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Mind. Body. Booze.

Beer has been a boon to our lovely city for almost two centuries. Beer is a part of many facets of our city. We have good water infrastructure because of the Bud plant, there are many jobs created through the growth of various craft breweries, new build housing is cropping up in places once reserved [...]



Beer has been a boon to our lovely city for almost two centuries.

Beer is a part of many facets of our city. We have good water infrastructure because of the Bud plant, there are many jobs created through the growth of various craft breweries, new build housing is cropping up in places once reserved for industrial space, and breweries are finding more and interesting ways to use the space that they have on hand.

Pretty much every brewery has a taproom inviting you to gather with your friends and have a joyous time. Most breweries in Columbus have an award winning beer to showcase—some even have international renown bringing in curious drinkers from far and wide. Sometimes the beer is just an afterthought, a bonus, to lubricate the social gear works.

All the time, beer gives drinkers just a little extra jolly jiggle … so why not use that spacious taproom for a yoga class before opening?

Why not work out even harder to earn that extra pint?

Seventh Son offers a regular weekly yoga class on Saturdays led by Stephanie Bair-Garant. The brewery recently expanded and has a wealth of open space available before opening hours. The second floor bar boasts a rollback roof and a big, airy room with communal tables during business hours. The slow flow class starts at 10 a.m. on Saturdays and costs $15. Register at

BrewDog’s original American HQ out in Canal Winchester also offers a yoga class. The production facility ambitiously hopes to supply the greater part of the country soon. Listed as an attraction in Canal Winchester, the brewery has plethora of activities planned throughout the week. A less regularly scheduled class led by Nathan Quick, the initial cost is $15 and with brunch at the brewery included it’s $25.

The confluence of yoga and beer doesn’t end at the brewery level. Yoga is not just about low impact athleticism; one of the most important aspects is community. Yoga Happiness in Clintonville uses the community connections in the neighborhood to build that togetherness. Owner Burgundie Miceli would bring classes down to Quail Crossing Cellars before the winery closed up shop. Now they offer a BYO sharable wine-and-snack event after an hour-long session. Contrasting that, Yoga Happiness also offers a class taught by Colleen Caulfield to “discuss and practice the eight limbs of yoga in relation to the 12 steps of recovery,” concluding on August 12th. Miceli and Caulfield hope to offer it again soon depending on the popularity.

The list of breweries offering yoga classes is way too long to list here, which is also what inspired Trevor Williams of Hoof Hearted Brewing to start the Hoof Hearted Running Club in May 2017.

“At the time, every brewery seemed to be doing yoga brunches, etc. We wanted do some sort of fun physical group activity that was more “Hoofy.” At first we were hot on a semi-serious ‘Karate Club’—still are—but settled on the running club after we coined our motto ‘Expose Yourself to Running.’”

Williams, who has been a casual runner since the late ‘90s, and business partner Jarrod Bichon, an in ultra marathon runner, were inspired by the Mikkeller Running Club in Copenhagen. And of course, by their own oddball, low-brow aesthetic. HH’s vibe can come off as audacious, but Williams, Bichon, and their house artist Thom Lessner, are completely serious about it.

“I think the goal is cross pollinating two things people really passionate about,” Williams said. “We have a good mix of fitness freaks that are casual craft drinkers and super beer geeky casual runners. It’s been a great addition to our brand.”

In fact, Lessner’s killer HHC running club merch rivals the brewery’s general merch in popularity. Wanna join in? Hoof Hearted Running Club is every Wednesday at 6 p.m. It’s a 5K course and the participants receive half-off off all draft beer.

Beer is a great way to bring the community together and it also helps that community grow. Sometimes the road to personal growth is a little bumpier than you’d like, so why not offset it with an hour or so of high-impact activity? Sweat it out, Columbus, and don’t forget to stay hydrated. 

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Truth or Trend: “His” vs “Her” portions

Becca Kirian RD, LD, CNSC



It’s not uncommon to scroll through Instagram and see beautiful plates of food labeled “his” and “hers.” Typically the “his” plate is larger in all portions of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats.

But, this depiction of portioning is inaccurate and can be damaging to the way women satisfy their hunger.

Gender does not determine the quantity of food people “should” eat. From a science perspective, there are so many variables that affect metabolic rates that are not specific to sex, such as amount of muscle mass, fat mass, location of these deposits, physical activity, and more. 

For example, a very active, self-identified woman with high lean body mass can have significantly higher maintenance caloric needs compared to a more sedentary male identifying person.

Take-away: Don’t let social media tell you that gender determines the amount you deserve to eat. Listen to your body and your hunger cues. Fuel your body for what you need!

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Truth or Trend: Late night eats at Steak ‘n’ Shake

Becca Kirian RD, LD, CNSC



Waist trainers, crash diets, colon cleanses—all things touted as the next miracle solution for weight loss. With the help of our new Registered Dietitian columnist, we’ll sort out the truth from the trash when it comes to health trends on your social media feeds, and provide healthy, sustainable alternatives for those to-good-to-be-true fixes. Welcome to Truth or Trend.

Steak ‘n’ Shake; a long-standing staple for a greasy, late night bite to eat. While "Eat This, Not That!" calls their signature items “two of the most precarious foods on the planet” on Instagram, is their fear mongering all it claims to be? Stick with me as I explore the truth behind a post by the account comparing the healthiness of two popular menu items: a Single Steakburger with Thin 'n Crispy Fries v. Portobello and a Swiss Steakburger.

First, the nutrition information provided for the two options shown in the post is inaccurate (click here to see more). Additionally, the caption claims most shakes are more than 500 calories and most salad options are 600 calories or less which is an incorrect generalization.

And while the Single Steakburger with Thin 'n Crispy Fries is the lower-calorie option like "Eat This, Not That!" says, what the post doesn’t account for are some other important nutrient factors that set the two options apart.

The Single Steakburger with Thin 'n Crispy Fries combination has 1380 mg sodium, which is 60% of the maximum recommended daily intake (2300 mg) in one meal, compared to just 890 in the Portobello and Swiss burger. The “Not this” option also boasts a higher protein content of 29 g compared to 17 g in the combination and about half the carbohydrates at 36 g v. 62 g.


There are pros and cons to each of the menu items here, so saying to “Eat this, not that” is painting broad strokes. If you’re a patron of fast food chains, remember to review and weigh all the nutritional facts before making a decision about which one is "healthier." Or, if you’re out for a special late night treat, choose the option that is going to satisfy you!

Becca is an Ohio native and University of Cincinnati graduate who works as a traveling consultant dietitian, currently living in Juneau, Alaska. She owns Centum Cento Fitness LLC, a company dedicated to using evidenced-based practice to help empower clients to build sustainable and healthy lifestyles through nutrition and fitness.Follow Becca on Instagram!

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Twerk it! Studio Rouge combines dance and exercise for booty-lifting benefits




Studio Rouge in Grandview isn’t your average fitness studio. Here you’ll find classes in pole dancing, aerial fitness, and exotic dancing—including the aptly-named “Twerkout” class. And it’s not just for those who want to be on stage.

The butt-lifting Twerkout class doubles as both sensuality and body positivity lessons for all. Taught by Tracy Ruby, she prides herself on being aptly coined “twerk technician,” having taken lap dance and pole dance classes at Studio Rouge before becoming a regular instructor.

“It’s so much fun to see other people who come in, not sure what’s going to happen, and find that they can do it,” Ruby says. “The idea behind Twerkout is to take ‘twerk’ and make it a workout—to give people a new dance environment where they can come and they can learn new skills. [They can] take those home or to the club or wherever they want to do their new booty-poppin’ moves.”

Photos: Stef Streb

Ruby first assesses the physical needs and limitations of the class, combining twerk moves with traditional exercises as a mash-up with the ideal butt lift.

“If you go through Instagram, you can plug in ‘twerk’ and see all these different people coming up with different moves that work really well for their bodies, but during Twerkout, there are certain moves that’ll work for one person that won’t work for another,” she says. “Our booties are all shaped differently; our bodies all work differently. When you see people on Instagram, they’ve found all these moves, put them together, and they got their booties to twerk in these magnetical, amazing ways.”

While visitors may scroll through Instagram before class to get a gauge of what they can expect from Twerkout, Ruby insists upon using repetition in areas where guests may feel they’re lacking. “You build natural muscles with, for instance, twerk, where you’re working specific calisthenics to enhance your sense of your motions,” she says. “It’s healthier. I mean you’re building your muscles. You’re not just implanting new material. We do a lot of squats in class, because that’s where you’re going to help get your leg joints, back joints and muscles in these areas to be more responsive and stronger.”

As Ruby encourages doing squats outside of Twerkout, she also stresses the importance of proper form with an extensive warm-up to match. “We do quite a bit of warming up of the spine so that your back is ready for all that we’re going to ask of it. Then we’ll go into some twerk drills, which is where the workout kind of kicks up and we’ll have some traditional exercises along with learning new twerk skills,” she says. “We will go through some core moves for twerk, that are specifically for a twerk and then we’ll start putting together some choreography […] based on those core moves, maybe adding in some new ones. Once we have our choreography built, we will run through it a few times so that you’ve got something to take with you, and then there’s a cool-down period.”

Twerkout guests may struggle during a session, but Ruby firmly assures that she won’t let her class fail. “Say one move is not working for you in class. If it’s not working for you there, keep working on it. It may just never be your move, you may not care for it. That’s fine. That happens in all kinds of classes,” she says. “Burpees, for example, [are] not everybody’s favorite. Some people are good at them and love them. Other people do not, but you can keep working at it, get better and eventually master these skills.”

Ruby indulges in plain yogurt and granola as a protein-oriented go-to snack following a session of Twerkout, and she encourages her class to enjoy any food that nourishes and energizes their bodies, er, booties. Following this downtime, she looks forward to amping her class back into gear.

“There is never a moment where I’m not encouraging you. Everybody has a moment every day when they wanna give up. My job as the instructor is to help motivate that person and everyone else to keep moving, just keep going. The studio itself is built around self-love and finding ways that you appreciate your own body and can share that with yourself and others,” she says. “Come in and see what it’s about! It’s an hour, okay? So you’re not going to spend five hours with me doing something you don’t like, and I promise you’ll have fun.”

Find out more about classes at Studio Rouge in Grandview at

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