Brands we heart

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!


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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.

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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

Sunday Shoutout! [NOOMA drink]

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NOOMA drink is one of my new favorites! Born & raised in Cleveland, it is slowly making its way to Columbus in various yoga and fitness studios, including our local Harbor Yoga Studio.

So what is it, exactly?

The company describes themselves in this way, “What started as a casual dinner conversation about issues with typical sports drinks, got the wheels turning… a clean hydrator to replace lost electrolytes without the acid and with only quality ingredients… NOOMA was born.”

LOVE. this. brand.

Like really, love it.  Not only the product itself, but the people behind it!

Five things I love about NOOMA…

  • The product benefits ~ rehydrates and replaces electrolytes needed after an intense sweat session like a run or hot yoga class.
  • The taste ~ not too syrupy, no tangy aftertaste, no acid… just a clean, smooth drink ~ CherryLime & Mangosteen are my favs.
  • Low sugar, woo hoo!
  • The team & their ‘grassroots’ style ~ talk about DOWN TO EARTH, genuinely nice people!  Their marketing guru, Leigh, networked with our running group, came to be a guest speaker for my business/marketing class… love a company that is willing to help, network, share time and products.  They really believe in giving back and getting involved in the local community, our favorite way to connect!
  • Social media ~ as a blogger, photographer & business teacher, imagery & social content really intrigue me.  @drinknooma on Instagram is one of my favorites, lots of great stuff!

I’ve tried a LOT of rehydrating beverages including SOS, Gatorade, NUN, Powerade, VitaCoco… NOOMA is hands down my favorite and I can’t wait for it to make its way around Columbus!

 

Run+Yoga event @ Bend Active [Tour of Columbus]

 

Our Living Fit Columbus runners kicked off our winter fitness challenge & met up with Bend Active this morning for a fun RUN + YOGA event.  A big thanks to Bend, Fair Trade Yoga, Samba Fresh, Living Fit runners and all the other sponsors & participants that made today fun!  Great sweating with all these pretty faces!

 

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Fitness challenge & Bend Active Grand Opening!

We are excited to announce a mini run/yoga event at Bend Active‘s new store this Sunday to kickoff our Living Fit Winter Challenge & Bend Active’s Grand Opening!  Bend-3

When: Sunday, Dec 7th 11AM-12:30PM
Where: Bend Active, The Shoppes on Lane Ave, 1595 Lane Ave, Upper Arlington, 43221
Details:

  • Enter the Living Fit Winter Challenge
    • You do NOT have to be present at this event to join our challenge ~ however, you earn week 1 bonus points for attending and will be given a brief overview of challenge details
    • You DO have to attend at least one group activity during the 8 week challenge to be eligible for prizes
    • You can check out the leaderboard from last year’s challenge HERE
  • 20-30 min run starting and ending at Bend Active’s new Lane Ave location
  • 20-30 min vinyasa yoga session [post-run] lead by Sherry Hoff of Fair Trade Yoga Studio
  • Enter a raffle for items from Bend Active and Fair Trade Yoga Studio

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Come for the run, the yoga, the goodies, the photos or all of the above! 

Hope to see you there!

Local active wear = double thumbs up!

We LOVE shopping and supporting local brands.  So when we found out there was a Dublin-based active wear company (think yoga & running, our favorite ways to sweat!) we were excited to check it out!

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Bend Active.  Flexible. Strong. Resilient.

This is a local fitness apparel company I stumbled upon while Instagram-ing.  What caught my attention was their slogan; Flexible, Strong, Resilient.  Naturally as a yoga enthusiast, I was curious about what the company had to offer.

Keep in mind that I have tried a multitude of leggings out there and have narrowed down to very few that fit my everyday FIT lifestyle.  Within a week, I had my first pair (or 2) of Bend’s leggings.  Let’s just say that if I could get away with wearing these 24/7, I totally would!  I even have worn my black Karma Cropped to bed – they are simply that comfortable!  Based on wearing these leggings 4-5 days of the week….these are some thoughts on them…..

Pros:

  • Shape holds up well even after several washes (I washed them multiple times within a week)
  • There is no tugging or bunching when moving, they stay put!
  • After a sweaty hot yoga class, they dried out fairly quickly; I didn’t track how long, just noticed it when I wore them to a HOT Harbor class and ran to the store after for a quick errand – they dried before I had even checked out!
  • They are comfortable enough to wear ALL-DAY-LONG! This is something I definitely look for. I have tried leggings before where the the elastic (waist or ankle) was constructed in a way that feels uncomfortable… not these!  100% comfy!
  • Fun patterns, including an AMAZING original design by THE Robert Sturman

Cons:

  • To be honest, I couldn’t think of one. A possible con is I don’t have enough for a week and just need to buy a few more soon 🙂

We have really enjoyed testing these products and definitely plan to continue wearing them.  Check them out for yourself at BendActive.com!

10 reasons we love lululemon athletica [& yoga day 14]

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For my birthday in August of 2012, my sister & mother in law got me gifts and gift cards to lululemon athletica.  I’ll be honest, I had never shopped there before.  At the time, I thought it was just for yogis, which I wasn’t.  And I was happy with my mix of workout clothes from Nike, Northface, C9 [Target, if you didn’t know], and whatever else looked cute, fit well or was on sale.

A couple months later I finally went to spend my gift card.  And so began my obsession with the clothes, the store, the brand.  I shop there, I help lead a run club in partnership with our polaris store, I have my students do a case study on their corporate culture, they [along with my sis-in-law] inspired me to give yoga another chance… you could say I have a crush on lululemon.

Here are TEN reasons why we [our Thursday night running group] LOVE lulu… 

1.  They share Living Fit’s favorite passions; running, yoga & other sweaty pursuits.  And of course, blogging. 

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2.  The lululemon manifesto.  These inspirational rules to live life by speak volumes about the company’s mission and core values.  “We are passionate about sweating every day and we want the world to know it. Breathing deeply, drinking water and getting outside also top the list of things we can’t live without.”   Find your favorite quote and write it on a post-it to see every morning.  Better yet, frame it.  Filling your mind with positive thoughts and energy helps you live a happier, healthier life!

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3.  Their Educators are awesome.  They have kind, knowledgeable associates aka ‘Educators’ – we have worked specifically with Jackie, Lisa, Jess & Betina at the Polaris store and they are amazing.  The Polaris staff is so friendly, I’ve literally even stopped in to get opinions on dressing my husband for a wedding with an outfit from Macys.  No joke! I’ve also been to the Easton location and Chicago, Michigan Ave location and both were equally friendly.

4.  Goal setting is a company priority.  Staff have their goals posted around the store, they ask what your fitness/sweat goals are and they even have resources on their website.  We have used these with our runners and I’ve used them in my classroom with my high school students.  Use them to set your next set of personal, health and career goals!

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5.  High quality, high fashion, anti-stink apparel.  You will be the best dressed person on the mat or trail, I assure you.  And the silverescent technology helps prevent stinky-ness so you don’t have to rush home to shower.  They also offer accessories (headbands, water bottles, yoga mats, bags), men’s clothing and a cute little tote with every purchase.

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6. Artistic photography.  Many of the ads feature a unique style of photography that we happen to love.  Organic.  Minimalist.  Some of the summer ones are vintage & sun kissed.  Love!

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7.  They are all about COMMUNITY.  Lulu hosts and organizes so many local complimentary events, just to encourage people to sweat and have fun doing it.  POGA, SUP, Sunday Fundays, Run clubs, CrossFit sessions… we’ve tried a lot of them and you will surely leave blissed-out.  And often you’ll have met new fitness lovers like yourself.  They also promote local fitness facilities and yoga studios through out their store.  This is our community, lets make it awesome and FIT!

8.  Yoga, run, party ~ take me to the Sea Wheeze Half Marathon please! We WILL get here someday.  It is on our bucket list!

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9.  They have outlets.  Bet you didn’t know that?  Add it to your bucket list to visit every single one.

10.  Humor.  The ads and corporate culture make us laugh!  And who doesn’t love laughing?  As seen below, they are often found supporting local runners at races, holding signs that will make you smile for miles.

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So there is a quick rundown of our reasons for crushing.  If you haven’t checked it out, stop in sometime.  But beware, it can be addicting.  And the following pic was found while creating this post… I can’t guarantee it will happen, but it could.

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Yoga Challenge – Day #14 

While we are on the subject of lululemon, may as well use their blog and yoga resources for today’s practice!  Visit Yoga Info 101 for information, videos and more.

We [me and my little guy] are heading out for a 3 mile run with the jogging stroller, so I’ll do lulu’s pre and post run yoga stretches and poses for my practice today.  You can find these on lulu’s blog or on our earlier post.

Don’t forget about #independencearmy challenge if you are doing that too.  Today’s pose is a tough one – tittibhasana or firefly.  This move is another advanced one that we aren’t quite ready for, but it is impressive to watch.

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 Kino is crazy flexible, she even does walking firefly! 

Check out Kino’s how-to video HERE if you want to witness her awesome-ness and [gulp] try it for yourself.

Follow our yoga challenge from the beginning HERE.

If you made it this far, you deserve an award!  Watch for two giveaways coming soon, maybe you’ll win!

See you soon 🙂

 

Sweat Pink [& yoga day 12]

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I recently became a Sweat Pink ambassador through Fit Approach.    Unknown

A running friend asked me the other day, ‘What does that even mean?’  I laughed and explained it was just a way of inspiring and helping others to live healthy lives.  Their motto is…

“Sweat Pink Ambassadors live the Fit Approach mission every day: they sweat hard, play hard, and inspire those around them to achieve their best selves.”

Here are my beliefs that align with SWEAT PINK’s philosophy…

  • I believe in helping others begin or continue their journey to a healthy lifestyle through exercise, clean food [with the occasional glass of wine, coffee or bite of chocolate :] and a positive FIT attitude
  • I believe that strong is the new skinny
  • I believe in overall fitness and although I’m a runner at heart, I know that cross training [biking, hiking, yoga, strength training] is important too.  I am eager to learn about new fitness and foodie ideas, connect with other FIT minded people and share what I learn with others… YOU!
  • I believe in the color pink!  Whether you’re trying to look good or support breast cancer… pink is a great color 🙂

Fit Approach is a community for fitness minded _____________ [ <—- insert your choice term there ~ professionals, enthusiasts, bloggers].  So check it out sometime!

My first few days as an ambassador began the FIT Approach 10 day Instagram challenge.

You can follow me @tgellenbeck1 or just view a quick rundown below…

 

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Favorite healthy summer meal/snack 

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Favorite workout gear 

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Summer vacation activities 

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Celebrate red, white & blue 

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Favorite yoga pose 

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Nature ~  #sweatpink outside 

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Favorite way to #sweatpink = running 

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summer reading 

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#sweatpink with a friend 

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Summer activities = practicing more yoga and playing with my little guy!  

Follow along as we achieve health and fitness goals together!

Yoga Challenge – Day 12

We had our group run this AM so yoga for today is just some light stretching and poses [mountain, runner’s lunge, forward fold].  This counts, right?

For some good resources including videos on yoga for runners, visit Runner’s World Yoga Center.  And don’t forget your day #12 yoga pose from #independencearmy; Buja Pidasana or shoulder pressing posture.  We will keep working on this one…

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And lastly, your motivational quote of the day…

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Follow our yoga challenge from the beginning HERE.

Have a great weekend!