun trampoline workout).

What do I do? Everything; I wear many different hats. My passion is the mixing of our music as well as the training of our Barre Tenders (instructors). We are known for the most intense, challenging yet ridiculously fun barre classes. Barre stems from ballet which is perceived as conservative however we really love to push the envelope.

I am most proud of our AMAZING instructors. They constantly push themselves to be better, stay ahead of the curve and their loyalty is fierce.

Our music sets us apart from other studios, hands down. We are not a competitive studio; community trumps competition! The environment is inviting for women and men of all shapes, sizes, fitness experiences and backgrounds. We are a community, a tribe, a family. It’s easy to grow and to be yourself.

Also, our welcoming vibe and … we invite you to come see for yourself! Use promo code VOYAGEDENVERFREE for a class on us!

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
If I had to start over… That’s a good question. Probably not a lot because a lot of our failures have led to our success and growth today.


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