Energetic music pumps bodies into motion on treadmills, stationary bicycles, and elliptical trainers. Meanwhile, patrons heave dumbbells and heft weighted balls. And in the group fitness studio, classes punch and kick their way through high-intensity kickboxing routines or breathe steadily as they bend into yoga poses. Such scenes play out daily at each of Better Bodies' three locations. In addition to group training, the gyms also offer one-on-one training from personal trainers with years of experience in the fitness industry, including former Cleveland Indians and Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Mike McGuire. The trainers also boast masters degrees in fitness-related disciplines, including physical therapy and flaming bowling-pin juggling.
Pilates Wellness Studio's owner, Tobie Hall loves exercise and meeting new friends. So it's no wonder that at her studio she and her team of experienced instructors focus on creating a fun, friendly environment where people can exercise safely and comfortably. Students here are motivated by good health, personal challenges, and developing core strength, whether it's through Pilates or yoga mat classes, or Pilates Reformer sessions. Massage therapy and specially designed Pilates programs for individuals living with multiple sclerosis are also offered at the studio.
It’s hard to imagine a trainer more dedicated to fitness than Josh Kuklak, the owner of Survival Fitness Gym. An ACE-certified personal trainer, Josh holds state records in powerlifting on the bench-press and deadlift platforms, and has also competed in hockey, tennis, karate, and weight training. Along with Diana Fisbeck, also an ACE-certified trainer, he leads boot camp-style workouts that call upon muscle confusion—through constantly varied routines—to promote building strength and melting fat.
Their boot camps fuse cardio, resistance training, and plyometrics into workouts that change every day to prevent workout burnout. Leaving treadmills and weight machines behind, the sessions incorporate a slew of nontraditional fitness equipment. Students might flip oversize tires and hang from gymnastics rings one day, and then heave sledgehammers and box heavy bags until they cry uncle the next. Their basic-training class focuses on core work and endurance, and strength training blends elements of powerlifting, bodybuilding, and functional training to pack on muscle and annihilate fat. The fitness duo also leads personal-training sessions, motivating clients to reach their goals and harmonizing with them during workout songs.
The toughest part about working out isn't loading a beached whale onto your back before a breakneck swim; it's finding the motivation to strap on the mammal and go. A start-up consultation with Fitness by Design's knowledgeable personal trainers ($60 value) will get you jazzed about the work ahead and determine your fitness abilities and goals. Cracking open calorie-free fortune cookies of workout wisdom, the able-bodied body shapers at Fitness By Design will show you how 20–30 minutes of slow, concentrated muscle exercises 2–3 times a week can generate superior physical health.
While it takes millions of years for Mother Nature to form mountains, the scalable walls at Hoosier Heights in Indianapolis change much more frequently. As Indiana's largest rock-climbing facility?and the second largest climbing gym in the midwest?staffers frequently change the layout of their bouldering and top rope routes, which tower 35?45 feet. Luckily, the team also teaches classes to help climbers navigate those manmade peaks. Some classes take a traditional rock-climbing approach, while others add in fitness disciplines such as yoga, which help students build the balance, focus, and flexibility essential to rock climbing or surviving an out-of-service escalator.