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.
At Cincinnati Gymnastics, Olympic coach Mary Lee Tracy and a staff of dedicated instructors help kids realize their athletic potential with expert guidance in gymnastics. Kids aged from three to seven build acrobatic abilities at an early age through classes and camps that hone skills on the vault, bars, balance beam, and floor.
American Turners Circus' agile aerial coaches guide students through midair twirling exercises on five types of equipment in Intro to Mixed Aerial Apparatus workshops. Students bring along a friend to jointly extinguish gravity's hold during one-hour sessions, which begin by schooling students in basic stretching and conditioning to prepare for introductory aerial techniques. Twirl and fly on up to three types of aerial circus gear, including trapeze, hanging silks, coiled Spanish webs, lyras, and ladders without the avian road rage of traditional flight. Students rehearse midair acrobatics and prove their ability to think while hanging upside down under the vaulted steel-beam ceilings of the Turners' massive gymnasium. By studying the art of circus with the American Turners, visitors keep up a legacy that began in 1849 when their predecessors, the Louisville Turners, began their above-earth performances on Market Street in what would become the city's first gym.
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 experienced team of trainers at Explosion Fitness Solutions focuses on efficiently training everyone from youth athletes and seasoned weightlifters to fitness novices just signing up for boot camp. Rigorous personal-training sessions focus on losing weight and building strength by incorporating diverse movements cribbed from daily life, such as lifting, pushing, climbing, and twisting. For moms, pre- and postnatal programs help clients deal with the stresses of pregnancy, following guidelines set out by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.