Physical fitness plays a crucial role in mental and physical well-being. Working out has been shown to improve mood, combat health conditions and boost energy levels. F45 Training, a fitness concept focused on efficiency, opened in Carmel on May 29. Micah Bilotto is the owner and operator.
“I studied exercise science at Ball State,” Bilotto says. “I’ve been in the fitness industry for almost 20 years. I taught middle school physical education. I also previously worked for another fitness concept.”
During the shutdowns through last year, Bilotto started looking at opportunities to own something of her own.
“I wanted to be at a place where I could make my own decisions,” Bilotto says. “During that downtime, I had the opportunity to sit down and think about things a little more. That’s when I learned about F45.”
F45 stands for functional 45.
“The workouts are only 45 minutes long,” Bilotto says. “We’re all busy, so the idea behind F45 was to utilize those 45 minutes to the very best.”
Studios are located within a four-mile radius of each other by design.
“We want it to be a small, close-knit community where people are neighbors,” Bilotto says. “We want our clients to do a quick, efficient workout in 45 minutes and be able to get home from their studio in five minutes.”
Classes focus on a total body workout, and change every day.
“Certain days of the week focus on resistance training, where you’re lifting weights and building lean muscle, which helps you burn more calories at rest in the long run,” Bilotto says. “Other days are what we call hybrids. Those days are going to give you a little bit of cardio at some stations and strength at others.”
Saturdays are special days at F45.
“On Saturdays we do our Hollywood 60-minute hybrid workout,” Bilotto says. “That day is really fun because we play upbeat music. Members love it.”
Rob Deutsch founded F45 in Australia in 2011 to respond to what he saw as an inherent problem with the fitness industry.
“Rob noticed people were paying these exorbitant gym fees,” Bilotto says. “Some weren’t even going to the gym, and if they were going they didn’t see results. He saw a lot of people who were overwhelmed at the gym and didn’t know where to start or what to do. He created this atmosphere giving people the energy of a group workout experience with the focus of a personal trainer, at a great price. Members can come in and not even have to think about what equipment they should be using. It’s all already planned and laid out for you.”
Bilotto knows fitness enthusiasts have many choices when it comes to fitness centers.
“I feel like the biggest difference between F45 and other similar fitness studios is we focus on total body throughout the entire week,” Bilotto says. “We have over 4,000 exercises we pull from to prevent overuse, which can lead to injuries. Each day is set up with a different themed workout, so in theory, members could come in every day and do something different each time. However, I still encourage my members to take a day to rest. That’s very important to build into your schedule.”
Bilotto realized how quickly F45 was growing in the Fishers community and wanted to replicate that growth in Carmel.
“We’re located at the intersection of 146th Street and River Road in Carmel,” Bilotto says. “I love the area where we’re located. I feel like people are oriented towards success. They take care of themselves to be the best version of themselves for their family, job and community. I feel like that’s why F45 is perfect. You get in and get out in less than an hour and get right back to daily life, but you can still be involved in the community.”
Bilotto likes to meet members where they are in their fitness routine, and realizes some gyms can be intimidating.
“One thing I’m passionate about, and my trainers are passionate about, is understanding everyone is on a different path in their life and with their fitness,” Bilotto says. “We’re here to help you. You can come in and not lift a single weight. Workouts can be modified to be body weight only. I don’t want to push anyone too hard in the beginning. It takes the pressure off, and honestly you can build up over time. I think a lot of our new members have been pleasantly surprised with what they’ve been able to do and what we’ve been able to show them.”
F45 Northeast Carmel is located at 14570 River Road, Suite 135. For more information, visit f45training.com.