Get Well Challenge 2013

Keep up with our Challengers & meet our Health Coach, Lindsay!

  1. Sign up for biweekly healthy living tips, recipes and giveaways from Ellwood’s here.
  2. Meet with Linday. Appointments are provided by Ellwood’s for free every Thursday from 4:30PM – 7:30PM, to schedule an appointment, email


Living a healthy life is not as easy as people make it seem, and we get that. We understand that tackling nutrition, fitness, and education at the same time is no easy task. For years we’ve served the community as a source for you to choose options that lead you toward a healthier lifestyle.  Now we’re giving you all of the tools necessary to be great in all three of those areas. And by “all” we mean “ALL” of the tools. Fitness classes, nutrition classes, food journals, weigh-ins, health diagnostics – you name it, Ellwood Thompson’s and our partners are providing them all and at NO COST TO YOU. We want you to know that we are behind you in your efforts and here to support you in your wellness goals. All you have to do is apply online and tell us why you should be a Get Well “Challenger.” Based on those applications, we’ll choose 40 lucky people to take part in this free, three month program.  Good luck!

Let us break it down for you in laymen’s terms. We’re giving 40 people the chance of a lifetime transformation. Think one of these people could be you, all you have to do is tell us why. We’re offering 40 participants 12 weeks and a ton of classes to transform themselves in to healthier humans! Everyone who makes it through the entire three months will automatically win the start of a healthier lifestyle and will receive amazing discounts from participating vendors and tons of free merchandise.

How does it works? 

STEP 1: Download the Get Well Challenge Application (PDF) and then drop it off at our customer service desk in the store by September 20th. All we’re asking for is some general contact information and why you should be one of the 40 challengers. Sell us, and you’ll be chosen. Have a friend or relative that needs a lifestyle transformation? Let them know too!

STEP 2: If chosen, you will be asked to attend our Get Well Challenge kick off meeting, Monday, September 30th at 5:30PM in the Ellwood Thompson’s Community Room. Here we will explain the details of the program, provide you with the schedule of classes, and give you your tools for success. If you have any questions, they will all be answered here. Consider this the start of your wellness journey.

STEP 3: Let’s set some goals. In the kick off meeting, our Nutrition experts help you set clearly defined and reachable goals that will be executable throughout our 3 month program. Well then break those goals down individually and help each individual reach them.

STEP 4: It’s diagnostic time. One day each week you will schedule to visit Richmond Natural Medicine for you to weigh in and keep track of your progress. Richmond Natural Medicine experts are also offering diagnotics at the beginning of the Challenge and at the end, that measure your body composition to see how you’ve changed! You’ll see where you are and where you need to go.

STEP 5: Get to work!  The program now begins. Come to all of the classes. Food journal everything you eat. Go to your weekly weigh-ins. Attend the monthly Challenger check-ins. Achieve your nutritional requirements set forth in your scheduled group meetings with the Ellwood Thompson’s Health Coach. Success will be yours at the end of 3 months.

What’s all included in the package? Well, besides us, you’ll be working directly with these guys…

Richmond Natural Medicine  

Richmond Natural Medicine is an alternative and integrated clinic that provides holistic care from a variety of practitioners who offer naturopathic medicine, aromatherapy, reflexology, massage, and nutritional services in a compassionate and supportive environment. Their mission is to improve lives within the Richmond community using a holistic model that provides compassionate individualized medicine through education, collaboration, transparency, integrity, and prevention. Richmond Natural Medicine is a dynamic group of women that found one another due to common values, goals and lifestyle. They believe in empowering those around them to live vital lives and feel fortunate to be working with one another at RNM. Their collaborative work with one another and those within our community provide them with a wealth of knowledge and insight to help various individuals regardless of gender, age, race or creed. RMN values their other colleagues within the natural medicine arena as well as our colleagues within the modern medicine field and believe that together we best serve the needs of Central Virginia and our direct community within Richmond.

Lindsay Kluge

Lindsay received her Bachelors of Science degree in Horticulture and Landscape Design at Virginia Tech where she sought to get people outdoors and experience the rhythms of the seasons. She is passionate about designing and developing sustainable landscapes that are both biodynamic and (deliciously!) organic while also offering a sensory and medicinal experience. In 2009 she began her graduate studies at the Maryland University of Integrative Health in Laurel, MD and completed her Masters of Science degree in Herbal Medicine in 2012. She specialized in circadian rhythm physiology and sleep support.

Being the only accredited graduate herbal medicine program in the country, she gained specialized experience integrating modern scientific knowledge with traditional wisdom to generate a well informed understanding of the therapeutic potential of medicinal plants. She quickly developed a love for herbal compounding, and during her third year at MUIH, she actively practiced in the faculty supervised student herbal medicine clinic and completed a 2 year apprenticeship in the Herb Dispensary compounding with over 100 western, Ayurvedic and chinese herbs. This prompted Lindsay to establish her own compounding herb dispensary in Virginia when she established her private practice.

Following the completion of her Masters work, Lindsay earned her certification in Nutrition (CNS) from the Certification Board for Nutrition Specialists. She is also a licensed Dietitian Nutritionist (LDN) by the Maryland State Board of Dietetics. She owns her own practice, Ginger Tonic Botanicals, and practices at Richmond Natural Medicine offering consultations in herbal medicine and integrative nutrition.

Denise Dolan 

Denise Dolan is a leading wellness and relationship expert, whose unique approach helps individuals and organizations discover how to shift health and relationship conflicts from “problems to possibilities.” She provides practical tools and insights learned from diverse wisdom traditions from around the world and reveals how self-awareness, honest communication skills, and personal action can move clients towards remarkable health and extraordinary relationships. She walks her talk.  Denise stunned family, friends and colleagues when she resigned as the co-founder of a multi-national consulting firm to both study, and share diverse wisdom traditions that promote individual and community wellness.

Katie McCall

Katie McCall is a full time actress, enjoying national and regional on-camera, voice-over, and theater work. She is also certified in several healing modalities that she uses in her business, Mind Over Matter Success, LLC.  Katie is a Certified Results System Practitioner, using kinesiology and the Results System for brain re-patterning, and for identifying and clearing limiting subconscious beliefs. In addition, she is a Reiki Master, Master IET Practitioner & Instructor, EFT Practitioner, and a Certified Hypnotherapist. Katie uses a custom blend of these techniques and more, to best serve your emotional and physical healing needs. If you feel blocked, stuck, stressed, and/or in physical or emotional pain, there is most likely a modality that can help!


CrossFit RVA is a gym dedicated to fitness and performance. They train in small groups, always under the instruction of an experienced trainer. Their workouts are short and challenging, but can be adjusted to fit anyone’s fitness level. Their gym provides an alternative to the typical gym experience you’ll find in Richmond, VA. They trade the machines that have become a staple at many gyms for effective training in weightlifting, basic bodyweight control, kettlebells, and many other strength and conditioning methods that we have found to be effective. The workouts are constantly changing, keeping it interesting and exciting. Their members have reached goals in athletic performance, weight loss, and general fitness.

FIT Richmond 

Fit Richmond is a Personal Training and Group FITness company that goes above and beyond to help the Richmond community truly change their lives. They take a holistic approach and do not believe in gimmicks, diets, quick fixes or cookie cutter workout plans. They believe in education, hard work, motivation, and understanding the needs of their clients. From there, they design specific individualized programs to take their clients beyond their own expectations. Their trainers have over 35 years of experience and education and have an unbelievable amount of passion for the health and fitness industry. It is that passion and desire that allows them to help people achieve their individual goals and extend their overarching goal to help the Richmond community become more healthy and active.

Om On Yoga

It is Om Ons mission to provide a full offering of Hatha based yoga classes that appeal to both the beginner, as well as advanced yoga practitioner. Om On Yoga is managed by a staff of dedicated and experienced personnel, including many of the top yoga professionals in the Richmond area. Each instructor brings his or her unique blend of yoga talents, style, and background to the classroom setting. This affords the student the most optimum experience and satisfying results in their yoga practice.

Hot House Yoga 

Hot House Yoga is family owned and operated since 2005 helping to introduce Hot Yoga to Hampton Roads. The studios have been designed with convenience and comfort. The facilities offer “swipe card” check in, private showers, towel service, storage and changing areas. Sky ceilings help to set the mood and escape from the stresses of everyday life. Cork floors ensure a clean practice environment. The Hot House Yoga heating system purifies the air to eliminate bacteria, viruses and odors. Hot House Yoga has the healthiest and most carefully monitored environmental air quality available. The staff at Hot House Yoga believes in providing an open and hospitable environment for students to feel comfortable and welcome.

The Barre Boutique

The Barre Boutique is a unique studio whose teaching technique is rooted in the Lotte Berke Method, developed in the 1970s by a German ballet dancer who was looking to maintain her sleek, slender and strong physique after retiring from her career as a professional ballerina. Fusing ballet barre principles, strength-training, yoga, Pilates and orthopedic stretching, the method was designed specifically to firm, lengthen and shape muscles into their most beautiful form. The Barre Boutique fusion fitness method combines interval training, isometric exercises and orthopedic stretches to systematically lengthen and sculpt your muscles. With their interval sets, your muscles are targeted and fatigued, then stretched for relief. This ensures you are seeing changes faster and with fewer reps, with the stretches helping your muscles recover and lengthen, rather than bulking up. They also optimize the use of isometrics, exercises that challenge your muscles without any visible contractions or movements.

Peak Experiences Indoor Rock Climbing

Peak Experiences are one of the largest indoor rock climbing centers in the United States!  They are outdoor enthusiasts that share a passion for climbing and will make your experience with them unforgettable! Whether you are a seasoned climber or are trying it for the first time, Peak Experiences has something to offer. Climbing with Peak Experiences offers a dynamic new way to challenge yourself and your limits and provides a sense of accomplishment that will leave you hooked! Climbers of all skill levels are challenged by more than 125 top-rope routes, lead-climbing, and bouldering. The climbing wall landscape is continually transforming to keep climbers engaged and challenged upon every visit. 

Tidal Wheel

New to the Richmond area but not to the cycling scene, TidalWheel is a full-body indoor cycling studio that provides riders with an all-encompassing, inspirational workout. By combining upbeat, energetic music with experienced instructors, they guide you through a one-of-a-kind exercise experience you won’t find anywhere else. Each TidalWheel class takes riders on an exhilarating, heart-pumping journey that not only burns calories but sculpts and tones as we work through our upper-body weight and core strengthening techniques. Their state of the art cycling equipment and our boutique studio setting make the entire workout unforgettable from start to finish.

Tammy Billups

Tammy Billups combines elements of jazz dance, resistance training, Pilates, Jazzercise, yoga, kickboxing and more to choreographed music including top 40, jazz, country, funk and classics. Students mirror the instructor, who shows both high and low impact options throughout the class. Participants in the Get Well Challenge are welcomed to attend any of her classes at no charge offered at the Cool Springs Recreation Center.