Get Up, Get Moving
There are Plenty of Places to Exercise Around Geist
Writer / Pat Carlini
Photographer / Jamie Sangar
Have you noticed the growing population of exercise facilities in the Geist and Fishers area over the last few years? There seems to be one on every corner, especially along 116th and Olio Road. So, we set out to see what they all offer and what’s new.
One of the first to pop up was Geist Fitness LLC, which opened in the Geist Marina in 2000. Owner and Trainer Joe Damush says the Fishers YMCA and Cardinal Fitness were the closest facilities in the area.
Geist Fitness offers one-on-one and semi-private personal training.
• 11693 Fall Creek Rd.
• (317) 595-8990
One the other side of the reservoir is Curves — which opened 19 years ago. Curves is a nationwide chain of fitness centers for women known for their 30-minute circuit work outs done with a coach.
• 8150 Oakland Rd.
• (317) 823-8276
Across the street, Geist Jazzercise, opened its doors in 2004 Jazzercise offers a variety of classes that fuses everything from modern dance, pilates to kickboxing all done to today’s hit music.
• 11691 Fox Rd.
• (317) 826-0712
Head over to Olio road and you will find a new offering for CrossFit fans — Body Evolution Crossfit — a 5,100 square-foot gym and fitness center.
“CrossFit covers it all,” says owner Amber Harlan, who began as a client three years ago. “Some days, we row and do weights, and other days we run outside of the gym. It’s different every day, and you work at your own level.”
• 10430 Olio Rd.
• (317) 589-8424
Just steps away is Anytime Fitness, which is a membership gym open 24/7. It also offers members global access to more than 3,000 gyms, which is a big attraction for business travelers and those on the road.
• 9653 Olio Rd.
• (317) 336-5500
Further down at 116th and Olio in the Geist Pavilion are two more work out places.
Pure Barre opened in 2013 and offers a workout with a ballet barre. No dance experience is required, but, you do hang on to a barre for a 55-minute “high-intensity, low-impact, total body workout.”
• 11501 Geist Pavilion Drive Suite 112
• (317) 436-7243
Across the parking lot is Koko FitClub, which offers a workout with a digital coach or certified fit coach on a patented 3-step Koko smart training system. The workout system is named after the Japanese word “koko” which means individualized, one-on-one and unique.
• 11581 Geist Pavilion Drive, Unit 110
• (317) 863-8779
Orangetheory Fitness opened last year and offers one hour group exercise workouts. The emphasis here — besides the color orange — is burning calories during the 60-minute session and up to 36 hours after.
• 11695 Olio Rd.
• (317) 960-4100
Across the street by the new Kroger complex, Fit Chicks! —described as a complete weight loss program and fitness training with personalized nutrition plans and coaches to help you along your way.
• 11720 Olio Rd.
• (317) 348-8600
Be Present Studio recently opened along Olio Road (near Walgreens) which is “a boutique barre fitness and wellness studio created to strengthen your body, empower your mind and invigorate your soul.”
• 11398 Olio Rd.
• (317) 490-6072
The only pilates facility in the area until now was Reforming Indy Pilates Studio that opened about eight years ago on Fall Creek road. Today, along with regular pilates classes, they offer pre and postnatal pilates and rehabilitation classes.
• 11250 Fall Creek Rd.
• (317) 570-8880
Now, 116th and Olio, Just Breathe Pilates is open and offering pilates and YoPi, which is a combo class of yoga and pilates. Owner Leah Desserich is added a fun new class in October — Whisky, Wine, Pilates Date Night, where guests bring a date for pilates followed by glass of wine or whiskey.
• 11446 Olio Rd.
• (317) 588-1112
A few doors away is The Exercise Coach, which just opened in September and is known for its personal 20-minute workouts.
• 11488 Lakeridge Dr.
• (317) 759-1194
Last, but not least, there is Ninja Zone, which is a professional youth Ninja Sport training facility that recently opened in Geist.
• 11464 Lakeridge Dr.
• (317) 288-4212
So, with the cold weather upon us, now may be a good time to head into one of the area’s many exercise facilities and find one that is right for you.