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Rhythm Run Finisher Inspired to Go After Next Race

If Tenisa Frye can do it, she wants you to know that you can too. “I am not a runner, let me just tell you,” she said. Still, that didn’t stop her from completing her second Rhythm Run, a 5K…

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Nature Called: Why One West Michigan Personal Trainer Took Her Business Outside

As a 15-year personal training veteran, Cari Draft is no stranger to gyms. Still, a chance continuing education class about outdoor fitness in 2006 took her business to new places: beaches, playgrounds, bleachers, and trails for starters. “I don’t ever…

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Tired of Lifting Weights? Try Calisthenics

  Let’s face it: consistently working out is hard. Only 18 percent of Americans reach the recommended level of cardiovascular and muscle-strengthening activity in a week. As if consistency wasn’t hard enough, people like me can be intimidated by heavy…

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Starting Zumba? Here are Tips from Women Who Were Once in Your Gym Shoes

If you’re anything like the ladies gathered at Southwest Detroit’s CHASS Center for free Zumba classes, you should know that Zumba is one of the most fun alternatives you’ll find for boring cardio routines. During my last visit to the…

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Synchronized Swimming: “It’s Like Running a Marathon Without Breathing”

“It’s like doing a full dance routine, but holding your breath half the time.” That’s how 17-year-old Katie Ward describes synchronized swimming, a sport that will make a big splash in Grand Rapids this weekend. As part of the Meijer…

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“Let’s Talk Health” Week Emphasizes Healthy Lifestyles for Grand Rapids Communities

Several new events and returning favorites will make the fourth annual “Let’s Talk Health” week impactful for Grand Rapids residents. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is partnering with community organizations to put on the week, which will take place…

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Inspiring Captain and His “Angels” to Complete Midwest 5 Marathon Challenge

As a young boy, Matt Smith enjoyed watching his peers participate in athletic events, but his cerebral palsy kept him on the sidelines. My Team Triumph (MTT) changed that in 2008, when Smith was then 11-years-old. The non-profit organization provides…

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After Weight Loss, Riverbank Run is Next Challenge to Conquer

For endurance runners, race day is the final chapter to a long story of training runs and hard work. This Saturday, 24-year-old Ashley Fredricks will join thousands of other participants to run her first Riverbank Run 25K. Her race story…

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Salutatorian Shares Story of Overcoming Learning Challenges

High school senior Eunice Eyamba has made the Dean’s list every year. She’s an all-conference runner and salutatorian of her class. She has her pick of colleges, having been accepted to Michigan State University, Aquinas College and Ohio State University….

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