YMCA at the City Market transforms into boutique fitness center for small group training

Initially named for the “hub” of adjacent biking organizations and services, the Indy Bike Hub YMCA will soon be renamed the YMCA at the City Market. Along with the new name, the YMCA will have a new look and new equipment and classes geared toward small group training, which is in high demand and has shown to be an effective way to get fit and stay motivated.

“These changes will transform the YMCA at the City Market into a state-of-the-art boutique fitness center while maintaining the distinct feel of a community focused YMCA that welcomes people of all ages and fitness levels,” said Eric Ellsworth, president and CEO, YMCA of Greater Indianapolis.

Ride the Sky, Do the Pit, Push the Sled

Wahoo Kickrs will be in the Y Cycle Sky BridgeLocated in the east wing of historic Indianapolis City Market since 2011, the reinvented center will feature three floors of redesigned space, rubber flooring throughout, a beautiful new welcome desk and color palette and a full schedule of new classes and equipment geared toward small group training and only available in a few Central Indiana gyms:

  • Ride, Row, Run – Strap on heart-rate monitors and improve your fitness and cardio endurance through intervals on bikes, rowers and self-powered treadmills.
  • The Pit – Take the intensity up a notch with a unique combo of cardio and Olympic-style weight lifting. Learn proper lift movement, improve form and gain immense strength.
  • MX4 – One of the most effective high intensity workouts possible, MX4 features time-based circuit exercise to enhance all four pillars of fitness—cardio, power, strength and endurance.
  • The Sled – Whether you push, pull or drag the Sled across the room, you’ll feel the benefits of this timeless exercise, gaining strength, speed and balance.
  • KeyBank logoWahoo Kickr Training presented by KeyBank – Y members can bring their own bike for powerful app-driven indoor cycle training on an adjustable incline in the new one-of-a-kind Y Cycle Sky Bridge space.

The “new” YMCA at the City Market stills offers these amenities: Yoga and cycle studios, free weights, cardio and strength equipment, group exercise classes, such as Les Mills BodyPump™, locker rooms and WiFi. As one of three Downtown Ys and 12 in Central Indiana, those who become a member also have access to YMCAs across the country.

Special Pricing

Based on science and exercise training principles, the YMCA’s new Small Group Training programs are designed for 6 to 12 clients and led by instructors trained in SGT. An unlimited number of half-hour or hour-long classes can be purchased for a flat monthly fee of $75 and $125, respectively, or $35 and $60 for Y members. As with nearly all Y programs, Small Group Training is open to non-members and is available at some other area YMCAs.

“Participants hold each other accountable and keep it fun through friendly competition,” said Anne Graves, executive director of health initiatives, YMCA of Greater Indianapolis. “You can get individual attention from a trainer without the full costs of a personal training session.”

Demos, Tours at Jan. 18 Community Day

The YMCA at the City Market will host a free Community Day Celebration from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Jan. 18. Guests can jump in on a class, try out the new equipment, tour the center, watch demos, speak with trainers and wellness coaches and jam with the DJ. Food from City Market vendors will be served in the evening.

Still a Biking Destination

With Bicycle Garage Indy, INDYCOG, indoor bike parking, rentals and storage along with the new Y Cycle Sky Bridge, this wing of the Indianapolis City Market is still a hub for biking enthusiasts and serves as a premier space for cycling events, like Indy Criterium, N.I.T.E. Ride, Bike to Work Day and the Y’s Bike-In Breakfasts.

For more information, stop by, visit indymca.org/city-market or call (317) 612-3083. Parking is available one block away at the Denison Garage at the corner of Market and East streets and can be validated. Metered street parking is also nearby.

Here’s a peek at the renovations:City Market renovation pics


Media contact: Christy Glesing, APR, YMCA sr. director of PR and communications | (317) 667-5991