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.
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.
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.
The squeak of athletic shoes. The swish of basketball nets. The resounding wallop of dodge balls connecting with their intended targets. These sounds are part of the regular soundtrack at Midwest Sports and Social Complex, where kids and adults alike work out their athletic affinities. Youth training sessions overseen by instructors Rhasim Ridley, a former Head Coach at Tarkanian Basketball Academy in Las Vegas, teach youngsters the fundamentals and advanced tactics of their chosen sport.
When the weather cooperates, staff members organize weekly outdoor competitive adult tournaments and three-on-three league games on two new, full-length basketball courts. Athletes can also join leagues for dodge ball games and street hockey, a worthy alternative to real hockey when ponds melt and hockey goals return to their underwater homes.
The pitcher leans in toward the plate, nods when the catcher signals the pitch, and then straightens up to the set position, shooting a quick glance toward first base to keep the baserunner's lead in check. With one cleat firmly planted on the rubber, his opposite foot rises skyward and then makes a mighty lunge toward home as he fires a baseball over the center of the plate.
At Indy Hitters, the Pro-Batter hitting simulator does away with the need for a real pitcher. The apparatus relies on digital video technology to display footage of a pitcher and virtual spitballs on a large screen situated in front of the pitching machine. All the batter sees is the pitcher winding up, and then the pitch rocketing out of a small hole in the screen at adjustable speeds, up to a blistering 104 MPH.