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Written and Photographed by Barbara King

If you are on the lookout for some unique and fun ways to battle the boredom of your regular gym workout, Tyler definitely has lots of things happening that might fit the bill.

Every Friday amid the business of downtown, a group of people assemble in the square who are peaceful, relaxed, and in sync. Yoga is going on right there in the downtown Square – with bodies stretching and moving on mats in the center of everything. The YMCA of Whitehouse hosts these free, instructional yoga lunch breaks from 12:05-12:55pm and all are welcome to bring a mat and exercise.

Yoga has been described as a physical, mental, and spiritual practice or discipline. The physical postures of yoga are used to alleviate health problems, reduce stress, make the spine supple, and aid in rehabilitation and physical therapy. The main focuses of yoga, which are exercise, breathing and meditation, have been shown to reduce high blood pressure, improve symptoms of heart failure, enhance cardiac rehabilitation, and lower cardiovascular risk factors.

Lindsay Gray, group instructor, explains the merits of yoga as, “a great way to decompress, gain strength and flexibility, and build your core.” Gray walks the group through physical, mental, and muscle exercises, and suggests alternative ways to move based on the abilities of the individual.

Jessica Russell, a stay-at-home mom, sees the yoga sessions as, “an hour away from stress and taking time for myself. It is the quietest and most tranquil time that I have during the week.”

“It is certainly a centering, calming time during my day,” said Gay Howard, who works at nearby TJC. “It has so many benefits, including enhancing digestion, balance, and core strength.”

The group ends their session in quiet meditation, ending with a closing Namaste, (the traditional Indian gesture of bow and benediction) that encourages love, kindness, peace, ease, and wellness. For more information about the Downtown Yoga Break, call the Whitehouse YMCA at (903)839-9622.

Pole exercise is by no stretch of the imagination the preconceived notion of seductive swinging. This is a real workout of climbing, swirling, leaping and moving. Amy Price, the owner of Pole Exercise-Tyler means business on the pole – and her clients will attest to the fact that it is an hour of heavy duty exercise.

Price explains that pole exercise, “builds confidence, strength, flexibility, and muscle memory.” Four poles grace the studio and the night I attended the class, the ladies were learning movements that required climbing, swinging, transitioning, and some fun and cool tricks.

“The studio is a totally safe environment,” explains Price. “We have mats, spotters, and we encourage our clients to challenge themselves, but always to listen to their bodies.” The poles are each bolted into plywood studs in the ceiling and into the cement floor, and are totally secure with no movement.

Pole exercise is widely popular in Europe, and can be a combination of both exercise and entertainment. “The pole session works so many different areas of your body, including shoulders, back, hips, and thighs,” says Price. Price equates a pole exercise session to a mixture of ballet and gymnastics.

Each session starts with a ten-minute warm up of stretching, with Price tailoring each individual workout to the strengths and abilities of the client. “In our studio, we promote self-awareness and challenge you to set personal goals and objectives and try to reach them over time,” explains Price.

LaDeidre Ford has been coming to Pole Exercise-Tyler for 3 months and loves the fact that, “there is no end to what you can do during a pole session. The whole experience is definitely not what I thought it would be. It is an intense, but graceful mix of moves, building up my strength and endurance and I also think I have become more fluid.”

The ladies are encouraging, laughing, and having a great time during the session, while Price shimmies up the pole to show them a new move. Price has clients of all ages ready to climb the pole – even folks in their late 60’s. Some moves that are taught may resemble yoga or trapeze ones, with more experienced polers eventually supporting their weight freely, without hands on the pole at all.

Natania Rosales, 18, said, “I come for the fun and the challenge of pushing my body to climb and swirl and even do handstands against the pole.”

Price hosts “pole parties” almost every weekend for up to six people at a time. The parties are basically poling 101, and include warm-ups, basic spins and eventually a routine that guests can perform.

“It has become really popular for bachelorette parties as well, and the girls come and bring their own food and drinks and have a truly unique, fun experience,” she said.

If you want to try a class or get more information about the poling experience, call Amy Price at Pole-Exercise Tyler at (903)283-4223. The studio has recently re-located to 115 W. Front St., Tyler.

Another alternative for exercise is Tyler’s new iJump Trampoline Park. Stepping into the raucous, exciting world of iJump you will find that this is a fun-filled adventure for the entire family.

iJump is basically a humongous 15,000 area, chock full of interactive trampoline fun. “Kids can literally bounce off the walls in a completely safe environment,” explains co-owner Rachel Guthrie. Her husband Jared and two other couples, Melanie and Cody Ferguson and Tiffany and Todd Sceroler, comprise the team of hard-working entrepreneurs behind this innovative trampoline park.

“We are all parents ourselves, so our number one priority is for the kids to have fun and to be safe at all time,” explained Guthrie. Looking around the massive facility on a Saturday, there are hundreds of kids, but if you look again, and you will see very visible spotters and iCrew members that are especially trained to watch out for everyone.

There are trampolines built for every size and shape, all the way down to the smallest under six squad who can jump safely in “grids.” These smaller jump spots are designed for little ones and are carefully staffed. Parents can also be close and hands-on to help their toddlers soar.

An hour at iJump is $12 and gives the jumper – adult and older kids alike – unlimited access to all kinds of neat activities, including a long 80-foot trampoline, trampoline dodgeball and basketball, and a foam pit. Older kids can play dodgeball in a netted trampoline area, while others are lining up to get a jump on shooting baskets and doing cartwheels in the foam pit. Children 4 and under can jump with a parent for $12. Each additional hour of jumping is $8.

Guests can sign an online waiver before arrival, and iPads are available in the lobby for easy registration. Keeping track of jumpers is easy with color-coded wristbands, and a speaker system that alerts jumpers when their time is up.

There is something to interest everyone, from Open Jump sessions, to ifitClasses, plus teen nights every Saturday 9-11pm, and weeJumps and family nights every Tuesday from 6-8pm.

iFitness memberships are available for $49.99/month with unlimited jumping access. “Rebounding on a trampoline can burn up to 1,000 calories an hour,” said Guthrie. “Jumping also detoxifies your body more than grounded workouts. Vertical motion workouts are a lot more fun, and more efficient than horizontal motion workouts, like jogging or running.”

“We are thrilled to host school groups, youth and church groups, sports team events and corporate jumps,” said Guthrie. VIP Parties can be booked for $240 which includes an hour of jumping for 10 people, 30 minutes in a private party room, Rounders Pizza, bottled water, private party host, a free iJump t-shirt, pair of iJump grip socks for the birthday child, one free iJump pass for the next visit for the birthday child, printable invitations, and basic party needs.

A Premier party is $170, and includes 10 jumpers for an hour, 30 minutes at a party table, bottled water, shared party host, 1 free jump pass for the birthday child, and printable invitations.

The Duke family came to celebrate son Pierce’s birthday at iJump and Mrs. Duke was clearly happy that, “the kids will be exhausted and happy at the end of this, and I won’t have to clean anything up!” There are lots of comfortable seating areas, couches and bar height tables for parents to visit, mingle and watch the fun as it happens.

Expansion plans are in the works, with a possible addition of another 15,000 square feet of iJump trampoline fun.

For more info, to sign up for classes, or reserve a party, call (903)630-7090. The park is located at 2029 Capital Dr., in Tyler. They can be reached at info@ijumptyler.com and Facebook.com/ijumptyler.

The park is closed Mondays and open Tuesday-Thursday 3-9pm, Friday 1-10pm, Saturday 10am-11pm, and Sundays 1-6pm.


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April 21st – Lead the Way 5K – Bring the whole family and come out and support our area schools. Register at tylerisd.org. This will begin at 8am and be held at Dr. Bryan C Jack Elementary, 1900 Balsam Gap Rd., Tyler.

April 28th – Diva Du will be held in Tyler. This beginner-friendly race now has an added distance for those seeking more of a challenge as well as a 5K option for those who still want to enjoy the Diva treatment without the full duathlon commitment. For more info go to facebook.com/thedivadu.

April 28th – Tyler Rose City Miracle Run – Run for the kids who can’t. Run for the kids in your life. Run to make miracles. Simply lacing up your shoes and participating in the 2018 Tyler Rose City Miracle Run can help make miracles for the sick and injured kids of Northeast Texas. This will be held at Rose Rudman Park, Tyler starting at 8am. Register at localraces.com.

May 12th – 2018 Komen Tyler Race for the Cure® Save the date for the 20th Anniversary of the Susan G. Komen Tyler Race for the Cure. At 7am, the Survivor Celebration opens. 8am, the Kids Dash begins. 9am, the 5k starts. This annual event raises funds for the breast cancer movement, thanks to supporters and survivors who step up and take action by fundraising for the cause. This will start at Bergfeld Park, 1501 S. Broadway, Tyler. To register go to komenectx.org.

July 4th – Freedom Fighter 5K will be held at Bergfeld Park. Registration is currently open at secure.getmeregistered.com/get_information.php?event_id=128684.

September 22nd – Pineywoods Ultra – Run through deep East Texas pine forests on a scenic course underneath towering pines. This diverse, single track course, almost entirely underneath a canopy of 100-foot tall pine timber, will keep you captivated as you navigate rolling hills through rooty and pine needle conditioned trails. Enjoy a post race refreshing swim in the 64-acre spring-fed lake while you rest and recover. As home to the forest race in our eco series, you won’t want to miss this unique chance to run with deer through the deep piney wood forests of Eastern Texas. This is a 5k, 10k, 25k, 50k, and 100k. Wind through deep green pine forests on rooty single track while chasing deer and other wildlife. Enjoy the dizzying and majestic pine canopy above as you are shaded on your adventure. Register at ultraexpeditions.com/thepineywoodsultra 

September 29th – ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk features a 5K run/walk, 1 mile walk, Kids’ Superhero Dash for Dad, and virtual Snooze for Dudes program. ZERO is proud to partner with Urology Tyler, PA to end prostate cancer. Stick around for the family-friendly post-race celebration. Run/walk participants will receive tech shirts, free food and prizes, and the opportunity to connect with others who are impacted by prostate cancer. To register, go to support.zerocancer.org.

October 13th – 2018 Corkscrew Half will be held at Kiepersol Winery, 3933 FM 344 in Bullard. Register by e-mailing itri365meredith@gmail.com.

December 2nd – 2018 Tyler Half Marathon & 5K – This event will give athletes a tour unlike any other through the Rose City of Tyler, Texas. The event will start and finish from TB Butler Fountain Square in the center of downtown Tyler, Texas. More information can be found at tylerhalf.events and be sure to follow The Tyler Half Marathon & 5K on facebook.com/events/1565352873583566/

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Susan G. Komen 2018 Tyler Race For The Cure®

Registration is open for the 20th annual Susan G. Komen Tyler Race for the Cure® set for Saturday, May 12, 2018, at Bergfeld Park. This year’s Race co-chairs are Angie Loosely and Danielle Sepulveda. Their goal is to further the Komen mission by reminding our community that it takes everyone to help raise awareness and funds to help the medically underserved get the breast health screenings, education and resources they need.

The Komen Race Series is the world’s largest and most successful education and fundraising event for breast cancer. This is the largest event for our community to celebrate breast cancer survivors, honor those we have lost, and serve those in need. Breast Cancer Survivors who wish to be recognized will receive a pink SURVIVOR t-shirt as part of their registration. Beginning at 7am breast cancer survivors will be treated to a breakfast during their celebration on the tennis courts at Bergfeld Park, followed by the survivor group photo which will take place at 8am. In addition, all participants are encouraged to wear “in memory” or “in honor” back signs, honoring loved ones for their strength and courage. This is one of the signature traditions that make the Komen Race for the Cure® so unique.

Call (903)561-6992 or visit komenectx.org to register or to find more information about the 2018 Race for the Cure®. Online registration is open and continues through Friday, May 11th, 2018. Along with a registration form, participants are encouraged to download a pledge sheet for the Power of 10 and help raise funds for the Susan G. Komen Tyler Race for the Cure®. Donations through fundraising are a substantial part of our revenue each year. Every dollar raised goes toward screening mammograms, education and research.

Online registration is $30 Adult (18+), $30 for Survivor, $20 for youth (up to 17 years of age), and $30 Sleep In for the Cure.

Seventy-five percent of the net proceeds from the Komen Tyler Race for the Cure® stay in the local community to fund breast health screenings and educational projects. The remaining twenty-five percent is used to fund national research projects. Sponsorships for the Race are currently being accepted, with packages starting at $500.

The Susan G. Komen promise is to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures. Our vision is a world without breast cancer. For more info visit komen.org or call 1(800)-GO-KOMEN.

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April 7th – Tyler Run for Autism– Join this 7th annual run inspired with the purpose of raising funds to provide much needed Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy for children on the autism spectrum in East Texas. 100% of the funds raised are given back to children enrolled at The Treatment and Learning Center for Children with Autism (TLC) or Autism Response Team of East Texas (A.R.T.). Register at tylerrunforautism.org.

April 7th – The 7th Annual Home Run 5K/10K and Kids Fun Run hosted by Sky Ranch Camps in Van, Texas will be held at The Cannery in Lindale. All proceeds go to build one home a year for a deserving family in the Lindale/Tyler area. The 10K will begin at 8:15am, the 5K at 8:30am and the Kids Fun Run will be at 9:30am. For more information about the ministry, the race, or to register, you can visit proverbs1917ministries.org.

April 14th – Nightwalk for Hope – Held annually, this nighttime walk will be held 5:30-9pm at Rose Rudman Trail. Come together as a community to walk 2.5 miles through Rose Rudman Park as you carry lanterns to light up the night, symbolizing hope and freedom for those silenced by modern day slavery. Register at nightwalkforhope.org. This is sponsored by For The Silent. This family-friendly fundraiser includes multiple food trucks, children’s activities, music from El Guapo Records, and more. As the sun sets around 8:15pm, they will conclude the night with a 2-mile walk on a section of the Rose Rudman trail.

April 21st – Lead the Way 5K – Bring the whole family and come out and support our area schools. Register at tylerisd.org. This will begin at 8am and be held at Dr. Bryan C Jack Elementary, 1900 Balsam Gap Rd., Tyler.

April 28th – Diva Du will be held in Tyler. This beginner-friendly race, now has an added distance for those seeking more of a challenge as well as a 5K option for those who still want to enjoy the Diva treatment without the full duathlon commitment. For more info go to facebook.com/thedivadu.

April 28th – Tyler Rose City Miracle Run – Run for the kids who can’t. Run for the kids in your life. Run to make miracles. Simply lacing up your shoes and participating in the 2018 Tyler Rose City Miracle Run can help make miracles for the sick and injured kids of Northeast Texas. This will be held at Rose Rudman Park, Tyler starting at 8am. Register at localraces.com.

May 12th – 2018 Komen Tyler Race for the Cure® Save the date for the 20th Anniversary of the Susan G. Komen Tyler Race for the Cure. At 7am, the Survivor Celebration opens. 8am, the Kids Dash begins. 9am, the 5k starts. This annual event raises funds for the breast cancer movement, thanks to supporters and survivors who step up and take action by fundraising for the cause. This will start at Bergfeld Park, 1501 S. Broadway, Tyler. To register go to komenectx.org.

July 4th – Freedom Fighter 5K will be held at Bergfeld Park. Registration is currently open at facebook.com/events/1219303424838365.

September 22nd – Pineywoods Ultra – Run through deep East Texas pine forests on a scenic course underneath towering pines. This diverse, single track course, almost entirely underneath a canopy of 100-foot tall pine timber, will keep you captivated as you navigate rolling hills through rooty and pine needle conditioned trails. Enjoy a post race refreshing swim in the 64-acre spring-fed lake while you rest and recover. As home to the forest race in our eco series, you won’t want to miss this unique chance to run with deer through the deep piney wood forests of Eastern Texas. This is a 5k, 10k, 25k, 50k, and 100k. Wind through deep green pine forests on rooty single track while chasing deer and other wildlife. Enjoy the dizzying and majestic pine canopy above as you are shaded on your adventure. Register at ultraexpeditions.com/the-piney-woods-ultra.

September 29th – ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk features a 5K run/walk, 1 mile walk, Kids’ Superhero Dash for Dad, and virtual Snooze for Dudes program. ZERO is proud to partner with Urology Tyler, PA to end prostate cancer. Stick around for the family-friendly post-race celebration. Run/walk participants will receive tech shirts, free food and prizes, and the opportunity to connect with others who are impacted by prostate cancer. To register, go to support.zerocancer.org.

October 13th – 2018 Corkscrew Half will be held at Kiepersol Winery, 21508 Merlot Ln., in Tyler. Register by e-mailing itri365meredith@gmail.com.

December 2nd – 2018 Tyler Half Marathon & 5K – This event will give athletes a tour unlike any other through the Rose City of Tyler, Texas. The event will start and finish from TB Butler Fountain Square in the center of downtown Tyler, Texas. More information can be found at tylerhalf.events and be sure to follow The Tyler Half Marathon & 5K on facebook.com/events/1565352873583566/.

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