7 Places to Workout in Downtown Indianapolis


Whether you're passing through Indianapolis on a business trip, here for a long weekend of fun, or live in the downtown area, one thing's for sure—there's no excuse for not sticking to your fitness routine. And the options for working out in Indianapolis run the gamut—here are seven hot spots to get your sweat on in the Circle City.

Workout like you mean it
This stunning, full-service facility is the place to sweat in downtown Indianapolis. With two indoor swimming pools, three full-sized gyms, an elevated indoor running track, and a wellness center with cardiovascular and strength equipment, CityWay YMCA is truly is a mecca for all things fitness. Plus, there are classes all day long in BodyPump, Zumba, PiYo, TRX and more. And, if you happen to visit when the weather's good, see if there are any outdoor classes —which, how cool is this, take place on the roof! One-day passes available for $10.

Go for a run
Downtown Indy is the perfect city for runners and walkers—whether you live in the city or are in town for business or pleasure. If you're staying in a downtown hotel, ask the concierge for directions to the canal, a well-manicured, three-mile loop along the waterway, over bridges, around the Indianapolis zoo and through White River State Park. If you drive, park in the White River State Park parking garage.

Keep up with CrossFit
Recently named the 15th best gym in America by Men's Fitness, CrossFit Infiltrate offers strength training and sport-specific application, classes to challenge the beginner as well as the more seasoned CrossFit enthusiast. And it's located right on downtown's waterfront so at least you'll have some nice scenery while you're sweating it out. Drop-in rate, $15/class but your best bet—especially if you come to Indy often, is the three-class package for $30.

Meet with a trainer
There's nothing you can't do at the National Institute for Fitness and Sport. Whether you want to take a fitness class, climb on an elliptical or meet with one of the many NIFS personal trainers, one thing's for sure—you won't be bored. This one-of-a-kind, 117,000-square-foot center is located on the IUPUI, Indianapolis campus. A one-hour personal training session for a nonmember is $60, but if you just want to use that facility you can get a one to two-week pass for free in you've never been before.

Do some indoor cycling
Watts indoor cycling studio in located inside the LiftLab, Indy's premier Olympic Lifting training center. The entrance is on the southeast corner of the building. There are three stairs leading up to the entrance. Once inside, head downstairs to the gym. Bonus, no cycling shoes required; so go ahead, check out their schedule and reserve a bike while you're in town. First timers pay $10 for one class, everyone else, $15 per class.

Practice yoga
This state of the art yoga studio in the heart of Downtown Indy offers over 30 Bikram-inspired hot yoga classes every week in addition to hot power vinyasa and hot Pilates classes. And Indy's Hot Room has showers so you won't have to go to your meeting sweaty—unless, that is, you want to. A single class will run you $10 but if you're in town for a few days and have an active practice, your best bet is the $49 weekly pass for out of town guests.

Go for a swim
Also located on the IUPUI campus, Indiana University Natatorium is a swimming complex unlike most others. The Olympic size pool hosted the 2016 U.S. Olympic diving trials and has seen many world class swimmers in its waters over the years. The drop in rate is $6/day or $55 for 15 visits.

Shauna Nosler lives in Indianapolis. She's a contributor to both the Indianapolis Star and Indianapolis Monthly Magazine as well as to the national news organization U.S. News & World Report. She is also an avid runner and hits the downtown canal—with her feet, that is—whenever she can. More of her writing can be found on the lifestyle blog, The Flavored Word and at Best, from the Midwest.

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