Anytime Fitness, which boasts 1689 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fit seekers challenge themselves on cardio and strength machines and hoist free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they’re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness’s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or bop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.
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.
The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
When Katie Groves headed to Marian University to study religious education and Spanish, she didn't leave her 17 years of dance experience behind. Instead, she decided to share her love of dance and fitness with others in her own Zumba classes. The junior in college cranks up thumping beats to set a dance-party tone for her energetic classes, which don't require dance experience or a set of glow sticks for fingers. Students of all fitness levels can follow her easy-to-follow choreography, as she clearly demonstrates the Latin-inspired moves and aerobic routines, which tone bodies and boost cardiovascular health.
In addition to dreaming up with fun events, such as a country-themed Zumba class, Katie has put her twinkle toes to work hosting a fundraiser for an animal rescue and sanctuary.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Pro Tip: IFCD is a family-owned performance gym where each athlete is a considered a member of our family.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Inside Gathering Place Sports Complex
Recommended Age Group: Kids
"Because we are a small gym, we can work with our athletes one-on-one to make sure they come together as a team," explains Janelle Cissell, the business manager at Indy Fusion Cheer & Dance. This approach?one part individual instruction, one part teamwork?is a big reason why so many kids stick around the performance-arts gym for years.
Cissell and head coach Maya Paynee strive to make all of their students feel like part of the family, whether their interests skew toward jazz or hip hop. Regardless of the techniques they're working on, the instructors' primary goal is to encourage and support. They've recently relocated their gym to a new sports complex on the south side of Indianapolis, which features plenty of space to spread out as well as a rumored anti-gravity chamber.
The fitness club at One America Tower provides everything members need to live a healthier life, whether that's a variety of exercise machines, sets of free weights, or group fitness classes and boot camps. The club follows an osteopathic philosophy, which states that good health results from making well-informed decisions, so the experts on staff provide personalized nutritional and workout regimen advice. They also customize massages to treat each individual's specific ailments.