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Cleveland Clinic Get Fit Healthy Living Expo offers more than one fitness fanatic can handle: Stretching Out

CLEVELAND, Ohio – That feeling you get when you’re at a museum in a foreign city and can’t see everything? That’s how I felt after last weekend’s Cleveland Clinic Get Fit Healthy Living Expo.

So much was there to do and see at the I-X Center, I had neither the time nor the energy to get around to even half of it. I know the event is likely to return next year, but I still feel blue about all I had to skip.

On the flip side, those elements of the region’s first major fitness convention in which I was able to participate were fantastic. I may have missed some cooking demonstrations, group fitness classes, and martial arts and cheering competitions, but I ran a hard 5K and pushed myself in a CrossFit workout.

Zachary Lewis

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Get Fit Healthy Living Expo seeks to inspire fitness newcomers and old pros alike

I’ve run a lot of 5Ks in my day but never one quite like the race I ran Saturday, which took place entirely indoors and on three separate stories. I knew the I-X Center was enormous. Still, I was amazed at how easy it was for organizers to plot a course of 3.1 miles.

Not that it was easy to run. To achieve that distance indoors on three levels (there’s an upstairs and basement), organizers had to lay a snaking route full of 180-degree switchbacks and ramps. Dashing around all those pillars and cones, I almost felt like I was in an obstacle race, not a 5K.

I was somewhat less enchanted by my performance at the Rogue Winter Classic in association with CrossFit, a new event organized for the expo by local CrossFit Games athlete Scott Panchik. No matter that I do CrossFit workouts four or five days a week. Two hours after running that 5K, I had nowhere near as much gas left in the tank as I thought I would.

Three workouts were on offer, all of them partner “Hero” events honoring fallen members of the U.S. military. I chose the first one, “Holbrook,” a 10-round circuit of five thrusters (front squat to overhead press), 100 meters on a ski ergometer, and 100-meter sprints.

The work was divided equally between me and my partner, a friend from my gym, and we exerted ourselves admirably. But it was no walk in the park.

I’d gladly to do it again. In fact, I already intend to. Here’s why.

Even more than the workout itself, I enjoyed the atmosphere. I’ll never make it to the CrossFit Games but at the Rogue Winter Classic, I felt for a few precious moments like an elite athlete.

The judges. The announcers. The audience. The backstage warm-up areas and corrals. The truly elite athletes milling among us. It was all like something I’ve seen on television, and all I had to do to get there was register.

My sadness at missing so much of the expo? That will pass. The joy of taking part in a serious, professional event? That’s something I’m going to hold onto for a long time. At least until next year.

Article source: http://www.cleveland.com/sports/index.ssf/2017/12/cleveland_clinic_get_fit_healt.html