Carole Turnbo credits CrossFit’s dedication to varied, functional fitness with giving her a new lease on life. Now certified in CrossFit nutrition and as a Level 1 trainer, she shares her passion for healthy exercise as often as she can. But, while running a “Fit Club” at Schmucker Middle School and coaching a rugby team exemplify her dedication, they play second fiddle to her true calling: training students during classes at CrossFit Michiana.
The end goal in each of Carole’s sessions is competence in CrossFit’s 10 recognized fitness domains, which include cardio-respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy. Students gain their ranks with the help of the Workout of the Day (WOD), an ever-changing exercise that incorporates one or more elements of the aforementioned fitness domains. During sessions, groups of students occupy CrossFit Michiana’s workout warehouse—which is more like a fitness playground—as they sweat through moves such as push-ups, pull-ups, weight lifting, and rowing. Like Santa’s collection of antique sabers, CrossFit Michiana also has equipment that can be fun but should never be used as toys, including ropes for climbing, gymnastics rings for dips, and massive tires for tire flipping.
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.
Putt-Putt Fun Center woos club wielders with pintsize golf challenges, video arcades, and snack stands. Savvy putters can contest 18 challenging holes and three courses with their iron legs, coaxing balls into holes with golf claps and trails of breadcrumbs. Between games, guests vie for prizes at the video arcade and guzzle soda-fountain suds or practice faux swordfights with tall cups of frozen treats from the snackatorium.
World Gym Michiana furnishes 20,000 square feet of open space with an arsenal of cardio and weight-training machines, complemented by a lineup of group aerobic classes. A one-month membership bequeaths full access to treadmill trekking, elliptical skiing, and iron pumping amid attention-diverting televisions. Meanwhile, cooperative cohorts can hobnob throughout fast-paced aerobic workouts, as certified trainers demand that exercisers wiggle, shake, and spontaneously hover to their hearts’ potential. After intensive training, clients can refuel with a vitamin-rich beverage from the juice bar (costs not included in today's Groupon), or meander to the locker room for a stint in the dry sauna or to intimidate showerheads with their rippling biceps. Housed inside the Town & Country Shopping Center, the family-owned-and-operated wellness epicenter sparkles with a meticulously clean interior and brims with line after line of well-maintained muscle machinery. Though only aerobic classes are included with this Groupon, members can also join one of the other fitness classes for an additional fee.
At Afdent, Dr. Roger Pecina and his smile staff ensure the long-term health of dental dandies with thorough exams utilizing digital technology, oral-surgery options, and cosmetic-dentistry services. During a comprehensive exam, a dentist checks teeth for cavities and stashed lollipops, as well as treats mouthbones to digital x-rays and full cleanings. The 90-minute Zoom! whitening treatment lightens teeth up to nine shades with a simple application of whitening gel and a special light, leaving enamel deposits a gleaming alabaster for up to six months. Though prices for other dental services vary widely based on factors such as tooth condition, oral health, materials used, and gum line-real-estate rates, the price for a single dental filling starts at $130, and Afdent offers free initial consultations and payment plans.