CorePower Yoga is located at Easton Gateway and in the Short North in Columbus. Both locations opened less than a year ago. I attended the Easton location and was very pleasantly surprised by my experience! I say pleasantly surprised, because admittedly, I was hesitant about CorePower because I know it is a corporate brand with locations all over the country. But, as soon as I entered the doors, Elizabeth's familiar face and local charm made me feel right at home.
The first thing I noticed was the boutique style shopping area. There were so many cute clothes for sale! After a little browsing, Elizabeth gave me a tour of the space. It was so modern and clean, I couldn't wait to see the studio. The restrooms/showers felt like a spa area rather than a yoga studio. They also offered fresh towels that guests could purchase for a $1 to use in the class.
I attended the Hot Power Fusion class--which is their most traditional style of class. As soon as I walked in the room, I felt the heat, but it wasn't overwhelming, it was comforting. The class began and we got moving. Each pose had purpose and each move was strong. The hour flew by and soon enough I was in a blissful savasana.
While CorePower is known for it's intense, hot workouts, they also offer other yoga classes that are less intensely heated or not heated at all like C1 is. View their list of classes here.
CorePower, while it's headquarters are located in Denver, still give a local vibe that shows through their classes and all their programs they do in the city. You can find them offering free yoga at different locations around town including The Joseph and at Easton Town Center.
Try them out at their Short North or Easton location. Your first WEEK is free!
OR, you can try them at our next Sweat Sesh on November 19 at Wolf's Ridge Brewing!
Anytime we get the chance to get out and do something a little different, we jump at the chance. That’s why this past Sunday, we took part in the Running Water 5k and 10k Challenge that began and ended on the south side of Ohio Stadium. The fun part of this race was the option runners had to carry one or two gallons of water in a special backpack (more on that later) for the duration of the race. Since we are gluttons for punishment, we opted for the two-gallon pack and set off.
The race itself was a lot of fun. From the Shoe, we headed east toward Ohio State campus. We looped back around to Ohio Stadium, then worked our way up to Woody Hayes Drive, across Olentangy River, and eventually back to the Shoe. 5k runners ended there while the 10k runners ran that a second time. The weather and energy from all of the participants couldn’t have been better, especially considering the Buckeyes just beat Rutgers 63-0 the day before.
Running with water was something new and a great way to challenge ourselves and get us out of our comfort zones. Two gallons of water translates to roughly 16 pounds, which in itself is a challenging weight to add for just over six miles, but the hardest part was the sloshing we felt with the water on our backs. For us, the race was about challenging ourselves. While running along is a great workout, the added weight and stress of the water forced use to focus on a controlled pace. The whole time, we were thinking that the pack was less than half full, and how difficult it must be to carry a full pack that could weigh up to 52 pounds. It was a lot of fun watching everyone try to figure out the best way to keep moving while carrying the water.
The race benefitted PackH2O, which is a local charity that aims to deliver these packs to water-scarce areas around the world. The award winning packs, designed and manufactured right here in central Ohio, have a very simple backpack design, but allow the user to pull out the liner and sanitize it in the sun. Often times, local communities are forced to carry water in used gas cans, and are forced to drink tainted water. As heavy as the packs could get (we walked around afterward with a full pack on), we couldn’t imagine having to drag huge gas cans full of water for miles like some people in the world have to do on a daily basis. I would urge anyone reading this to check out PackH2O to learn more about the product and how you can help donate to their cause.
When it was all said and done, roughly 60 people kicked off this inaugural race. All of the packs used in the race will be donated to help those areas where getting clean water is extremely difficult. At the end of the day, we were extremely happy and humbled to learn about PackH2O and the NGWA (National Ground Water Association), and to also support a local and worthwhile cause. We’re looking forward to helping this event grow next year!
One of the worst things for anyone who is planning an outdoor workout is relying on the weather to cooperate, and when it doesn’t, you rarely have a good backup plan and end up just couching it (possibly with a glass of wine). Such was the case this past week when our first Sweat Sesh fell on the same day as about four inches of rain in Columbus. Luckily, CycleBar Powell was there to bail us out of a tough spot.
We received a message early that day inviting anyone who was planning on attending the Sweat Sesh to go up for a free ride at CycleBar Powell. It couldn’t have turned out any better, and I think everyone who was able to make it up not only got treated to a great workout, but got a free glass of wine thanks to CycleBar’s “Wine-down Wednesday.”
For those who have never been to CycleBar, it’s kind of a cross between indoor cycling and a night club. The equipment at CycleBar is second to none, as each bike is equipped with a digital readout that shows you your RPM, power output, bike resistance, and time/miles ridden. Within the workout, the instructor has the ability to put everyone in the class’ stats up on a big digital screen, set up competitions between sides of the room, as well as control the lighting for whatever kind of effect they’re trying to set in the otherwise, very dark room.
We were lucky enough to have Lacey instruct our workout, and she didn’t disappoint. For us, a good cycle class begins with good energy from the instructor. Lacey kept the energy level up the whole time by engaging with the class, calling out for feedback, and even dancing a bit when a new song would come on. By the time we finished with the 50 minute class, our class of 21 burned over 10,000 calories. Each rider also got a personalized email with their own specific stats as monitored by each bike.
CycleBar is great for anyone new to indoor cycling or someone who has done it before. The bikes are world class and there is enough distraction to allow you to forget that you’re actually getting a really good workout. Check out CycleBar Powell for great promotions they’re running, and find out how you can try it out for free.