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.
The piercing timbre of a well-struck drive and the satisfying rattle of a putt that found its hole grace golfers? ears year-round at Golf 365, an indoor facility that fosters on-course excellence. PGA Tour credentialed instructor Sam Foley promotes straight-hitting swings in lessons that utilize the facility?s technological refinements, including V1 video swing analysis, golf simulator practice modes, and holographic Phil Mickelsons. The spacious center facilitates independent practice on its 2,000 square-foot putting green and within hitting bays with automated tee-up technology.
Chronic clubbers can enjoy an immersive golf experience with a round in a PGA Golf simulator, where vast screens conjure up the character of nearly 50 PGA Tour courses, letting players drive over the windswept mounds of the Old Course at St. Andrews or the seaside vistas at the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island. A twosome can play 18 holes in about two hours, leaving plenty of time to address other practice needs or start training their toddlers to read putts for them.
Science-fiction fans are eternally disappointed that society hasn't yet developed the technology that would allow them to strap on a jetpack and rocket to their destination. Though Indy Flight Academy & Watersports can't supply you with a futuristic vehicle for the daily commute, it does give extreme-sports enthusiasts the chance to blast off with its Flyboard water-powered jet packs. They've taught 800 students to fly successfully, from ages seven to 65.
The Flyboard?a water board with a pair of boots attached to it?is attached to long hose, which is in turn hooked up to the water jet exhaust of a jet ski. When the jet ski's driver hits the gas, the Flyboard and rider shoot up into the air atop high-powered streams of water. Riders of all ages can then fly around above the water or mimic a dolphin diving in and out.
At Jump N Play Noblesville, parents who grow bored of the free WiFi aren't barred from entering the bounce house. The indoor playground welcomes jumpers of every age, including toddlers and their fee-paying chaperones, to leap and climb freely on a collection of inflatables. Colorful slides?including a pair of 22-footers?send guests careening in total safety, and cushy, air-filled cars remind visitors of simpler times, times when vehicles were made entirely of airbags. When they aren't honing their acrobatics, kids can try to win tickets from classic arcade games such as skee-ball or divvy up made-to-order pizzas. The staff also hosts parties, during which groups can rent out a private room or the entire venue.
A chorus of giggles provides the soundtrack for the scene at Cicero Fun Factory, where sock-clad tykes dart and dash through an open floor populated by bounce houses. In between drops down the steep chutes of inflatable slides, tykes can army-crawl through tunnels or get big air inside a bounce castle. The play space also offers other sources of fun in the form of air hockey, pool, arcade games, and indoor ziplines, and it goes mobile with bounce-house rentals for birthday parties and community events.
Aesthetically speaking, tae kwon do is a beautiful martial art. There are high, looping kicks, fast punches, and graceful evasions. But for the instructors at Indiana Martial Arts Center, it's not about technical skill alone. Although they teach their students how to execute pinpoint strikes and joint locks, they're equally concerned with building intangible qualities in their students, such as self-control, cooperation, confidence, and leadership skills.