get FIT in 2010


A healthy approach to sports

“We’re a ‘play first’ society,” says Kevin Lewis.  “Everyone wants to play, but not everyone wants to prepare.”
Preparation for competition is where Lewis excels.  He’s served as a full-time athletic trainer for the University of Findlay’s football, track and wrestling teams; developed a successful training program for athletes at Tiffin Columbian High School, and has played a large role in the success of many local athletes.
Kevin joined Blanchard Valley Health System last year when the organization decided to add a sports performance training component to its Rehabilitation/Sports Medicine program.  He now serves as the trainer for
The Performance Zone, located at 1400 Sixth Street, Findlay. 
Working with individuals and groups of students, Lewis helps athletes improve their speed and agility through correct body movement techniques.  He makes use of drills and activities, including flexibility, footwork, plyometrics and agility running.
Lewis brings a long list of credentials to The Performance Zone.  He’s a certified athletic trainer (NATA) and a certified strength and conditioning coach (NSCA).  A graduate of Marietta College, he also teaches part time at the University of Findlay.
Performance Enhancement group sessions will be held from mid-January through mid-April.  Individual sports performance training sessions can be scheduled anytime.  For information on registration and price, contact the Blanchard Valley Rehabilitation Department at
419-425-3199, or Kevin Lewis at

Running is good for the “soul”

If running is special to you, you need a store that specializes in proper foot gear. 
Opened in August 2008, Second Sole in the Town Center at Levis Commons in Perrysburg, is just a short drive from Findlay and worth every mile.  Whether you’re a recreational or competitive runner, owner Matt Folk and his staff (all runners) can give knowledgeable advice on running shoes, lifestyle footwear, and running and walking apparel.  Matt also carries insoles, and a complete selection of pedometers and heart rate monitors.
Second Sole is also a clearinghouse for Ohio running information, with a comprehensive collection of race registration forms and free running publications.  Group runs leave from the store every Thursday evening in January at 6:30 p.m.  It’s no wonder that Second Sole Ohio has been named one of America’s 50 Best Running Stores.
Look for Second Sole’s ad in this issue for a coupon worth $10 off a purchase of $50 or more.
Second Sole’s hours are Mon.-Thurs. 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Fri.- Sat.
10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sun. noon – 5 p.m. 419-931-8484/