We aren’t elfing around! Let’s get in one more Tomfoolery Outdoors urban bicycle ride to send 2016 out in style. Lets get in the holiday spirit while cruising around the Gem City! So…… get decked out in your finest Santa suit or holiday costume, hang some stockings and lights on your bike, and get ready to ride!
Human 2.0 festival is a festival that offers FREE full-fledged Yoga, Meditation, Tai Chi, Qi Gong classes, all in a natural, tranquil setting. The stage is set with engaging speakers, and a multitude of activities aimed at exploring the various facets of the mind-body-self connection.
Local food trucks will be serving delicious food, and the kids will enjoy our multitude of activities such as face-painting booths and a 7-foot tall blank canvas!
This festival is a space for you to explore the ways and means to create your OWN unique reality. We would like to invite you to come and set the tone.
Admission and Activities are Free!
Saturday October 22nd from 10am – 6pm
Address: 3153 Lantz Rd Beavercreek OH
- Engaging Speakers
- Full length Yoga, Tai chi, Qi Gong classes (Bring your Own Mat!)
- Fun kids activities, families welcome
- Physical fitness challenges for fitness buffs
- Chess challenge for those looking to exercise their minds!
- Delicious food trucks and various holistic practitioners
- Meditation for Humanity – Spread the peace and love!
We caught Mike Bisig right before he took the stage with the Cricketbows at Jimmies Ladder 11 this week. Mike is a high school music teacher during the day, rock band guitarist at night, and he is the guy who is bringing an indoor bike park to Dayton.
Dayton deserves a place where enthusiasts can ride, no matter the weather. Kids deserve a safe place to ride where they can increase their cycling skills without the worry of automobile traffic or crowded bike paths. Mike’s Indoor Bike Park will provide these things while working to bring the cycling community together and bring new life into Dayton’s downtown area.
We spoke with Mike about this newest addition to Dayton. He confirmed the former manufacturing facility that is located just east of the Water Street development off of East First Street is under contract. Mike said if things continue to move on schedule, he will open doors to riders in early 2017.
We asked Mike about the biggest hurdle to creating something like this in Dayton. Mike stated that there is no real business model for a facility of this kind. There are less than 10 indoor bike parks of this type in the US. Even fewer that are stand alone facilities that are also profitable. Mike has been studying Ray’s Mountain Bike Park in Cleveland as the model for his park in Dayton.
Ray’s Mountain Bike park in Cleveland was the first and the most successful indoor bike park. Mike has made more than 30 trips to Cleveland to ride and study the park. Mike is using Ray’s as a template but is giving it a unique Dayton spin. Mike plans to replicate the season pass model from Ray’s, but at a lower price point. The Dayton park will also be open year round accommodating riders when the weather is too cold, too wet or trails are unusable in local parks.
The Dayton park is being built to be accessible to all skill levels and bikes. Most riders, according to Bisig will be coming in with a type of mountain bike. BMX bikes will also find the park fitting for their type of riding. During our conversation, Mike expressed how the design in Dayton is created to be a low barrier to entrance, meaning kids and adults can find something to do without a special or expensive bike upgrade. Bring a bike, bring a helmet and plan to ride.
Throughout our talk Mike returned time and time again to teaching. Mike is a teacher at heart and his vision is for the Bike Park to be a community centered facility where kids learn to ride and learn to ride safely. Mike hopes to partner with groups to teach bike safety for indoor riding and on the road riding. Mike is aware of Dayton’s love affair with the bicycle and he hopes to honor that with Mikes Bike Park.
Mike was pleased to report that the necessary zoning variance has been granted by the City of Dayton in recent days. That was the last major hurdle prior to finalizing the purchase. We asked Mike: What is the most surprising part of starting a business like this in Dayton?
Mike said the most exciting and most surprising part has been the outpouring of support and offers of volunteer help. He reiterated that the Dayton bike community is a generous one and he is busy managing all the offers for help.
Are you a bicyclist or a business owner and interested in helping? Mike says visit the park’s webpage for details on sponsorships and volunteering. The park still has room for corporate sponsorships as well. Businesses can partner in a few different ways.
Besides writing a check, material donations and professional services are also welcomed. Building an indoor bicycle park requires an immense amount of wood and lumber. There is a need for standard sized lumber (2×4, 2×6, 4×4, etc.) as well as plywood, larger logs, pieces of trees, and just about any other larger pieces of wood that you can think of. They will be painting many of the walls inside the park and can use donations of paint, rollers, brushes, sand paper, and other basic painting materials.
If you can donate materials, please CLICK HERE .
There is a grassroots campaign to help pay for the cost of building the wooden structures inside of Mike’s Indoor Bike Park. These funds will also be used to upgrade the restroom and changing facilities, install a state-of-the-art video system for watching riders throughout the park, and to help make Mike’s Indoor Bike Park as safe as possible for all riders. Every dollar earned from this campaign will go towards creating an amazing riding experience for cyclists of all ability levels. Every dollar helps, so if you can give, give what you can so we can all enjoy the best indoor riding experience possible! CLICK HERE to donate today.
Congratulations are in order for the Brookville Girls Tennis Team. They were declared winners of the Jennifer Schmidt Memorial Tennis Tournament, September 20th at Thomas Cloud Park.
Brookville High School, out of Brookville Ohio, bested the following local teams:
Beavercreek HS – Beavercreek, OH
Carroll High School – Dayton, OH
Catholic Central High School – Springfield, OH
Kenton Ridge High School – Springfield, OH
Lehman Catholic Schools – Sidney, OH
Tippecanoe High School – Tipp City, OH
Valley View High School – Germantown, OH
It was a big win for Brookville who scored the most points in the day’s matches to surpass the other schools. There were competitive girls tennis matches with some of the area’s most talented players.
Individual awards included :
1st Team Singles Champion: Jillian Milano, from Carroll High School who won the 1st Team Tournament Singles title for a record 4th year in a row.
2nd Team Singles Champion: The title went to Ashley Wallace from Kenton Ridge High School.
3rd Team Singles champion: Leena Koklades from Brookville High School
Other winners included:
1st Team Doubles Champions: Danielle Spanbauer & Alissa Otte from Carroll High School
2nd Team Doubles Champions: Anna Vandewiele & Kailey Helton from Beavercreek High School.
THE HISTORY OF THE TOURNAMENT:
The year was 1985. The parents of former Carroll High School student Jennifer Lee Schmidt had reported their daughter missing from the area of Purdue University. She was never found.
Carroll High School has tried to turn this heartbreak into a positive, by sponsoring a memorial Girls’ Tennis Tournament in Jennifer’s honor each year.
It was a great tournament, a good cause and a beautiful setting.
There was also a concession stand with doughnuts, grilled hamburgers and hot dogs run by our own Food Adventures Crew. All proceeds from the concession stand benefitted the annual event and the Carroll HS Girls Tennis Team.
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The fifth annual Dayton World Soccer Games will bring more than 20 youth and adult teams to the Action Sports Center (1103 Gateway Dr.) on Saturday, Sept. 17, for a day-long tournament celebrating Dayton’s diversity.
A parade of nations starts the day at 8:30am Youth matches begin at 9:30am, and the adult championship game starts at approximately 4:00pm (championship game time subject to change).
Spectators are welcome; admission and parking are free (bring sports seating for your own use). Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
Since 2012, the Dayton World Soccer Games tournament has united Dayton’s immigrant and native-born communities in the spirit of inclusiveness, good sportsmanship and enjoyment of the world’s most popular sport. The tournament sprang from Welcome Dayton, Dayton’s immigrant friendly city initiative.
Last year, 25 teams participated in the day-long event, including teams representing nearly 20 European, African, Middle Eastern, Latin American and Asian nations/communities and several “USA” teams. By the tournament’s end, Africa United and the diverse International team emerged as winners. Everyone, though, went home with a stronger sense of Dayton’s diversity and unity.
For more information, go to welcomedayton.org/soccer or call 937-333-8400.
The Dayton Department of Recreation and Youth Services produces the tournament. Sponsors include Dayton International Airport, the Dayton Department of Water, NAACP, DASA Youth Soccer and Kettering Sports Medicine.
Fitness is full of meaningless platitudes, and I try to avoid trafficking in them as much as possible. So when I use social media to post some turn of phrase, I try my best to ensure that there’s meat behind it.
We have a chalkboard at Present Tense Fitness that I use to convey different messages. Sometimes it’s just exposition like, “hey we’re doing this thing on Sunday.” Other times I just try to write something that’s been on my mind.
This week I changed the chalkboard to say “You’re quite likely exponentially stronger than you perceive yourself to be.” I posted the picture to Instagram while cleaning the gym, and I woke up to find such an incredible response that I thought I’d explore the chalkboard idea a bit more in this space.
I tend to think about fitness metaphorically, though I try to avoid that as much as possible because connections between the gym and life can become overwrought very quickly. (No, you’re not a warrior just because you worked out hard in the gym.) But I want to tell you about specific experiences I’ve had as a trainer that I think are directly linked to the sentiment expressed on that chalkboard and why that messaging resonated so much with people.
Women have asked me about training just as they were escaping abusive relationships. The language they’ve used in explaining why they were interested in getting stronger was strikingly similar, so much so that these conversations have stayed with me in a truly meaningful way.
“I want to get stronger because I’ve been abused and I want to feel strong. I want to do something for myself.” It’s as if these women wanted to express their physical strength to remind themselves how strong they can be everywhere else. They’re not living some Wonder Woman fantasy in which they beat up their abuser. But they understand the connection between their own physical being, their emotional being, and their health.
I was speaking to a client recently about a big promotion for which he’s aiming, the kind of promotion that makes careers. He’s close to getting it, but he has a a time-intensive application and interview process looming. He told me that while we’ve been working out recently he’s been thinking about that promotion. Each difficult repetition and the focus required to complete it successfully teaches him, he said, how to focus on what he wants outside of the gym. His physical being is one with his intellectual and professional being. There is no separation.
I’ve had older clients tell me about how strength training has reminded them how to be alive (!). I’ve had parents of adolescents I’ve worked with tell me that strength training changed their children’s lives forever.
Understand that this extraordinary feedback isn’t about me, and also understand that I’m not trying to be falsely modest. I was having a conversation with someone this week who attends Speakeasy, and they described a transcendent experience. Your coach or yoga teacher needs to be competent; I’ve seen terrible training or direction in yoga destroy someone’s drive to exercise. But assuming you have a competent and engaged teacher, these experiences that people describe go beyond the teacher. These experiences are about discovering the self, the connectivity between mind and body. The coach is there sometimes just to give you a nudge here or there, but mostly he’s there to allow you to find that connection yourself.
If you’ve never experienced what it feels like to be strong, I’m writing this for you. You feel like you’ve never been strong, and therefore you can’t be strong. But there is strength in you. I know this from working with countless people who viewed themselves as too fat/weak/thin/black/gay/female/clumsy/average/damaged/scatter-brained/smart/stupid/broken/abused/distracted who eventually discovered their own strength. Sometimes it takes only one session. Sometimes it takes half a year. But it’s in there.
I think that Instagram post resonated because people actually know this to be true already. They’re just waiting for someone else to recognize it too before taking the leap into running/yoga/strength training/Crossfit/Pilates. Maybe that’s you. I know it’s me on some days. But you’ll never know how strong you can be until you lace up the shoes and go.
Just go, and in the process you’ll learn to be in a way you previously thought unimaginable.
Your first session with a personal trainer should not leave you wrecked. Ever.
I’m beginning to realize why so many people are nervous before coming to see me. It can take people six months before deciding they want to train before they actually walk through our doors in the Oregon District. Why?
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve worked with clients who tell me that they did a session with a personal trainer that nearly killed them. There’s no excuse for this, and the only reason you should walk away from an initial personal training session feeling destroyed is a combination of ego and incompetence on the trainer’s part. Period.
Some personal trainers use detailed assessments like the Functional Movement Screen to determine what your strengths and weaknesses might be. Others take a no less serious approach toward assessment but are nevertheless not quite as regimented. Regardless, your very first session with a good trainer will be far less about making you work and far more about understanding where you are in your fitness journey.
I was that guy once. When I first started training in New York, my clients were smart, wealthy, and sometimes powerful people. They hired me and often tried to dictate what the session looked like–and I was insecure and stupid enough to go along. They had a preconceived notion of what hiring a trainer should look like and I obliged. The more I learned, the better I got, and the more secure I became, the more I wrestled control of the session away from the client.
That might sound strange to you. Shouldn’t the client dictate what the session looks like? Not at all. The client should dictate what her goals are, but then it’s up to me through experience and analysis to develop the right pathway to those goals. Clients think those pathways are built upon a foundation of ass-kicking workouts, when usually the answer is progressively overloaded multi-joint strength movements, thoughtful rest intervals, and sound nutrition. A good coach will push you just beyond your current capacity such that your body must change as a result, but not so far past your limit that you injure yourself, vomit, or can’t move for days.
It can be difficult as a consumer to determine who’s good and who’s not good. Web searches won’t necessarily tell you what you need to know about a trainer’s approach and experience. My advice? Use your social network. Ask friends who’ve hired trainers for their recommendation. Chances are if your friends received good, long-term results you might have a shot at it too.
The good news is if you hire well you’ll have nothing to be nervous about during that first session. And hopefully you’ll look back six months from now in amazement at how much harder you’re able to work than you were during that first workout. That’s the way strength and conditioning works: you get a little better each day.
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 notion I had about yoga before I started practicing with you was that I don’t enjoy it. And before I make it sound like I’m yoga guy now decked out in Lululemon from head to toe, I should say that I still have moments of panic on the yoga mat. I don’t “enjoy” it the way I do strength training.
But what I’ve realized as I’ve gotten more serious about my own pursuit of strength over the last year is that yoga can be an integral part of getting stronger. And I almost hesitate to say that out of offending anyone who sees yoga more as a spiritual practice. But practically speaking, I’ve felt better in my body since I began practicing yoga with you, and the numbers in the gym indicate that it has helped me get stronger. That sense of efficacy is not one that I anticipated at all. I mainly expected to just feel uncomfortable.
Anna: What advice would you offer to people who want to begin a yoga practice?
Jason: I think having a good teacher is probably more important in yoga than it is in strength training. What I do is fairly intimate, but not nearly as much as yoga. I know really good coaches who approach strength training with clinical precision, and you really can get stronger and leaner with an approach like that. But I think yoga necessitates a sincere bond between teacher and student. So I think it’s paramount that people try out one of the myriad studios or teachers in the area. It seems to me that in yoga, the “better” teacher might not necessarily be better for the individual if the vibe isn’t right.
Anna: What has been your favorite part of your practice thus far?
Jason: I have a fairly big insecurity around letting go completely. You and I were talking about this recently, but I’ve never been a big drinker or drug user, not because of any moral aversion to stimulants, but because I’ve always been worried that if my inhibitions were lowered enough that the “real” me would come out and people would hate that version of me. I try to stay fairly “held” in my work as a trainer, in part because I don’t want my reactions to things to elicit any sort of shame or guilt on the part of a client.
That sense of holding onto my own self, not revealing too much, can be incredibly limiting. I’ve found that yoga allows me the opportunity to try to be completely open in a way that is safe and encouraging. I can channel rage and aggression under a barbell, and I ‘d go so far as to say that rage and aggression can be necessary at certain loads under a barbell. And that’s definitely a part of my humanity.
But I think yoga has forced me to reckon with another honest part of my humanity too, which is to say vulnerability. And it’s quite possible this has nothing to do with yoga itself, but in surrendering in a sense to the guidance of a teacher I trust. But if I had to guess I’d say it must have something to do with the practice itself. At the end of each practice, in the calm and still room, I feel a sense of accomplishment. And that feels good. But I also feel a sense of calm in those moments that I rarely allow for myself. That’s a pretty powerful thing, but I have a lot of work to do to give myself permission to feel that more often.
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This Sunday, August 21st, KTC/Quail Tennis Club is offering Beginners and Returning Players a FREE lesson from1-2:00 PM at Quail Run! You can learn or relearn the wonderful sport of a lifetime by yourself or with family and/or friends! Attendees will have the chance to meet their World Class Teaching Professionals from all around the world! This class is offered to any players who are not currently enrolled in a program at KTC Quail. All ages are welcome! There will be a special $39 offer for a 6 week Beginner Program only for those that attend this event!
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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 get some fresh air and exercise.”
The two additional stations were added this August. Commissioner Debbie Lieberman express her excitement for the station at the Montgomery County Job Center. “For the County, it was about providing access to our employees and users of the Job Center. With access to the Nation’s Largest Paved Trail Network right across the street, it was a no-brainer that Link should be one of the enhancements to the new facility.”
Executive Director Laura Estandia announced that Link recently launched a $10 Monthly Membership aimed at those users who responded on a feedback survey that they might prefer to pay for a membership on a monthly basis. “It’s a great low cost way for those considering an Annual Membership to try the system to see if it’s for them,” said Estandia. “We believe it will open up doors for new customers.” Link will also simplify its pricing structure with a flat rate of $3 per half hour for trips over 30 minutes in length.
“I know that Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association and all of the Tech Town tenants are thrilled to add another transportation option to help our employees connect to downtown dining options and businesses,” said GDAHA President and CEO Bryan Bucklew. “We’re thrilled to be able to be a part of a network that’s changing how people get around.”
Station Total: 27
Bike total: 225
First Year Total Trips: 33,526
First Year Total Users: 5,025
Open Date: May 5, 2015
Link is a bike sharing program run by Greater Dayton RTA and Bike Miami Valley. For more information, visit linkdayton.org