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Have you ever noticed how Tai Chi is always practiced in the background of any movie scene set in a public park?? From the movies, it looks to be extremely soothing and meditative. Those people look calm! Based on this, and no prior experience, we thought we’d give Tai Chi a go!

To Danica (a center for physical therapy and movement integration) in Sharon, we went! Owner Bente Dahl-Busby taught us, and a few other newbies, an introduction to Tai Chi and talked to us about the history and philosophy of the martial art. Yes, it’s a martial art! We didn’t know that either! 

Owned by a former Team USA Lumberjill, Shannon Strong has opened Strong Core Wellness Center in Kent, to offer clients a one-stop location to rehabilitate, restore, and strengthen their core. We went along to take a morning group fitness class, and to meet Shannon, the woman who Sylvester Stallone didn’t want to go up against on the Late Show with David Letterman (more on that later)!

We invited Ryan Kristafer of News Channel 8 fame to come and take a Jazzercise class with us at the New Milford location, where I, (Bev) happen to teach.  If you know your Unlocking Litchfield trivia, you’ll know that Jazzercise is where the two of us became friends and is a workout we both love!

And those who know Ryan Kristafer and his “Cruisin’ Connecticut” segment, realize that he’s up for any challenge and loves to try fun things, much like us! So, it was really no surprise when he agreed to come along and give Jazzercise a try. 

Hello, my name is Lora and I’ve got “Red Rock Fever”. Wait, what? Many people develop this “condition” after visiting Sedona for the first time. Symptoms include a lump in the throat and teary eyes when it’s time to go home.

This magical Arizona town had been on my bucket list for years, so the hubs and I planned a trip for some hiking fun. If you haven’t been, maybe you’ll understand why I had to wipe those tears away after you see the photos below…

“There’s something wonderfully healing in Arizona air.” ~Zane Grey, The Call of the Canyon, 1924

Following our ratio of one fitness post for every three food posts, today we’re telling you all about our visit to W. Rhythm Fitness & Wellness in Kent. “Work hard, play hard” is our motto alongside, “Workout so you can eat what you want!” Variety is the key to any good fitness program and W. Rhythm Fitness has that covered.

Yoga instructor Ellen Barrett is exceptional in her field. Yogini and fitness video aficionado, we’re extremely lucky to have access to her classes in this area. So, when we spied that she was teaching yoga at Salt of the Earth in Woodbury, we said sign us up…and sign up six of our friends too! We love to try new things, it’s the reason we started the blog. Practicing yoga in a salt cave would certainly be a new thing for all of us! Read on to see how we did…

RIDE indoor cycling studio caught our attention when we were making one of our many trips up and down Route 202. Located in New Preston in a very cool red barn – the RIDE sign (with a good font), plus their fun Instagram account were all that was needed to pique our curiosity. Additionally, the fact that we seem to do 10 food features to every fitness feature…it was time to feel the burn!!

And as we discovered, if torching calories is your aim, and you want to get the best bang for your buck (and time)…indoor cycling is the way to go! We gathered a few of our Unlocking Litchfield friends together to have the RIDE indoor cycling experience with us (safety in numbers)…

During our rainy drive north to Sharon, CT to take a Kinesoma class and meet Sandrine Harris, the founder of the program, we realize that neither of us really have any idea what we’re about to do! We haven’t had time to do our research, but we do know there will be elements of movement and dance. So, we arrive with open minds and our usual sense of adventure (and humor)!

A few months ago it dawned on Lora that her wedding day was just around the corner and that it was crunch time! Everyone wants to be in their best shape ever on their big day – so we texted Hope Lord at Fitness Matters in Kent, and asked if she would help Lora get “fit to be wed!”

Why have we not been here sooner?! Litchfield Athletic Club is yet another business we’re so happy to have been able to “unlock.” The club has recently undergone a bit of a facelift and refresh – so they asked us to come on over and check out the new them!