Even before YMCAs were known worldwide as the easiest organization to spell with your arms, they were known for their original mission of fostering a sense of community through youth development, healthy living, and social-responsibility programs for people of all ages and income levels. The Michiana Family YMCA promotes wellness programs with a full-service gymnasium filled with an arsenal of modern Cybex strength machines, cardio machines, and free weights. Athletes can also stretch muscles within on-site racquetball courts, swim laps inside a 25-yard, six-lane indoor pool, and film re-creations of the 1996 Olympics on the 1/16th-mile outdoor track. The Y organizes youth programs such as summer camps and leadership opportunities and keeps younger tots occupied with childcare services.
Founders of Fit For Life Bootcamp, Brien and Kimberly Brockway seemed destined to help others reach their fitness goals. For one, the couple met in college while running cross-country. Brien served in the U.S. Army, where he led soldiers through both physical and mental training. Kimberly, meanwhile, has been a certified trainer since 2006, and has worked with a variety of clients including athletes, kids, and pregnant women. Together, Brien and Kimberly orchestrate high-energy boot-camp sessions, and supplement their intense workouts with plenty of nutrition and dietary advice to maximize results.
The Courthouse Athletic Center helps pintsize athletes build sports skills, friendships, and healthy lifestyles at six-week-long basketball and volleyball camps. Instead of playing full-contact Rubik's cube on Friday evenings, kids can burn off energy with a full hour of games and drills led by a friendly, experienced instructor. Youngsters play with campers near their own age and skill level, building confidence as they discover how to levitate volleyballs and putt basketballs into the hoop. The coach encourages each athlete along the way, sharing tips on form, strategy, teamwork, and sportsmanship. In addition to becoming better competitors, camp-goers develop perseverance, deepen their love of the game, and learn not to clone the ref, even in the event of a double-dog dare.
Melissa Leach classes walk a tricky tightrope between the fun, upbeat energy of a party and the challenge of a heart-pumping workout. As a trained Zumba instructor, Melissa fills her sessions with passion, liveliness, and insistence that everyone shake off their worries. Set to the beat of Latin dance music, reggaeton, and top 40 hits, guests dance through choreographed moves from salsa and merengue while sloughing off excess calories and Carmen Miranda fruit hats.
Sumits yoga is an original style of yoga, created by yogi Sumit Banerjee, that blends hot yoga with ashtanga-inspired power flow. By integrating the core principles of these practices, Banerjee has created an energizing style that focuses on building strength, flexibility, balance, and intricate models of tanks inside oversized bottles. Sumits' classes welcome all types of students, from simple stretchers to Gumby-esque gurus. Check out the upcoming schedule to determine which 10 classes are best for transforming your body into a bendy straw. Students are asked to bring their own mat, towel, and water bottle. If you do not have the proper equipment, you can visit the studio's boutique and peruse the available apparel and accessories.
Family Fitness and FitZone for Women are spread across six locations, but they share a common goal: to help guests find their ideal physique. They accomplish this mission by filling their 15,000- to 25,000-square-foot facilities with ellipticals, arc trainers, and treadmills that engage cardios, cores, and limbs alongside group training classes led by certified personal and group fitness instructors. Visitors can also keep tabs on their progress with the centers’ fitness monitoring program and body mass testing.