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Boutique fitness studios in Bloomington popular due to results, trendy group atmosphere

April 19th, 2018 No comments

Orangetheory Fitness member Haley Anson started going to the fitness studio after her twin sister began her membership in Evansville. Hearing her sister rave about the fun she was having made Anson curious.

“The atmosphere of working out there is something I really enjoyed, and it was very motivating,” she said. “It’s like having a personal trainer but in a group setting.”

While some attribute the hype around boutique fitness to a trendy studio, others say the results from the workouts and the atmosphere of a group setting is keeping members going.

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Local dementia-friendly services involve entire community in patient care

Bloomington resident Wendy Rubin has an arsenal of fond memories with her husband, Dick, who was one of about 50 million worldwide with dementia. Yet one particular moment stands out in her mind: The day she wrote his obituary.

In late September 2013, a nurse at the facility called her in around 6 p.m. to say goodbye. A small CD player laid next to his bedside, so Wendy inserted a Diana Krall album and listened to the throaty voice waft through the room as she wrote.

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Meals on Wheels feeds homebound seniors in Bloomington community

April 19th, 2018 No comments

Meals on Wheels (MOW) volunteer Bobbie Weinberg has worked for this organization over 20 years, delivering meals to homebound clients once a month.

“You feel very good about doing it, cause you’re doing a service for other people,” she said. “And this is a scenario where people are very appreciative.”

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Bloomington takes action for bicycle and pedestrian safety

April 19th, 2018 No comments

Cherryl Ellison, her teammate, and her Little 500 coach rode their bikes down Shilo Road in May of 2014. Shilo, located about 10 miles northeast of Bloomington, is a curvy, narrow road that is littered with poorly filled potholes and gravel. Ellison’s bike slid out from under her on these poor road conditions, causing her to wreck.

Ellison, a 24-year-old Bloomington native, broke her collar bone twice before, during the 2013 and 2015 Little 500 races. But this was her first time wrecking on the road.

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Meals on Wheels helps seniors who cannot cook food at home

April 19th, 2018 No comments

A brown house is located on the west side of first street in Bloomington. There is a big sign that says “Meals on Wheels,” which is a nonprofit service that was helped people since 1973 throughout the city.

“Our mission is to serve those who cannot cook for themselves due to illness,” said Kathy Romy, the first and only paid executive director of the Meals on Wheels. “Or disabilities, either permanent, or temporary.”

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Bloomington residents ditch the traditional workout for new fitness trends

April 19th, 2018 No comments

Bloomington 9 Round manager, Tim Batalon, first noticed a shift in the Bloomington fitness community about four years ago. Newly opened specialty gyms and their unique workout programs have greatly influenced how members of the community choose to exercise.

“This whole kind of group has definitely become way more popular in the last couple of years,” he says.

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Crystal Olry combines lifelong passions to diversify Ekah Yoga studio

When Crystal Olry was a dietetics student at IU, she led groups of gymgoers through high-energy dance workout sessions as a fitness trainer. When she attended her first yoga class with her roommates, a session consisting of breathing exercises, she considered it a waste of time.

“The first time I ever took yoga, I did not like it at all,” she said. “I was of the mentality that you had to get your heart rate up to a certain amount before it was a workout, and if I was going to take an hour for an exercise session that it needed to be that.”

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Orangetheory Fitness owner Lyle Feigenbaum shares passion for fitness with community

March 29th, 2018 No comments

Inside his Orangetheory Fitness studio in Bloomington, Lyle Feigenbaum stands in the lobby to watch the heart rates on the monitor rise while the coach shouts for the participants to push themselves. Watching the colors change from green to orange, Feigenbaum smiled, and says the class is in an “all-out” phase, where members give it their all.

As the session comes to a close, Feigenbaum congratulats the rowers, runners and weightlifters with high fives and fist bumps. He calls them by name, asks how they are doing and praises them for their lifestyle changes.

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YMCA group exercise instructor Gloria Estes creates community in the water

March 29th, 2018 No comments

Gloria Estes stands on the deck as she shouts instructions to her basic deep-water fitness class. The pungent smell of chlorine is stagnant in the warm air of the main pool at the Southeast YMCA. She stands in front of the lifeguard fan with well-worn Chaco sandals on her feet and drops of sweat on her forehead.

She turns to her class. “Bicycle shallow, no arms!” she yells, her voice cutting through the constant hum of the air conditioner. Her students, a group of about 10 middle-aged adults, know exactly what she means and start moving in the water.

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Bloomington Salt Cave’s Laura Chaiken brings halotherapy to the Bloomington community

March 29th, 2018 No comments

Laura Chaiken takes a seat on a comfortably padded bench situated under the window, natural sunlight spilling through the intimate entryway to her spa. With soft violet walls, pink Himalayan salt and herbal products on display, she is surrounded by a serene environment that mirrors her warm and inviting demeanor.

“It’s broadened my sense of community, and I would love to still do more,” she says. “It’s really because of this business.”

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