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Hip Fit

Mike Nicholson’s Hip-Hop Fitness is a whirling, leaping, popping way to get in shape; and beyond the fun moves you’ll learn, there’s a whole community of people who want to get down just waiting for…

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A Primary Goal

Looking for a doctor? The Bartlett Medical Clinic and Wellness Center won’t accept your insurance. Heather Bartlett, M.D., the clinic’s founder and owner, sees a hidden health care crisis in America, one which led her…

By Collins Laatsch

Axes Up!

I gave myself the name Ragnar. Joining me for my first experience with the nascent “sport” of axe throwing was Maple, Axe Bomber, and Hoss Funk. Before we were to train with the hefty and sharp…

by Steve Hecker

Dive-In Theater

Under the surface, it’s quiet. The cool turquoise press of the water slows your movements. Like meditation, you are conscious of every breath. Every motion is methodical: inflate and deflate your vest, keep track of…

Cha Cha Change

Columbus ballroom studio transforming bodies and lives “I’ve always been a very active person,” Cindi Parker confessed. An equestrian and a tennis player, the Dayton-based allergy practice manager still weighed more than she wanted to,…

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Boss Fit

On planet Earth, there are approximately 379 million women in their 50s. Columbus’ own Shellie Edington is the fittest of them all. The 51-year-old’s decisive first place performance at the 2016 CrossFit Games (Women 50-54)…


The ever-steady popularity of the treadmill accurately represents America’s attitude toward fitness—that it’s repetitive, monotonous, and probably going to be boring as hell. It’s hard to get excited about creating a killer new body if…

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Fitness in Flight

I am suspended upside down 10 feet in the air. Two long, shimmering white sheets rigged to the ceiling are holding me up—one wrapped carefully around my left foot and the other nestled tightly underneath my…

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Stage Moms

One weekend a year, the second largest bodybuilding competition in the world is held right here in Columbus. Thousands of competitors compete in the Arnold for a chance at a trophy and a moment of…