Jonathan Lutzmann

Strive to Thrive contestant Jonathan Luntzmann has enjoyed his training so far and signed up for an extra session with his personal trainer.


MANSFIELD — A Strive to Thrive community event took place on Thursday, where contestants and community members participated in competitions and group workouts. 

As the weight loss competition continues to progress, the contestants are growing more comfortable with their workout routines. 

Strive to Thrive contestant Jonathan Lutzmann has enjoyed his training so far and signed up for an extra session with his personal trainer.

“(He’s) been really good and giving me lots of instructions and making things challenging but stuff that I can still do,” Lutzmann said. 

After gathering around the lobby of the OhioHealth Ontario Fitness Center, contestants and community members were led to the court by Exercise Physiologists AJ Beddow and Nicholas Fetter for a team competition. 

A large playground parachute and two sets of different colored balls (green and red) were brought out. The eight contestants and two community members were then asked to split off into two teams.

In order to win, the teams had to get each other’s designated balls out of the parachute by flapping the parachute up and down with their arms until only one ball remained.

Team one came out victorious in the end. 

After the competition, contestants and community members learned about Fitness 101 from Exercise Physiologist Kerry Green. 

Green explained the emotional benefits of health and fitness, making it clear to differentiate between the two. 

For health, people must think about blood pressure, weight control, bone density, blood lipids, glucose tolerance and mental health, whereas for fitness: strength, flexibility aerobic capacity, body composition and muscular endurance are a concern. 

“The good thing about the team we have here (at OhioHealth) is they’re all trained to take you through these progressions,” Green said, “so whether you’re working on your strength or flexibility or cardiovascular endurance, (the team) can build you along slowly and they can train you to do that.

“If you stick with them, you’re going to have a nice program developed over time to reach the goal you want to reach.” 

After the lecture, contestants spent an hour doing a community workout where they could choose between low impact aerobics or ball conditioning. 

Since starting the competition in January, Lutzmann feels more positive about himself and his willingness to better his lifestyle. 

“It’s a lot easier to stick to it than I thought it would be,” Lutzmann said. “Getting into a routine and knowing what the expectations are and what I want to do with this helps me stay focused on what I’ve got to do.” 


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Tierra Thomas is the Thrive Reporter. She was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio and graduated from Kent State University with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communications. When she's not writing news, she's writing fiction or taking photos.