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FIT-SPIRATION // 10 Facts About Peggy!

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Living Fit [Columbus] run crew member highlight – Peggy Bohn

Peggy is Teresa’s mother & basically a stand in mom for all the girls in our running img_2532group!  With bachelor’s degrees in both nutrition and chemistry, she knows a lot about health and the science behind it.  She enjoys cooking healthy meals, meeting new fit-minded people and chasing around her grandkids.

As a side note, I [Teresa] am extremely inspired by my mom’s commitment to fitness & health.  She is a great example to myself and all those around her that hard work pays off.  I hope to be just like her when I grow up! 🙂

Ten FIT facts about Peggy   

What is your inspiration for Living Fit? 

Aging gracefully, being in good ‘heart’ health and keeping up with my grandchildren!  

What is your diet like?

Clean eating!  I love shopping at Whole Foods & Fresh Thyme, buying primarily organic items.  I aim for mostly vegetables, with a mix of lean proteins, berries, smoothies, nuts and the occasional treat.  One of my mother’s mottos was “Life’s uncertain, eat dessert first!”  I remind myself of this when searching for a chocolate delight. 🙂 

Some of Peggy’s favorite things…

Favorite way to sweat:  OTF.  I’m an addicted member at Orange Theory Fitness, Hilliard and go there 3-5 times per week.  I also attend most of the Living Fit Columbus group runs and activities through out the year.   I prefer walking over running and enjoy power & vinyasa yoga. fullsizerender

Favorite FIT places around Columbus:    

  • OTF!
  • Dublin Rd trail, where our Living Fit group runs
  • Harbor Yoga (whew, its HOT!) 
  • Mat Happy 

Cheat treat:  chocolate, although I often search for some with nuts to lower the glycemic index 

Cheat meal:  pizza  

Race distance:  Two feet. Ha!!  Although I enjoy walking and often make myself jog to get into the ‘orange zone’ I do not really enjoy distance races.  My daughter and I have done a few destination half marathons, but that is the longest distance I’ll ever train for.  If I had to choose, I’d definitely say a 5K.  

Workout gear of choice:  Bend Active

FIT goals:

  • Maintain my weight.  Finally under 130, thanks to clean eating, Living Fit gals and OTF! 
  • Stay healthy & active to keep up with my grandchildren; JP 3.5 years & Maddie Jane 10 months.

Overall Mantra:  For me, its a challenge to stay fit.  Its not easy.  Its hard work!  But if I want to be healthy and maintain my weight, I have to work for it.  My mother had a magnet on her fridge that read, “Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels.” 

How do you take your coffee?  Black usually.  But only to be healthy.  I’d prefer cream! 

Thanks Peggy!  Or should I say, Mom!

Check out some of our previous interviews on our FIT-spotlight and Featured Success Stories pages.

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Living Fit Cbus 2017 Winter Challenge Coming Soon!

Our 4th Winter Challenge is right around the corner!  We are in the final planning stages and enrollment will be open through Jan 22.  This will be an eight week FREE challenge in which you record your own successes (honor system), share them with our team for motivation & can even earn prizes along the way!

We will be working with Rachel from The Beauty Boost and Adam & Laura from Bend Active to coordinate a RUN+YOGA event, as well as promoting other exciting fitness opportunities.  The fun kicks off with the Beauty Boost’s TASTE OF FITNESS on Jan 15, one of many  bonus challenges promoted throughout the eight weeks.  Sign up soon as this event may sell out! *You do not have to attend the TOF to join the 8 week challenge* 

For previous challenges, check out our FITNESS & HEALTH CHALLENGES page.  For more information or to participate, email us at LivingFitColumbus@gmail.com – hope to see you in 2017, both on the mat & the trails!

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SUNDAY SHOUTOUT! [Balanced Yoga]

Sunday Shoutout & Tour of Columbus – Balanced Yoga Pre-natal class

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We’ve checked out Balanced Yoga in Clintonville previously, but since then they’ve done a major overhaul…. and this time we tested a pre-natal class!  Here is a quick recap of our visit…

Thoughts by Teresa:

Having only been to Balanced one other time about a year ago, I was surprised by their renovations.  The entry way was open and stylish, with a small retail section (one of our favorite Bend Active shirts was on display!) and lots of storage for shoes and personal items.  As we headed upstairs, the renovations continued and the studio room we entered had a great vibe to it.  Here is a quick tour, thanks to our handy iPhones…

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I wasn’t sure what to expect, as this was my first ever pre-natal class.  Frankie, the instructor, greeted us with a smile and I felt like I sort of already knew her since I’d stalked her bio on the Balanced web site. She was friendly and very knowledgeable about yoga, pregnancy and momma-hood.  Although I did expect it to be slower than the cardio-like power vinyasa classes we are used to, I was pleasantly surprised that we still did several power poses that challenged me.  Frankie gave many modifications for the various stages of pregnancy and at almost 37 weeks, I had no shame in dropping to child’s pose when needed.  I enjoyed the class very much and if the studio were closer, I would probably go regularly these last few weeks!

Thoughts by Christine:

I love the vibe of a room when you gather with a group of like-minded women. It felt like a special treat to myself to be surrounded by others going through the pregnancy experience with me.  It was wonderful to see some celebrating the start of their pregnancy journey and motivating to see the ladies nearing the end of their pregnancy still take the time to nourish their body and spirit. I felt no judgement in the room and was completely comfortable doing what felt good for my body.

Some things I enjoyed [and observed] about the pre-natal class at Balanced…

  • The vibe of this class, although slower than our typical class, still had some spunk to it!  Music was playing in the background, and the instructor spent time moving around the room and offering assistance or adjustments.
  • The class was a balance of active poses, stretching and relaxation. At my stage in pregnancy (17 weeks) I am still very active and able to attend Power Vinyasa and Flow classes two-three times a week.  It can be hard for me to slow down and take it easy!  I thought this class was great because we still worked on strength building in our legs, and went into traditional poses like down dog and chaturanga (with options to modify) that I love, but we also took it slow and were instructed to pay attention to our breath and our bodies throughout the practice. In all yoga classes we are reminded that if something doesn’t feel good, we shouldn’t do it, and this is especially important during the various stages and changes in our pregnant bodies. Shavasana while propped up on blocks and a bolster was so great.
  • The studio has been recently renovated and is beautiful and inviting. There are three rooms for classes and plenty of bathrooms and spaces for personal storage. The only downside to the location is that parking off High St. can be tough during a busy time of day.

I can see myself enjoying this class throughout the rest of pregnancy, now when I am more active, and then deep into my third trimester when I still want to move, but need to tailor my activity to my pregnant body.

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Christine, demo-ing the modified plank… one of many modifications Frankie offered.

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Christine [left, 17 weeks] and Teresa [right, 36.5 weeks]

Overall we both enjoyed the class very much and give it two (or rather four) thumbs up!  More details…

  • Suggestions:  bring your own mat (rental = $3), get there early due to street parking
  • Drop in class was $15, liked that you could do one pre-natal class (many studios that offer it require a series) 

 

 

 

Upcoming “Sweaty” Events

Thursday, March 12 – tonight!

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Saturday, March 14

We will be joining Columbus Running Company Dublin @ 8AM on their St Patty’s Day run.  We attended last year and had a blast!

Joined up with CRC for a day!

Joined up with CRC for a day ~ 2014

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Sunday, March 15 [This class is not open to the public, but email us if you run with Living Fit!]

Lagree Fitness class at The Butcher Shop Fitness

Instructor: Rachel Wilson of barre-OM

Bring: water & grip socks (they have loaners if needed)

We checked out a few of their classes ~ Lagree and Spin ~ back in January when we were testing out Class Pass.  Excited to go back and visit again!

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March barre-OM events

Love yoga & barre?  Rachel’s Barre-OM™ incorporates aspects of ballet, pilates, and yoga.  New apparel and teacher training workshops are coming soon too!

  • 3/15 Donation-based barre-OM fusion 60 min class at Bend Active (Upper Arlington) at 11am (sign-up by emailing “barre-OM SIGN-UP to info@bendactive.com)
  • 3/20  Barre/Yoga Fusion at Replenish: the spa co-op $20/pp at 7:30pm (German Village)
  • 3/22 Barre Basics 75 min workshop at Pai Yoga & Fitness (Gahanna) at 3pm (sign-up for PAI workshops at www.paiyogafitness.com)
  • 3/22  Barre/Yoga Fusion 75 minute workshop at Pai Yoga & Fitness (Gahanna) at 4:30pm (sign up at www.replenishwith.us)

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For more info on upcoming events that we are attending and/or planning, visit our Living Fit EVENTS page and calendar.

Have a fantastic, sweaty week!


RUN + Runner’s YOGA event today!

Excited for our complimentary event today ~ come join us at Bend Active on Lane Avenue, public welcome!

Here is our agenda; times are approximate, we’ll try to keep you on track…

  • 1:20 Meet & Greet @ Bend Active
  • 1:30 5K run with Teresa G & Living Fit Columbus
  • 2:15 Runner’s Yoga with Rachel K of The Beauty Barre
  • 2:45 Photos & shopping

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Come do some sweatin’ and shopping at BEND

Lots of fit-fashion leggings, tops and more!

Weekly “Sweaty” Events

Upcoming activities & events…

Friday, March 6

We are taking a group class at V Power Yoga tomorrow at 6:30PM with guest instructor, Laurel Hodory of Living Yoga.  SUPER excited about this meet up!!

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We LOVE V Power, check out our previous post HERE.

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Saturday, March 7
  • Group run at Winans Dublin
  • Some runners are meeting at 8:00AM and others at 8:30AM to do various mileages.  Paces range from 9:00-12:00/mile.  We usually stick around for coffee [and water, of course] after.  Come join us!

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Sunday, March 8   rachel-about2

Yoga For Runners 
1:30PM – 3:00PM

Bend Active @ The Shops on Lane Ave

1595 W Lane Ave
Upper Arlington, OH 43221
614-817-1100
Bring: Running shoes, mat, water
Want to work on hip stretches and learn more about how yoga can benefit you when you run?  Join us for a COMPLIMENTARY Run+Yoga event at Bend Active!
  • ARRIVAL: Plan to arrive around 1:20ish for a quick meet & greet and drop yoga stuff @ Bend.
  • RUN:  We will leave PROMPTLY at 1:30 for our run.  Some runners will do 3 and some hope to get in 4 miles.  We will end back at Bend to transition into our “Yoga for Runners” class.
  • YOGA:  Led by Rachel Kerr of The Beauty Barre, this will be a “stretching” type class where we work on specific stretches great for runners hip flexors, hamstrings, quads, etc.  Class aims to begin around 2:10/2:15 and will be approximately a 30 minute class.
  • FUN!:  Stick around afterwards for…
    • Some play time to practice certain poses that require good hip flexibility
    • Group [and individual] photos
    • Discuss our Living Fit Columbus tanks and charity of choice
    • Some shopping at Bend!
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Also, coming soon…

In ONE WEEK we will begin our #ptownrunclub Thursday night runs again!  So pray for good weather and come join us!

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For more info on upcoming events that we are attending and/or planning, visit our Living Fit EVENTS page and calendar.

Photo credits and info blurbs – Bend Active, The Beauty Barre, Rachel Wilson, OTF

Weekly “Sweaty” Events – updates

Updates… TWO yoga sessions with TWO juice samples in TWO days?

We are SO excited about the remaining events we are attending this weekend, so many FIT and local companies collaborating, its amazing!

Friday, February 20

We are taking a community class at V Power Yoga tomorrow at 6:30PM with guest instructor, Matt Citriglia.  And we recently found out they are also having a little community pow-wow after!  Participating local companies include…  Screen Shot 2015-02-19 at 8.03.10 AM

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Woo hoo!  Come join us!

For a printable flyer, click here –> VPowerYoga

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 And the next morning…

Saturday, February 21  rachel-about2

Yoga For Runners 
9:45am – 11:00am

Bend Active @ The Shops on Lane Ave

1595 W Lane Ave
Upper Arlington, OH 43221
614-817-1100
Join us for a COMPLIMENTARY Run+Yoga event at Bend Active!
  • ARRIVAL: Plan to arrive between 9:30-9:40ish for a quick meet & greet and drop your yoga stuff in the store.
  • RUN:  We will leave PROMPTLY at 9:45 for our run.  Some runners will do 3 and some hope to get in 4 miles.  We will end back at Bend to transition into our “Yoga for Runners” class. [We are hoping the temperature warms up as projected, stay tuned to our Living Fit FaceBook page for last minute weather updates]
  • YOGA:  Led by Rachel Kerr of The Beauty Barre, this will be a “stretching” type class where we work on specific stretches great for runners hip flexors, hamstrings, quads, etc.
  • FUN!:  Stick around afterwards for…
    • Some play time to practice certain poses that require good hip flexibility
    • Samples from Native Cold Pressed  Screen Shot 2015-02-17 at 5.00.01 PM
    • Group [and individual] photos
    • Discuss our Living Fit Columbus tanks and charity of choice
    • Some shopping at Bend!
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For more info on upcoming events that we are attending and/or planning, visit our Living Fit EVENTS page and calendar.

Stay warm!

Photo credits and info blurbs – Bend Active, The Beauty Barre, V Power Yoga

Weekly “Sweaty” Events

We are attending & promoting some fabulous events and classes this week!

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Tuesday, February 17

7581 Sawmill Road
Dublin, OH 43016
(614) 356-9999

Several of our runners want to PR for spring races, so speed training and strength training will be an integral part of our preparation.  Where can we get both?  At Orange Theory Fitness!  Known as “The best one hour workout in the country,” the workout consists of intervals with the treadmill, rower and TRX system.

Their website states, “The idea of OrangeTheory is simple:  a 60-minute workout designed to push you into the Orange Zone. This creates Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption, or EPOC. It’s what burns calories after your workout and gives you noticeable, lasting results.”

We’ll give you an update and let you know how we did.

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Tour of Columbus – Orange Theory Fitness

 We visited once last May, check out our previous visit HERE.
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Wednesday, February 18 [This class is not open to the public]

Some lululemon educators are taking a private class with Rachel Wilson, founder of the barre-OM method!  We’ve met up with Rachel several times and guarantee the lemons will love her class.  Can’t wait to hear about it!

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Friday, February 20 [This class is full]

We are taking a group class at V Power Yoga this Friday at 6:30PM with guest instructor, Matt Citriglia.  We first found V Power on ClassPass and it was highly recommended by Rachel Kerr, who now teaches there.

V Power Yoga-7We LOVE V Power, check out our previous post HERE.

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Saturday, February 21  rachel-about2

Yoga For Runners 
9:45am – 11:00am

Bend Active @ The Shops on Lane Ave

1595 W Lane Ave
Upper Arlington, OH 43221
614-817-1100
“My hips are SUPER tight!”  Commonly said and heard among distance runners.
Want to work on hip stretches and learn more about how yoga can benefit you when you run?  Join us for a COMPLIMENTARY Run+Yoga event at Bend Active!
  • ARRIVAL: Plan to arrive between 9:30-9:40ish for a quick meet & greet and drop your yoga stuff in the store.
  • RUN:  We will leave PROMPTLY at 9:45 for our run.  Some runners will do 3 and some hope to get in 4 miles.  We will end back at Bend to transition into our “Yoga for Runners” class.
  • YOGA:  Led by Rachel Kerr of The Beauty Barre, this will be a “stretching” type class where we work on specific stretches great for runners hip flexors, hamstrings, quads, etc.
  • FUN!:  Stick around afterwards for…
    • Some play time to practice certain poses that require good hip flexibility
    • Samples from Native Cold Pressed  Screen Shot 2015-02-17 at 5.00.01 PM
    • Group [and individual] photos
    • Discuss our Living Fit Columbus tanks and charity of choice
    • Some shopping at Bend!
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For more info on upcoming events that we are attending and/or planning, visit our Living Fit EVENTS page and calendar.

Have a great, sweaty, week!

Photo credits and info blurbs – Bend Active, The Beauty Barre, Rachel Wilson, OTF

Weekend Events – Come Sweat With Us!

We are attending some fun events and classes this weekend!  Saturday we’ll be hanging with Rachel Kerr at VUE and Sunday we’ll be with Rachel Wilson at Bend Active.

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Saturday, February 7  rachel-about2

A fun, one hour vinyasa power flow yoga class via Rachel Kerr of TheBeautyBarre.net

9AM @ VUE, 95 Liberty St, Columbus, OH 43215

Bring a mat, water & be ready to sweat!
A few of us are likely meeting after yoga to do a 4-8 mile run.
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Sunday, February 8

Join barre-OM founder Rachel Wilson for a barre-OM fusion class!

11AM @ Bend Active, Lane Ave, Columbus

 

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This 60 minute class will combine yoga and barre (www.barre-OM.com). Barre classes consist of small isometric movements used to work muscles until complete exhaustion. Barre exercises target arms, thighs, glutes, and abs. Yoga postures will be interspersed throughout the class in order to create strong, long and lean muscles.
No prior barre or yoga experience is required, but some experience in one or the other is recommended.
Bring your own yoga mat!
10% of all Bend sales on the 24th will be donated to the Law and Leadership Institute, a non-profit organization that is designed to help students from underserved communities to get into college. The program is located in six cities throughout Ohio (Akron, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Toledo), and approximately 350 students are involved in the program. The program is free to all participants and it is designed to help high school students build their reading, writing, critical thinking, public speaking, analytical, leadership, and professional skills. Students receive free SAT/ACT preparation and they also receive assistance in the college application process.Rachel works full time as the Program Director of LLI and teaches fitness classes at Pai Yoga & Fitness (barre and yoga), Grow Yoga (yoga), The Butcher Shop Fitness (Lagree Fitness), and Replenish: the spa co-op (barre and yoga).  You can read about our interview with her HERE.
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A big shout out to these kind-hearted yogis who are doing these events at no charge and to Bend Active, who offers complimentary fitness classes almost every weekend! Bend-Active-Logo

For more info on upcoming events that we are attending and/or planning, visit our Living Fit EVENTS page and calendar.

Have a great, sweaty, relaxing, coffee-drinking, water-rehydrating weekend! 

 

Photo credits and info blurbs – Bend Active and The Beauty Barre

Living Fit Columbus Winter Challenge WINNERS!

If I can accomplish an “impossible” feat on my yoga mat, think of all of the possibilities for my life off of the mat. – Masumi Goldman

So proud of these girls!  They ran, they yoga-d [sp?], they tried new places and met new faces, and man did they SWEAT!

WINNERS & prizes of our Living Fit Winter Challenge

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First Place – Jen!

  • Recap:
    • Total Points Earned: 2535
    • Some of her 2015 FIT goals:
      • Train to get faster & stronger for the Indy Mini Half Marathon [Hoping to PR and break the 2 hour mark!]
      • Participate in #LFCMilesandMats2015
      • Finish TriFit Duathlon challenge distance [2.4 mi run + 25 mi bike + 10K run]
      • Continue working on forearm balances, choose at least three
      • Run 2015 miles with Amanda R
      • Choose a fall fitness event or retreat to participate in

Second Place – Christine

  • Recap:
    • Total Points Earned: 2505
    • Some of her 2015 FIT goals:
      • Participate in #LFCMilesandMats2015
      • Complete two half marathons
      • Complete five total races, including one with her husband
      • Work towards setting and accomplishing personal yoga goals

Third Place – Amanda R

  • Recap:
    • Total Points Earned: 2445
    • Some of her 2015 FIT goals:
      • Complete the 2015 miles challenge with Jen (1007.5 miles for each of us!)
      • Participate in #LFCMilesandMats2015
      • PR for a half marathon
      • Commit to another half for the fall
      • Continue to become a better yogi, which has significantly helped my running!

Living Fit 1000 Point Club

  • Jen
  • Christine
  • Amanda R
  • Teresa
  • Peggy
  • Joan
  • Lan
  • Deedra

*All 1000 Point Club members [those that logged over 1000 points during the eight week challenge] will be entered in a drawing for a Winans gift basket! Drawing will be conducted this weekend at our YOGA class @ VUE.*

Thank you to all our sponsors & supporters and GREAT JOB to all our participants!

Watch for more challenges and details on our #LFCMilesandMats2015 challenge on the blog!

Winter Fitness Challenge Memories

[more pics to come ~ also check out #lfcwinterchallenge on Instagram]