After spending three years rehabbing spines as a chiropractor, Jason Montroy began gravitating toward a new way of helping people—as a certified fitness trainer. He now puts his wellness know-how to use by customizing training programs that help clients lose weight and improve their overall fitness. He also leads boot camps that make use of unconventional resistance props, such as tires, battle ropes, and King Arthur's stone-planted sword.
From beginners to triathletes, YWCA Tulsa provides myriad fitness amenities to men and women alike. Members enjoy unlimited visits to a diverse menu of fitness classes, including yoga, barre, Zumba, and Pilates. Friendly instructors also take their jobs to the water, as students wade through free aquatics class in a junior Olympic-sized pool. After fitness sessions that include access to fully-equipped cardio and weight rooms, visitors can freshen up in clean and expansive locker rooms. For an additional fee, members can also enjoy CrossFit classes or indulge in an on-site massage. Not to forget the young ones, youth swim lessons, swim teams, and free on-site child care are also available.
The sun glints off a jet, the vehicle rolling slowly forward across the tarmac. Its engines aren't propelling it; rather, the pure power of 20 humans drags it along, inch by inch. This epic match of tug of war serves as the main attraction at Camp Fire Presents Just Plane Fun 2013, a yearly fundraiser for the youth-development organization.
In addition to its central man-versus-machine throw-down, the event also includes a family-fun festival complete with inflatable bounce houses, a silent auction with more than 100 items, and food vendors. Entertainers paint designs on kids' faces or twist and tie balloons into the shapes of kids' favorite animals or 1860s oil tycoons. All the event's proceeds benefit Camp Fire, helping them continue their mission to educate and entertain youths while helping them to tap into their leadership abilities and to appreciate their differences.
In Tulsa, the 5K Moustache Dash jump starts the month of Movember, when men around the world let their facial freak flags fly to promote men's-health awareness. What began only nine years ago as a fashionable pact among 30 Australian “mo bros” has blossomed in to a global movement more than 850,000 members strong. Their annual funds raised have nearly doubled every year since 2008, reaching $126.3 million in 2011 in support of prostate- and testicular-cancer research and prevention.
The Neon Vibe combines eye-popping color with 5 kilometers of fun. Racers are encouraged to wear white and splash on powder from an included neon paint packet during the event, which is suited for walking or running. The course includes UV black-light zones and upbeat music to keep people glowing and dancing as they cross the finish line. An Aftervibe post-race party heightens the excitement as neon colors rain down.
In the early hours of the morning, runners line up to dash through the streets, across the bridges, and along the train tracks of Springfield in a rigorous race designed by the Missouri State University Army ROTC. Along the demanding 12.4K course, runners encounter more than a dozen obstacles that make use of the city’s landscape, carefully hurdling over an urban mine field and breaking codes to advance in the event. At the conclusion of the race, participants with winning times receive awards. A portion of the proceeds go toward the National Military Family Association, a nonprofit organization that assists military members and their families with emotional and financial support.