Certified personal trainer Todd Beattie has worked to save lives as a US Navy search-and-rescue swimmer, spends his spare time competing in Ironman triathlons, and continues to train in a variety of martial arts that he's been doing for 22 years. The lifetime fitness guru channels each of these experiences into his dynamic aerobic and plyometric workouts, which marry functional fitness with techniques garnered from his time in the martial arts and military. Todd and his dutiful instructors, both of whom are black belts, help clients shape up during customized, one-on-one personal training and 20 weekly fitness classes. They motivate small groups of fitness-seekers with boot camps, kettlebell strength-training classes, and boxing sessions while keeping a watchful eye to ensure students don't overexert their muscles. These encouraging trainers also help women to protect themselves through self-defense seminars, during which they teach participants how to identify, avoid, and escape from suspicious people, attackers, and door-to-door used-car salesmen.
To further assist clients in reaching their fitness goals, Downtown Boot Camp posts weekly meal plans complete with online calorie counts that keep diets on track and strengthen wills against guilt trips from jilted chocolate cakes. Every month, the generous instructors donate a portion their profits to a rotating roster of charities.
With more than 75 classes each week and an expert squad of certified instructors, it makes sense that Nuvo magazine named Invoke Studio the best source for yoga and Pilates seven years in a row. At the downtown location, students strengthen cores in studios bathed in muted hues and accented by exposed ducts and gleaming hardwood floors. Meanwhile, on the north side, a 3,000 square-foot oasis plays host to yoga and Pilates classes, which help to increase range of motion with exercises performed on simple sticky mats. A ballet barre stretches across the wall of a large practice room, where students perform dance-inspired moves. The space glows with new bamboo floors while a two-sided fireplace creates a cozy sense of calm in both the yoga room and entryway.
Since 2009, Saffron Café in downtown Indianapolis has been catering to guests who crave traditional Moroccan/Mediterranean cuisine. With a sunset pictorial featuring shadowed characters and camels on its northside exterior, plus brilliant red coloring opposite, Saffron Café is easy to spot along Fort Wayne Avenue, though nearby parking can be hard to come by. Serving lunch and dinner from Tuesday through Friday and dinner only on the weekends, the restaurant’s interior sticks close to its theme, thanks to chandeliers, table settings and mirrors obtained directly from Morocco. The menu features various stews, kebabs, gyros and pasta along with chicken, beef and seafood delicacies. Few can resist trying deserts that include tiramisu and baklava.
Every day, CrossFit NapTown in downtown Indianapolis provides members with a new, high-intensity workout. Certified trainers craft regimented workouts suitable for all ages and fitness levels that last an hour or less, but provide maximum results. The spacious facility provides an array of weightlifting materials, resistance training tools and open floor space, each of which can be used as part of CrossFit’s national fitness curriculum. Easy to use low-tech equipment like medicine balls, barbells and gymnastic rings are all you’ll find inside – no fancy fitness stuff here. Classes take place inside the spacious gym, but trainers also bring the class outside for warm-ups or certain daily workouts. And for anyone looking to branch out, CrossFit NapTown also offers Olympic lifting, endurance and yoga classes. The gym provides free introductory classes for the curious every Thursday night at 6:00 p.m.
Latin Expressions Dance Company imparts dancers of all skill levels with sensuous Latin styles such as salsa, bachata, merengue, and cha-cha, but it's especially keen on introducing beginners to the benefits of boogieing. Under the graceful guidance of founders Kyle Culmann and Nadia Alvarado, the company?s classes pound out rhythms on 2,150 square feet of hardwood dance floor at Riolo Dance Studio. When not teaching official classes, the instructors contribute to offsite events, spearheading solo or group performances, spicing up parties with dance lessons for beginners, or choreographing routines for events such as quincea?eras, weddings, and Supreme Court rulings.
The John H. Boner Community Center was founded in 1971 with just a card table and two folding chairs in an office on East 10th Street. Since then, the full service, non-profit fitness center has grown, becoming a beloved presence with services designed to help neighbors achieve a better quality of life. Its programs provide tools for growth, including adult day services, financial coaching, and afterschool education. The attached Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center was formed in 2010 to sponsor a range of fitness classes, using goods donated from local organizations. The fitness facility offers free fitness assessments, free group fitness classes, and features a gymnasium, a range of cardiovascular equipment, as well as strength machines and free weights.