Fitness

Heart Crisis: 4 Yoga Poses to Open Your Heart Chakra

By Ashley Zeller, JCC Wellness School Manager and Yoga Instructor E-RYT® 200 Angie Finds Relief. About a year ago a new student complained of neck and shoulder pain. After a few sessions and conversations, we discovered she had recently switched from working part-time to full-time, significantly increasing the time she spent sitting at a desk in front of a computer. Her …

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Community Yoga School Graduate

Interview with Community Yoga School Graduate Emily Byas Community Yoga School instructor, Ashley Kay Zeller, a certified e-RYT® 200, talked recently with Community Yoga School graduate, Emily Byas about her experiences as a student in the inaugural 2016 class. If you’re interested in yoga teacher training, the JCC will host an Open House on Sat, Aug 27 from 5:30-7 pm. What …

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Q&A with Javan

Javan Odinga is not just a friendly face in the Mordoh Fitness Center. He is a great resource for answering any JCC member’s question from how to use certain equipment to what kinds of calories help a person maximize their workout. Similar to how a GPS device functions for a car, Javan can provide direction to help a person reach …

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Do I Need a Personal Trainer?

Below are three case studies of JCC members who work with personal trainer, Javan Odinga. They shared with us why they started using a personal trainer and why they keep coming back. Case Study 1: David C After a 15-year hiatus from working out, David C. met with Javan. Based on David’s goals to lose weight and gain muscle, David …

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I Love Goooooooould

Meet Jim Gould and Have Fun with Fitness Even though JCC personal trainer Jim Gould doubted himself when he started a pre-retirement career in fitness (he was the oldest in his class by about 30 years!), he’s found his niche. “I bring energy, wisdom and age and I think people have appreciated that,” he said. “Anybody can get back in …

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Bodybuilder Lands at JCCindy

18 Years of Personal Training Experience on Three Continents Born and raised in Kenya, Javan Odinga is a Hoosier by marriage. “I was living in Qatar, my wife was in the U.S. and my son in Kenya,” Odinga says. “My favorite activity is spending time with family because we’re now all in the same place.” Once in Indianapolis, Odinga chose …

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A Typical Day at the J

On any given weekday between 8-10 am, you’ll find a group of regulars who came to the JCC for a variety of reasons, but who now say they keep coming back because of the friendship they’ve developed. “We know each other through the stairs (the stair stepping machine),” Sandy Nachlis said. “We didn’t know each other until we met here. …

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3 Tips for Children Who Have Never Played Sports

And Another 3 for the Parents Who Coach Them As Director of Athletics, parents often ask me if it’s okay for their children to play sports if they’ve never played the sport before. Yes! Here are three tips for getting started: Look for an Introductory Program. The JCC’s youth sports programs are designed to teach the basics to those who are playing …

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7 Tips for Making a Resolution That Sticks

So you’ve made yourself a promise. You told your friends and family, this is the year! You’re going to cut back on sweets, eat more vegetables and work out every day! That mini marathon you just signed up for is just a warm-up for the Tough Mudder, Spartan series race and the USAT Ironman championships in Hawaii you plan to …

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New JCC Fitness Specialist Is A Real Ironman

by Lisa DeHayes “Swimming for me is like trying not to drown for an hour,” says JCC newcomer and Fitness Specialist, Chad VanDerwall. Still, Chad has been hitting the waves a lot lately, training for his first full Ironman competition in Louisville later this month. The event includes 2.4 miles of swimming, 112 miles of biking and a full marathon, …

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