As a decades-long veteran of the fitness facility industry, Greg Lymberopoulos has come to know the business quite well.
Lymberopoulos first entered the industry in the early 1980s in the St. Louis metropolitan area and by 1987 had opened a chain of five full-service fitness clubs that he says ranked 299th in Inc. magazine’s list of fastest-growing companies that year.
“Coming up I was a baseball fanatic, and that’s all I knew starting out – I loved competition and the challenges that come with that,” says Lymberopoulos, who played baseball in high school and college. “So I was in that athletic world, and I thought I could do well running clubs and do what it takes to make them work well. Back in the 1980s, I could see that full-service clubs were going to be big, instead of just racquetball clubs and things.”
Lymberopoulos subsequently entered the Indianapolis fitness club market when he purchased a failing racquetball club, eventually relocating his headquarters to Indy under the LivRite Fitness moniker. He sold several of his St. Louis clubs and eventually all of his LivRite locations in 2000, keeping the rights to the LivRite name— a decision that would come in handy several years later when he bought several failing clubs in Indiana and Illinois and brought back the LivRite brand.
Lymberopoulos and his son Kyle, who serves as general manager, now operate four Indiana gym locations including Anderson, Noblesville, Fishers and a spot in Indy near East 62nd Street and Binford Boulevard, as well as a location in Fairview Heights, Illinois.
Lymberopoulos says his Christian faith has been a primary focus in all of his personal and professional endeavors.
“I’ve always felt the Lord’s call and tried to do whatever it took to obey it and let it lead my work ethic and responsibilities,” he says.
Five years ago, LivRite Fitness Noblesville was opened as a 24-hour gym, with a full suite of cardio and aerobic equipment, tanning beds and hydromassage equipment and group classes. Three years later Lymberopoulos purchased the land where the new Fishers location now sits, and in September of 2018, he began construction on the LivRite Fishers facility, which spans two floors and about 40,000 square feet.
The facility officially opened in December of 2019, and it’s a full-service gym indeed. You’ll find more than 40 cardio machines, racks upon racks of free weights, a basketball and volleyball court, and even a heated, 86-degree indoor swimming pool for those who’d like to get their laps in throughout the cold months.
Each individual who signs up for a LivRite membership gets a complimentary fitness assessment with one of the gym’s certified personal trainers, which Lymberopoulos says helps members begin their fitness journey at the proper starting point.
“You never want to start out over-working yourself, and it’s a good idea to get that assessment to determine your capabilities and maybe your limitations,” says Lymberopoulos, who has five children with his wife Deena. “It’s really a good idea for someone with an old injury or who’s had a long lapse in any kind of workout system, whether that’s by themselves or with group classes.”
And there’s no shortage of group classes for those who prefer the extra boost of having an instructor for some guidance – choose from water aerobics, basketball leagues, barre classes, as well as one-on-one personal training for customized fitness programs.
LivRite also offers childcare services for parents and guardians whose schedule might preclude other daycare options, and an onsite cafe offers food and drinks for pre or post-workout nourishment.
The new facility also houses a few additional unique features. There’s a conference room on the second level available for private meetings, corporate events or birthday parties. Greg and Kyle also decided to install an artificial turf ramp at the back of the building, which Kyle says provides a unique workout challenge for members.
“When we were looking at the layout of the building, we wanted to capitalize on the outdoor space and have a flat turf surface for when it’s nice out. Then we decided to include a 30-yard sprint track leading to the ramp at the end,” Kyle says. “Hill training is a great workout, and a lot of athletes do it. You can also do pushups and stuff like that on it too.”
LivRite Fitness is located at 13454 Parkside Drive in Fishers. For more information, including membership details, specifics on group classes and programs, a blog, and an exercise page with aerobic and resistance training tips, visit livritefitness.com.