Category: Ohmfit Activewear

Mamm and Glam

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We will be attending the Pink Partners of the Community Cancer Center’s Mamm and Glam event on Thursday, May 11th, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. This free event is an area-wide initiative to educate women about breast health and to raise the mammography rate in our community. There will be pampering services ranging from hand massages and manicures, to make-overs and up-do’s, food provided by Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano, and of course shopping! You can shop our lovely apparel, as well as jewelry, handbags, accessories, and skin care from other vendors.

There will also be 2 speakers at the event. Dr. Woodhouse, from the Community Cancer Center, will be speaking at 6 pm on the topic of Making Decisions from a Position of Strength Not Fear. Lifestyle coach Mattie Scott will speak at 6:45 with a talk on positivity titled “Less stress, More glam!”. In addition, there will be door prizes drawn at 7:15 that have been donated from some of the vendors in attendance. While pampering, shopping, and prizes are nice, the highlight of the evening is having each of BloNo’s mammography facilities in attendance with the ability to schedule a mammogram for those ladies who haven’t had one in the last year.

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We were able to speak with Lisa Lowry, a Breast Health Navigator at the Community Cancer Center. On the topic of reaching more women in the BloNo area, she stated, “We decided who better to join our movement than local beauty shops. We had a focus group with several salons to discuss how we could all work together to reach the women of our communities, especially minorities. There is a large amount of minority women that do not get mammograms whether it is due to a lack of insurance, access to transportation, or lack of knowledge. Mamm & Glam was actually the idea of one of our salon partners, Rosie Smith, who owns Rosie’s Hair Gallery. The whole focus group thought her idea was excellent and we ran with it.”

Included in the Pink Partners, aside from the Community Cancer Center, is Advocate Bromenn, the Gale Keeran Center for Women, and OSF St. Joseph Medical Center. Throughout the year, this group of healthcare providers participates in different events to help spread the word on the importance of women receiving their annual mammogram. They are dedicated to spreading knowledge and increasing the use of this preventive health measure. We hope that you join us this Thursday in our fight against breast cancer!

To learn more about the Community Cancer Center visit: http://cancercenter.org/
Follow the Pink Panthers on Facebook: @PinkPartnersMammogramsSaveLives

-Tamia Little
OFA Blogger

Spring Pop-Up Boutique

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OhmFit will be at Julie Meuleman’s Gallery (JMG) for the Spring Pop-Up Boutique this Friday from 2 pm to 7 pm, as well as Saturday from 12 pm to 5 pm! We will be joined by other boutiques and small businesses from our community, so you can shop for all your Mother’s Day needs. There will also be live music performed by Leah Marlene and coupons for the first 25 people in the door!

Julie has always had a passion for creating something from nothing. She states, “The challenge of layering color, texture, and visual interest is ingrained in everything I do. Fashion, art, writing, food…it’s all the same to me”. This event is the perfect mixture of her greatest interests.

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The journey to establishing JMG was a long and humbling one. She shares how she found the perfect location and partner to begin this adventure with: “Last summer I learned of a beautiful space in the old Coca-Cola Bottling Plant that was going to become available at the beginning of the year. I knew I couldn’t afford it on my own, so I reached out to my friend and yoga instructor, Sheri McCloskey. I knew she had aspirations of opening her own studio, so I sent her a text that said, “You need floor space, I need wall space. What if we opened a yoga studio in an art gallery…””

JMG, which houses the Yoga Studio, is not your typical gallery. The decor is eclectic and quirky with a tree in one corner and Julie’s art in the other. Her paintings line the walls, which are known for bold color, movement, and energy. Both Julie and Sheri are also committed to giving back to their community through their businesses. The Yoga Studio hosts regular charity events and 10% of all gallery sales go to charity as well. In Julie’s words, “I have always done things in a very unconventional way, and JMG is no different”.

She goes on to express, “In addition to art and yoga, I love the idea of collaborating with others to create a unique shopping experience. It only made sense to create a pop-up boutique made up of our community’s favorite shops under one roof. I am thrilled with the list of vendors that will be joining the pop-up this weekend! It will be the perfect shopping experience whether you’re seeking a Mother’s Day gift or just perusing new spring arrivals.” Experience the amazing ambiance for yourself while shopping all of the wonderful small businesses. We hope to see you there!

To connect with Julie follow her on Facebook: Julie Meulemans Gallery

For more information about JMG visit: http://juliemeulemans.squarespace.com/

To read our blog post about Sheri McCloskey and the Yoga Studio visit: http://ohmfitactivewear.com/2017/01/23/the-yoga-studio/

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-Tamia Little
OFA Blogger

Uptown Covered in Chocolate

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Mark your calendars for cheat day because the 3rd annual Uptown Covered in Chocolate is this Thursday from 4:00 to 7:00! Lizzy Seltzer along with handmade sweet treats from her bakery Cake Balls by: Lizzy will be at OFA. We will be offering delicious cake ball samples, champagne, a sale rack stocked with active wear essentials, as well as our limited time sports bra trunk show. Many shops and eateries in the area will also be offering complimentary sips, snacks, and sales, so join us in supporting small businesses within our community for tasty treats and a dose of retail therapy!

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To connect with Lizzy and learn more about her bakery visit: facebook.com/cakeballsbylizzy/

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-Tamia Little
OFA Blogger

The Yoga Studio

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Yoga is not limited to asanas (yoga poses). It is a way of life that can help us harmonize and balance our body, mind, and spirit. Whether you are looking to increase your strength and flexibility, lose weight, relax, or become an all around healthier being, yoga can help you reach your goal. The Yoga Studio in Bloomington will be providing the perfect opportunity for you to get your feet wet or to continue to evolve in your practice with their free yoga classes that will be held on January 28th and 29th.

Sheri McCloskey, the owner, has been teaching within the BloNo yoga community for several years. Her dream of creating a space solely dedicated to this practice where yogis can feel comfortable, safe, and free from judgement has finally come to fruition, and you don’t want to miss this opportunity to enjoy a free Yoga Studio experience.
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When asked about her desire to start this establishment, Sheri stated, “There’s one simple reason I’m opening my studio: to get more people to do yoga. We live in a 24/7 connected world and rarely have enough time to pause and get in touch with ourselves. Some people think they can’t do yoga because they’re not flexible, athletic, or calm enough. Guess what? Yoga is literally for everyone. Leave your preconceived ideas at the door. Yoga can be loud, quiet, fun, serious, physical, or contemplative.” Sheri offers a variety of classes to meet your yogi needs, including “a boot camp class for those that want to get physical, a movement and meditation class for those that want to pause and reconnect with themselves, and a warm vinyasa flow that provides a fun and effective blend of the two.”

The regular schedule will begin on January 30th. You can visit the site to view the weekly schedule, pricing, and learn more about the teachers, as well as workshops and events held at the studio. You owe it to yourself to tend to your physical, mental, and spiritual needs, so take advantage of this opportunity and give yoga a try. Immerse yourself in the continuous process that is yoga, and keep in mind that the deeper you move into your practice, the greater its benefits are.

To connect with Sheri visit: https://www.facebook.com/theyogastudiobn/
To learn more about the Yoga Studio visit: http://www.theyogastudiobn.com/
-Tamia Little
OFA Blogger

The 100th Launch of BODYPUMP

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On Saturday, January 14, Les Mills International is coordinating the 100th release of its renowned exercise program BodyPump. This launch is taking place globally, and the Workout Company on Kays Drive is the only fitness club in town offering this exciting event.

BodyPump is a total body workout done with the help of light to moderate weights and high repetition. This class is carried out in a group setting and is designed to get you lean, toned, and fit in a short amount of time.  Exercising among others who are determined and passionate about being the healthiest version of themselves is an amazing motivator, and the hit music and encouraging instructors help boost the fun. You will leave the session feeling challenged, accomplished, and ready to come back and give it your all time and time again. The energy and inspiration gained from group fitness is unmatched and provides the confidence and support needed to push yourself to the next level.

According to Carol Clover, owner of the Workout Company, “the combination of contemporary music, scientifically-proven exercise techniques, and quickly observable physical results have been the key to the workout’s inter-generational appeal.” This launch is a world-renowned event that will be held at thousands of fitness clubs around the world. You don’t want to miss your chance to be a part of the world’s biggest workout that will leave you feeling stronger and more in love with fitness.

WoCo is inviting everyone to attend Saturday’s BODYPUMP classes for free. Space is limited, so you and your friends will want to reserve your tickets in advance at the front desk of their facility at 419 Kays Drive in Normal, IL, for the 7 AM, 8:15 AM, or 9:30 AM session. The 9:30 AM class will be led by our very own Heather Young.

In celebration of the 100th launch of BODYPUMP, an OhmFit trunk show will be offered all weekend at the Kays Drive location, and to celebrate the occasion, we will give 15% off all purchases that are $100 or more at our trunk show. What better way to prepare for an invigorating workout session than gearing up with some cute new active wear! We look forward to seeing you at WoCo this week as we kick off the new year tackling our fitness goals together. Trunk show hours are Friday, 8-10, Saturday, 7-11 and Monday 8-10.

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-Tamia Little
OFA Blogger