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D1 TrainingTo hear Brian Clarke tell it, D1 Training Finch Creek is more than just another gym – it provides a results-based, customized training experience.

“If you’re passionate and serious about athletic training, we’re here to help you with a customized plan in a positive, team-like setting,” says Clarke, who serves as general manager and head performance coach at the D1 Training facility, and formerly worked as head strength and conditioning coordinator at Noblesville High School.

In December of last year, D1 Training leaders secured space that had been empty for several years inside Finch Creek Fieldhouse on Boden Road in Noblesville.

“We start by meeting with each client and discussing their goals, but we go deeper than that and ask you what your ‘why’ is,” says Clarke, who played baseball at Butler University, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and exercise science, as well as a master’s degree in school administration. “We ask what you are really trying to do here. Also, we really want a family environment, and to have a community and fellowship within our walls.”

The facility welcomes kids and adults alike, and the staff continually meets with clients every couple of weeks to revisit and analyze physical and athletic goals each one might have.

“Anybody who wants to compete and be held accountable, in a team atmosphere, is welcome to come in,” Clarke says.

The D1 Training Finch Creek team includes Coach Kray’Shawn Brewer, a former college football athlete and National Arena League signee, Coach Achzionna Riding, a Butler grad and Division 1 track and field athlete, and Recruiter Kiley McCollough, a Wittenberg University grad and certified personal trainer.

D1 Training was founded in Nashville, Tennessee, by Will Bartholomew, a former football player for the University of Tennessee who saw a need in the Nashville area for a strength and conditioning concept akin to those found at Division 1 collegiate athletic programs. Bartholomew founded D1 Training to provide customized, sports-based training to help a wide range of ages groups achieve both sports and general fitness goals.

The D1 Training gym franchise now has locations throughout the country including two in Indiana.

“I was really impressed with what Will had built and their footprint,” Clarke says. “The D1 model recognizes that no matter what your training concept is, there’s a framework you have to use to be successful – that includes things like a proper dynamic warm-up, proper movement prep, some strength component in there, lateral and athletic movements, and cool-downs. Then, how you plug that in, and with what movements, will be different for each person.”

D1 Training Finch Creek offers one-on-one training as well as group fitness options, and scholastic training is typically broken down by age group – rookie (ages 7 to 11), developmental (ages 12 to 14), prep (high school ages), and overtime (student-athletes who might have specific training goals). Overtime training is typically offered in groups of three or four and is geared toward each client’s sport – even toward specific positions within a sport.

Adults can take advantage of the D1 bootcamp, which Clarke says typically burns 600 to 1,000 calories.

“We also have our adult strength program, for those adults who are saying, ‘I’m done running around, but I like to lift weights and I want to get some resistance training,’” Clarke says.

In response to the coronavirus outbreak, D1 Training Finch Creek leaders are taking a few key safety measures, including constant sanitation of surfaces, social distancing measures, as well as an ionization unit that is integrated into the facility’s HVAC system. The system is essentially set up to deactivate harmful airborne substances including viruses, mold, allergens and bacteria.

Leading up to D1 Training Finch Creek’s official August 9 opening, the staff has offered free seven-day trials for those interested. The first day of the trial includes a facility tour, discussion of fitness goals, and a basic physical assessment. D1 is also offering a money-back program, whereby members can break their contract and get refunded, as long as those members commit to eight sessions in one month.

“The reason we offer the money-back piece is that we want members to give it a little time, and see the results,” Clarke says. “It’s not a cookie-cutter way of doing things here. If you go to Subway and get a sub, you get a certain amount of meatballs – but maybe you want more. That’s kind of how we look at it – we can really customize and cater to our athletes’ needs.”

D1 Training Finch Creek is located at 16289 Boden Road in Noblesville. For more information including program details and a scheduling page, visit d1training.com and call 317-526-5146.

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