New “Sky Zone” Trampoline Park Coming To South Asheville

Sky Zone Trampoline Park Asheville NC

Trampoline Parks are the latest craze in Asheville North Carolina. We had “Launch” open up not too long ago, and now Sky Zone Trampoline Park is opening up only about 3 miles away from them in Gerber Village, right near Publix and almost right across from Gold’s Gym. Maybe between this new place opening and the newly constructed apartments behind it; Gerber Village will finally gain some more life and shopping traffic.

Launch To Sky Zone Trampoline in Asheville NC

Trampolines are a great platform for fun, games, exercise, dance, fitness and many other uses. We have been jumping around ever since the House of Pain did back in the days. Glad the community is finally catching up with us.

5 Ways Yoga Can Improve Your Life

Go Yoga Asheville NC

We stopped over at GoYoga in Biltmore Park Town Square in south Asheville recently. While talking to Carrie, we asked about some of the wonderful benefits of yoga. She sent these reasons over to us. If you have any more, or if you have a story about how yoga has helped your personally; please comment about it below.

  1. Physical.  Yoga stretches and strengthens your muscles and helps you to stay balanced physically.
  2. Breath.  Yoga reminds you how important it is to breathe.   Intentionally breathing deeply and with movement, helps your body relax and restores oxygen to your muscles.
  3. Detoxing.  Yoga, especially with the heat, detoxes your body from harm chemical, germs and pollutants that end up in our system.  Flu season is looming and yoga will decrease your changes of catching the flu.
  4. Stress Relief. After a hard day at the office or a stressful morning getting the kids to school, yoga helps to relieve the stress that builds up in our daily lives.  You will also find yourself able to handle stress outside of the studio by breathing and calming yourself with the methods of yoga.
  5. Community.  At Go Yoga at Biltmore Park, our supportive commmunity promotes interaction among our students, so we deepen our circle of friends.  We, also, will reach out to the community for events, fundraisers and fun!

MY FIRST 5K by Rose-Marie Vieira

Asheville 5k Color Run

Over the last three years I have been working on getting myself healthier. It started with dieting and exercise and eventually losing 80 pounds – so far (I have 50 more to go!). I continue to work on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Throughout the weight loss journey, I have been rewarding myself with fun “treats” – simultaneously crossing items off my “bucket list.” A few such fun treats have included Ziplining across the Nantahala as well as white water rafting down that river when I turned 50. I have never raced in my life, but heard about how much fun the Color Run is, and I really wanted to do it! It is a run where people dress up in crazy colorful costumes, with many wearing colored tutus, and it is designed for walkers and families, so I figured “How difficult can it be?” However, shortly after signing up for it, I thought about not doing it. I was fearful of making a spectacle of myself if I collapsed on the race course. I suffer with Fibromyalgia, arthritis, a huge ventral hernia, and a breathing issue that is still to be determined. But I had three goals and I resolved to do it! Here I am, dressed and ready to go!

Asheville Color Run Before Race

7,000+ people participated in the run. I decided that I wanted to be there early enough so that I could be in the first “wave.” I was the very 1st person to step through the start gate!!! I even got to keep the Start tape!

asheville color run start line

At every kilometer, colored cornstarch is sprayed at runners as they pass through a matching colored balloon arch. At the end of the race, every runner looks like a swamp creature between the sweat and running colors!

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I can’t believe we had THREE hills to climb, and that last hill SUCKED!!! But, we DO live in the mountains!!! The last mile was painful for me, but I knew my Angels were helping to push me through!!!

asheville color run hills

Shortly after passing the final Color Station, I could hear the party music blaring from the YMCA campus – where the race started and ended. In the near distance, I saw the multicolored balloons of the Finish Line.

Asheville Color Run Finish Line

OMG!!!!! I FREAKING MADE IT!!!!!?? I had met all three of my goals!!!

1) I showed up – fear didn’t win. 2) I finished the run!!! 3) I didn’t finish last!! … I was ONE PROUD WOMAN!!!

Color Run Asheville Finish Line

Crossing under the Finish Line balloons gave me an amazingly high feeling of exhilaration! As I passed from under the Finish line balloons on towards the after-party and stage area, I was greeted with a great cloud of many colors in celebration of our accomplishment!

Asheville Color Burst Finish Line

Thank you God for allowing me to be testimony to what can be done when you don’t give up on yourself.

rose marie asheville color run

Tired, looking like a Smurf, but darn PROUD of this accomplishment! By the way, I had so much fun on the Color Run, I’ve signed up for another Run!!! The Glow in the Dark Color Rave 5k at Carrier Park. Look for that story coming soon!

Written by Rose-Marie Vieira of Event Horizons Photography

Asheville Personal Training and Fitness to the next level!

asheville personal training o3 fitness

The Asheville Fitness world has many options nowadays. Everything from yoga, to kickboxing, to personal training. Then you have outdoor fitness activities such as biking, running and community sports programs. If you really want to get healthy and fit, there is no excuse not to.

Asheville Fitness by o3

The Asheville Fitness Team recently stopped by o3 Health & Fitness on Riverside Drive on the northside, and did a tremendous workout that made a difference. When we first walked in, we were greeted by several familiar faces who were there to workout. Then my friend Shannon came out of nowhere and surprised me. Karissa led the class and she would not quit. I am talking about 45 minutes to an hour of combination exercises that had the room huffing, puffing and fired up! What a great time and workout.

Do you like to workout and train? Check out the Asheville Fitness Page on Facebook, and join us sometime!