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.
A climber dangles from his belay rope, punching his fists into the air victoriously after reaching the top of the wall. At Climb Time Indy, more than 8,500 square feet of indoor climbing space host 4,000 different holds, giving the walls the colorful appearance of the bench where giants dispose of unwanted chewing gum. The climbing routes are changed regularly by meticulous and experienced climbers, granting regulars new challenges every week. Kids can join in the fun and learn the ropes with coaching during weekly club meetings; private lessons help more mature scalers brush up on skills.
Science-fiction fans are eternally disappointed that society hasn't yet developed the technology that would allow them to strap on a jetpack and rocket to their destination. Though Indy Flight Academy & Watersports can't supply you with a futuristic vehicle for the daily commute, it does give extreme-sports enthusiasts the chance to blast off with its Flyboard water-powered jet packs.
The Flyboard—a water board with a pair of boots attached to it—is attached to long hose, which is in turn hooked up to the water jet exhaust of a jet ski. When the jet ski's driver hits the gas, the Flyboard and rider shoot up into the air atop high-powered streams of water. Riders can then fly around above the water or mimic a dolphin diving in and out.
For three generations, the Morgan family has equipped adventurers with the accouterments they need to conquer the great outdoors. The outfitters supply canoes, kayaks, and rafts for excursions at both their Fort Ancient location on the Little Miami River and Brookville location on the Whitewater River. Adventurers choose from a range of downstream floats, with river jaunts stretching from 3 miles up to 18 miles. The company also operates campgrounds with cabins and tent space on the banks of both rivers, allowing guests to stop overnight to rest their muscles or practice non-native birdcalls while everyone else sleeps.
While most people know how to breathe, very few can do so underwater without the proper equipment and training. In Too Deep Scuba’s open-water PADI certification courses provide just that, pairing classroom instruction with swimming-pool practice dives in which participants don full scuba gear. Students can plunge deeper into the world of aquatic exploration by pursuing other certifications, earning a new status as a rescue diver, master scuba diver, or ship’s mermaid figurehead. In Too Deep Scuba’s team also schedules trips where divers can hone their skills in exotic waters, such as Florida’s Crystal River and Bonne Terre Mine. Before excursions, divers can stock up on an array of gear from Pinnacle Aquatics, Cressi-sub, Ocean Reef, and other outfitters.
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.