Bally Fitness locations to close

June 23, 2009
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                              Total FitnessTwo local Bally Total Fitness locations will close today as part of the parent company's reorganization under Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Gyms along U.S. 31 in Greenwood and behind The Fashion Mall at Keystone in Indianapolis are among 26 locations the California-based company is closing nationwide. The pioneer of fitness clubs, which has been in business more than 40 years, still has about 300 clubs. A third Indianapolis-area location at 5435 W. Pike Plaza Road remains open. Bally has faced an explosion of competition in recent years as chains such as LA Fitness and Lifestyle Family Fitness embark on nationwide expansions. Both chains have opened several new gyms in the Indianapolis area.
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  • Just a little reminder that I need to get my butt to a gym at some point...
  • I really wish some of these gyms would find their way downtown. There really is no reason that a Cardinal Fitness couldn't survive here, and it would give the YMCA (bad facility) and NIFS (too expensive) a little competition.
  • There is a new (smaller) fitness place at the street level of the Villagio (Virgina & East)
  • Plus the Conrad offers gym memberships........
  • So does the Columbia Club...though you won't find worse facilities ANYWHERE...
  • I have a feeling that neither the Columbia Club or the Conrad is $19.99 a month...just sayin.

    I guess this just goes to unjustified idea that there is not enough residential (or no one creative enough) to build establishments that residents of downtown need. I live downtown, and I love it. However, I shouldn't have to drive to the ends of the earth for an affordable grocery store, department store, gym, or any other amenity.

    And no, the solution isn't to move because I live a block from work and walk everyday. The need is here, if someone has the gumption to actually do it...

    Back to topic, Bally's is just the roadkill of capitalism. They didn't change with the challenges brought by their competitors....now they're toast!
  • Would LOVE a Cardinal Fitness downtown!
    NIFS is so hard to get to (have to wind through IUPUI).
  • I also think that a Cardinal Fitness would be successful downtown. Less than 1/2 the price of NIFS, I bet it would be a hit for IUPUI students.

    Another hit for IUPUI students (for a completely different reason) will be the new Crown Liquors opening in August at the SW corner of Ohio & Delaware.
  • http://www.fitnessnowindy.com/

    I figure this place to be just like Cardinal Fitness.. Located right by Anthem/Lilly.
  • Maybe they'll replace these gyms with something Hoosiers will support like a tobacco outlet or super Dunkin Donuts!!!
  • This is so sad although I no longer live in Greenwood I really liked that gym.
  • I wish someone would give the YMCA some competition. They are very
    expensive and the facility is on the rough side. . .not to mention the fight
    for parking when there is an event at the Rathskellar.
  • I visited an LA Fitness on the Southside, and they said they have plans to install a branch downtown. (For what it's worth, this could just be talk.) The facilities and range of opportunities at these gyms is comparable or superior to a Bally's. They seem very well managed, if a bit too Los Angeles. It would be great to see that lower level of the old building at Market and Illinois (the Illinois Building, right?!) used for a gym--a banner opportunity for exhibitionists too!

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