CrossFit gym holds grand opening in Bradenton

July 9, 2013 

CrossFit gym holds grand opening

BRADENTON -- CrossFit Bradenton, a new gym at 3220 59th Drive E., Suite 104, will hold its grand opening from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 13.

Husband-and-wife team Paris and Beth Vannata learned the CrossFit training method when they lived in Georgia and moved to Bradenton to open their own CrossFit gym.

"We fell in love with it in our first class," said Beth Vannata about being introduced to CrossFit. "It's kind of been our dream to open our own CrossFit box. That's what we call our gyms (in CrossFit) -- the box."

CrossFit is a high-intensity workout that involves skills such as climbing a 15-foot rope, pushing tires rapidly on the gym floor or swinging a sledgehammer against an old tire. Although the workouts are intense, they aren't boring because they change every day, say CrossFit enthusiasts.

"It's functional movement at high intensity," said Beth Vannata. "It varies in terms of movement. We squat, we push, we pull, we lift.

"What I love most is accomplishing things I never thought I'd be able to accomplish," she said.

Despite the rigor, anyone can join CrossFit, even when not especially fit or being significantly overweight, she said. The intensity of workouts can be dialed down.

The open house will feature prizes, vendors and activities for children. For information, call 941-405-0023 or visit

Polo Grill offers new'clean eating' menu

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- The Polo Grill and Bar in Lakewood Ranch has a new menu option called Polo Fit that offers "clean eating" with choices such as Golden Flax and Chia Seed Crusted Cedar Shake Salmon, and Crisp and Raw Kale Salad.

Polo Grill owner Tommy Klauber competes in Ironman events and triathlons and developed the menu for the "clean eating lifestyle" that is beneficial to athletes. His description of clean eating is food that is fresh and close to its natural state with no added sugar, fats and additives. The Polo Fit menu also minimizes the use of allergens such as dairy and gluten.

"Tommy noticed he was eating clean to get ready for competitions," said Chris Kohatsu, the restaurant's director of marketing and communications.

"But he didn't feel like there were a lot of options in the area. There were no fine-dining restaurants dedicating themselves to clean eating."

Klauber pulled the menu together through collaborating with Polo Grill chef Andrew Thompson and nurse and holistic nutritionist Stacy Koski.

Polo Grill is at 10670 Boardwalk Loop. For a sneak-peek of the Polo Fit menu, go to

Make-up class held at Manatee Cancer Center

BRADENTON -- July 15 is Makeover Monday at the Manatee Cancer Center, where from 10 a.m. to noon Chanel makeup artist Dawn Patterson will teach makeup applicataion techniques and give beauty tips for women who are cancer patients.

"Really when you look better, you feel better," Patterson said.

Women who attend the workshop will be treated to a mini-facial and hand massages. Their caregivers are invited, too.

Common challenges, like losing eyebrows and eyelashes during chemotherapy, can be solved through makeup application, Patterson said.

With eyebrow pencil and powder, women can learn how to create eyebrows. A technique for disguising the appearance of lost eyelashes is to apply liner to the inner lid, Patterson said.

The Manatee Cancer Center is at 6215 21st Ave. W. The workshop is free. RSVP by calling 941-748-4324.

Susan Hemmingway, can be reached at

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