Last week I published the first part of an email conversation between local yoga practitioner Anna Shearer and me. This is the second half of the conversation, in which Anna asks me questions about my recent experiences working with her on the yoga mat. While I've done yoga before here and there, the one-on-one practice I've started with her has been the most consistent yoga I've ever attempted. So she had a few questions for me about that... Anna: What preconceived notions did you have about yoga before you started practicing it? Jason: Probably the most important preconceived … [Read more...] about A Lifter and a Yogi Walk Into a Room (Part II)
KTC Quail is one of Dayton’s most popular tennis club. They operate two separate tennis facilities: Kettering Tennis Center (KTC) at 4565 Gateway Circle, in Kettering and Quail Run Racquet Club located at 4225 Brown Road in Dayton. When you join KTC Quail, you get unlimited access to both facilities. Between the two locations, they offer a wide range of amenities including: 16 Indoor courts 10 Outdoor clay courts 4 Plexipave outdoor courts Adult and Junior programs Singles and doubles leagues and lessons 2 Racquetball courts Outdoor swimming pool 2 … [Read more...] about Free Tennis Lesson Anyone?
Link celebrated the installation of three new stations to its existing network. The new locations in 2016 include one at RTA’s Longworth Campus, the Montgomery County Job Center and Tech Town. Greater Dayton RTA installed their station at their Longworth Campus in mid-April. “We started offering wellness incentives to our employees that use the Link program, but many of them wanted to be able to use the bikes between our location at Wright Stop Plaza and Longworth,” said Mark Donaghy, Executive Director of Greater Dayton RTA. “We were happy to close this gap and encourage our employees to … [Read more...] about Link Celebrates Expansion and New Monthly Pricing Option
I've written in this space before about the false choice between strength training and yoga. Today I want to report back that I've been putting my money where my mouth is. Yes, I've been on the yoga mat with some regularity lately. I've been trading strength training sessions for yoga sessions with local teacher Anna Shearer, who offers one-on-one private yoga at my gym. (She also teaches classes around the Dayton area.) We've been talking about what we've been learning from one another, and because we thought it might be a good idea to capture some of those discussions we decided to … [Read more...] about A Lifter and a Yogi Walk into a Room (Part I)
One of the area's most beloved local music showcases, Hog Jam Music and Camping Festival, is back yet again with it's eleventh year of musical goodness. This year festival organizers have added a fun twist, by changing the location of the festival to Adventures on the Great Miami in Tipp City, adding canoeing to the list of awesome activities this event has to offer! The best reason to go is the simply astounding line-up of local music, which includes The Almighty Get Down, Guthrie Brown, Subterranean, Tony Red Band, Jonny Dreads and the Mystiks, Sharon Lane, Reyna Spears and many more! Add … [Read more...] about Hog Jam Adds Canoeing to the 11th Annual Music Festival
The Breast Wishes Foundation presents the 4th annual 5k for Kelli to honor and support women with breast cancer and to remember all those we have lost. The 5k for Kelli is a fun and family friendly event that gives 100% of its proceeds to local charities: The Noble Circle Project, Good Samaritan Hospital's Breast Health Center and our very own Breast Wishes Foundation which grants wishes that bring joy to women and their families affected by breast cancer. This race is in memory of Kelli James who lost her battle with breast cancer in 2006, and is organized by her two loving sisters. … [Read more...] about Support Breast Cancer Charities through 5k For Kelli on Saturday Aug 20th
The 6th Annual Tour de Dayton bicycling event will cruise through the Southeast Dayton neighborhoods of University Park, Shroyer Park, Patterson Park, Belmont & Walnut Hills Saturday, August 6th. This free self-paced family-friendly activity includes a 12- mile bike tour with stops at various artistic, cultural, natural, historical landmarks, & locally owned neighborhood business including: Esther Price Candies, Original 1948 Dairy Queen, Jane Newcome Park, Patterson Road Art Gallery, Belmont United Methodist Church, Truth & Triumph Tattoo, Angie’s Firehouse Tavern, Lohrey … [Read more...] about Free Bike Tour of Dayton’s Neighborhood
If you want a different body, then you have to make the time to build it. Sometimes I think I get my messaging wrong when I try (mostly in vain) to get people off the sidelines and into the fitness game. I spend a lot of time pushing back against the idea that fitness is complicated. There's a lot of noise out there about what works and what doesn't, but there's a remarkable consensus from people who know what they're doing around what needs to be done to make a body stronger, leaner, and more mobile. Especially in the very beginning, you need to learn basic movement patterns like the … [Read more...] about Make Time, Take Time for Yourself
People who've never worked out before often assume that the sole reason for stepping foot into a gym is to "lose weight" or change body composition. While those might be benefits for some (assuming they're also getting enough sleep and eating well) I would argue that the first priority for most people who are new to fitness is to learn how to move. Good movement is the foundation for increasing workload because you'll be able to work harder and longer over time by avoiding injury. Sure, you can walk into the gym today and make yourself sweat, but if you're not also learning how to move … [Read more...] about The Most Important Move You’re Not Doing: The Hinge
"Why do you work so hard when you don't have to?" A child asked me that question recently, curious about why my own strength training sessions are relatively intense compared to the general population. "I like the feeling of being strong," I said. "But you're already strong," she said. "And how did I get this way?" At this point I thought I had her. Surely the logic of a 40-year-old man would trump that of an 11-year old's. "But you keep doing more and more. You don't need to do that, do you?" It was a fair point. She's right. I have certain numbers in my head that I'm … [Read more...] about A Child Asks: Why Get Stronger?