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JANUARY 2018 PUBLISHER

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2018 IS UPON US! Let's make the most of it, starting on day one.   This month is all about getting rid of the old bad habits and picking up the new good ones. It's funny that sometimes it's the things you don't do, or the things that you let go, that can help you the most. There is nothing like letting go of a grudge or a grievance to clear your mind and allow for positivity to flow through. Day to day consistency and small improvement is the name of the game here. Remember, change is difficult, and if it isn't then you're doing it wrong! I promise it's worth it.  Here's to 2018 being a year of personal, spiritual and professional growth for you and yours. Remember, the obstacle is the way.   Our best to you and yours,  

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INSIDE THE ISSUE JANUARY 2018

FEATURES 18 It’s Fun to Stay at the YMCA Obstacle Race Training & More at the YMCAWNC

24 Slow & Low Golden Fleece Slow Earth Kitchen’s Greek Roots

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30 Icecapades A Beginner’s Guide to Ice Climbing in Western North Carolina

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DEPARTMENTS 4

Lifestyle Letter

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Good Times

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Around Town

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Healthy Lifestyle

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Local’s Choice

24 Culinary Creations 28 Locals Only 30 Water & Woods 32 Lifestyle Calendar 34 Parting Thoughts


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ASHEVILLE RESTAURANT WEEK Asheville

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weeks—returns for its 6th year in 2018 from January 15 through 26. The annual celebration of

ADVANCE GIVEN TO THE ASHEVILLE MUSEUM OF SCIENCE

Asheville’s food scene offers a great opportunity to check out your favorite eatery or try a new locale with some of the lowest prices of the year,

Blue Spiral 1 has recently facilitated the purchase

since prix fix menus are just $15 to $35 per per-

of April Flanders’ piece Advance, through an anon-

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our Restaurant Week features dozens of great

of Science. Advance is comprised of 300 individually

diners, from formal restaurants like Rhubarb to

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resented. It took approximately 1.5 years for Flanders to complete the work. April was one of fifteen printmakers featured in the gallery's print invitational, Ink

WINTERFEST BEER FESTIVAL AT BEECH MOUNTAIN RESORT

+ Imagery. This acquisition is a huge step toward the

Every January, Beech Mountain Resort trades in

gallery’s goal of bringing in more installation artworks

their boards for pints during the Winterfest Beer

and placing them into the community as public art

Festival. On January 6 from 4 to 8 PM, both lev-

objects. By using its expansive exhibition space and

els of the Beech Tree Bar & Grille will be trans-

almost three decades of collector relationships, Blue

formed into the festival that features more than 40

Spiral 1 aims to present many more installation works

ales and ciders from craft breweries around the

that will have a strong public impact. The Asheville

state. The festival isn’t just about beer: attendees

Museum of Science, formerly the Colburn Earth

get to enjoy live music from Asheville six-piece

Science Museum, went through a huge rebranding

party band Dr. Bacon; the musicians combine

and expansion to a new location two years ago. With

Appalachian funkgrass and rock for a real rockin’

new funding and a larger space, AMOS is bringing in

time. There are plenty of other shopping and din-

large temporary exhibitions that will change through-

ing options to enjoy in the alpine village, including

out the year. They also plan to have a permanent art

Beech Mountain Brewing Company, the resort’s

collection and Flanders’ piece is the first of many to

craft brewery. Stay for the weekend and work off

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Dr. Javid Baksh, DO, can’t just tell the difference, he’s an expert in identifying the myths and truths about chronic pain. Through his practice, Premier Pain Solutions, he helps his patients with chronic pain every day. But you don’t have to have a doctorate to understand the truths about chronic pain and pain management. Dr. Baksh breaks down the facts: FACT: Weather Affects Pain Remember when your grandmother would say she could feel the weather in her bones? There was actually some truth to her predictions. Changes in air pressure that accompany weather patterns can cause joint pain, especially in those with arthritis. FACT: Exercise Is Good for Back Pain Though bed rest is recommended when pain is extreme, too much of it can weaken the muscles of your back, causing even more pain when you do get out of bed. You shouldn’t limit your day-to-day activities based on back pain. FACT: Weight Loss Can Ease Pain Losing even a small amount of weight relieves some of the pressure and stress from your joints and back. FACT: Attitude Is Everything It’s not in just in your head, but dwelling on your pain only makes you feel worse. Finding implementable ways to ease your pain with your doctor is much more manageable than the depression that could ensue otherwise. MYTH: Don’t Worry About Minor Pain Don’t think that aches and pains are just a part of life, because they aren’t—or at least they don’t have to be! If your pain is severe, lasts more than a week, progresses with time, or limits your daily activities, it’s time to consult a doctor who specializes in pain management like Dr. Baksh.  Pain isn’t a necessary evil or an auxiliary disadvantage of aging, it’s a curable and approachable hurdle. Even more specialized circumstances, such as cancer pain, failed spine surgery, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, fibromyalgia, occipital neuralgia and headaches and migraines can be mitigated with the appropriate treatments. Contact Premier Pain Solutions to get the facts and to get help.  (828) 266-0430 | contact@apmphysicians.com 

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“FOR THE ATHLETE THAT HAS GROWN UP PRIMARILY IN RUNNING OR EVEN TRIATHLONS, THEY OFFER A NEW SET OF CHALLENGES TO OVERCOME. FOR THE MORE AVERAGE PERSON, THEY OFFER AN ESCAPE.THESE RACES HELP GET US BACK TO OUR CHILDHOOD WHERE WE CAN RUN AND PLAY AND GET MUDDY AND SWING FROM THINGS.”

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CENTURIES, MAYBE EVEN MILLENNIA, AGO, OUR

For many folks, prepping for an OCR, is, initially, just a

ANCESTORS ADHERED TO A STRICT WORKOUT REGI-

fitness program, offering many of the same payoffs as more

MEN. They’d crawl through mud, scale sheer walls, push and

traditional gym-time. “Many of the health benefits I've seen

pull and hurl the obstacles that obstructed their paths. With

are weight loss, increased strength, and a boost in self-con-

these practiced plans, they became lean, strong, and swift of

fidence,” says Rickman. “The first two are pretty standard

both mind and body.

for any workout regimen, but the self-confidence is what has

And now, as workout trend after workout trend fizzles

amazed me. I've had members start with me who weren't

out, more athletes are turning to those ancient regimens

sure if they could do a 30 minute session, and now they're

for conditioning. With a weekend Spartan race or an obsta-

finishing 60 minutes with ease and looking for more.”

cle course race (OCR) on the horizon, people prepare with

Whether you’re a true-blue athlete or a wary one, these

practical exercises taught through training courses like

programs can offer a unique set of unprecedented and

the ones you’ll find at our own Reuter YMCA. What began

rewarding challenges. “For the athlete that has grown up

as a pilot program last year is now a weekly course at the

primarily in running or even triathlons, they offer a new

Y, buoyed by the races’ ever-increasing popularity and

set of challenges to overcome. You have to be more stra-

Asheville’s own Spartan event.

tegic in how you get through a race by figuring out the

“Training for an OCR involves a combination of strength

best way to overcome and get through the obstacles,”

training, athleticism, and endurance training,” explains Tony

says Rickman. “For the more average person, they offer an

Rickman, the YMCA’s trainer for their Spartan SGX and OCR

escape. A lot of us have our 9-5 jobs in an office, possibly

prep programs. For strength training, Rickman focuses on clas-

a cubicle. These races help get us back to our childhood

sic core exercises like planks and burpees; upper body strength

where we can run and play and get muddy and swing from

is also integral for ascending walls and heavy carries, so he

things. They help us be the weekend warrior we want to

trains members with pull-ups and dead hangs. “The athleticism

tell our friends about come Monday morning. Another great

part of the training helps to develop the fast twitch muscles that

aspect of what these events bring is the sense of commu-

allow for explosive jumps and hip flexibility,” he adds, incorpo-

nity. You can always find a helping hand if you need one

rating squats and sprints into the regimens. As for endurance,

and are willing to ask. It's amazing to see how people come

he recommends longer runs. For the newbie, it might seem

together to accomplish the set goal of crossing the finish

intimidating, but the rewards are inestimable.

line and getting that medal.”

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New Year, New Tools THINKING OF TRYING THIS TRENDY SPORT? RICKMAN SHARES FIVE TIPS FOR GETTING INVOLVED: 1. Sign up for a race. If you have in investment in something, you’re more likely to see it through.    2. Recruit a friend. These races are fun, but it’s always good to have a buddy. This helps you in training, staying accountable, and sharing the joy of victory at the end of the day. 3. Sign up for a class/find a coach. Having someone who will push you and teach you will go a long way when you’re on course. 4. Seek advice from someone who’s done a race before. We all have to start somewhere, and hopefully you can find someone that can guide you through the do’s and don’ts of a race. 5. Start at a race distance you’re comfortable with. Look at the race’s website to get an idea of length and number of obstacles planned. Are you a “go big or go home” person or a “dip your toe in the water” kind of racer? Knowing where you want to start will help you know how to train.

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It’s Fun to Stay at the YMCA YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A LEAN, MEAN OBSTACLE-RACING MACHINE TO ENJOY PROGRAMMING AT YOUR LOCAL YMCA. CHECK OUT SOME OF THESE OTHER CLASSES AND COURSES SUITABLE FOR FOLKS OF ALL AGES AND ABILITIES.

FOR OLDER ADULTS LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a physical activity and well-being program that helps adult cancer survivors achieve their holistic health goals. The research-based program offers people affected by cancer a supportive environment to participate in physical and social activities focused on strengthening the whole person. Moving for Better Balance uses the principles and movements of Tai Chi to help older adults increase their strength, improve their balance, and increase their confidence in doing everyday activities. 

FOR THE EXPERIENCED EXERCISER Westridge CrossFit at the Ferguson Family YMCA in Candler is a brand new program that capitalizes on the popular fitness trend. Group-based classes are led by certified instructors with programs that are challenging but safe. H2OMG is an aquatic bootcamp that offers the burn you’re used to without the stress on your joints of more traditional, challenging exercise classes.

FOR THE LITTLE GUYS Youth Sports teams at the Y vary from basketball and soccer to field hockey and volleyball. No matter what sport they pick, your child will improve skills, make new friends and be active with other kids. Afterschool Programs are a safe place for children to play, learn, and grow when out of school with programs that build self-esteem, values, and leadership skills. The YMCA of WNC is the largest provider of licensed child care in the state of North Carolina, serving more than 800 children each school day. The Safety Around Water curriculum is a proven method for teaching children fundamental water safety skills. This 8-session course teaches children two sets of skills (swimming and rescue)  that will reduce the risk of drowning and give you and your  children confidence in and around water.

FOR HEALTH SEEKERS The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program helps those at risk of developing type 2 diabetes adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles by encouraging participants to eat healthier, increase physical activity and lose a modest amount of weight in a small-group environment. With Nutrition Outreach, the YMCA of WNC brings free, healthy, and nutritious meals to children and families year-round with mobile food distributions and cooking demonstrations.

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CULINARY CREATIONS

ARTICLE WESLEY BROWN | PHOTOGRAPHY EVAN ANDERSON

Slow & Low Golden Fleece Slow Earth Kitchen’s Greek Roots

Like so many chefs, Giorgio Bakatsias developed a passion for food in his mother’s kitchen. But unlike most of the chefs we feature, Bakatsias’ maternal cooktop wasn’t tucked into a Southern canteen, or even an American one, but in the quiet village of Karista, Greece.

“Cooking for me was traveling the universe and wanting to understand the people and their flavors.” Many argue that the apex of his extensive culinary endeavors is right here in Asheville: Golden Fleece Slow Earth Kitchen. “The build-

There, he and his mother raised gardens and fashioned dishes

ing that houses Golden Fleece whispered and winked at me at first

using those wholesome, local ingredients and seasoning them with

sight—it wanted to host a feast,” he says of the historic Grovewood

love. It’s that approach that still marks Bakatsias’ restaurants today.

Village location, flashing a smile.

“Food to me is an expression of love and sharing,” he explains, “that's basically the essence of it.”

It’s not just the space that sets Golden Fleece apart, but the menu. Thoughtfully penned recipes are prepared, as the name suggests,

Though Bakatsias’ family migrated to the States when he was 12,

slowly and with respect for the earth. The dishes are influenced by

his worldly approach to food never changed. “One of my greatest

Bakatsias’ Greek heritage, certainly, but also by his international

inspirations was my travels to Paris when I was 15,” he explains.

wanderings. Traditional dishes like melitzanosalata and tzatziki fit as

“Paris ignited a fire in me that made me feel the sensuality of food.”

comfortably into the menu as the wood-roasted chicken, seasoned

His flame lit, Bakatsias went on to explore the world via food, bring-

with caper berries, chimichurri sauce, and charred lemon. The result

ing his discoveries to his various restaurants in North Carolina.

is a feast that’s inspired by the world with roots vested in Carolina.

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A Healthy Plate Mediterranean's Health Benefits Heralded as one of the world’s healthiest ways of eating, a Mediterranean diet—which consists mainly of fruits and vegetables, seafood, olive oil, and hearty grains—provides a host of proven health benefits. 1. Low in Processed Ingredients Because the ingredients in Mediterranean dishes come almost directly from nature, they’re lacking the processed bilge you’ll find in most American foods, like GMOs, preservatives, and high fructose corn syrup. 2. Good for the Heart Many foods popular in the Mediterranean diet,  like salmon and olive oil,  are high in monounsaturated fats and omega-3, which can reduce the risk of cardiac death by 30 to 40 percent.  3. Fights Cancer Those omega-3s, paired with lots of fiber, antioxidants and polyphenols, are known to stop cell mutation, lower inflammation and delay tumor growth in cancer patients. 4. Makes You Happy The Mediterranean diet is beneficial for those with depression and anxiety, as well as other cognitive conditions like Alzheimers and dementia. 

Slow Cooked “Kokkinisto” Lamb Leg Braise Ingredients ++ 10-15 lb bone-in lamb leg ++ 4 white onions, peeled, cut in 1 inch pieces  ++ 2 carrots, peeled, cut in 1 inch pieces ++ 4 celery stalks, cut in 1 inch pieces  ++ 5 garlic cloves, crushed ++ 1 lb fresh tomatoes, cut in 1 inch cubes ++ 2 T tomato paste ++ 1 c olive oil ++ 3 fresh safe stalks ++ 3 fresh rosemary stalks ++ 3 T honey ++ ¾ gallon chicken stock (can be substituted with water) ++ 4 oz kosher salt ++ 2 c red dry wine Spice Mix Ingredients ++ 0.5 oz ground fennel seed ++ 0.5 oz ground cumin seed ++ 4 ground cardamom pods ++ 4 cinnamon sticks ++ 0.5 oz yellow mustard seed ++ 6 bay leaves  ++ 0.3 oz ground black pepper Set oven to 250 F. Using a small knife, make five deep cuts along the lamb leg. Insert the garlic cloves in the cuts.  Set a large searing pan on the stove. Turn heat on medium-high. Rub the lamb leg with half of salt, and repeat with half of spice mix.  Once your pan is hot, add 1/3 of the olive oil and sear lamb on all sides.  Remove lamb from pan and set aside.  In the same pan, add vegetables and sear until lightly charred. Add tomato paste, remaining spice mix, salt and honey, and keep cooking for another 3 minutes, while stirring. Move lamb leg back to pan and deglaze with wine. Transfer all ingredients from pan to a large clay or braising pot with a lid, and add remaining olive oil. Add chicken stock and fresh herb stalks. Cover pot with lid and place in oven at least 4-5 hours, until the meat falls off the bone with only a fork.

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HEALTH FROM HEAD ARTICLE EMILY GLASER

JANUARY MAY BE THE TIME FOR FRANTIC FITNESS AND QUICK CLEANSES, BUT SOMETIMES HEALTH AND WELLNESS NECESSITATES A DIFFERENT KIND OF PACE. Of course Asheville offers plenty of opportunities to slow down and soak up the holistic benefits of local cures. From head to toe to soul, there’s no shortage of spas and retreats to start your new year off with health and happiness.

Still Point Wellness

The family owned and operated boutique spa offers an array of unique services, like Salt Water Floatation, also known as sensory deprivation, in which guests float weightlessly in a pool of salt water in a dark, quiet room (Kristen Wiig touted its benefits on The David Letterman Show!). The center also offers world-class Esalen Massage and a Far Infrared Sauna and Somatic Psychology on their quest for helping clients experience the benefits of mindfulness, connect to their body’s wisdom and live to their full potential. StillPointWell.com Photography by Taylor Taz Johnson

Wake Foot Sanctuary

Your feet have 50 bones (that's a quarter of the bones in your body!), plus more than 60 joints and 200 muscles, tendons, and ligaments—it's important to keep them in good health! That's where Wake Foot Sanctuary comes in. The spa offers  a shared foot soak experience where guests relax on plush chairs as they receive a luxurious, handmade foot soak with ingredients like tea tree, lavendar and clary sage. Guests can also tack on a massage for a full-body experience.  WakeSpa.com

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TO TOE TO SOUL Asheville Salt Cave & Healing Arts Room

Asheville’s only salt cave, located in the heart of downtown, is a therapeutic retreat built of 20 tons of pure pink salt, replicating the unique microclimate of a salt mine. The air in the manmade cave is saturated with negative ions, and the salt rock crystals release 84 trace elements and minerals that are necessary for the homeostasis of our bodies. Soak up those good vibes in a public session, a private session, or a couples massage. AshevilleSaltCave.com

Blue Ridge Acupuncture Clinic

Acupuncturist James Whittle M.S., L.Ac., who’s been practicing acupuncture for nearly 20 years, founded the Blue Ridge Acupuncture Clinic in 2003, and was joined later by massage therapist Tera Broughton. With evidence-based acupuncture and herbal medicine with traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), classical and five element acupuncture, its an enclave of natural healthcare that can relieve problematic symptoms (like headaches and pain), and encourage good health (like losing weight and detoxifying). BlueRidgeClinic.com

Asheville Wellness Tours

Can’t pick your poison—or rather, medicine? You can have them all with Asheville Wellness Tours. During two hour downtown walking tours, participants visit local businesses that focus on wellness in unique ways, like tea ceremonies, yoga in the park, sound healing, honey tasting, and essential oil presentations. Or ask for a custom itinerary, scheduled for a day or as long as a week, and explore wellness around the mountains, like spas, dance classes, tarot card readings, and clean cooking classes. AshevilleWellnessTours.com January 2018 | Asheville Lifestyle

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WATER & WOODS

ICECAPADES ARTICLE AND PHOTOGRAPHY KARSTEN DELAP

ICE CLIMBING IN WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA IS LIKE GOING ON A HUNT FOR A RARE, WILD ANIMAL. The season is unpredictable, anywhere from mid-November to early March. Climbers must prepare by researching weather, local ice condition reports, and the amount of rain that has fallen in the last few weeks. With too much flow, it won’t freeze; with too little, there won’t be enough ice. While on the hunt, you will encounter much bushwhacking, and you’ll likely spend at least a couple days coming up empty handed. When you do find the ice flows in good shape, you’ll feel like you’ve cheated the hills out of a once-in-a-lifetime experience. 30

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CHECKING CONDITIONS You’ll want to keep a close eye on the weather. It’s usually best if the high temperatures don’t rise above freezing for a few days. Clouds can also help the freezing process. It’s important to remember that rain is needed for forming ice, but it’s really bad if ice has already formed. There are a few pages on social media, like the Southeastern Ice Climbing Conditions page on Facebook, where folks post ice conditions. 

GEAR Ice climbing takes a lot more gear than regular climbing, so you gear junkies will be in heaven. At a minimum, you’ll need a harness, helmet, boots and crampons—that’s assuming you will be going out with a friend who has all the rest of the supplies. You may notice there are no ice tools on the list. This is the first thing everyone wants to buy, but it’s something that you only need one pair of because you can share a single set with a small group in a single pitch setting.

KNOWLEDGE Ice climbing is not rock climbing; it is a medium that changes over minutes and hours. It takes many years of experience to understand all the types of ice and how they react to different variables. With that being said, having someone in your group who is knowledgeable, experienced, and who can manage their own risk as well as that of others is a good idea. The best way to learn ice climbing is from a professional AMGA certified guide. Most guides will not only provide all the gear you need, they’ll also teach ice climbing movement and hazard mitigation.

LOCAL AREAS TO CLIMB For beginners, a great place to start is off Highway 215 just west of Brevard and a mile South of the Blue Ridge Parkway 215 intersection. There are mostly top rope lines with occasional parties leading some of the pitches. The single pitch ice climbs range from beginner to quite hard. For easier but longer adventures, one can head north on 215 about 3.75 miles from the 215/Blue Ridge Parkway intersection and hike to a moderate ice climb on Sam’s Knob. Be prepared for a longer day on this one! For an extreme North Carolina alpine adventure, one should look to Celo Knob in the Black Mountains. With nearly 1,500 feet of ice climbing and another 1,000 feet of bushwhacking, one can reach the summit of this Appalachian 6,000 peak. There are a couple routes on this peak, but all should be considered serious endeavors.  Another area that facilitates beginner to advanced climbing is Doughton Park. This is another roadside climbing area like 215, but remember, the Parkway must be closed to traffic for it to be ok for ice climbers. It’s located near mile marker 240 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. This area offers top roping as well as some multi-pitch climbs. For more ice climbing info, visit Mountain Project (MountainProject.com), and for info on learning to ice climb or for a guided adventure, visit Fox Mountain Guides (FoxMountainGuides.com). January 2018 | Asheville Lifestyle

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J A N U A RY

LIFESTYLE CALENDAR

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UNWRAPPED: GIFTS FROM THE PETER NORTON FAMILY CHRISTMAS PROJECT

AN EVENING WITH HENRY ROLLINS TRAVEL SLIDESHOW

JOSHUA LOZOFF: LIFE IS MAGIC

The Orange Peel

Entertainer Joshua Lozoff captivates

Asheville Art Museum

Join Henry for an intimate evening

his diverse audiences, with his amaz-

Every year Peter Norton, the cre-

as he tells the stories behind the

ing illusions, deep love for the art

ator of Norton Antivirus Software,

photos he’s taken, from Baghdad to

form, contagious humor and fascina-

commissions multiples of a work by

Timbuktu, that document his travels

tion with human psychology.

an artist to send to friends, family

around the world.

and select museums around the world, including the Asheville Art Museum. Catch this show before it leaves January 21.

1 LAKE LURE POLAR PLUNGE

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11 - 21

AESOP'S FABLES

A TURNPIKE SUNSET

Asheville Community Theatre

Asheville Community

Join the hilarious ACT actors as they

Theatre - 35below

stumble across the assembled crowd

Watch a group of 19th century

and decide to put on a showcase of

drovers traveling the Buncombe

Aesop’s greatest hits.

Lake Lure

Turnpike

This year marks the 10th anniversary

around a campfire to tell stories,

of the Lake Lure Polar Plunge, which

play instruments, sing and, of

sends people swimming into the lake

course, drink moonshine.

who have

gathered

to benefit local charities.

JAN 8 - FEB 12 BALLET HOORAY

12 - 14 BIG BAND WEEKEND

JAN 24 - FEB 18 JEEVES TAKES A BOW NC Stage Company

Everyone’s favorite hapless hero, Bertie Wooster, embarks on an American adventure armed only with his handsome

Grove Park Inn

fortune, his talent for trouble, and his

Reuter Family YMCA

The annual celebration of old-time

remarkable manservant, Jeeves.

Ballet Hooray builds on the basics of

tunes returns to the Omni Grove Park

ballet, using imaginative and creative

Inn this January.

movements to instill a passion for dance. Ballet movements, positions,

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games will help teach the fundamen-

LITTLE ONE INCH

STEEP CANYON RANGERS WITH MEMBERS OF THE ASHEVILLE SYMPHONY

tals of rhythm. The dancers will have

Asheville Community Theatre

U.S. Cellular Center

a performance for their families at the

Little One Inch is the story of an

The Steep Canyon Rangers return to

end of the session. Children will receive

old couple whose prayers are an-

Asheville to play with members of the

a costume element, which will be pro-

swered when they find a small

Asheville Symphony and special guest

vided at the end of the program. Par-

baby by the side of the road and

River Whyless. Steep Canyon Rangers

ticipants must provide their own black

the adventures he gets into when

will play songs from their new album,

or pink leotard, tights, and ballet shoes.

he comes of age.

released the day before the show.

and combinations will be explored, while listening exercises and musical

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PARTING THOUGHTS

in the core and upper body. Regardless of your fitness

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by D u n c a n C ha b o u d y

ARTICLE TIM THEW

Push-ups are a versatile way to build overall strength Ph

Functional Fitness with Tim Thew

PUSH-UP PROGRESSION

level, anyone can do a push-up. Start with one pushup and work your way up to 15 before going to the next level. I test my clients to see how many you can do in a minute. We work on it for three months and then test you again. The basic progression I use is: Wall Push-Up Stand an arm's distance from a sturdy wall. Place your hands flat on the wall about shoulder-distance apart and between chest and shoulder height. Lower your body to the wall keeping your elbows pointed down, rather than flared out.

TIM THEW HAS A LONG HISTORY OF FITNESS AND TRAINING,

Box Push-Up

BEGINNING BACK IN 1996 WHEN HE WAS ASKED TO FILL IN AS A

Place hands and knees on a padded floor, hands under

COACH FOR A WATER AEROBICS CLASS. It was teaching that course

the shoulders (width depends on goals), knees bent

and the bond he developed with his students that forever changed Thew.

and directly under the hips with toes on the floor. Keep

With his newfound passion for fitness, Thew completed a mara-

core tight with hips bent at 90 degrees. Lower upper

thon in 1998, but a marathon soon after left him in shock. He real-

half of the torso keeping your elbows close to the body,

ized he needed to actually invest in learning the science of training.

rather than flared out, until chest is one apple from the

“I made the decision to go back to college to learn the hows and

floor. Press back out to the starting position.

whys of training and nutrition and get my Exercise Physiologist Certification through American College of Sports Medicine, followed

Knee Push-Up

up by a USA Triathlon Coaching Certification,” he explains.

Place hands and knees on a padded floor, hands un-

That pursuance eventually led him to a career as a personal

der the shoulders (width depends on goals), knees

trainer, but not without a few bumps in the road. Thew lost both

closed, legs crossed, feet off the floor. Keep core tight

his brothers to morbid obesity related diseases and struggled with

with hips in line with shoulders and knees. Lower

stress-related weight gain himself. Today he’s as healthy as ever, and

body keeping your elbows close to the body, rather

helps Ashevillians to feel the same.

than flared out until chest is one apple from the floor.

“I currently focus on in-home training for all fitness levels and

Press back out to the starting position.

abilities,” explains Thew, who’s now the mastermind behind Carolina Gold Fitness. “It occurred to me that my clients in the gym were all

Swiss Ball Push-Up

needing training that was based on body-weight or function-based

Place hands and toes on a padded floor, hands under the

fitness. This allowed for a lot of fun outside and in various parts of

shoulders (width depends on goals), knees on a Swiss

the gym.” Now Thew takes his clients to parks and outdoors venues

Ball. Keep core tight with hips in line with shoulders,

to switch things up, or even their own yard or house for in-home

knees and heels. Lower body keeping your elbows close

training. In honor of his brothers, Thew also helps his clients with

to the body, rather than flared out until chest is one apple

weight management and nutrition coaching.

from the floor. Press back out to the starting position.

Thew’s all about functional, implementable fitness—like push-ups. The military classic can seem daunting for a newbie, but Thew’s pro-

Push-Up

gression will have you pushing up in no time.

Place hands and toes on a padded floor, hands under the shoulders (width depends on goals), knees off the floor. Keep core tight with hips in line with shoulders, knees and heels. Lower body keeping your elbows close to the body, rather than flared out until chest is one apple from the floor. Press back out to the starting position. For more challenging push-up positions, check out the bonus progression online!

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