Studio Seva Takes Fitness to New Heights
Nov02

Studio Seva Takes Fitness to New Heights

Think about that rush of joy as a kid, as you sprinted toward the monkey bars at recess. Remember how fun it was to climb them and hang upside down? Sometimes, we get too caught up in the day-to-day to allow ourselves the play time we need. Luckily, Fort Wayne just got its own version of an adult playground. Studio Seva now has aerial fitness classes! I spoke with Owner Joni McCarran about the studio’s new toys (okay, and played on them a bit) and how Studio Seva is taking fitness to new heights.   Located on the other side of the North Anthony Corridor Mural, Studio Seva opened in 2012 and has continued to be a welcoming, yogi community. Offering Hatha, Iyengar, and rope wall yoga, Joni took particular interest in the playfulness of aerial yoga, using silk hammocks as props in class. This year, she made the decision that she really wanted to bring more aerial options to the studio and Fort Wayne. Through her research, she found the perfect apparatuses for an adult playground: Tissu (aerial silks), Corde Lisse (smooth rope), Lyra (aerial hoop) and my personal favorite, Corde Volante (static cloud swing), which is a soft rope affixed to the ceiling at each end that hangs like a swing (whee!).   While you play, you also get a great work out! Aerial fitness is an exciting alternative to typical bootcamp classes and traditional strength training. Classes are sequenced with equal parts work and play. Conditioning exercises will build your upper body, core, leg, and grip strength and increase mobility in your hips, legs, and shoulders. This prepares you for climbs, stands, sits, and eventually, inversions! Being up high, upside down, or both can be a little intimidating at first, but all of the conditioning exercises in class safely prepare you to do all kinds of cool tricks and Instagram-worthy poses.   In discussing the new aerial classes, Joni is most proud of the fact that anybody can do them. “There’s so much variety in class, that it truly is all levels. We offer everything from the fundamentals and beginner strength training to trick combinations and aerial dance. That’s the beauty of aerial arts. You don’t have to be a Cirque du Soleil performer, just bring a good attitude and be willing to try something new. I love watching students in class over time, because you can see confidence emanating from them through their development as aerialists. We strive to have fun and work toward progress, not perfection.”   If you’re ready to try something fun and challenging, definitely check out the aerial classes at Studio Seva. You can peruse the schedule and class pricing packages here. Joni also hinted that you may be...

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Get Your Sweat On Series: Stout Barbell
Mar29

Get Your Sweat On Series: Stout Barbell

Over the decades, fitness trends have come and gone. Today, people are pushing to be more than a number on a scale or look a certain way. They want to be strong. If you’re a fan of lifting weights like I am and want to delve deeper into strength sports, you should check out Stout Barbell.   Founded in 2011 by John O’Connor, the gym caters to athletes training for sports like powerlifting, strongman, and the Scottish Highland games. Whether you’re a seasoned lifter looking to compete or a newer weight slinger wanting a challenge, Stout Barbell is the place to train. So, which strength sport should you try? Here’s an overview of the most common sports among Stout members: Powerlifting: This sport tests your maximum strength in three lifts: the Squat, the Bench Press, and the Deadlift. You have three attempts at each lift to progressively increase the weight at each attempt. Competitors are placed in divisions based on weight, gender, and age. Powerlifting is great for fairly new lifters to get their feet wet! Strongman: You may have seen the top Strongman competitors pulling semi trucks on the World’s Strongest Man. Don’t worry; you won’t have to do this at your first competition. Strongman tests your speed and strength with events like log press, tire flips, atlas stone loading, farmers holds, and many other unique events. Some events are done for maximum distance or repetitions in a certain time frame or completing an event in the fastest time. Like powerlifting, strongman competitors are placed in divisions based on weight, gender, and age. Highland games: If you threw shot put and discus or just love wearing kilts, the Scottish Highland games might be the sport for you. The goal is maximum effort in events like hammer throws, stone throws, sheaf toss (grab your pitchfork and throw a stuffed burlap sack for height), weight throws, and the caber toss (a giant telephone pole you try to flip). Classes are divided by age, gender, and ability level. Stout is the only gym in Fort Wayne that houses a variety of heavy athletics equipment, including atlas stones, car deadlift, throwing implements, and specialty bars. So, no matter what your sport, there’s something for everyone’s training! Even if you don’t choose to compete in anything, there’s more than enough equipment to keep your workouts fresh and fun when you’re in a fitness slump. New to lifting? Members are more than willing to help you out. John regularly trains people new to Strongman on Saturday mornings. If you’re willing to learn, they’re willing to teach. We all started somewhere, so don’t be afraid to ask...

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LFW Fun File
Sep24

LFW Fun File

A little bit of everything this week. We have educational, charitable and entertaining events for you! As always all our events and more are on our calendar. If you would like your event to be seen on the LFW Fun File please email info@livingfortwayne.com. 1. The Twisted Spelling Bee 2. Nuvena’s Fall Seminar 3. Project Learning Tree 4. Fort4Fitness 5. Engage with an IPFW Scientist Series “How to Make Pennies Float, and other interesting Phenomena” 6. Doggone Best Chili Challenge 7. Better Block Days!  8. LFW Film Series: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off 9. The Marvelous Wonderettes 10. IPFW Multiple Sclerosis Educational...

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Looking for a new kind of yoga class? Go outdoors!
Aug12

Looking for a new kind of yoga class? Go outdoors!

For me, yoga and exercise classes are some of my favorite ways to relax, unwind and recharge. In the summertime, I also crave sunshine and fresh air, especially after sitting inside at a desk for eight hours. Running and kayaking help me bring my exercise routine outside. But when my legs need a rest and paddling doesn’t fit into the schedule, I’ve found several outdoor yoga or yoga-inspired exercise classes that leave me feeling refreshed – and give me my daily dose of vitamin D and fresh air. If you’re looking to unwind, there’s nothing quite as energizing as the combination of sunshine, warm breezes and yoga! Here are some of my favorite outdoor yoga and exercise offerings:   Evolve Boot Camp Where: Wells Street Bridge (Fort Wayne Outfitters & Bike Depot) When: Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30 pm (Weather permitting; class moves indoors in October) Cost: $15 drop-in for a single class, or $10/week monthly rate ($40 or $50 per month) Bring: Gym shoes, a water bottle, comfortable clothing Visit the Evolve Personal Fitness website or Facebook page for more info or to check for cancellations. This isn’t a yoga class, per se, but it is a circuit-training class that combines challenging, playful movements with dynamic yoga-inspired stretching and poses. Jina Lauer, founder of Evolve Personal Fitness, created the class to help people build functional, overall strength and learn how to move their bodies in new ways. The class combines strength, flexibility, agility, cardio, and core stabilization exercises. Jina is a Certified Personal Trainer, a Registered Yoga Alliance Teacher and a Certified Primary Nutrition Coach. She teaches yoga classes at Studio Seva, provides private yoga and personal training, and teaches similar Boot Camp classes indoors during the winter months (October through April). Jina hopes the class lets people build confidence and rediscover the mobility and joy they’ve lost in their adult lives. “Most of us grew up moving around and playing,” she says. “Then we grew up, sat down, and started working. This class allows you to bring mobility back to your body. It allows you to gain an awareness to truly understand what your body is capable of. Longevity in movement and daily energy is the sustainable goal. It gives you a renewed sense of energy and is completely worth it!”   Yoga on the Bridge with Gretchen Where: Wells Street Bridge (Fort Wayne Outfitters & Bike Depot) When: Wednesdays, 6-7 pm (May through September; weather permitting) Cost: $10 drop-in Bring: A yoga mat, a block and strap (if you have one, limited extras provided) Visit the Gretchen Fruchey Yoga website or Facebook page for more info or to check for cancellations....

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Fort Wayne’s Smallest Winner: My Journey, Part 2
Apr15

Fort Wayne’s Smallest Winner: My Journey, Part 2

Well, here we are in week three of training, and so much has happened already. It’s been such a whirlwind experience that the last two weeks have gone by pretty fast – thank goodness! The trainers are starting to ramp up the intensity now that we’re in week three, and it’s pretty rough. I’ll have to admit that yesterday’s workout brought a few tears to my eyes as I struggled through it. Two minutes of planking…really??!! But, I am already seeing signs of muscles in my arms that I don’t remember ever seeing. Cicely, one of our trainers, likes to tell us that if we can’t challenge ourselves, then we can’t change ourselves. I try to keep that in mind as I’m whimpering and waddling over to my water bottle for a break. One of the most surprising things that occurred in these last two weeks was my participation in Saint Francis’ Formula for Life 5K last Sunday. I have never been part of anything like that before, and I was kind of nervous. Here’s a little not-so-secret about me: I hate running. I hate everything about it. But that mentality will soon have to change as we are starting to train to run a half marathon at the end of our season. Anyway – I decided that I would power-walk the 5K while pushing my 13-month-old in the stroller, and I committed to jogging the remaining 200 feet to the finish. Boy, did I get more of a workout than I bargained for! After finishing the race, it occurred to me that maybe one big reason why I hated running so much is because my breathing technique is absolutely horrible. I’ll definitely have to work on that. However, I was very pleasantly surprised with my time. I finished at 41:33.5! I am still pretty proud of myself considering that I walked the whole time. And the best part was being at the finish line to cheer on my fellow Season 8 teammates along with my sister, Mom, and Step Dad. I have such an awesome family! Aside from all the working out, there is the nutritional side of things. The first week seemed pretty easy, but I think my body didn’t have time to notice because it was in shock. Now that we are in the third week,  I find that I am getting some cravings, and my desire to eat my feelings away creeps in and out. I have such an emotional connection with food and that is a hard relationship to break. Just this morning I had to fight off urges to drive through McDonald’s for a...

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