Urban Active’s Get Active Challenge “10 Cities Tour” Successfully Motivates People Around The Country!
Urban Active Fitness wrapped up a successful “Get Active Challenge” 10 cities tour on January 19th in Atlanta, drawing nearly a thousand participants across the country. The challenge, inspired by the report on “America’s Most Sedentary Cities” by Men’s Health Magazine, aimed at inspiring communities by providing a free boot camp, an educational session and tips for staying motivated all year long. The “Get Active Challenge” was lead by Urban Active’s fitness guru and Quality Control Director, Josh “JB” Bowen and visited the cities of Charlotte, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Omaha, Louisville, Lexington, Nashville and Atlanta.
A slew of friends joined Urban Active to motivate people to embrace a healthy lifestyle, including Q Parker of 112, the Georgia Force Cheerleaders, former Ohio Buckeye football players Braden Joe, Joshua Harris and Jimmie Bell and Olympic hockey medalist Joe Gimaldi.
“Discipline is what separates those who set and achieve goals,” explains Josh Bowen. “Get out of the mindset of simply setting goals – marry your goals, own them and crush them! More often than not, you get in the way of you results and this year Urban Active seeks to break that cycle.”
One of participants, Rosemary Walton in Columbus, OH, shared her special story of how working out at Urban Active has helped her lose 100 pounds and how her life has been saved.
“This boot camp was off the hook full of energy,” exclaimed Walton on her personal fitness blog post on the challenge’s special blog site www.getactivegourban.com. “My friend Rachel came to the gym to participate and it was wonderful to have her meet the best family in the world…my gym family. She had a great time too, and for me it was a blessing to see her doing the things she was because of her past year with breast cancer, surgeries and chemo. I was excited for her to see where life began for me at Urban Active Grandview.”
Josh Bowen was touched by her story and related how there wasn’t a dry eye in the house thanks to Walton’s personal story. “The challenge is not only for fitness but encouraging others along their journey of wellness. We want to show the world that together, we can make a difference in the lives of our neighbors in the communities that our fitness clubs call home.”
Though the 10 cities tour is over, the Urban Active “Get Active Challenge” continues all year long to encourage and support communities to participate in exercise and a healthy lifestyle. For more information about Urban Active and the challenge, please visit www.geactivegourban.com or www.urbanactive.com.
Read Josh Bowen’s exclusive interview in the upcoming issue of The IMPRINT by Aspire Online Media scheduled to be released on February 20th! Subscribe here!
Photos by Andrew Snook
Take time to reflect with these gentle postures at a relaxing pace.
Breast cancer will affect most of us; a little more than 12 percent of women (one in eight) in the US will get breast cancer at some point in their lives. In honor of breast cancer awareness month, A PINK Lit Restorative Yoga Fundraiser will be held with 100 percent of all proceeds going to Breast Cancer Research.
CNN and Health.com reported on the largest study of yoga’s affect on cancer patients conducted at University of Rochester Medical Center. As cancer survivors are affected months or even years after their last chemotherapy or radiation treatment, the study found that cancer patients who practiced Hatha or Restorative yoga had lower levels of fatigue, felt more energized and are sleeping better. The studies are assured by the fact that many of the nation’s top cancer centers have their own yoga programs.
According to The National Cancer Institute, exercising 4 or more hours a week and maintaining a lower to normal body weight may help lower breast cancer risk by decreasing a woman’s ongoing exposure to estrogen levels that are believed to contribute to cancer growth. A study performed at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, found that the women in the study who exercised the most had a 22% decreased risk of breast cancer.
Yoga is not just stretching; it’s also deep breathing and meditation. While yoga in itself focuses on muscles and proper muscle alignment, restorative yoga focuses on restful postures and is designed to “re-boot” your nervous system and balance out your body. According to experts at The Mayo Clinic, yoga is amazing for stress reduction, increasing fitness level, weight loss, and managing chronic health conditions such as cancer, depression, pain, insomnia, and anxiety.
Urban Active is encouraging their community to join them in this class lit by pink candles to honor those affected by this illness. Participants are suggested to make a $25.00 donation which will provide them with a PINK votive candle to light during class, a limited edition T-shirt, silicone bracelet and a PINK balloon which will have the name of person that is being recognized, to be tied in the club. Non-members will also have access to Urban Active for the entire month of October at no charge.
PINK Lit Restorative Yoga Fundraiser will take place on Monday, October 17th @ 7:30 PM @ Urban Active Fitness located at: 3535 Peachtree Rd. NEAtlanta, GA 30326 Phone: 404.389.1143.
Atlanta just got healthier… in the blink of an eye. Urban Active Fitness’ Grand Opening for its’ new Buckhead location (in the Lenox Marketplace Plaza) was complete with red carpet, celebrities, vendors and tons of visitors on Saturday, June 25th. VIPs such as Jasmine Guy (actress, singer, dancer), Brandi D (formerly of R&B group Blaque), Angel McCoughtry (WNBA & Team USA Allstar) and more were on hand for the opening. The membership areas were standing room only most of the 12 hour day, as patrons poured in as fast as they left smiling – membership in hand.
Lexington, Kentucky based Urban Active Fitness is 40,000 square feet of state-of-the-art fitness space, equipment and lifestyle. Its multi-leveled structure allows for the implementation of myriad fitness concepts, each managed by certified fitness instructors. Additionally, the amenities offered are relatively unmatched by it’s competitors – Sprint Track, Indoor Turf Track and more. Comparatively, you can’t find more gym for your buck. If that weren’t enough reason to check them out, they were recently voted the #3 Healthiest Gyms by Health.com. So, if you’re interested in group-level training or prefer a more personal training experience, Urban Active Fitness has something for you.
For more information about Urban Active Fitness, visit http://www.urbanactive.com and follow them on Twitter at @urbanactive. See more photos from the grand opening under “event highlights” at Aspire Online Magazine.
-Jay Young is Director of Photography & Video for AOM and The “HIGH UP”