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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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Board President Knows What It’s Like to Have No J

“The reason I’m involved with the JCC in Indianapolis goes back to my childhood. I guess you can say that if you want to make an impression upon a person, do it when they’re young. That’s exactly what happened with me,” said Keith Pitzele, newly-elected president of the JCC board (he served as president previously 1991-93). “Growing up in Gary, …

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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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Our new BBYO City Director

Please join us in welcoming Ariel Movshovich to the JCC as our new BBYO City Director. She recently moved to Indy with her fiancé after living in Israel for five years. She holds a double major in Business Administration and Jewish Studies from Emory University, and a master’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Ariel has …

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Bee Healthy

Bee Pollen is the Only Food You’ll Ever Need It appears that bees know a thing or two bee pollen about producing the perfect food. Bee pollen contains all of the essential minerals required by the body. And, because the pollen is meant for young bees, 40% of it is protein, half in the form of amino acids that are …

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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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Making a Splash Against National Lifeguard Shortage

Where have all the lifeguards gone? It used to be a sweet gig as a teenager to land a summer job as a lifeguard. Now, there is a shortage of lifeguards nationwide. Reports from NPR, Boston Globe and our own Indy Star tell of the problem, but no one has a solution. Yet. We are fortunate to have a number …

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