Certified yoga instructors Ashly Burmeister and Mendy Williams act as bouncers for stress, evicting negative feelings from their studio with various yoga and meditation styles. Both of them believe in the healing power of their art—Ashly specializes in restorative yoga, and Mendy uses yoga to cope with celiac disease—and they strive to acquaint guests of all backgrounds with Hatha techniques. Breath work helps students to embrace physical and mental balance throughout each session, whether they are holding the three- to five-minute poses of Yin yoga or sending the two-second "good morning" text messages that comprise modern sun salutations. The studio also hosts belly-dancing classes and Storytime Yoga, which encourages children aged 3 and older to act out tales from around the world through poses and music.
“Witness the fitness,” said Vernon Garard’s 11-year-old son helpfully. The duo were trying to put a tag line on Vernon’s results-oriented, no-nonsense style of personal training as they described his boot camps. Vernon owns IXF CrossFit, an indoor facility where people come to engage in exercise as only a trainer can conduct it—a different regimen every day, benefiting the body in 10 unique categories of fitness. His son’s clever phrase has become an invitation he extends to all his clients. It challenges them to come see what kind of results they can get with his motivational CrossFit program.
As a former U.S. Marine and personal trainer with multiple certifications, Vernon brings the full brunt of his extensive training to every session. On any given day, he may heft weights in the Olympic fashion with his students or challenge them to flip a giant tire end over end. He mixes up the routines to prevent his clients’ bodies from adapting to a regularly performed exercise, which may lessen their workouts’ effectiveness and increase their chances of sprouting butterfly wings.
In his formative years, Alan Stockman was into chess and competitive cycling. He had tried martial arts but it never stuck. But while living in Brazil in 1997, he had a revelation studying Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Luiz Filho. He found that the martial art combined the strategy and mental discipline of chess with the physical discipline of cycling, a combination that has had him hooked ever since.
Now a black belt, Stockman brings his passion for martial arts to Carlson Gracie Indianapolis Jiu Jitsu. An affiliate of the Carlson Gracie Team—the originators of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu—the center teaches adults and kids ages 4 and older the grappling and ground-fighting techniques integral to the art. Whether exploring the fundamentals or more advanced tactics, practitioners learn to use Jiu-Jitsu as self-defense, in MMA competition, or to restrain a jaywalker from breaking the law.
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.
It was back in 1988 on the Southside of Indianapolis in Greenwood when the Haas family took over the operation of Jack's Pizza. Since then, they've sated the Indianapolis area's pizza cravings with fresh and tasty ingredients. Vegetables such as banana peppers and roma tomatoes are procured from local vendors and served fresh—never frozen. The Italian sausage is made without fillers, and the cheese is real mozzarella. Breadsticks are almost a meal unto themselves: they come stuffed with pepperoni and cheese and coated with garlic butter and parmesan. Strombolis and wings round out the menu.
The trainers at CrossFit Center Grove operate on a straight-forward philosophy: the body that trains for everything will be ready for everything. In their fully equipped facility, they combine dozens of intense exercises into ever-changing workouts of the day. They challenge students with classic muscle-builders such as pushups and pull-ups. They also delve into more unusual realms of fitness, turning to rowing machines, rope climbing, and gymnastics to spice up workouts. They incorporate plenty of weightlifting as well, using traditional Olympic-style lifts to build power and strength.