Energetic music pumps bodies into motion on treadmills, stationary bicycles, and elliptical trainers. Meanwhile, patrons heave dumbbells and heft weighted balls. And in the group fitness studio, classes punch and kick their way through high-intensity kickboxing routines or breathe steadily as they bend into yoga poses. Such scenes play out daily at each of Better Bodies' three locations. In addition to group training, the gyms also offer one-on-one training from personal trainers with years of experience in the fitness industry, including former Cleveland Indians and Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Mike McGuire. The trainers also boast masters degrees in fitness-related disciplines, including physical therapy and flaming bowling-pin juggling.
Kicking off from White River State Park’s Celebration Plaza, the Santa Hustle 5K sends sprinters through a seasonal landscape donned in the trappings of tender St. Nick. After snagging their free Santa hat, beard, and T-shirt at check-in, runners will set off through a course sprinkled with live reindeer, candy stations, giant inflatable Santas, and mile markers built out of last year’s fruitcake. The day's race will culminate in a bustling after party, and benefits Back on My Feet, a nonprofit that combats homelessness using running as a way to build confidence, strength, and self-esteem. Along with medals for the top three finishers in each age category, judges will award prizes for the best individual and group Santa costume. All 5K runners will also be recorded through disposable ChampionChip timing chips, which report back both a runner’s split times and if they’ve been stealing pudding packs from their little brother's lunch box.
Fitness Now's founder Tiffany Wheatley draws from more than 12 years of professional fitness experience and extensive certification to customize each workout and regimen to each customer's individual needs. Sophisticated cardio and strength equipment hone and tone muscles, while certified personal trainers and nutritionists fashion individual exercise and diet packages. Guests sweat to glory in the supportive atmosphere of group classes such as spin sessions or Pilates and yoga courses, which aim to unite mind and body during core-boosting workouts, like doing sit-ups in a sensory-depravation tank.
In business for nearly 25 years, the National Institute for Fitness and Sport’s 65,000-square-foot fitness center boasts an array of classes and training sessions, as well as a host of strength-training and cardio equipment. But these represent just one branch of the nonprofit organization. NIFS also manages fitness centers for companies and retirement communities all over the country, creates an online curriculum for Health YOUniversity, and collaborates with the Indiana University School of Medicine on research projects.
With more than 20 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 five years in a row. Invoke owner Amy Peddycord has created a 3,000 square-foot modern oasis for mind-body workouts with brand new bamboo floors and a two-sided fireplace in the yoga room and entryway. Pilates classes strengthen cores and help to increase range of motion with exercises performed on simple sticky mats. A ballet barre stretches across the wall of the large practice room, where students perform dance-inspired moves.