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 Top Picks for Non-Traditional Holiday Traditions
Nov24

LFW Top Picks for Non-Traditional Holiday Traditions

Here’s a list of Living Fort Wayne’s Top Picks for Non-Traditional Holiday Traditions! Enjoy! Jade Kelsey – Partnership Development Co-Chair Last year, I joined some friends who had established a tradition of a nighttime downtown run (3ish miles), to end precisely in front of the Santa during the lighting ceremony. I thought it was very cool (and a little cold 🙂 ) Lynn Altevogt – Editorial Chair For the past few years, my friends and I have gathered everyone together for a weekend in November for a festivity that we have affectionately dubbed “Friendsgiving.” We try to plan it out in advance so that our friends that live out of town can join in on the fun. Basically, we just divvy up all of the responsibilities so that everyone brings a dish or a drink and then we share everything! It’s a fun way to celebrate a holiday that’s typically reserved for family with all of our friends. We eat way too much food, have a little (or a lot of) wine, play games, and revel in the fact that we can successfully cook a turkey. Becca Bell – Contributing Writer I live in less square footage than is appropriate for hosting gatherings. Luckily, I have cool friends — and my favorite traditions are my friends’ holiday parties. Unlike other (obligatory) seasonal shindigs, these events don’t require biting my tongue through a political discussion or trying to remember everyone’s spouses’ names. To help us all unwind after hours of “quality family time,” I have a friend who hosts a “PTSD” gathering (an appropriate acronym for Post-Turkey Superfluous Drinking). This year, a few other friends are hosting a Boxing Day Brunch carry-in — with a strict pajamas-only uniform. (Because honestly, who wants to wear real clothes on Dec. 26th?) Beside the non-traditional gatherings, I also love the festive December races. The Ugly Sweater Run lets you wear your holiday worst for a fun, uncompetitive jog downtown. For more “serious” runners, the Gingerbread Pursuit lets you make fresh tracks in a lovely morning snowfall (usually), and includes a freshly baked gingerbread cookie at the finish. Emily Farmer – Street Team Chair With 3 young kids who pick and choose what foods they like/don’t like on a daily basis, Thanksgiving can be stressful… especially after spending hours in the kitchen only to have the kids eat a peanut butter sandwich. Oddly enough, after all these years of cooking and entertaining, both my Mom and Mother-In-Law opted for a low-stress and no-mess Thanksgiving last year. So now our new annual “non-traditional” Thanksgiving consists of our families meeting at Cracker Barrel for lunch (where the kids can...

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LFW’s Top Picks for Fall Activities
Oct20

LFW’s Top Picks for Fall Activities

The team here at Living Fort Wayne considers ourselves a pretty hip bunch. But we will jump right in on the fall-lovin’, pumpkin-spice-latte-drinkin’, sweater-wearin’ bandwagon when the leaves start to change and there’s a bit of a chill in the air. So here are our top picks for all things fall in Fort Wayne. Is there anything we missed? Let us know in the comments! Leslie Snare – Director at Large My vote is for the Amazing Fall Fun corn maze and farm. It is such a great family activity and not too far outside of the city. They have a 12-acre corn maze as well as one of the largest and most unique pumpkin patches in Indiana! Becca Bell – Editorial Contributor I’m not a big autumn fan, but I do enjoy the River City Rat Race, gourmet giant caramel apples from DeBrand’s Fine Chocolates, and kayaking anywhere with colorful foliage. Sarah Pine – Social Media Contributor One of my favorite fall activities is going to Advanced Tree Technology in New Haven! It’s a great place to go with family or friends to pick delicious apples from their rows and rows of beautiful apple trees, pick out some pumpkins and get some apple cider. Lynn Altevogt – Editorial Chair I am really looking forward to checking out the Haunted History: The Darker Side of West Central put on by ARCH. I am not usually one for scary tours, but I am a bit of a history buff. Plus, my boyfriend used to live in the one of the featured “haunted” buildings, so I’m very curious to see what secrets may lie within its walls. The tour will take off from the USF Performing Arts Building (formerly the Scottish Rite) and is only $10. Click the link above for more details. Wendy Englehart – Committee Co-Chair Watch a football game! And I’m not talking about from your couch. As a proud 05’er, I can hear Northside’s marching band, the national anthem and every touchdown cheer on Friday nights. There’s something very “fall” about school pride and cold bleacher seats. My vote this fall is to grab some coffee, or a giant hot dog, and watch some football the old school way. Jade Haag – Calendar and Events Chair I love biking and running at the New Haven Rivergreenway! Fall is the time to get in some exercise and breathe in the crisp, cool air. YLNI’s Winter Farmer’s Market is a nice change of pace from the heavy meals and desserts that come with the fall and wintertime. And last but not least, Fortezza, Old Crown or Firefly are the places to go for...

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LFW’s Top Picks for Halloween
Oct14

LFW’s Top Picks for Halloween

We are back again with another of list of our top picks for area activities! This time around, we’re discussing our favorite things to do for Halloween in (and around) Fort Wayne.   Jade Haag – Calendar & Events Chair Zombie Overnight: Survive The Outbreak You get to spend the night at Science Central on October 23rd! Keeping with the zombie theme, but safely tailored to ages 6 and up. The science center will host the first of its new overnight programs called, “Zombie Overnight: Survive The Outbreak”. Participants are encouraged to grab their pillows and sleeping bags and prepare for an impending Zombie Apocalypse. Kids will explore Science Central after dark and get hands-on with experiments not for the faint of heart. Spend the night among the exhibits and wake up to a light breakfast. Children must be 6 years old to attend. Families and groups must maintain a ratio of at least 1 adult to 8 children. Chaperones must stay with children at all times. Tickets purchased online cost $18.00 per person. Tickets purchased before Friday, September 18, cost $15.00 per person.   Becca Bell – Contributing Writer As an architecture and history buff, I love the haunted history tours presented by ARCH. You get to explore downtown while learning about our city’s past. After hearing all the sordid and spooky stories, you’ll never look at Fort Wayne landmarks the same way again! Murder, Mystery and Mayhem Tours – October 17th Haunted History of West Central Walking Tour – October 24th http://archfw.org/events/   Jade Kelsey – Partnership Development Co-Chair Howl O’ Ween is a family-friendly “safe” celebration that takes place throughout the sanctuary. Park at the 4-H park adjacent to Black Pine and enjoy a free horse-drawn wagon ride to the sanctuary! Enjoy seasonal decor, and animals, a bonfire, and refreshments. Trick-or-Treat stations will be set up for the ghosts and goblins, too! Costumes optional. (Staff reserves the right to restrict access for especially elaborate, large, unusual costumes that may disturb the animals.) Dress for outdoor activities, some shelter provided. All proceeds help fund the winter care of the animals. Saturday, October 31, 3-6 p.m. Admission: $5.00 per person, ages 3 and up. Park Pals free! http://www.blackpine.org/index.php/visit-us/special-events/howl-o-ween   Tim Zink – Committee Co-Chair Check out the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo “Wild Zoo Halloween,” an area favorite, October 16-18, 22-25, 29-31. Guests can trick-or-treat, see the animals, get pumpkins, and...

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Living Fort Wayne’s Top Picks for First Date Activities
Oct05

Living Fort Wayne’s Top Picks for First Date Activities

Living Fort Wayne is here for you, and we are planning to show you that with our new series: LFW’s Top Picks. We will be bringing you our top picks of everything in the great city of Fort Wayne from restaurants to sledding spots. And in our first installment, we bring you the best first date activities. We can guarantee you approximately an 85% success rate in garnering a second date if you use any of these ideas on your first date. If you use everything on this list…you might as well propose on the spot. Wendy Englehart – Committee Co-Chair Catch some live music and great coffee at The Friendly Fox. Then head to DeBrand Fine Chocolates for some truly decadent desserts and chocolate. Lynn Altevogt – Editorial Chair Take your date to a Let’s Comedy show. The group is constantly bringing amazing comedians to FW; this is a great test to see if you two have a similar sense of humor. After the show, you can meander up to the bar at CS3 for drinks. Jade Kelsey – Partnership Development Co-Chair Rent kayaks from Fort Wayne Outfitters, and spend a couple of hours exploring the rivers. Use that calorie deficit to indulge in a dessert at Sweets So Geek. Tim Zink – Committee Co-Chair Head to Hyde Brothers Booksellers – two stories of countless books where quieter types can explore shared interests together. Follow this with a stroll down Wells Street. For lunch, head around the corner to Caliente Cuban Cafe – not the biggest place in town, but if you like Cuban sandwiches and small, locally-owned establishments with character, this place rocks! Spend the afternoon at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo – a Fort Wayne favorite since 1965, who knows how many dates have happened here. Even the monkeys have love in the air. Leslie Snare – Director at Large Meet at Fortezza for coffee and then catch an independent flick at the Cinema Center. After the film, head to Summit City Brewerks for beer flights and snacks. Jade Haag – Calendar and Events Chair Check out the production of Anything Goes at IPFW, then head to Old Crown for some delicious food and drinks or freshly brewed coffee, whichever your proclivity. Courtney Bell – Technology Chair Take an afternoon stroll on the Pufferbelly Trail followed by a visit to Two EE’s Winery for a tasting and some wine slushies. Becca Bell – Contributing Writer Browse Fancy & Staple and Antiques on Broadway together. Then get a Bloody Mary at the Brass Rail, which is basically like a meal inside a drink. After that, you can...

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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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