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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