Health and Fitness
Have some free time this upcoming week? Wondering what to do, where to go or what to eat in downtown Columbus? Here is the Columbus Arena District Digest for the week of March 2, 2020:
Arnold 5K and Arnold 5K Pump & Run
Sunday, March 8 | Greater Columbus Convention Center | 9:15 AM
This Sunday, athletes line up to compete in the Arnold Pump & Run and Arnold 5K! Starting at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, this run will come through the Arena District and around downtown Columbus. Cheer on participants from a neighborhood bar or restaurant as they race through the Arena District!
Note: The Arnold Fitness Expo and trade show has been cancelled. Come out and watch the competition livestream from R Bar over the weekend!
Dan + Shay
Sunday, March 8 | Nationwide Arena | 7:00 PM
Solidifying their superstar status with yet another career milestone, GRAMMY-winning duo Dan + Shay tour includes a stop at Nationwide Arena on March 8. Ticket information can be found here!
Performing with The Band CAMINO and Ingrid Andress.
Winner will receive one FREE fitCAMP session at the Arena District Athletic Club.
A 4-week, 16 session high intensity group training program with quick results and lasting benefits. This unique fitness program is designed to be fun, yet challenging, for all fitness levels.
The winner can choose their fitCAMP session – upcoming dates are March 30-April 25 and April 27-May 23. (first time fitCAMP participants only)
Training days are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday. Flexible class times, choose between morning, afternoon, and evening sessions based on your schedule.
More about fitCAMP: arenaathletic.com
Ohio Combat League Presents Arnold Sports Festival Mixed Martial Arts
Friday, March 6 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 6:30PM
It’s that time of the year again, MMA fans! The Ohio Combat League Presents Arnold Sports Festival Mixed Martial Arts will be held this Friday at EXPRESS LIVE! If you love amateur mixed martial arts, grab your tickets and get ready for a night full of action, as part of the much larger Arnold Sports Festival.
Dan + Shay w/ The Band CAMINO & Ingrid Andress
Sunday, March 8 | Nationwide Arena | 7 PM
GRAMMY Award-winning country music duo, Dan + Shay, are stopping by Columbus’ Nationwide Arena during their first-ever headlining arena tour, aptly titled ‘The (Arena) Tour’. Don’t miss the chance to see these insanely talented superstars sing your favorite hits live—along with openers, The Band CAMINO and Ingrid Andress. Click here for tickets.
What We’re Looking Forward To
Zac Brown Band
Friday, March 13 | Nationwide Arena | 7 PM
Multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning, Zac Brown Band announced they are extending their highly successful The Owl Tour with new dates, including a Friday, March 13 stop at Nationwide Arena—complete with special guests Amos Lee, Poo Bear & Sasha Sirota. Don’t miss your chance to see this country rock band live! Click here for tickets.
Stay tuned for our next edition of Arena District Digest!
It’s easy to fall into a hibernation during those winter months of snow, sleet and cold. As the temperature drops, it can be harder to exercise—but with the right winter workout plan, you can still find the motivation to get fit. After all, summer bodies are made in the winter, right?
The key to getting out in the cold is pursuing activities or workouts that appeal to you. If you love what you do, you’ll find that it’s not that hard to stay encouraged and stick to your workout goals in the winter.
Here’s our winter workout guide to staying fit and healthy in Columbus!
The good thing about ice skating is that it can be done indoors or outside on a frozen pond. Getting active on the ice can be fun and an excellent form of exercise—as skating works nearly every muscle group in the body, and gliding requires synchronized movement of the legs. Like any workout, skating is good for your cardiovascular health and it gets the blood pumping! There are plenty of ice skating rinks in Columbus to enjoy, like OhioHealth’s Ice Haus and three Chiller rinks.
Joining a Columbus gym like the Arena District Athletic Club (ADAC) makes working out season averse. With the ability to bypass weather conditions entirely, the ADAC offers both one-on-one and group training sessions, private yoga instruction and world-class equipment. If you’re looking for something more intense, fitCAMP offers a 4-week, 16-session high intensity training program that will get your body in tip-top shape for summer.
Finding a workout class that you enjoy will make staying active in the winter easier and enjoyable. Located right in the heart of downtown Columbus’ Arena District, ADAC is the perfect place to start (or end) your day.
Hiking during the winter is worth the extra layers—seriously. The trails are less crowded and calmer this time of year, allowing you to fully enjoy the outdoor experience. Whether it’s dry and cold or wet and snowy, the winter scenery is wholly unique. Grab your coat and a friend to explore Columbus Metro Parks, or join their annual winter hike series for guided public group outings.
The winter season is a great time to experience the addicting joys of Pilates—the art of controlled movements! One of the best places in Columbus to take classes is Club Pilates in Grandview Yard. No matter your age or level of fitness, there’s a class that will work for you. Try it out and keep your body agile and flexible through the chilly weather.
If you still need an extra kick of fitness inspiration, you’ll absolutely find it when the Arnold Sports Festival & EXPO returns to Columbus from March 5-8! More than 20K athletes from around the world will compete in 80+ events that test the limits of physical strength and endurance. Aside from attending as a spectator, there are tons of ways you can get active and participate. Use the contest below for your chance to win a pair of tickets to the 2020 Arnold Sports Festival.
What winter workouts keep you active in Columbus?
Have some free time this upcoming week? Wondering what to do, where to go or what to eat in downtown Columbus? Here is the Columbus Arena District Digest for the week of November 11, 2019:
Arena District Athletic Club Open House
November 11-14 | Arena District Athletic Club | 5 AM – 10 PM
Looking to join one of the best gyms in downtown Columbus? The Arena District Athletic Club—one of the city’s cleanest and most modern gyms—is holding an open house for prospective members today through Thursday! Any time between 5 AM and 10 PM, stop in, tour the facility, meet Club staff and enter to win tickets to a Blue Jackets home game. You will also receive a 10-day free trial membership and a Club t-shirt just for coming in. Click here to learn more.
Columbus Blue Jackets vs. St. Louis Blues
Friday, November 15 | Nationwide Arena | 7:00 PM
Do you like the color blue? What about great hockey? If you answered yes to either of these questions, be sure to join us this at Nationwide Arena as we celebrate a matchup between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the first-place St. Louis Blues. Grab your tickets and bring your friends to this exciting game!
Monday, November 11 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 7:00 PM
Coming to the neighborhood tonight at EXPRESS LIVE!, it’s The Neighbourhood! This five-part California rock band makes its way to the Arena District for a night of music and melody, presented by Columbus’ alternative rock station, CD102.5. Opening the performance are musical artists, Claud and Slow Hollows. Grab your tickets here and don’t miss out on Monday’s exciting performance.
A$AP Ferg – Floor Seats Tour
Tuesday, November 12 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 7:00 PM
EXPRESS LIVE! welcomes hit rapper, A$AP Ferg, to the stage for a performance coming off his latest album, Floor Seats. Get tickets for this hot show before it sells out! Opening will be artists Murda Beatz and MadeinTYO, featured in A$AP Ferg’s song, Wam.
The Final Campaign: Slayer, Primus, Ministry, Philip H Anselmo
Tuesday, November 12 | Nationwide Arena | 6:00 PM
Tomorrow night, Slayer, the legendary thrash metal rock group—along with groups Primus, Ministry and Philip H Anselmo—will take center stage at Nationwide Arena for the last leg of The Final Campaign tour. This highly influential metal band wraps up the seventh and final leg of its farewell world tour, honoring the group’s 37 years of activity. Slayer experiences are known for their intense guitar hymns, heavy use of pyrotechnics and head-banging good times. Grab your tickets and be sure not to miss this legendary performance.
Team Tory Presents Ohio Combat League 4
Saturday, November 16 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 6:30 PM
Coming this Saturday to EXPRESS LIVE!—the Ohio Combat League! Watch a spectacle of dazzling mixed martial arts (MMA) fighting and see Ohio’s rising stars and veterans compete in a night of full contact sport. Grab your tickets for this event and be sure to check out these amazing fights!
Hot Chocolate 15K/5K
Sunday, November 17 | McFerson Commons Park | 7:30 AM
This Sunday starting at McFerson Commons Park in Columbus’ Arena District, warm up in the cold weather by participating in the Hot Chocolate 15K/5K! During the race, marshmallow sweet stations will be dotted along course routes—among other fun surprises. A Finisher Mug encourages the consumption of decadent fondue once you cross the finish line. Funds from the race will go to support Make-A-Wish Foundation. Click here to register.
What We’re Looking Forward To
Thursday, November 21 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 6:00 PM
Self-described evil disco group, Static-X, returns to the Columbus stage to perform for their first studio album in 11 years, “Project Regeneration,” set to release in 2020. The band, which will perform at EXPRESS LIVE! next Thursday, features a unique sound that mixes metal influences with electronic elements. The band will be accompanied by groups, Mushroomhead, Dope, Wednesday 13 and Raven Black. Get your tickets and don’t miss out on this night full of great music and performances.
Stay tuned for our next edition of Arena District Digest!
With summer in full swing and a few months of warm weather still ahead, there are endless ways to stay active in Columbus. Finding the time and motivation to stay active may seem daunting, but Columbus is full of unique and fun activities that will keep you on your exercise kick.
Grab a friend, your dog or enjoy some time alone and explore these five ways to stay active in Columbus!
Biking is one of the best, and most enjoyable, forms of cardio! Not only are you staying active, but you are saving energy and enjoying time outside as well. Columbus has no shortage of scenic trails to choose from, with each one being unique. Riders can choose trails based off mileage, intensity or location.
The Alum Creek Trail travels along one of Columbus’ most scenic river corridors, and Blacklick Creek Trail weaves bikers toward three different parks. In downtown Columbus, the Scioto Trail travels along the downtown riverfront, while a second connecting trail runs along the west bank of the Scioto River to Dodge Park.
Whether you want to plan a half-day trip with family or friends or just want to enjoy a quick bike ride, there’s a trail in Columbus that’s perfect for every adventure!
Swimming laps is a full-body workout that offers a wide variety of health benefits such as strength building, muscle toning and maintaining a healthy heart. There are both indoor and outdoor pool options in Columbus, open both early in the mornings and in the evenings.
The Columbus Aquatics Center offers an indoor pool with lap lanes, along with several water fitness programs. If you are looking to soak up the sun while getting a good workout in, Columbus has several great outdoor public pools—including Dodge Swimming Pool and Driving Park Pool.
3.Workout Classes at the Arena District Athletic Club
Workout classes are a productive and fun way to stay fit—with so many different classes offered, it’s easy to find one that matches your interests and strengths. Located in the heart of downtown Columbus’ Arena District, the Arena District Athletic Club is the perfect place to get your day started or unwind after work.
Whether it’s a spin class or yoga session, you’ll get a great workout whether you go with a friend or enjoy a class by yourself. Finding a workout class that you enjoy can make staying active really enjoyable, and the Arena District Athletic Club offers over 15 different workout classes.
The Arena District Athletic Club is also hosting a free 50-minute all-levels vinyasa yoga class on Battelle Plaza outside of Nationwide Arena on Sunday, August 18 at noon! Participants can enter to win a new yoga mat and enjoy other goodies. RSVP here!
4. Club Pilates at Grandview Yard
Club Pilates at Grandview Yard offers low-impact, full-body workouts that are known for all-over toning. The wide range of classes strive to provide a path to a richer, more fulfilling life through workouts that challenge your mind and body.
If you’ve never tried it before, a free intro class is offered for first-timers who are interested in incorporating pilates into their fitness routines. With a wide variety of class times throughout the day, incorporating a class into your day and staying fit is effortless!
5. Walk or Run in the Park
A classic way to stay active on a nice warm day in Columbus is to take advantage of the wide variety of scenic parks that the city has to offer. Whether you are in the mood to go on a walk or run, there are plenty of beautiful parks to choose from.
The Battelle Riverfront Park, for instance, is located on the eastern bank of the Scioto River and is home to numerous monuments and memorials. The park also offers access to Greenway Trail, along with river access. If you decide to take a walk among Columbus’ downtown area, Bicentennial Park is one of the area’s most popular parks and is a perfect place to cool down after a long day.
Staying active is an important aspect of a healthy lifestyle, and Columbus makes it easy to find enjoyable ways to keep fit. Whether you decide to take a workout class or go for a walk, there are countless parks and facilities within Columbus to explore!
There are tons of exciting events and things to do in downtown Columbus’ Arena District. From sporting events and concerts at Nationwide Arena to community gatherings and family-friendly festivals, each week welcomes a wide variety of experiences.
With so much going on in the Arena District, deciding what to do and where to go can lead to information overload. To help you narrow down your choices, we’re offering the inside scoop on the top upcoming events in downtown Columbus each week.
Here is your Columbus Arena District Digest for the week of November 19, 2018:
2018 Qfm86 Beat *ichigan Breakfast Club
Friday, November 23| EXPRESS LIVE! | 6 AM
Buckeye fan? Forget standing in long lines–spend your Black Friday with Torg & Elliot from 6 -11AM for Columbus’ biggest maize and blue hating party: Qfm96’s Beat *ichigan Breakfast Club. For $5 you get a breakfast buffet, cold beer, and a chance at over $2,5000 worth of Black Friday prizes! There will be special guests and live iconic rock from Qfm96 house band Red Light Go.
Columbus Hungry Turkey
Saturday, November 24 | Columbus | 9 AM
Gobble, gobble–celebrate Thanksgiving with the Columbus Hungry Turkey! Runners get the option of participating in the 5K or 10K, with both routes passing through the Arena District. Whether you’re running, walking, or just cheering on participants, it will be a fun event supporting the Mid-Ohio Foodbank Ad their mission to end hunger one nourishing meal at a time while co-creating communities where everyone thrives.
Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
Friday, November 23| Nationwide Arena | 7 PM
After scooping up some great deals grab a group of friends this Friday and watch the Columbus Blue Jackets face off against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Nationwide Arena. The Leafs are tied for top of their Eastern division right now, so come out and root on the Blue Jackets as they fight to knock them down a peg.
Friday, November 23 | The Three-Legged Mare | 10 PM
Finish the night singing out your favorite tunes at Excesss Karaoke Night, every Friday from 10 PM – 2 AM at The Three-Legged Mare–located in the heart of the Arena District! Celebrate the end of the work week with this fun weekly tradition. And if you need some liquid courage, the event is presented by Magic Hat Brewing Company, so you’ll receive an additional $1 off any of their beers!
SantaCon Columbus 2018
Friday, December 7| Arena District| 7 PM
For those counting down to Santa’s arrival, he’s almost here! Spread your holiday cheer and join hundreds of Santas, Elves and Reindeer as they dash around the Arena District for SantaCon Columbus! The free event will take place on December 7th and include four Arena District stops featuring drink specials, raffle prices, costume contest and more. Get full details here.
Arena District Apartment of the Week
Flats on Vine Apartments | Courtyard Alexander Floor Plan
Flats on Vine is located next to Columbus entertainment venues such as Nationwide Arena and EXPRESS Live! The apartment complex is within the Arena District, offering quick access to top restaurants and entertainment options. If you’re looking to get the best city experience possible, then this apartment is for you.
The one bedroom, two bath, Courtyard Alexander floor plan at Flats on Vine also features a den space and endless amenities. The 1026-1044 square foot space is pet friendly, provides an in-unit washer/dryer, high speed internet, Nationwide security, private terrace and many other perks! The complex features an outdoor pool and spa, fitness center, planned social events and more.
Schedule a tour of Flats on Vine’s Courtyard Alexander floor plan today!
Day 1 – July 6
I have exactly two months until the big day. That’s 62 days until I have to be in a white dress (a tight ish white dress) in front of tons of family and friends. Not to mention all the pictures…
The wedding will take place in Evergreen, Colorado. At the lake house in the picture above this post, to be exact. It’s about 30 minutes away from where I grew up in Denver, a place that is notorious for it’s perfectly fit mountain bikers, hikers, and skiers. I wasn’t ever a good Coloradoan, at least not by those standards. But that is where the wedding will be. I always told him that if we lived in Downtown Columbus, that we would have to get married in my home state of Colorado!
In high school I was the goalie for my soccer team. I loved it because I didn’t have to run a lot. In college I took a rock climbing class and loved it because I didn’t have to run a lot.
When I moved to Columbus I struggled to find spots to climb in or people to climb with me. So I picked up running. I didn’t love it as much as most people do. I run a bit here and there, mostly be pretending that something is chasing me. It’s usually zombies because I imagine them to be quite slow.
That and this photo pretty much describe my current idea of fitness.
That will all begin to change today, since I’m starting a bridal boot camp of sorts at the Arena District Athletic Club. The best thing about this fitness club that it is so conveniently located to where I live and work. In the next 62 days, I’m going to start going to the cardio classes they offer, working with a variety of their incredible talented personal trainers, and even attending their FitCamp classes (which sound like they prepare people to be in the movie 300).
Maybe I’ll even start to develop what I have decided are an urban fitness myth… ABS!!!