Aside from its prevalence in Church of Iron’s collection of dumbbells and kettlebells, iron symbolizes the strength and toughness that the results-oriented facility strives to instill in its athletes. Certified strength and conditioning coaches oversee each of the facility’s programs and individual workouts, propelling their disciples toward newfound levels of power, stamina, and speed by refusing to let them give up. The coaches emphasize safety as much as they do intensity, making sure that shoulders stay even during weightlifting moves such as snatches and jerks and gently reproving students when they attempt to shot put each other across the room.
Mike Holman, a staffer for the U.S. Olympic track-and-field team, designs the facility’s endurance programs, which incorporate training masks that simulate running at various elevations. Sports-performance programs help teens and college-level athletes build speed with plyometrics, weighted sprints, and agility drills, and CrossFit programs welcome all ages and fitness levels with scalable workouts that incorporate bodyweight exercises, intense bursts of cardio, and heavy objects such as kettlebells and Liberty Bells.
The instructors at Wright's FUNdamentals, an offshoot of Wright's Gymnastics Academy, strive to build enthusiasm for gymnastics, dance, and fitness among kids younger than 9 years old at their two Greenwood facilities. Here, tykes plunge down slides into ball pits, tumble on cushy mats, and swing from monkey bars and rings during open-gym sessions, which foster free-form frolicking throughout the indoor playscape.
For more structured bouts of energy expenditure, kids as young as 2 can hone their coordination, fitness, and summersaulting aptitude in a host of age-appropriate gymnastics and cheerleading classes. The Ninja Gym classes challenge boys to conquer military-style obstacle courses, using ninja-style moves to fend off any rogue cooties from the girls.
Located in the heart of downtown Indianapolis in White River State Park, the Indiana State Museum showcases the state’s art, science and cultural history from the prehistoric era to now. The museum’s permanent collection tells Indiana’s story, from glaciers to the first settlers, with a Native American exhibit that highlights the various cultures of local and regional tribes. The first floor showcases the state’s natural history while the second floor has its cultural history, with exhibits like The Ancient Seas, Birth of the Earth, Crossroads of America and Global Indiana. Each year, several traveling exhibits pass through the museum, allowing visitors to see something new with each trip. During Christmastime every year, part of the museum’s third floor transforms into Santa’s home, and children can ride the Santa Claus Express train. The museum also contains an IMAX theater, showing documentaries and family-friendly movies.
The SportZone's 102,000-square-foot indoor facility offers patrons an assortment of ways to stay active all year long with climate-controlled courts, fields, and fitness rooms. Along with hosting mainstream sports with an arena-size football field, baseball and softball diamond, soccer arena, and two regulation-size basketball courts, the athletics arena houses courts that can be used for volleyball, dodgeball, badminton, futsal, and full-contact duck, duck, goose. Adults can head to the fitness center to play with Life Fitness cardio equipment, free weights, and a 1/10–mile flex track. After the workout, herds of guests can relax with a drink from The EndZone Pub, The SportZone's in-house bar.
Sports of All Sorts is one of the largest indoor sports facilities in the Midwest, with 200,000 square feet of state-of-the-art, temperature-controlled gyms, courts, fields, and athletic equipment, along with an abundance of open-air facilities. Camp runs five days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with optional pre-camp (7 a.m. to 8 a.m.) and post-camp care (5 p.m. to 6 p.m.) for an additional $10 each for the week. Activities include kickball, dodgeball, soccer, basketball, volleyball, wiffleball, and daily adventures to Snapperz and its four-story playground and inflatables. Register for any camp beginning June 1 through August 9 and use your Groupon to transform your mini-me into a mini-sports-polymath. Click here to read about specifics of the camp and its policies.