Indy fitness craze continues

August 14, 2007
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BarbellWith so many new fitness chains entering the central Indiana market, will Hoosier become synonymous with svelte? The latest additions:
  • A Minnesota fitness chain has plans for new locations in Avon, Brownsburg, Carmel, Fishers, Franklin, Greenwood, McCordsville, Plainfield and Shelbyville. Anytime Fitness already has opened locations in Noblesville and Zionsville. The roughly 4,000-square-foot fitness centers feature 24-hour access. The cost of membership works out to about $1 a day. Nationwide, Anytime has more than 1,300 locations and is opening about one per week.
  • St. Petersburg, Fla.-based Lifestyle Family Fitness is set to anchor a new development along 82nd Street that would replace a three-building office park and outdoor tennis courts. The tennis courts were part of the Indianapolis Racquet Club next door. The 37,000-square-foot fitness center is being developed by locally based Maquina Realty.

    • Good move on going to Shelbyville. The Athletic Club is small but is growing a little. Meltzer's fitness is out of business and the Parks Department is trying to pick up where it left off. Cory, do you know where in Shelbyville or the other locations may be? Or know where I could look? Hope it is downtown Shelbyville.
    • I think this is good news for residents in these outlying communities.

      Will the complaints, Oh, no! Not MORE chains! get carried over into THIS topic?
    • Anytime Fitness sounds like a neat concept...sometimes I do feel guilty about those midnight snacks and need to work them off. At least they're new to the Indy area.

      What are the fitness options downtown? IUPUI weight facility anyone...?
    • Never heard of NIFS?
    • YMCA on Mich and Mass also.
    • What are the fitness options downtown?

      If you're looking to combine drinking and working out, I highly recommend joining the YMCA next to the Rathskeller. Calories go in, calories get burned off. It's a great system, really.
    • ...or the YMCA?
    • Oops. I waited to long to hit submit comment!
    • It's great that new facilities are entering the Indianapolis market, but it would be nice to see some of these new places enter the DT area. With all the growth of DT, some needs aren't being met. These needs for example are more gyms, groceries, homestores, etc... More people creates more needs in our DT area. Just a thought!
    • Re: Downtown Fitness

      NIFS is insanely expensive, but I'm sure it's a great experience. The Y downtown is priced by your income which I think is great, but they don't have a pool.

      I would consider joining a gym that had b-ball courts and a pool as long as the monthly fee wasn't above $40 or so.
    • Until then I'll stick to regiment of walking and biking.. Ahhhh free exercise!
    • I completely agree with one of the posts, that downtown needs another gym. I remember when I first moved to Indy to live downtown at the Block, we had free membership to the gym located on the fourth level of Circle Centre. There was also a previous location for Gold's Gym on Illinois across the street from the Block/TJMaxx, next to Buca di Beppo. But they closed... I assumed because of the nearby gym inside the mall. The point I'm trying to stress here is downtown is completely missing a lot of other things people need. More and more people are relcocating to downtown to enjoy the urban lifestyle and other benefits of being in a big city environment, but they are lacking much more amenities. Downtown needs another grocery store... it would be logical to have one at the corner of Illinois and Market... where the food court used to be inside the building owned by developers across the street in the Market Tower. Considering the number of new condos and new residential areas in that area of downtown... that would be very logical. And again... another gym... at least two would be great... one in the Wholelsale District and one in the canal area.
    • As a downtown resident, I absolutely agree. I love NIFS, but without my state employee discount, I could never justify the $54 a month plus $10 to park. I am now a member of the Y because I got an insanely good deal through my current job, but while I do understand I have access to a lot of other Y's around the city, I really feel the facilities are lacking downtown. Plus, I want to stay downtown and bike to it in the summer. I do not want to have to drive all over the city just to workout. I know they are doing the best they can, but we do need some more amenities.

      I have heard LA Fitness is looking to locate some sort of facility downtown, and I would pretty much kill for a Cardinal close to my home.
    • The Urban Times had an article a few issues back regarding new and expanded YMCA facilties downtown. So it is coming and none too soon.
    • Cory,

      where exactly is this Lifestyle fitness going and when does it plan to open?
    • Lifestyle is going in at 4225 E. 82nd St. I don't know the open date, but it'll probably take a while since they're putting up a new building.
    • DT fitness. could try Better Bodies. It's in the smaller of the 2 Chase towers on the circle.
    • Is the opening of 40+ Central Indiana Dunkin Donuts part of this Fitness Craze, PL?
    • Yes, we can all benefit from more fitness options. Yes, we need to do everything we can to help more people be active and healthy. The National Institute for Fitness and Sport (NIFS) has been helping to keep the heart of downtown pumping strong since 1988. We are a not-for-profit with a mission driven towards education, research and public service. NIFS was built for the people of this City and we opened long before there was thought to be enough downtown residential life to support a fitness facility. We have the perfect venue for indoor and outside exercise – right on the Canal in the WRSP. I would be glad to give anyone a tour of this one-of-a-kind facility. Most of our members pay either a corporate or individual monthly membership rate of $44.50 or $51.50, respectively. That price includes parking in our gated lot. Our web site is “” if you would like more details. We're certainly not your typical gym, but we have over 4000 members who are serious about their health and fitness -- at all ages and ability levels.
    • Cory Schouten,

      Thank you for the recent mention of Anytime Fitness! As a franchise owner, I am proud to be associated with IBJ.

      To answer your question, I believe we are a long way from being svelte (adj. svelt·er, svelt·est Slender or graceful in figure or outline; slim.). Unfortunately, the great state of Indiana currently ranks 7th in the most unhealthy states in the U.S. I believe the growing options in fitness give people options, like 24 hour access and the convenience of being close to work or home. Hopefully we can make a difference.

      In Health,

      Andy Hosier
      Anytime Fitness of Noblesville
    • Mapping the future direction of the YMCA in downtown Indianapolis
      by Ryan Brady, Executive Director, YMCA @ the Athenaeum

      The YMCA @ the Athenaeum is busier than ever. For the past two years, the downtown branch has been the fastest growing YMCA in Indianapolis. While we are extremely proud of the branch's development, situations of rapid expansion generate unique challenges and opportunities. YMCA leadership volunteers and staff have identified the following opportunities for the YMCA in the downtown Indianapolis community:

      - Expand the YMCA’s presence in a growing downtown market
      - Engage key community leaders through a strong downtown presence
      - Increase membership and community impact by increasing facility space dedicated to wellness; specifically more space allocated for cardiovascular and strength equipment
      - Expand connections to community initiatives such as the Indianapolis Cultural Trail
      - Expand family and older adult programming
      - Continue to improve and expand facility amenities and member service
      - Opportunity for the YMCA to become a “third place” for downtown Indianapolis residents and workers; a place outside of home and work where individuals and families can connect with others and grow strong in mind, body and spirit.

      In order to explore the opportunities in downtown Indianapolis, the YMCA will began a market feasibility study in early August. The study will answer the following questions:

      - What is the market potential of downtown Indianapolis?
      - Where would best place or places be for the YMCA to expand its presence in downtown Indianapolis?
      - What should a YMCA look like (amenities, size, etc.) in order to satisfy the market potential of downtown Indianapolis?

      The study should be complete by the end of the summer. As soon as the results from the study are processed and a complete plan is formulated, you will be the first to know the conclusions. If you would like more information or have some thoughts on the topic, I would love to hear from you. Please call me at 317.685.9705 or email me at

      No matter the specific outcome of the study, the YMCA will be strengthened in downtown Indianapolisover the coming months and years. Downtown Indianapolis is too great of a community to not have an even stronger YMCA presence.

      Ryan Brady
      Executive Director
      YMCA @ the Athenaeum
    • Hello,
      My name is Tod Esquivel and I'm a Personal Trainer and Distance Running Coach here in Indy at two Cardinal Fitness Centers. I also train my clients in their Homes and Corporate Fitness Centers. I'm interested in clients who are in need of setting some goals for 08. My website tells everything about me and my services at My phone # is 317-289-1219. I also offer Gift Certificates for any occasion. Thanks a lot. Tod Esquivel
    • Hello,
      My name is Tod Esquivel and I'm a Personal Trainer here in Indianapolis. I'm interested in clients who are in need of setting some goals for 08. My website tells everything about me and my services at My phone # is 317-289-1219. Thanks a lot. Tod Esquivel

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