Kentucky

Endless Summer Paddle Co.

We were very excited to partner with Endless Summer Paddle Co. in Louisville for a special event we hosted on April 30. Endless Summer Paddle Company was founded in 2016 by Mimi Hahn and Matt Sheehan to address a need in the the greater Kentucky area: access to exploring and enjoying the region’s diverse waterways.

Mimi, a former outward bound instructor and current yoga instructor, jumped at the opportunity to bridge her two passions: yoga and outdoor water adventures. Mimi has a lifeguard, first aid, and CPR training through the American Red Cross. She is a Baptiste-certified yoga instructor and has trained in SUP techniques and SUP yoga instruction. She is excited to share her knowledge and experience with the community!

"I can't be near water without wanting to be 'on water.' It started as a child, with a love of swimming and the outdoors. Leading canoeing expeditions in my young adulthood helped nourish this passion and creating Endless Summer Paddle Company this past year has given me the opportunity to spend a majority of my time on the water. One of my favorite paddling memories is a time I lead a course on Florida's Suwannee River. I was working with a group of college aged students who were strong paddlers and determined to make it to our last pick up on the river, Fanning Springs. Due to some weather delays we got to the point where we needed to travel 100 miles in around 3 days. The students had an opportunity to chose a closer take out or to go for it. They decided to go for it and ended up creating a plan of aggressive paddling during the day and lashing the boats together at night to create a float and paddling in shifts while the majority of the group slept. The students were also training for a half marathon so we spent those 72 hours entirely on the water and got off only to run and poop. It was epic to say the least!" - Mimi Hahn

http://endlesssummerpaddle.com/

Rock Climbing Tips from Blake Maddux

Most climbers would say the three most important keys or tips to successful climbing goes something like this, good technique, strong core, and a consistent training regimen. All of these are true and necessary but I would say there are three more important tips. And the following tips can lead to a long life of climbing with friends and family.

First tip I have is to have fun. I love training hard and pushing myself beyond what I can handle but I will never encourage anyone to throw away fun for the sake of getting stronger. It is not worth it if you are not enjoying what your are doing. 

Second tip I have is to be safe. Climbing can be a dangerous sport/activity and the moment your feet leave the ground you are putting your safety and even life at risk. There are many climbers that enjoy free solo climbing. The most renowned free solo climber is Alex Honnold. Free soloing is a very dangerous form of climbing but Alex is a man that understands his limits which is why he is still alive and able to continue to enjoy climbing. 

Third tip I have is to push yourself. This tip is very important but the two prior tips must be put into effect before this one should happen. I have witnessed many people through my years of climbing push themselves beyond what they thought was possible. Accomplishing more than they thought was physically capable.

By: Blake Maddux of Elemental Climbing

Elemental Climbing is dedicated to growing the sport of rock climbing and supporting the strong community of rock climbers in Louisville, KY.  They set themselves apart by bringing the burgeoning discipline of dedicated routesetting to a mobile climbing wall. Their 26-ft mobile rock climbing wall features 4 climbing stations, each with a dedicated auto belay unit.

Learn more - http://www.climbelemental.com/

Earn Your Kentucky Common Challenge

On Sunday April 26, BAREfit partnered with Yelp on a special Derby Earn Your Beer Challenge!

The Kentucky Derby is decadent and depraved, as a Louisville fellow once wrote. So we did our bodies some good by working out with BAREfit -- and then rewarded ourselves with Kentucky Common beer from Bluegrass Brewing Co. because ... well ... it's Derby time and why not.

We closed Second Street at Washington Street, under the Second Street Bridge, for this special workout, and then we enjoyed a Kentucky Common, the type of beer featured at the upcoming Derby City BrewFest.

Donations from the event went to Saving Sunny, a Louisville nonprofit that advocates for the equal treatment and social justice for pit bull terrier dogs.

Read some reviews and check out photos from that day!

http://www.yelp.com/biz/yelps-countdown-to-derby-earn-your-kentucky-common-challenge-louisville