The toughest part about working out isn't loading a beached whale onto your back before a breakneck swim; it's finding the motivation to strap on the mammal and go. A start-up consultation with Fitness by Design's knowledgeable personal trainers ($60 value) will get you jazzed about the work ahead and determine your fitness abilities and goals. Cracking open calorie-free fortune cookies of workout wisdom, the able-bodied body shapers at Fitness By Design will show you how 20–30 minutes of slow, concentrated muscle exercises 2–3 times a week can generate superior physical health.
Energetic music pumps bodies into motion on treadmills, stationary bicycles, and elliptical trainers. Meanwhile, patrons heave dumbbells and heft weighted balls. And in the group fitness studio, classes punch and kick their way through high-intensity kickboxing routines or breathe steadily as they bend into yoga poses. Such scenes play out daily at each of Better Bodies' three locations. In addition to group training, the gyms also offer one-on-one training from personal trainers with years of experience in the fitness industry, including former Cleveland Indians and Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Mike McGuire. The trainers also boast masters degrees in fitness-related disciplines, including physical therapy and flaming bowling-pin juggling.
While it takes millions of years for Mother Nature to form mountains, the scalable walls at Hoosier Heights in Indianapolis change much more frequently. As Indiana's largest rock-climbing facility?and the second largest climbing gym in the midwest?staffers frequently change the layout of their bouldering and top rope routes, which tower 35?45 feet. Luckily, the team also teaches classes to help climbers navigate those manmade peaks. Some classes take a traditional rock-climbing approach, while others add in fitness disciplines such as yoga, which help students build the balance, focus, and flexibility essential to rock climbing or surviving an out-of-service escalator.