Urban Active, Lexington, KY, recently welcomed nearly 1,000 participants to a 10-city Get Active Challenge tour, which offered them a free boot camp as well as an educational session and tips to stay motivated.
The Get Active Challenge tour had stops in Charlotte, NC; Pittsburgh; Cleveland; Columbus, OH; Cincinnati; Omaha, NE; Louisville, KY; Lexington, KY; Nashville, TN; and Atlanta. The challenge was inspired by Menâ€™s Health magazineâ€™s list of Americaâ€™s most sedentary cities.
Josh â€śJBâ€ť Bowen, the Urban Active fitness guru and quality control director, drew attention from media outlets across the country for leading the challenge.
â€śDiscipline is what separates those who set and achieve goals,â€ť Bowen says. â€śMore often than not, you get in the way of your results, and this year, Urban Active seeks to break that cycle.â€ť
Several athletes joined Bowen to spread the message of the importance of a healthy lifestyle, including Olympic hockey medalist Joe Gimaldi; former Ohio State Buckeye football players Branden Joe, Joshua Harris, Jimmie Bell and Jamal Luke; R&B artist Q Parker of 112; and the Georgia Force Cheerleaders.
One of the Columbus participants, Rosemary Walton, brought a friend along for the challenge that had recently undergone surgery and chemotherapy. Walton says exercising at Urban Active helped her lose 100 pounds.
â€śThis boot camp was off-the-hook full of energy,â€ť Walton wrote in a post on the challengeâ€™s blog.
Bowen, who says he was affected by Waltonâ€™s story, adds that encouraging others to live healthfully is a big part of the fitness challenge.
â€śWe want to show the world that together, we can make a difference in the lives of our neighbors in the communities that our fitness clubs call home,â€ť he says.