The inner fire of a karate master. The quick-twitch reflexes of a professional basketball player. The stoic precision of a professional golfer. For most people, locating the sources of these feats of athletic prowess might require years of grueling searches or weeks of intense vision questing. Fortunately for residents of Central Indiana, the entrepreneurs behind Hamilton County Sports Complex had the presence of mind to gather all of these masters and more in a single easy-to-access location.
Within the gargantuan training halls of their self-professed "sports mall", independent tenent ranging from a Divine Therapeutic Massage and A Plus Gymnastics to Adamson's Karate Studio and Golf365 keep bodies active and healthy. Beef up your slugging potential in The Batter's Box's softball and baseball cages, or get hearts pumping with Kiwi Fitness's intense cardio workouts aided by kettlebells, step towers, and resistance bands.
Head coach Stephanie Strout's gymnastics career spans 34 years. In that time, she has competed as a member of Ball State University's gymnastics team, coached high-school gymnastics, and judged competitions. Putting her certifications from USASF and USAG to good use, she now trains up-and-comers on The Flip Zone's competitive gymnastics team, reinforcing core values such as team spirit, discipline, and a healthy disdain for the Wright brothers, who took a coward's approach to human flight. Tots, teens, and adults hone their hand-springing skills within her 12,000-square-foot gymnastics studio. The expansive tumbler-dome houses a 40-foot trampoline, Olympic-grade equipment for men and women, and a 1,000-square-foot dance room. When she's not teaching teams, the gymnast leads recreational classes, including cheer and tae kwon do, or watch over littluns during preschool gymnastics programs, birthday parties, and open gym sessions.
You could go to the gym and run on the treadmill. Or you could go to Indianapolis Sport & Fitness Show to learn about multiple other workouts and try some for yourself. That's because the annual event corrals more than 250 exhibitors to the Indiana State Fairgrounds where they sell fitness gear and supplements and offer health screenings. The event also showcases fitness competitions that pit athletes against one another in feats of strength that may include weight-lifting or bench-pressing entire vendor stands. After watching, guests can head to fitness workshops to learn new techniques and get nutrition advice, then enter giveaways from exhibitors while nibbling on free samples.
The sounds of hockey sticks slapping pucks, ice skates carving figure eights, and trampoline springs squeaking fill Midwest Training and Ice Center. Adding to the soundscape, experienced staff members shout words of encouragement during adult and youth activities that unfold throughout the 34,000-square-foot gymnastics training facility and the Olympic-sized ice arena.
To help visitors grab an edge on their competition, personal trainers stage workouts in the fitness center, which includes strength and cardio equipment, group classes, and locker rooms equipped with a sauna?one of the best ways to relax post workout, and the second best way to cook a turkey. Though the facility focuses on competitive-training programs, its doors also open for public skates, open gyms, youth summer camps, and birthday parties.
Patti Komara, commandant of Patti’s All-American for 42 years, leads a team of friendly, highly skilled trainers in conducting gymnastics and dance classes for teens and younger tots. The Tumblebear Gym program (walking toddler–age 6) draws in dinosaurs, Hollywood, and outer-space themes to keep youngsters engaged in the graceful, athletic movements of tumbling. Gymnasts old enough for school-age gymnastics classes (age 6–18) learn and practice more complicated skills on the spring floor, the uneven bars, the in-ground trampoline, and more.