In his formative years, Alan Stockman was into chess and competitive cycling. He had tried martial arts but it never stuck. But while living in Brazil in 1997, he had a revelation studying Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Luiz Filho. He found that the martial art combined the strategy and mental discipline of chess with the physical discipline of cycling, a combination that has had him hooked ever since.
Now a black belt, Stockman brings his passion for martial arts to Carlson Gracie Indianapolis Jiu Jitsu. An affiliate of the Carlson Gracie Team—the originators of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu—the center teaches adults and kids ages 4 and older the grappling and ground-fighting techniques integral to the art. Whether exploring the fundamentals or more advanced tactics, practitioners learn to use Jiu-Jitsu as self-defense, in MMA competition, or to restrain a jaywalker from breaking the law.
At Indy Pole Fitness South, women add flirtiness to fitness with aerobic and limb-strengthening routines performed on 9-foot dance poles and 15 stages. Within a mirrored studio, seasoned instructors helm various pole-dancing classes, leading students and fireman impersonators through a bevy of sensual moves designed to tone muscles and build flexibility. They also offer other classes such as hot yoga, ballet, and belly dancing, which torch calories in constructive group settings. Energetic group parties are also available, allowing ladies to unwind with friends. Tank tops and shorts ensure comfortable workouts, and sneakers, heels, or moonboots best accentuate fancy footwork.
Indianapolis Sports Car Rental sweetens the thrill of driving a sports car by eliminating the commitment involved with buying one. The company puts drivers temporarily behind the wheel of automobiles such as the Chevrolet Camaro SS, a 400-horsepower beauty that accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds. The company's 24-hour rentals provide transportation for weddings or special events, and longer rentals facilitate weekend trips or journeys across the state.
Beneath the flowing fabrics that run across the studio ceiling at Evolutions @ Yoga, experienced instructors lead a wide range of classes from gentle beginning courses to advanced core-strengthening sessions, which earned them a place as a finalist for 2011 Best Yoga Studio on Indystar.com’s The Indy A List. They also brought home a feature as the “best place to get started” in yoga in a 2011 Indianapolis Monthly article, in part for offering welcoming sessions geared toward beginners. A diverse range of classes includes several forms of the discipline, including Beginner Yoga, Intermediate, Prana Flow, Prenatal Yoga, and iCan yoga classes. Whether taking restorative sessions or advanced heated classes, all students take in the nurturing environment with its hardwood floors, spongy yoga mats, and flickering candles that flicker words of wisdom in Morse code.
Planet Fitness embodies a judgment-free zone where guests of all ages and fitness levels can sculpt their physiques with myriad aerobic and strength-training options within a friendly, down-to-earth atmosphere. Patrons may chisel, strengthen, and balloon muscles by pushing and pulling the extensive selection of brand-name equipment and free weights. With the help of a trained instructor, guests can design a custom workout program based on exercise history, medical background, and goals of completing an underwater bicycle race. Thirty-minute small-group classes concentrate on strengthening and toning specific body parts, and others promote salubrious bodies with full-body circuit workouts designed to give each and every lackadaisical muscle a Popeye-like infusion of metaphorical spinach.
M=X stands for Integrated Movement Xercize. It's an elite fitness formula that marries the muscle toning and lengthening benefits of pilates with strength and cardio training to increase flexibility, endurance and muscle tone, while strengthening the spine and abdominal core.