Non-traditional Fitness Options Produce Serious Results

A couple of weeks ago we highlighted some of the local health and wellness options available in the Fort. What many residents don’t know is there are some non-traditional forms of fitness available in the Summit City as well, specifically CrossFit and Yoga.

Simply put, CrossFit can be defined as “constantly varied, high-intensity, functional movement.” Workouts are based on real-life activities intensified to improve strength and conditioning to attain maximum results. CrossFit competitions are starting to pop up on cable TV, featuring some of the most physically fit, balanced, and agile athletes on the planet.

A quick internet search of “CrossFit Fort Wayne” turns up several gyms scattered around the city, including Mad Apple CrossFit, Guerilla CrossFit, CrossFit Praus, CrossFit Fort Wayne, CrossFit Tactical Strength, and Utopian CrossFit (which sounds like an oxymoron to this out-of-shape writer). We encourage you to check out their websites to learn more about joining a class or workout.

Another type of fitness activity, which is docile in nature, but does not lack in intensity or results, is yoga. The basic definition of yoga is “a system of exercises for attaining bodily or mental control and well-being.” To the untrained eye it really just looks like people stretching and contorting their bodies in the most uncomfortable ways possible, but anyone who does yoga regularly will tell you just the opposite.

After an intense yoga session a participant often feels refreshed and relaxed, despite having just finished being a human pretzel. That’s because it allows the mind to quiet itself, and specific positions can help release stress, improve digestion, and boost oxygen levels to the brain. Additional benefits of yoga can include weight loss, reduced risk of injury, improved muscle strength and tone, and increased flexibility.

Again, using the wonderful tool of internet search reveals a number of local yoga studios: Simply Yoga, Prana Yoga School, Studio Seva, Urban Body Santuary, and LOTUS Yoga; some of the more traditional, fully-equipped fitness centers in town also offer yoga classes.

It’s important to take care of our minds as well as our bodies, so whether that’s through traditional or non-traditional methods there are a great number of organizations and facilities in Fort Wayne that are loaded with people who would be more than happy to help you get in shape and stay there.

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Jake Pickett

Author: Jake Pickett

Jake plays a marketing professional by day at Sweetwater, and lives the family life by night. Between sleeps he tries to avoid injury while playing sports, eats more sweets and less veggies than he should, is all-in on the craft beer bandwagon, enjoys live music but doesn't play anything, and loves his family zealously.

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