Geting in shape is treated as a science at NRG Fitness. The professional trainers possess an in-depth understanding of biomechanics as well as the relationship between neuromuscular function and movement. Additionally, the center embraces the practice of muscle-activation techniques?private training sessions can resemble physical therapy in the sense that they actively engage any weak or underused muscles to alleviate pain, improve mobility, and increase flexibility and strength. NRG Fitness also offers traditional personal training, outfitting visitors with professional guidance as they develop a workout regimen tailored to address their particular needs and goals. Fitness classes give guests a chance to pursue those goals within a supportive group environment, and the gym also features a wide range of exercise equipment, including free weights, ellipticals, and a bag full of heavy stuff that people can pick up.
Phillip Gall's outfits hikers, campers, and paddlers with durable outdoor apparel and equipment from brands such as Patagonia, The North Face, and Osprey. Outdoorsmen can wrap their torsos in Patagonia T-shirts with 50+ UPF sun protection woven into their stretchy fabric ($29) to protect skin from burning and keep Rorschach tattoos from fading away. Meanwhile, women's quick-drying, abrasion-resistant Paramount Moraine shorts from The North Face ($40) keep stems comfortable and protected on arduous mountain hikes. The Osprey UL raincover ($34–$39) shelters backpacks from moisture during treks under waterfalls and through locker-room shower stalls, and summer campers can swaddle themselves in a CoolMax sleeping-bag liner ($44.95), designed for use on its own or layered for warmth on chilly, starlit nights.
The 207 green spaces overseen by Indy Parks and Recreation aren't just oases of natural beauty in the middle of the city: they're also the setting for many of Indianapolis' most diverse cultural attractions. Parks throughout the city host events that range from basketball and league sports games to fitness and yoga on the grass to all-ages, hands-on art classes. In warm weather, sounds of outdoor film screenings and more than 80 live concerts reverberate through the hills and trees. Meanwhile, 20 indoor and outdoor water recreation facilities encourage splashing, and picnic shelters and open-air pavilions host events ranging from large-scale family reunions to children's birthday parties.
The city's parks also inject their entertainment with a bit of education. The hilltop Garfield Park Arts Center organizes live performances and classes in visual and performing arts. Eagle Creek Park](http://bit.ly/1j2TWNp)?the parks system's crown jewel?celebrates nature. Its more than 4,300 acres of forested terrain take visitors out of the city, but attractions such as the aerial ropes course, Go Ape, and the live reptile and amphibian exhibits at the Earth Discovery Center convince them to stay.