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Life Time Fall 60day Challenge National Winners Among Thousands Entering 2022 Holiday Season Healthier and Happier

Life Time 60day provides support for participants to help them be their healthiest self – online and at its nearly 160 athletic country clubs in the U.S. and Canada

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Life Time 60day provides support for participants to help them be their healthiest self – online and at its nearly 160 athletic country clubs in the U.S. and Canada

CHANHASSEN, Minn., Dec. 2, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Nearly 20,000 people across the U.S. and Canada are entering the holiday season feeling happier and healthier after participating in Life Time’s (NYSE: LTH) 60day Challenge. Five people have been named national winners in the challenge by a panel of Life Time coaches – taking home prizes valued at nearly $6,000.

The winners clockwise from the top-left: Robert Lattas, Karrah Lee, Amanda Monroe, Mary Paine, and Brad Jones.

The Life Time 60day provides daily support, resources, and motivation for anyone looking to jumpstart their wellness goals and live a healthier life. The eight-week program, which is offered several times each year, includes daily workouts, a meal plan, 150+ healthy recipe ideas, accountability messages, weekly challenges for prizes and access to a team of in-person and virtual coaches. Since 2010, nearly 600,000 Life Time members have lost more than 1 million pounds.

At the end of each 60day, participants are invited to submit an essay and photos. Life Time coaches select the top contenders and winners. Prizes for winners include ten personal training sessions from the most accredited trainers in the industry, membership dues credits, and prizes from partners WHOOP Band and Breathless Cancun Soul Resort & Spa.

The winners of the 2022 fall 60day are:

  • Brad Jones (Frisco, TX) – Jones, a paraplegic who has used a wheelchair for more than 32 years, joined the 60day to lose weight, develop a consistent exercise routine and eat more nutritious meals. Jones quickly latched onto the workouts with guidance from personal Trainer Sarah Winchester. He also became an avid pickleball player at courts at Life Time Frisco. He ended up losing weight, finding a support community at Life Time and has plans to enter his first pickleball tournament.
  • Robert Lattas (Oakbrook, IL) – After being told by a doctor that he’d likely be a diabetic in three years with his current health habits, Lattas entered the 60day aiming to exercise five days a week to lower his body fat by twenty percent and gain five pounds of muscle. He ended up well-surpassing these metrics after tuning up his diet and following along the 60day workout programming. He also worked with Personal Trainer Roy Williams. “My life is on a 180-degree different trajectory than it was on September 10th.”
  • Karrah Lee (Woodstock, GA) – Lee was with the Army for six years and was in the best shape of her life, but she gained back all her weight shortly after getting out of the military, while also dealing with mental health issues. She joined Life Time in the summer and entered the 60day to lose weight and “to feel comfortable in my own skin.” She made exercising a habit and focused on intentional eating. Lee lost weight during the challenge, but also changed her mental wellbeing for the better.
  • Amanda Monroe (Fort Worth, TX) – Before the 60day Challenge, Monroe had a back injury and suffered a lot of pain. She also “had a straight addition to sugar.” She entered the 60day to increase her protein intake and do a combination of weights and low-intensity cardio workouts. The result was less inflammation, increased muscle, and decreased body fat. Monroe lost more than 10 pounds and went from 25.2% body fat to 18.8% during the challenge.
  • Mary Paine (Roseville, CA) – Since March, Paine has lost more than 50 pounds (14 during the 60day) and has gone from a size 2X to large. She’s also no longer on blood pressure medication, and her insulin has been cut from 40 to 12 units. Paine revamped her diet during the challenge and focused on foundational movements during her workouts to improve her balance.

The next in-person 60day kicks off on January 28th with registration opening on December 16th. For more information on the program and to register, visit www.lifetime60day.com.

Available to members this month is Life Time’s new complimentary Holiday Hustle program, launching on December 5th. Led by Life Time’s Coach Anika and designed to provide support and accountability during the stressful holiday season, the Holiday Hustle offers 30 days of 15-minute workouts, a downloadable nutrition guide with 30 recipes, motivational videos and email support.

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“THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS OF PICKLEBALL” – VOTING OPEN

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The Dink Pickleball, the source for pickleball stories, news, tips, gear reviews, and more, is now accepting votes from across the sport’s community for annual Dink Awards.

For the first time, the industry’s 3 major leagues (APP, PPA, MLP) plus its governing body (USAP) will partner to recognize the sport’s most accomplished players, figures, events, and media influencers.

AUSTIN, Texas /PRNewswire/ — The Dink has teamed up with pickleball’s premier organizations to create the “People’s Choice Awards of pickleball,” where fans vote to honor and celebrate the professionals, organizations, and creators who are paving the way for pickleball’s continued explosion onto the mainstream.

Introducing: The Dink Awards, in partnership with The PPA Tour, Major League Pickleball, The APP Tour, USA Pickleball, The PicklePlay App and Selkirk.

THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS OF PICKLEBALL
The Dink Awards, in partnership with The PPA Tour, Major League Pickleball, The APP Tour, USA Pickleball, The PicklePlay App and Selkirk, is now accepting votes to honor those propelling the sport into the mainstream.

This year, The Dink is happy to announce new categories featuring prize grants up to $2,000.

Categories include:

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  • Women’s Player of the Year
  • Men’s Player of the Year
  • Ava Lee Women’s Most Improved Player – $1000 Grant
  • Selkirk Labs Men’s Most Improved Player – $1000 Grant
  • Selkirk Sport Content Creator of the Year – $2000 Grant
  • Pickleball.com Rookie of the Year
  • Senior Women’s Player of the Year
  • Senior Men’s Player of the Year
  • Match of the Year
  • Trailblazer of the Year
  • Best Pickleball Podcast
  • PPA Tour Scrappiest Pro
  • Best On-Court Antics
  • Best Dressed
  • Selkirk TV Best On-Air Personality
  • Fan Favorite
  • Next Gen Player of the Year
  • Event of the Year

Community members may visit https://dink-awards.kickoffpages.com/ to cast their votes.

“It was important to us that we bring together all of pickleball’s major organizations to recognize those making an impact, both on and off the court. There are so many amazing people and organizations fueling pickleball’s unprecedented growth. It’s time we recognize them. The Dink Awards aim to do so in a big way.” – Thomas Shields, founder, The Dink

“The APP is proud to support The Dink Awards. The team at The Dink do an awesome job of promoting the sport we love, and giving fans the chance to recognize the people who are helping fuel the incredible growth of pickleball is the right thing to do. We wish every nominee the best of luck!” – Tom Webb, APP Tour (Association of Pickleball Professionals) CMO.

“We are so very proud of the players who have made pickleball what it is today – a bona fide professional sport, a community and lifestyle, and a buzzword for active, addictive, healthy fun,” said Connor Pardoe, Commissioner and CEO of the Carvana PPA (Professional Pickleball Association) Tour. “The People’s Choice Awards of Pickleball is just another symbol of how far our sport has come over the last few years, and we are thrilled to be able to recognize some of our pros’ accomplishments in the space.”

The Dink Pickleball would like to thank Invisible Narratives (https://invisiblenarratives.com/) for their help with this year’s Dink Awards hype video, available here.

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  • A Passion for Pickleball is The Kitchen’s Recipe for Success
    AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 24, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Jared Paul and Jason Aspes are childhood friends and former advertising and social media professionals who have taken their passion for pickleball and turned it into an incredibly successful business. In 2020, as the Covid pandemic closed […]
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A Passion for Pickleball is The Kitchen’s Recipe for Success

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AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 24, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Jared Paul and Jason Aspes are childhood friends and former advertising and social media professionals who have taken their passion for pickleball and turned it into an incredibly successful business. In 2020, as the Covid pandemic closed businesses and kept people from going to the office, Jared was living in Austin, Texas and Jason in Atlanta. Their friendship from childhood had not sustained into adulthood as the two moved all over the world, building careers, and starting families.

It was at this time that Jared discovered the game of pickleball. Leveraging his background in community building, he identified the demand and quickly set up a small group for pickleball players in Austin. As the popularity of the sport exploded, that group evolved into a national (and now international) group called The Kitchen, a go-to destination for pickleball enthusiasts all over the world.

As it happened, back in Atlanta, where the two had grown up, Jason had also discovered and was falling in love with this new sport. The two rekindled their friendship and joined forces brainstorming ways to entertain and bring value to this amazingly passionate and growing group of players they were now hosting.

The Kitchen struck a chord with pickleball players from all corners of the globe, growing in popularity reaching over 300k active players in their community. Having first found success on social media (Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, TikTok, Twitter, etc.) The Kitchen is looking to capitalize on and better serve their community by migrating that user base to their new website TheKitchenPickle.com which offers a wide range of resources, including instructional videos, gear recommendations, retail sales, entertaining videos, and will serve as a hub for their active online community.

The sport of pickleball, a racquet sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton, and ping pong, has been the fastest growing sport in America over the last three years. The popularity of pickleball is astounding, with over 36 million Americans having participated over the last 12 months.

The Kitchen’s recipe for success certainly included some hard work, long hours, and fortuitous timing, but it was their passion for the sport to which they attribute their success. Over the last two plus years, The Kitchen has quickly established itself as more than just an online community for pickleball enthusiasts, but the leading voice in all aspects of the sport.

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“We are not journalists,” Jared Paul confesses, “But we find ourselves delivering lots of information to our audience about the sport because that’s what our community is asking of us. We take this responsibility seriously.”

Starting as a passion project, Jared and Jason’s risk to leave their successful careers to pursue their passion for pickleball has paid off in spades. The pair travel all over the US and beyond evangelizing, reporting on, and creating content for all things related to pickleball.

“We view ourselves as ambassadors for this sport,” says Jason. “We are trying to inject pickleball into pop culture and provide validation that pickleball is a sport that ALL people can play, regardless of your level of athleticism. It is a sport to be enjoyed by all who participate.”
They have produced videos as they play with famous athletes such as NFL players Drew Brees and Rob Gronkowski, NBA player Chandler Parsons, Tennis players like Sam Querry, and celebrities like Entourage creator Doug Ellin and actor/singer/comedian Jamie Foxx. 
The Kitchen’s recipe for success is a testament that with hard work and a little bit of luck, following your passion can result in amazing success.

About The Kitchen:
Founded in 2020, The Kitchen is a free Pickleball community offering all things pickleball from the beginner to the pros. The kitchen champions the game of pickleball through content, news, and partnering with the biggest names in the sport. Created with the player and in mind, The Kitchen delivers strategies, highlights, and the best and latest products you need to know about. If you play pickleball, we will see you in The Kitchen!

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