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Innovative Alternative Fitness: Options in Indy

Jan 07, 2014 02:17AM ● By Lanette Er

As Hoosiers seek out health and wellness, a variety of innovative gym alternatives are springing up throughout our area. Some include low-impact workouts, free from the distractions of large gyms, high-energy and unique group classes, senior-specific exercise programs, and some activities that will literally get your feet off the ground.

Pure Barre, with locations in Fishers and Carmel, offers a total body workout that utilizes the ballet barre to perform small, isometric movements that burn fat, sculpt muscles and create long, lean physiques. It has exploded in popularity due to effective techniques that transform the shape of a body in record-breaking time. These workouts are accompanied by high-energy and motivating music. In 55 minutes, members achieve a low-impact, full-body workout that protects joints by avoiding bouncing or jumping. Stretching follows each strength section of the workout to help create long, lean muscles without bulk. The concentration involved with Pure Barre generates the mental benefits similarly obtained by the practice of yoga or meditation.

Koko Fit Club is a fusion of advanced technology and world-class personal training with locations in Carmel, Noblesville and Fishers. Men and women enjoy the ease and simplicity of getting in shape without turning their lives upside down to do it. Koko owners brought together a team of MIT engineers, software developers, leading exercise physiologists and designers to produce the Koko Smartrainer, an entirely new kind of gym. With no TVs, each club is a quiet, light-filled studio where members conduct short, efficient workouts tailored to their needs and goals. Workouts are tracked and analyzed digitally with current results stored in the cloud and accessible on all devices.

In addition to Pilates, boot camp, yoga, Insanity and Zumba, Cesar’s Group Fitness Studio offers a variety of classes that keep the routine of working out fresh and new. Back It Up is a dance class that teaches the basics of hip-hop, jazz, krump and dubstep. PILOXING, a new favorite of celebrities, uniquely mixes Pilates and boxing moves into a fat-burning, muscle-sculpting, core-centric interval workout. Tang Soo Do starts with the fundamentals of self-defense and gravitates to teaching flying sidekicks and breaking bricks with bare hands. Finally, PiYo, a fusion of yoga and mat Pilates, strengthens and tones the body’s cellular and muscular structures to enhance core stability, mobility and functional movement.

AgeSuccessfully, in Fishers, is specifically for baby boomers and beyond regardless of their health and physical abilities. Based on personal interviews and health assessments, AgeSuccessfully’s coaches create personalized fitness plans tailored toward each individual's goals, whether they are hiking, golfing, or playing with grandchildren. Members participate in a variety of ways, including DIY approaches, one-on-one or couples personal training and group sessions. Classes are held with certified instructors that are trained to modify the exercises to suit the varying abilities of participants.

For fitness-goers looking for something completely different from the gym and group class settings, Indy offers rock climbing and trampolines.

Sky Zone, in Fishers, is an alltrampoline, walled playing court. In addition to Skyrobics classes, a foam pit, dodgeball and basketball, Sky Zone offers hours specifically designated for birthday parties, groups, ages 16-and-up open courts, toddlers, special needs children and homeschooled students. They also host corporate and other team building exercises, as well as school and other organizational fundraisers.

Hoosiers Heights Indianapolis is one of the largest indoor rock climbing gyms in the country. It offers beginnerto- experienced top-rope climbing, bouldering, lead climbing, yoga, a fitness center and gear shop. Hoosier Heights accepts bookings for birthday and other group parties plus operates a youth climbing club and the opportunity for experienced climbers to join competitive teams.

Mix in some of these great indoor fitness options for a real variety in your workout routine and blast out from winter boredom.

For more info: Pure Barre – locations in Carmel and Fishers, PureBarre.com. Koko Fit Club – locations in Carmel, Noblesville and Fishers, KokoFitClub.com. AgeSuccessfully – 8395 East 116th St., #125, Indianapolis, 317-288-9065. AgeSuccessfully.com. Cesar’s Group Fitness Studio – 9546 Allisonville Rd., #117, Indianapolis, 317-601-1415. CesarsStudio.com. Sky Zone – 10080 E. 121st St., Ste. 182, Fishers, 317-572-2999. SkyZone.com/ fishers. Hoosier Heights Indianapolis – 9850 Mayflower Park Dr., Indianapolis, 317-802-9302. HoosierHeights.com/ indianapolis.
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