Monday, March 28, 2016

The Cliff At Rising Park

Photography and Written by:
Andrew Livelsberger

Rising Park is located in Lancaster, Ohio and houses a popular hiking area, a cliff face that is 250 ft above the park level.

This is a favorite spot of many to come and watch the sunset and see what Lancaster looks like from an elevated view.
The pictures pretty much speak for themselves.  Enjoy!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Arnold 2016 - Bodybuilding and Physique

Written/Photography by:
Andrew Livelsberger

Bodybuilding and Physique is arguably the cornerstone of the Arnold Fitness Expo each year.  The Arnold Classic brings the world's best bodybuilders to Columbus, OH each year for the coveted title.

Women, men, amateur, professional.  All words used to describe the athletes in our video above.  This year was a special year for us at VisualOhio.  We were able to get more coverage of the bodybuilding competitions than ever before.

The women did not disappoint as they brought their "A" game again, back to the expo stage.

The amateurs were looking for a win so they can move into the professional ranks.

This year, we were blessed to be able to see the wheelchair bodybuilding competition.  They work just as hard, and perhaps harder than everyone else to build their bodies up into magnificent specimens.  The wheelchair is not holding them back.  With competitions like the Arnold Classic, the wheelchair bodybuilders are one step closer to be recognized by the Olympic committee and having their sport officially represented in the Olympic games.

Such an emotional event.  As each athlete came onto the stage for their posing routine, the MC described the circumstances of what put them in the wheelchair.  We have no excuse to say that we cannot do something, when you see what these competitors have overcome.

For the first time ever, VisualOhio staff went to the Arnold Classic finals.  We did not go as media, we went as spectators.  We wanted to see the event in all its glory and enjoy it, not work it.

If you have never been and you love this sport - you need to go at least once in your life to experience it.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Arnold 2016 - Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Written: Andrew Livelsberger
Photography/Video:  Andrew Livelsberger

The International Sports Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization that honors the world's greatest athletes.  This annual event is held every year at the Arnold Fitness Expo in Columbus, OH.

As it has been every year, the star studded inductee list is nothing short of fabulous.  To be inducted, you cannot just be or have been a great athlete, but you have to give back to the community in some way.

These athletes do a great job in explaining their story, so I will just let you enjoy the video that is provided for you.
  • Master of Ceremonies:  Dr. Robert Goldman
  • Speakers:  Jim Lorimer/Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Inductees:
    Kurt Angle
    Ronnie Coleman
    Annamaria Demars
    Royce Gracie
    Johnny Bench
Various images from the induction:

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Arnold 2016 - Pole Fitness Championship Series

Video/Photography:  Andrew Livelsberger
Written/Interviewer: Dani Livelsberger

Background:This is the 28th year of the Arnold Fitness Expo in Columbus, OH.  This year we covered the Pole Championship Series, which is in it's second year at this event.

Let's face it, fitness trends come and go.  Some just transform into others through out the years.  When I first heard of pole fitness, I admit that I thought it was just a fad.  The Arnold Classic 2016 proved me wrong.  The routines I watched and the athletes I met made me realize this fad is a sport and pole fitness is here to stay.

The 3rd annual Pole Championship Series at this year's Arnold was spectacular.  My heart stopped a few times as I watched the athletes do amazing spins and calculated drops.  I watched both men and women show off their tremendous upper body strength  by working their bodies up and down the pole.   I learned from the athletes that pole fitness is  a full body workout and that  anyone can learn it.  Columbus has a handful of studios that offer classes for every level of student.  Everyone I spoke with added that for them, the pole was not only a physical workout but also helped them mentally and emotionally.

The athletes stated that these workouts helped them escape and find focus in their daily lives.  Each of them also beamed with pride as they described learning their level of expertise.

So, are you ready to try?  Google "Pole Fitness" and find a class near you!  Some of the athletes also told me their first class was due to a Groupon!!  One of hte sponsors was a company that makes poles for the home.  Check out X-Pole USA on Facebook or or at

I am already looking forward to watching this competition next year.