Questioning the Locals | Jeff Rogers
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WHO: Jeff Rogers, 26
WHAT: owner of RogCity Fitness, host of Pack The Park
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Jeff Rogers has always been about wellness. He grew up in a house where staying fit and healthy was a part of the daily routine. He began doing personal training and moved into group work, now hosting Pack The Park – an outdoor fitness program – multiple times a week in Eau Claire, Altoona, and occasionally in other cities (including Minneapolis and New York). Rogers also released a fitness DVD – On The Road – which features local music and local musicians (including members of Bon Iver) gettin’ sweaty and staying healthy. Rogers’ philosophy isn’t about getting ripped, but just maintaining a fit lifestyle despite the busy lives many people lead. You can find more info about Rogers and RogCity at RogCity.com.
What’s one easy thing the Chippewa Valley can change to get healthier? Probably the easiest thing would be to park our cars and walk or bike around town. Simple things count. All you really have to do is start.
Any favorite memories from Packing The Park? I’ve taken Pack the Park to New York, California, and elsewhere. I’ve really enjoyed traveling and meeting new people. Also, it is great fun when local groups come out to Pack the Park.
What’s your favorite place in town to run, walk, or bike? I love the bike trails. Also, the many hills going into and out of downtown are a great challenge.
What place in town considers you a “regular”? Mogie’s and the YMCA.
What frustrates you about the Chippewa Valley? All the potholes.
What is one of the best cultural experiences you’ve had in the Chippewa Valley? Sounds Like Summer Concert Series.
What is your favorite local festival? Chalkfest. I am always amazed by the talent and the turnout. Lots of artists. Lots of visitors.
Death bed, one meal from a local restaurant, what would it be? Great question. The veggie wrap from Mogie’s or something creatively made by Tony Dragonowski.
What is your favorite piece of local trivia? That the State Theatre has been providing entertainment since 1926.
Water Street or Downtown? Downtown. I love the potential for future projects.
What book, TV show, or movie would you recommend to the members of the City Council? The book Younger Next Year. A book that revitalizes you, keeps you moving and keeps you going.
Describe your latest encounter with local wildlife (yep, squirrels count). Ran into a raccoon at Phoenix Park.
What are the three words that describe Eau Claire best? Beautiful. Safe. Musical.
What sort of economic development would you like to see in our area? I think that the Confluence Project will bring some very real opportunities.
If you could magically add one store, restaurant, or shop to the area, what would it be and why? Trader Joe’s downtown because it needs one!
If you could rename Eau Claire with a different French name, what would it be? Ma Maison (my home in French).
Who would win in a fight, Paul Bunyan (minus the Blue Ox) or Adin Randall (minus the trash can on his head)? I suppose Paul Bunyan. No one dares to put a trash can on his head.
If you had to choose, who is the greatest Wisconsinite of all time? Paul Bunyan, closely followed by my brother, Tyler Rogers, even though he doesn’t have a statue in Eau Claire.