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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Get Your Sweat On Series: Violet Expressions
Feb23

Get Your Sweat On Series: Violet Expressions

With Spring Break and warmer months just around the corner, many people are starting to look into ways to get in shape. Are you bored with the 24-hour gym scene? Do you need some fun in your workout regimen? Pole fitness might be what you’re looking for! Violet Expressions Pole Dance and Fitness Studio is Northeast Indiana’s premiere pole dance and fitness studio located in downtown Fort Wayne, inside Boudoir Noir. So, what is pole fitness? While it has its roots in exotic dance, pole fitness is based on the strength, flexibility, and endurance aspects of the sport. In a typical class, you can expect to do exercises to increase your strength such as pole pull-ups, learn how to properly perform pole tricks and dance moves, and increase your cardio endurance and flexibility. You’ve got your water bottle in hand and your shorts and tank top on, ready to begin your pole journey. While it can be nerve-wracking to step into class for the first time, the welcoming staff of instructors at Violet Expressions creates a fun, judgment-free environment to make you feel comfortable the moment you enter the studio. No matter if you have years of dance experience or two left feet, there is a level that suits your abilities and goes at the pace you need to progress. The instructors work in class sizes of six to ten students, providing each student with plenty of individual attention throughout class. At Violet Expressions, there are several class options. Pole trick classes focus on learning and refining pole moves each class based on your skill level. Maybe you have a dance background and are itching to get back into it. Multi-level choreography is open to all students. In this class, you’ll learn a short dance piece with only one or two pole moves. It’s a fun way to express yourself creatively and get in touch with your inner performer without the stage! Flexibility class shows you the safe way to increase your range of motion while strengthening the muscles you use in different poses such as the splits, back bends, and handstands. Some classes are also heels friendly. Newer class offerings that begin this week at the studio include chair dance, pole cardio & conditioning, and pole theatrics. Many polers who regularly come to classes lose weight, increase their muscle tone, and gain an abundance of self-confidence! Violet Expressions welcomes people from all backgrounds to come in and find their pole style. Whether your focus is fitness, intertwining more traditional dance styles such as modern or ballet with pole dance, or you want to come explore your exotic side, there’s something...

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Show & Tell: Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park
Jan07

Show & Tell: Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park

Sometimes I look at my kids and wonder if I ever acted the same way or said the most ridiculous things. Don’t tell my mother that I said that – I would get a phone call with a giggle on the other end. Last week Kennedy needed to get blood work done. As an 8 year-old, this was very nerve-racking for her as she has never had to do something like that before. But, I was very proud of her because she was brave and handled it as best she could. Ok, and I bribed her with $20. Afterward, we went home and she decided that getting blood work done entitled her to relax and be exempt from doing anything but be lazy for the rest of the day. She was on the couch playing games on her tablet for about two hours when I finally intervened. “Alright, Kennedy. It’s time to get up and do something besides play on that tablet.” “Ughhhh. But Mom! I can’t move my legs…and my arms are really weak…and I…I think that the blood work gave me a full-body infection, Mom. I just can’t do the things that I used to. You should probably call the doctor – I’ll wait here on the couch.” Wow. After 8 1/2 years, I thought I had heard some of the most creative excuses, but that one was by far the best yet. I couldn’t even make that up. “Ok, I’ll call the doctor and send you to his office while Daddy and I take Aylee to Sky Zone. We planned to take you kids there today.” “What?! Wait…let me try walking and see if the infection is wearing off.” She jumps up from the couch and sheepishly limps from one end of the couch to the other. She goes back and forth until after the fourth time she is no longer limping. “See, look! I’m feeling much better! Could you not call the doctor? I think I’ll be just fine.” Hmph. After that amazing attempt to have a lazy day and keep her nose in her tablet, we all headed off to Sky Zone. Once we arrived, it was difficult to find parking because they were so busy, which is a good sign that it’s a popular place. We walked in and were greeted with the sounds of laughter and people yelling from afar in excitement. You just can’t help but feed off the energy once you step inside that door! We went to the counter and handed in our waivers that we completed online at home, then also purchased our Sky Socks. These are special...

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Wealth of Wellness Options in the Fort
Jan28

Wealth of Wellness Options in the Fort

Anyone who has held, and utilized, a gym membership understands the mass influx that takes place at the start of the new year. Resolutions are made, Christmas cookies have taken their toll, and it’s too cold to run outside for most of us sane people (no offense to those bold souls who brave the tundra). Right around now, it’s likely more crowded than ever where you work out. Luckily for Fort Wayne residents, we have a relatively strong amount of fitness options with a wide range of membership fees, amenities offered, and hours of operation. For decades, YMCA has played an integral role in promoting health and wellness in our community. The non-profit has beautiful updated facilities southwest, north, and downtown, with a new branch planned for the northeast side. With a plethora of classes, children and adult programs, pools, basketball courts, racquetball courts, parks, play areas, and more, there is something to do for someone of any age, regardless of the time of year. A couple of long-standing Fort Wayne fitness traditions are Summit City Fitness near Trier and Maplecrest on the northeast side of town, and Spiece Fitness, located inside the Spiece Fieldhouse not far from the mall and the car dealerships on Lima Road. Summit has been locally owned and operated since 1978, has a great neighborhood feel, and is packed with amenities at a reasonable price. Spiece not only features as many amenities as the other big clubs in town, but also plays host to some of the biggest youth basketball tournaments in the country. Moving to the lower cost end of the spectrum you’ll receive limited frills, but that doesn’t mean the facilities aren’t top-notch. Max Fitness, Planet Fitness and Anytime Fitness are each open 24/7 for eligible members and have multiple locations around the city. They may not offer nearly the selection of amenities compared to the Y, Summit, or Spiece, they make up for those shortcomings with convenience, flexibility, and significantly lower monthly rates. Whether you’re a beginner just looking to tone up or drop a couple of pounds, or a dedicated fitness fanatic, there are plenty of great places to go get a workout scattered throughout the Fort and surrounding communities. These are just some of the more traditional clubs, so if you know of a facility not listed here that you’d like to promote please feel free to submit a post to...

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